For The Party, Formenti and Dal Niente come together to produce "a communal experience that casts away some of the concert hall’s conventions in order to bring listeners together in a brand new way." Taking place in the new Hairpin Arts Center, The Party unfolds over the course of an entire evening, pairing food, drink, and conversation with some of the most eclectic and exciting music you are likely to hear this year. Dal Niente is collaborating with local organizations such as food artist Nick Jirasek’s catering company Guerilla Smiles, Koval Distillery, and Goose Island Brewing Company to provide an evening that is uniquely Chicago.
Ammie Brod, Dal Niente's Violist and Director of Public Relations says, "I would still definitely call it a performance, interactive but perhaps also described as self-determined. The Party is an entire evening of music, but the people who are attending get to choose how they wish to listen to that music, how they want to sit (on a chair, on a couch, lying on the floor, etc.--we'll have multiple types of seating around) or stand or [even] leave the room."
The Party attempts to be the antithesis of listening to music through earbuds plugged into your head as you sit alone staring at a computer screen. "This is a social thing; we want people to talk about what they're experiencing, to let the performance become what they make of it instead of letting it be circumscribed by the normal constraints of the concert hall or a digital recording." The Party brings together stylistically diverse and uniquely brilliant composers’ music for you to experience, examine and share in one unforgettable evening. This isn’t just a concert: it’s an experience.
This evening-length event includes food, drink, socialization, and performances of music by:
|photo courtesy of Ensemble Dal Niente|
Ensemble Dal Niente has made Chicago its home since its founding in 2004. With a growing international reputation for virtuosic musicianship and fearlessly eclectic programming, the ensemble will present two concerts at the famous New Music Courses in Darmstadt, Germany, in July 2012. Closer to home next season, the ensemble will premiere a new work for octet, electronics, and synced video projection by Minneapolis composer Noah Keesecker. The project was awarded a major grant by the American Composers Forum and the Jerome Foundation.
You will also have more chances to hear the music from Dal Niente in the coming months, as they are also opening for indie rock band Deerhoof this summer at Millennium Park, as part of the Loops and Variations series. Dal Niente has been on the receiving end of many good reviews, touting the originality and "enterprising" quality of their performances. (Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein, "MusicNOW, Dal Niente take listeners on exciting aural adventures", March 6, 2012)
We're going to The Party, are you?
Saturday, May 12, 6PM
Hairpin Arts Center, 2800 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Tickets: $45/$30 advanced sales, $55/$35 at the door (general/student with ID)
--Brooke Herbert Hayes