Oberlin’s Modern Music Guild presents a night of duo performances featuring the Kirshner/Hatcher Duo and the Sutton/Young duo.
The Kirshner/Hatcher Duo of Chicago features Gerrit Hatcher on saxophone and Julian Kirshner on drums.
Julian Kirshner is a Chicago-based percussionist primarily working in the context of jazz and improvised music. Percussion studies began at age 10 when Kirshner was selected to be a member of the CSO’s Percussion Scholarship Group. Over the past 10 years, he has studied with Sarah Allen, David Bloom, Dylan Ryan, and Frank Rosaly. Kirshner also organizes the Improvised Music Series at Myopic Books, a weekly showcase of musicians playing uncharted music in a first-time context.
Gerrit Hatcher is a saxophonist, improviser, and composer. His own work typically engages with free jazz as a set of experimental practices, and as an idiom with a history unto itself, but he participates in the diverse spectrum experimental and improvised music being made in Chicago today. Hatcher has many active projects including his duo with Kirshner, a composed solo saxophone practice, the improvising trio Devouring the Guilt, and his organ quartet Refunction.
ASY/KS duo of Chicago features Andrew Scott Young on bass and Kimberly Sutton on cello
Young and Sutton have been exploring indeterminate compositions and free improvisation together since July 2017, quickly building an ever expanding collaborative vocabulary that ranges from hard-grinding to softly swaying, expanding the noisy possibilities of low strings to extremes that will keep you mentally alert when all you want to do is relax with a nice full bodied red.
Andrew Scott Young has a thriving presence in the Chicago jazz, rock, and folk scenes, both in the studio and on a busy international touring schedule. He studied jazz performance at the University of Texas, where he developed a passion for the connections between the outest of out jazz and contemporary indeterminate composition practices.
With asy/ks and various other iterations of his chamber ensemble, Young explores the outer limits of noise on purely acoustic string instruments, and a balance of spontaneity and structure. When not hugging or slapping his bass he can be found teaching, enjoying chowder, and trolling for class action lawsuits against powerful toilet paper holder manufacturers.
Kimberly A. Sutton is a cellist, sound artist, and composer. She has bachelor's degrees in political science and music at the University of Chicago and an MFA in electronic music and recorded media at Mills College, where she studied improvisation with Roscoe Mitchell and composition with Pauline Oliveros.
Recent installations have been shown at ArtPrize and the Chicago Home Theater Festival, and compositions at Detroit Contemporary and the Technosonics Festival at the University of Virginia.