Chi Away: Reflections on Community in Isolation
This project will mainly comprise recordings of three separate small ensembles made over the course of
a few months. The groups are new collaborations, made up of musicians from the Chicago area. The
assemblies include musicians from a wide array of musical backgrounds, ranging from classical to jazz to country to experimental to punk.
The groups are as follows:
Hearsay’s singular aesthetic ranges from otherworldly textures to slowly evolving rhythmic grooves, to hard-hitting improvisations. Their musical language is influenced by their diverse backgrounds, which meld together to form something both familiar and alien, but always fresh.
Allen Moore – turntables, records casted with varying materials.
Ishmael Ali – cello, guitar, electronics
Bill Harris – drum set percussion
This group is scheduled to record in early May.
Wills McKenna – saxophone
Ishmael Ali – cello, electronics
Bill Harris – drum set, percussion
N.W. Long – electronics
This group is scheduled to record in late May.
Brianna Tong – vocals
Johanna Brock – vocals, violin
Ishmael Ali – cello
Andrew Scott Young – double bass
Thematically, the goal of the project as a whole is catharsis—reflecting on our
individual experiences during the past year in isolation. The music will be simultaneously competition, reflection, beginning.