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co-produced by and Frequency Series

September 20-22, 2014

**Festival Pass $15**

This September and Frequency Series co-produce the Chicago Wandelweiser Festival, the first serious showcase of the influential composer group in the city. On Saturday, September 20th at Constellation, celebrates a new recording of music by the Swiss Wandelweiser composer Jürg Frey, who will attend the concert. On Sunday, Sept 21st two events will include a 6:30 PM Wandelweiser group panel discussion moderated by Seth Brodsky with composers Jürg Frey and Eva-Maria Houben, pianist R. Andrew Lee, and’s Nomi Epstein at Constellation. Following the panel, at 8:30pm, the brilliant Denver pianist R. Andrew Lee will make his Chicago debut with a program including works by Jürg Frey, Eva-Maria Houben, Michael Pisaro, and Craig Shepard. On Monday evening the festivities move to Rockefeller Chapel for a free organ recital by Eva-Maria Houben, co-presented with the Renaissance Society and the Goethe Institute of Chicago.

September 20:’s debut CD release show

Constellation, Frequency Series    

8:30pm, $10   


The release show for’s debut CD more or less (New Focus Recordings), an album of ensemble works by the Swiss Wandelweiser composer, Jürg Frey.

A 3-year long recording project finally in its completion, is excited to present this beautiful music to Chicago audiences in concert and to ears further afar through the CD.

The release show will feature a world premiere of a new Frey piece written for this event, as well as performances of pieces recorded on the album. 

Your ticket to this concert enters you into a raffle to win a free more or less CD.

                                                                                   supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

                                                                                       and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

September 21:    Wandelweiser Panel at Constellation

Constellation, Frequency Series

6:30pm, Free


Join Wandelweiser composers Jürg Frey and

Eva-Maria Houben, pianist R. Andrew Lee, and director Nomi Epstein for a panel discussion on the history and music of the Wandelweiser Group.

Moderated by Seth Brodsky




September 21:     R. Andrew Lee at Constellation

Constellation, Frequency Series

8:30pm, $10


Denver-based pianist, R. Andrew Lee, an advocate of minimal music, and a specialist of Wandelweiser works, performs music by Wandelweiser composers Craig Shepard, Eva-Maria Houben, Michael Pisaro, as well as Jürg Frey, from his recent album Jürg Frey: Pianist, Alone.

September 22:     Eva-Maria Houben at Rockefeller Chapel

Rockefeller Chapel, U. of Chicago

8pm, Free



German Wandelweiser composer, Eva-Maria Houben, is both a formidable pianist and organist and a dynamic, prolific composer. As Steve Smith wrote earlier this year in the New York Times, Houben “seems to view notes less as musical building blocks than as discrete entities with complex life cycles, and absence as a substantive presence.” She’s a devoted post-Cage minimalist, privileging silence over repetition, particularly the way she highlights the decay of single notes or the shift from sonic density to its total absence.

Eva-Maria Houben performs a concert of her solo organ works in her North American debut at Rockefeller Chapel.

                                                           supported by the Renaissance Society

                                                            and the Goethe Institute of Chicago