Tim Berne’s Snake Oil – Tickets – Constellation – Chicago, IL – October 19th, 2013
Tim Berne's Snake Oil

Tim Berne's Snake Oil

Sat, October 19, 2013

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

Constellation

Chicago, IL

$12.00 - $15.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Tim Berne's Snake Oil
Tim Berne's Snake Oil
Tim Berne: alto saxophone
Oscar Noriega: clarinet and bass clarinet
Matt Mitchell: piano
Ches Smith: drums, percussion

Tim Berne was recently ranked in the Top 10 of Time Out New York’s “Essential NYC Jazz Icons”, an honour he will likely take with a pinch of salt, but also a reminder of the persistence of his endeavours: “Based on the recorded evidence, it may very well have been Tim Berne who was the definitive genius of NYC’s downtown 1980s jazz scene,” Time Out opined. “In the intervening years, he has remained committed to exploring the small group jazz idiom with a series of gritty, head-turning bands that have helped propel younger players such as Jim Black, Craig Taborn and Ches Smith into alt-jazz stardom”.

“Snakeoil” introduces a fascinating ensemble, a “chamber-like group” in Berne’s words, albeit one that packs some power. Tim’s tough alto is heard with Oscar Noriega’s earthy clarinets, Matt Mitchell’s cryptic piano, and Ches Smith’s tone-conscious drums, tympani, gongs and congas. Berne: “I'd decided on this very transparent instrumentation to try and avoid obvious stylistic references and to focus the listener on the musical ideas being presented.” Two years of wood-shedding preceded the recording of “Snakeoil” at New York’s Avatar Studios early in 2011, and the band was ready to roar.
Venue Information:
Constellation
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618