Matt Ulery’s “Become Giant” ft. Zach Brock, Jon Deitemyer & KAIA String Quartet – Tickets – Constellation – Chicago, IL – March 2nd, 2018
Matt Ulery’s “Become Giant” ft. Zach Brock, Jon Deitemyer & KAIA String Quartet

Matt Ulery’s “Become Giant” ft. Zach Brock, Jon Deitemyer & KAIA String Quartet

Fri, March 2, 2018

8:30 pm


Chicago, IL


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Matt Ulery’s “Become Giant” ft. Zach Brock, Jon Deitemyer & KAIA String Quartet
Matt Ulery’s “Become Giant” ft. Zach Brock, Jon Deitemyer & KAIA String Quartet
Set 1
Chicago based prolific composer/bassist, Matt Ulery, presents a new, major work for string sextet+drums, “Become Giant,” originally commissioned by the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. For this Chicago premier performance, Ulery’s collective trio with Zach Brock and Jon Deitemyer, Triptych, integrate with Chicago based KAIA String Quartet for a dynamic, often romantic, you might say “cinematic” (ic!) chamber music fantasy score in eleven levels that features Zach Brock as both a unique stylistic interpreter and improvising soloist. There are scenes of music that features the ensemble in lush orchestral moments, and other times featuring Zach, weaving through composed parts and improvising in form with string quartet + drums and bass accompaniment creating resounding grooves rooted to modern jazz and folk rhythms. This is very much ensemble music that’s concentrated on the vital emotions in the fabric of the harmony in tow with deeply lyrical melodies. This is adventure music and it happens for about 40 minutes.

Set 2
Trio and Quartet music respectively, Triptych plays new, original trio music composed by Brock, Ulery, and Deitemyer. KAIA String Quartet presents Piazzolla tangos.


TRIPTYCH is a trio with violinist Zach Brock, bassist Matt Ulery, and drummer Jon Deitemyer. As a compositional collective they are creating new repertoire that draws on the traditions of jazz, contemporary classical, and American roots music. While Brock, Ulery, and Deitemyer have been playing together for over a decade in various ensembles and have recorded together extensively, Triptych marks their first collective endeavor. The music is an unorthodox combination of post-Romantic classical, Appalachian, and American jazz dialects fused with rhythms from West Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe.

“This is music of brisk intelligence.”
-New York Times

KAIA STRING QUARTET is a Chicago-based ensemble devoted to capturing the essence of Latin American culture through the medium of the string quartet. KAIA is currently in residency with WFMT Chicago's classical and arts radio station where they perform, curate, and expose audiences to new ways of thinking about Latin American music.

The quartet recently toured Uruguay and Argentina in support of their latest work, QUARTANGO, an album featuring all tangos from the Rio de la Plata. Their debut album Latinoamérica was released in 2014 and includes works by local composers Elbio Barilari and Gustavo Leone as well as Cuban composer Julián Orbón. The group recently completed an album of Latin music with guitarist Fareed Haque that includes works by Astor Piazzolla, Elbio Barilari, Eduardo Angulo and Leo Brouwer.

KAIA's ongoing involvement in Latin American communities has resulted in notable performances in Chicago and abroad. The ensemble is a regular guest artist at the Latino Music Festival of Chicago, Western Piedmont Symphony Chamber series in North Carolina, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art where they are currently in residence. They have collaborated with Grammy winner Raúl Jaurena, the National Chamber Music Ensemble of Uruguay, Chicago’s Tangata ensemble, Chicago Summer Dance Festival and the Latin American Music Center of Indiana University. In 2013 KAIA performed with Grammy Award winning musician and composer Paquito D’Rivera. Their performance was featured on NPR’s New Year’s Eve “Toast of the Nation.”

"KAIA String Quartet gracefully finesses the classical-to-jazz divide.” -Howard Reich, Arts Critic, Chicago Tribune

photo credit: Jacob Hand (Triptych)
photo credit: Todd Rosenberg (KAIA)
Venue Information:
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618