Zelienople, Scott Tuma – Tickets – Constellation – Chicago, IL – February 21st, 2014
Zelienople, Scott Tuma


Scott Tuma

Fri, February 21, 2014

9:30 pm


Chicago, IL


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Zelienople exist as a unique entry in the pantheon of Chicago musicians pushing the boundaries of genre. The quartet takes basic song-structures and textural palates of folk and rock and infuses them with the spontaneous fluidity of jazz and the shimmering haze of ambient music, emphasizing subtle facets of each genre to create their own individual style. Zelienople is Matt Christensen on guitar and vocals with Mike Weis on drums, Brian Harding on bass, and Donn Ha on keyboards. Christensen and Weis have both released solo works (on Bathetic, Type, and Barge) and perform regularly with Scott Tumaas Good Stuff House. Harding has released solo works on Constellation Tatsu and Plus Tapes. Weis is also a member of Kwaidan with Locrian’s André Foisy and has collaborated with Mind Over Mirrors, Steven Hess (Locrian, Cleared), Jasper TX, and Korean percussionist So Ra Kim. These are intuitive players that are established in both the experimental and rock scenes, blazingtheir own quiet path somewhere in-between.

“A bit of shoegazing, a lot of slowcore, a psychedelic sensibility, but also a strong folk song feel all inform Zelienople’s music” – All Music

“Gorgeous widescreen Americana and dream pop…massively recommended to followers of Talk Talk, Bark Psychosis and Slowdive” – Boomkat

"Every Zelienople record since Stone Academy has been considered for album of the year, which makes them one of the most successful bands in the past decade (at least in my eyes). I ranked Stone Academy #6 of 2006, His/Hers #20 in 2007, Give It Up #2 in 2009, The World Is A House On Fire #2 in 2012, and now if it weren’t for the #1 pick this year Show Us The Fire would be tops in 2015" -Swan Fungus



For this performance at Constellation, both Svarte Greiner and Zelienople will be accompanied by moving images from filmmaker, Chris Hefner.
Scott Tuma
Scott Tuma
Scott Tuma is a musician from Chicago who is best known for having played guitar in the pioneering alt-country band Souled American. Since his departure from Souled American in the late 1990s Tuma has released four solo albums, performed and recorded with Chicago's Boxhead Ensemble, and collaborated with members of the band Zelienople in a project dubbed Good Stuff House.

Tuma's unique guitar work is one of the primary features responsible for Souled American's highly distinct sound. His solo work is more in line with ambient music than folk or country, though elements of those and other styles are still present. "Hard Again" and "The River 1 2 3 4" are expansive, gorgeous albums that feature Tuma playing most of the instruments himself - primarily guitar, harmonium, and organ (though he also plays bass, harmonica, and banjo) - though "Hard Again" also includes guest spots from members of Dirty Three, Rachel's, and Boxhead Ensemble.

Tuma's live performances are as unpredictable as the line-up that accompanies him. At times it's just him and a guitar, other times he's backed by an ensemble made up of Chicago's most experienced musicians. It's still unknown as to whom will show up for his band for this night but it will most likely result in a blissful experience for those in attendance.

"Scott Tuma's sophomore effort is once again rooted deeply in the soil of the forgotten ghosts of American music's past. Like Hard Again, Tuma crafts long, ambiguous soundscapes made with real instruments that meet the listener in a territory where memory, illusion, sense impression, and emotion share a peaceful, if somewhat uneasy relationship to one another. Tuma is very much an American primitive; he can rightfully be placed alongside people like Harry Partch and Henry Flynt but sounds like neither one though he evokes their independence." - All Music Guide

Venue Information:
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618