FREE PERFORMANCE: Saturday, February 26, 2011, 2:00pm

CHICAGO: To celebrate the impossible pliability and knuckle-cracking volatility of Peter Saul’s paintings and drawings, Corbett vs. Dempsey is pleased to present a solo concert of synthesizer music by Brian Labycz. Labycz is a relatively new face on Chicago’s improvising scene who draws on a range of sources utilizing a modular synthesizer – a home-made rig made out of both commercially manufactured modules and DIY constructed components – as well as digital manipulations, field recordings, acoustic instruments and invented devices. As he puts it: “The goal is to transcend gadgetry to arrive at a fully-realized performance instrument which is then mastered.” Working in various contexts, from noise to jazz, Labycz is able to create an astonishing assortment of sounds, all assembled into a startling composite. A hyperbolic, antic, extreme diversity of aural experience, a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma – electronic music or St. Elmo’s Fire? The intimate CvsD acoustics should be the perfect showcase for Labycz’s mad professorly set-up.

At the event’s end, the gallery will award one lucky visitor, chosen by raffle, a complete set of CvsD’s commemorative seasonal posters, all produced in limited editions, dating back to the gallery’s first season in 2004. Copies of individual posters will also be available for purchase.

Of course, this concert is a great excuse to see the Peter Saul exhibition Stupid Arguments, featuring two new paintings, six new
drawings, and an early pastel. Pick up a catalog while you’re here.

Labycz