Sequesterfest (Vol. 2)

April 18, 2020

Saturday, April 18th, 2020, 2-5:30pm (Central Daylight Time)

Featuring: Torbjörn Zetterberg, Moreno Veloso, Ab Baars & Ig Henneman, Zeena Parkins, Mats Gustafsson, Susana Santos Silva, Thurston Moore

Dedicated to Hal Willner (1956-2020).

The second manifestation of Sequesterfest will consist of an afternoon of creative music from around the world.  Part of the Quarantine Concert series hosted by Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio, this event features an illustrious lineup of improvisors, composers, and songsmiths.  As the virus has mandated a rethinking of the social dimension of our lives, so too is it requiring adaptation and inventive response, suggesting a new paradigm for “chamber” music.  Performing remotely, the eight artists participating in Sequesterfest Vol. 2 invite the audience into their homes, generously lifting the veil that separates the public and private.  For a month now, we have grown more distant.  Gloves.  Masks.  Screens.  Yet we are allowed in to one another’s intimate spaces.  We are closer together.  This is a unique privilege of our present moment and we don’t take it for granted.  In seven sets, each a half-hour long, Thurston Moore, Ab Baars, Ig Henneman, Torbjörn Zetterberg, Susana Santos Silva, Mats Gustafsson, Zeena Parkins, and Moreno Veloso will call down the community spirit, communing in virtual space with an audience that consists at once of nobody and everyone, resonating their chambers, sending out vibrations that are, by their very nature, no matter how noisy or harsh, built of optimism and trust.  Nice way to spend a Saturday.

CvsD is proud to be associated with the ESS team, who surmount tech obstacles so you don’t have to.  Like all the Quarantine Concerts, Sequesterfest Vol. 2 is viewable by means of Twitch or on the ESS website.  Donations are requested on a sliding scale – as much as you can afford, as little as you are able – and all proceeds go 100% to the musicians or to their designated redirect.  Explore all the Quarantine Concerts, past and future – there’s gold in them there hills.  And the archived performances of Sequesterfest Vol. 1 will soon be available on the ESS website.  Start with Joe McPhee’s incantatory basement set – now that is underground music!

Check out Sequesterfest Vol. 2 and all of the Quarantine Concerts here:

Sequesterfest Vol. 2
Saturday, April 18, 2020

2pm (CDT): Thurston Moore
Emanating waves of guitar from his ecstatically peaceful flat in London.

2:30pm (CDT): Susana Santos Silva
Issuing lucent trumpet signals from her residence in Lisbon.

3pm (CDT): Torbjörn Zetterberg
Offering bass solos in front of a small audience of Zen masters and practitioners at Zengården Monastery in Sweden.

3:30pm (CDT): Ab Baars & Ig Henneman
Playing duets for reeds and viola from their canalfront apartment in Amsterdam.

4pm (CDT): Mats Gustafsson
Proffering saxophonic mayhem from the Discaholics Archive in Nickelsdorf, Austria.

4:30pm (CDT): Zeena Parkins
Preparing harp with all the fixings at her apartment in NYC.

5pm (CDT): Moreno Veloso
Singing his songs from the blood-red heart of Brazil.