Oracle Hysterical

Oracle Hysterical

Cactus Tractor, Wayfaring (James Falzone and Katie Ernst)

Thu, July 14, 2016

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$8.00

Oracle Hysterical
Oracle Hysterical
Oracle Hysterical is a collective of 4 composer-performers: twin brothers Doug Balliett (double bass, viola da gamba) and Brad Balliett (bassoons), Majel Connery (vocals, autoharp), and Elliot Cole (guitars, vocals, harmonium). Half band, half book club, OH combines eclectic musical influences with literary breadth, adapting great works of literature through the medium of song. OH has created hip-hoperas, art-rock song cycles, rap cantatas, and other genre-bending works all over America and Europe, collaborating with a variety of ensembles to cultivate a unique sound palette for each project.

Most recently, OH was commissioned by Grammy-nominated ensemble, A Far Cry, to create the orchestral song cycle, Tales of Lapham, a collaboration with literary journal, Lapham's Quarterly, which debuts at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston this fall. Over the past year, OH premiered several new works including Doug Balliett's "Cleopatra" cantata with Metropolis Ensemble (le Poisson Rouge); Hecuba with Chicago Composers Orchestra (Constellation, Chicago); and "Passionate Pilgrim," a commission from New Vintage Baroque (White Box Gallery, NYC). Currently, it is putting finishing touches on Hecuba the album, commissioned by Opera Cabal, and recorded with mix engineers Chris Botta and Alexander Overington (Radiolab, Q2 Music) and Jason Treuting (So Percussion). The group is also recording "Passionate Pilgrim" at Bunker Studios (Brooklyn; with Ryan Streber, mix engineer) this winter.

In its early years, 2009-11, Oracle Hysterical appeared at the MATA Festival (The Rake, with Metropolis Ensemble), the Berkshire Fringe Festival (Grimms’ Fairy Tales), and at the Lucerne Festival Academy (Billy Budd), where they were Spotlight Artists in 2011. In 2013, vocalist Majel Connery joined the group. The influence of her whispery, semi-operatic vocals fired a new generation of chamber pop cycles for groups like the Marcel Trio (Afghani folktale "Babinigar") and Washington Square Winds (Grimms' "The Fisherman and his Wife"). OH has also performed at The Stone, Spectrum, National Sawdust and the White Box Gallery in NYC, and at Constellation and High Concept Laboratories in Chicago, where they will be ensemble in residence summer of 2016.
Cactus Tractor
Cactus Tractor
Cactus Tractor is a seven-person Bohemian Pop Folk Disco (beau-pop-faux-disc) band based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with four songwriters, toothsome harmonies, and a multitude of fun stringed and unstrung instruments. These include, but are not limited to, the hula horn (invented by Christy), the musical saw (which is dangerous), the violin (which is also dangerous if you're standing just to the left), the accordion (which is heavy), the charango (which attracts a lot of attention despite its small stature—much like its player, Stef!), buckets-and-buckets-full of harmonicas (which often fall on the ground and cause great consternation), frogs (which croak when struck with a stick—try it out!), and tea towels (which, laid artfully over a snare drum, make for a proper English quiet-funky kit sound). We love playing farmers’ markets, house shows, cafes, beer gardens, petting zoos, clothing swaps, nursing homes, and just about anyplace we will find teenagers uncomfortable to be with their parents. As of late, teens have reluctantly toe-tapped to our tunes at the New Mexico Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (showcased band), the Albuquerque Folk Festival*, the Tricklock Theater Company’s Reptilian Lounge (house band), Road to Rich’s Tie Dye Festival, the Albuquerque BioPark (botanic gardens and petting zoo), the Downtown Growers’ Market, a Skarsgard Farms “Folk Circus,” the Albuquerque Mennonite Church, the Regency Nursing Home in Springfield, IL, the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, and countless coffee shops, restaurants, and—for those peeking in the window—bars. Formed in 2012 to perform a concert of songs written by adult artists with developmental disabilities (co-written by Stef), Cactus Tractor is committed to fostering musical community in Albuquerque not only through performing but also through outreach and education. Our first, only, and best album—Cactus Tractor—was funded by a successful Kickstarter Campaign and is available on CD Baby and iTunes.

*Not exactly true. The concert tent blew away in a wind storm and the festival was canceled before we had a chance to play.
Wayfaring (James Falzone and Katie Ernst)
Wayfaring (James Falzone and Katie Ernst)
Taking its name from a beloved American folk song, Wayfaring is a duo project between bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst and clarinetist James Falzone. What began as a casual meeting between like-minded players has formed into a duo of unusual nuance and depth, drawing on source material from the jazz tradition, hymns, folks songs, and original compositions from Ernst and Falzone. Wayfaring will release their debut recording in early 2017 and was included on Constellation's 2015 compilation Nine/Two, featuring many of Chicago's finest jazz and improvised music artists.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com