Charles Joseph Smith - Record Release!

Charles Joseph Smith - Record Release!

ONO, Mykele Deville, JAWNS

Sat, February 17, 2018

8:30 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$10.00

Charles Joseph Smith
Charles Joseph Smith
Charles Joseph Smith is a pianist, composer, arranger, writer, and dancer based in Chicago, Illinois. He earned a B.M. in Piano at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University in 1994, cum laude. He continued his piano studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned an M.M. in Piano in 1995, and a D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Literature in 2002. In addition to performing in the the city of Chicago, Dr. Smith has performed and studied piano in various contexts around the country and the world. He is also a supporter and contributing member of Chicago's DIY musical community, especially its more avant garde and experimental elements. In January 2017, Dr. Smith teamed up with Chicago's Sooper Records. A cold winter recording session at MinBal Studios (now JamDek Studios) resulted in "War of the Martian Ghosts," a ten song jazz / avant garde solo piano piece. It chronicles Dr. Smith's fantastic trip to an ancient Martian civilization and his observation of a great war and its aftermath. Dr. Smith has been a staple personality in the Chicago arts community for years, where he has championed artists in all fields. Dr. Smith is currently at work on a multiple volume autobiography titled "I am Dr. Charles Joseph Smith," a book which details his experience in the arts as a person living with autism.

War of the Martian Ghosts will be released on Sooper Records on February 9, 2018. This is it's celebration.
ONO
ONO
Webster Dictionary defines spook as a ghost or a spectre, and ONO's brutal, daunting new LP is teeming with them. But spook is also a racial epithet, and this double-meaning informs the album from start to finish. The spectre of race, of course, has defined our nation's history from its inception--it's the "long shadow," in Obama's words, that's with us always. Spooks, as bandleader P. Michael puts it with typical bluntness, is America--past, present and future.

It's hardly the first time the almighty ONO have brought their vision to bear on the dilemma of black life in the 'New World', but Spooks is ONO going deeper, darker and denser than they ever have before. Joined by a slew of guest performers and fellow travelers, including Ministry's Al Jourgensen, Lamont Thomas of Cleveland's Obnox, Hilal Omar Al Jamal of Night Auditor, and longtime collaborator Shannon Rose Riley, the core band is at its most punishing, their Afro-industrial rhythms driving and ruthless. Singer travis, meanwhile, has never sounded so terrifying, or prophetic, as he conjures up, in his many voices, the "bleeding haints" of (pan)-American life: cotton gins, sugar plantations, CIA coups; "Brownsville" slumlords, South Side arrest rides, drive-thru funeral homes. "I try not to think about Spooks," he explains. "Spooks burns my loins. Spooks buries my unborn children. Spooks illuminate the (US) American landscape."

Spooks is no history lesson, or dry polemic. Its ghosts are still rattling their chains, their haunting perpetual and highly personal. It's hard to imagine where they can possibly go after as grueling (and brilliant) an album as this, but after heating up for some 35 years ONO is positively aflame--whatever they thrown down next might literally melt the wax."
JAWNS
Jawns is an experimental band formed by Clyde Moreau and Lucas Darling in February 2017. They specialize in improv but will charge for anything else.

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