Ryan Whitney, Typical Sisters, Yadda Yadda

Ryan Whitney

Typical Sisters

Yadda Yadda

Sun, April 7, 2019

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$10

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Ryan Whitney
Broken loose from the chains of his former band the Predictions, Ryan Whitney brings some friends along to experiment with some new songs and arrangements.
Typical Sisters
Typical Sisters
Hungry Ghost, the title of Typical Sisters’ new album from Outside in Music, refers to the Chinese Buddhist idea of a being whose appetites cannot be sated. In 2019, when smartphones are essentially a human appendage, governments are corporatized and the media cycle never rests, it’s a concept that all but defines our reality.
Consider, then, this thoughtful, immersive music by guitarist Gregory Uhlmann, bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Matt Carroll as a kind of antidote—the yang to our 21st-century yin, or, as Carroll puts it, “optimism amidst impulse.” With the melodic and structural focus of rock or folk, a sense of musicianship and interplay rooted in jazz, and production aspects that pull from experimental music and DJ culture, Hungry Ghost is equally distinctive and evocative. In these reflective soundscapes, one can hear the maverick jazz guitar of Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot and Jakob Bro; the krautrock of Can and the post-rock of Tortoise; the ambient fusion that begins with Miles’ In a Silent Way and ’70s ECM LPs; the sun-faded scores of Ennio Morricone and Ry Cooder; the psychedelic funk of Khruangbin; Reich-ian minimalism; and more.
Despite these record-geek-worthy references, though, style doesn’t obscure substance; a feeling of craft and deliberation characterizes these nine tracks, even when the band is engrossed in improvisation. Typical Sisters is a singular instance in which the tag “songwriter” applies to jazz-trained musicians more readily than “composer.”
The members of Typical Sisters come to that song- and album-oriented mindfulness through genrespanning experience. Uhlmann (and producer, Tim Carr) are veterans of the mathy indie act Fell Runner; Carroll anchors the powerfully tuneful songwriting of Macie Stewart and Sima Cunningham in Ohmme; and Sommers’ credits range from the inviting avant-jazz of his trio Ba(SH) to touring the world with jazz vocalist Kurt Elling. “In Typical Sisters, we understand that it’s about the architecture of the tune and the melody of the tune first,” Sommers says. But “the music is also performative,” Carroll points out, “and never played the same way twice.”
“Throughout the process of making this music, we intended to establish a kind of balance within each atmosphere,” Sommers explains. “In life, our goal is to find these systems of balance.
Yadda Yadda
Yadda Yadda
Ayanna Woods is a composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist from Chicago. She earned her BA in music composition from Yale University. Her pieces have been performed by the Wet Ink Ensemble, members of Fifth House Ensemble, the Chicago Children’s Choir, and others. Ayanna is a ravenous collaborator across genres. Her work as a writer, producer, and arranger can be found in film scores for Manual Cinema, Revive LLC, and the viral web series Brown Girls, as well as in Jamila Woods’ release, Heavn, and Ayanna’s own solo project called Yadda Yadda. She is a recipient of Third Coast Percussion's 2017 Emerging Composers Partnership. Her music explores the spaces between acoustic and electronic, traditional and esoteric, wildly improvisational and mathematically rigorous.
Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com