Peter Margasak's Frequency Festival - a six-night celebration of the weekly Sunday night series at Constellation highlighting the best and brightest of Chicago's New Music ensembles, performers, and composers - kicked off last night with a performance by the group Mocrep at the MCA.
From the beginning, Margasak has considered it part of Frequency's mission to bridge the gaps between different avant-garde audiences: Green Pasture Happiness, a combo of free improvisers who play reeds and analog electronics, shared the bill at its inaugural show with Ensemble dal Niente. He acknowledges the social and cultural barriers that exist between jazz, classical, and experimental crowds, but he suggests that the music is "not as far apart as people think. I don't know why there has to be such a stark division."
Moving forward, Margasak wants to continue exploring points of contact between disparate sounds and scenes. "I want to work more towards colliding things, program more double bills with people from different worlds—because they are not so far apart," he says. "It's a way to bring people together. There's so much division today, and people don't know why they are divided half of the time. Using this platform to let someone who knows classical hear something new turns my crank."
The Festival continues tonight, February 15th, with R. Andrew Hill at Bond Chapel. View the full schedule at http://frequencyseries.com
Read the full preview via The Chicago Reader.
Feature photo: Ensemble Dal Niente by Karjaka Studios