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Singletrack

CAR Music's Singletrack

Singletrack is CAR's Artist Story for Chicago performers in which songwriters, actors, playwrights, bands and more discuss a song and how it came to be alongside audio or video clips of the work. To submit your song for consideration, please email the music researcher.

Singletrack: Benjamim e Edinho

“Swim Swim”

Cornetist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Ben LaMar Gay has been making waves in various circles of the Chicago creat

Singletrack: HOMME

"Woman"

Homme is Macie Stewart (of Marrow) and Sima Cunningham, and they have what they call a “harmonic connection.”

Singletrack: Elle Casazza

“Soft & Low”

When Elle Casazza takes the stage, she takes the room, as well—a fact that any Chicagoan who has seen the “fearless, sultry and powerful” artist perform live will likely attest to.

Akenya Seymour

Singletrack: Akenya

"Disappear"

You may have heard Akenya Seymour on Chance the Rapper’s #10Day or at one of her jazz showcases around the city. A graduate of the Chicago Academy of the Arts who went on to study jazz voice at Boston’s New England Conservatory, 23-year-old multi-genre artist Akenya Seymour is a force to be reckoned with.

Coya Paz

SinglePage: Coya Paz

"mi sunqu (my heart, mi corazón)" from page 25 of Rebeldes: A Proyecto Latina Anthology

When my daughter was born, I remembered words I had forgotten: sunqu, wawa, uripachallay.

Laura Krughoff

Singlepage: Laura Krughoff

"The History of a Hunting Accident"

Krughoff reads from her story and describes a throw-down with her editor and the rumor that inspired the piece.

Author Megan Stielstra

Singlepage: Megan Stielstra

"Channel B" from The Best American Essays 2013

How do you write about depression in a way that isn’t depressing? I decided to start small. Instead of "I need help," I wrote "I need a shower."

Pugz Atomz

Singletrack: Pugs Atomz

"Rocks and Blows" from Bama Pi

If you are familiar with my music, you know I’m about styles, patterns and double entendres.

Singletrack: ATOM-r

"The Operature" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

We discovered we could activate gallery spaces as if they were crime scenes or sites of cruising—of men interacting with men.

Joel Styzens. Photo: Paul Elledge

Singletrack: Instrumentalist Joel Styzens

Soundtracking "Bicycle Notes," an animated digital short

Animator Fernanda Torres of Bogota, Colombia, approached me about composing a soundtrack for her digital short after hearing my instrumental album. We collaborated back and forth via the Internet for about one year.

Nadia Oussenko

Singletrack: Choreographer Nadia Oussenko

On directing the dance-film "Nothing to See/Hear"

Nothing to See/Hear is a love story about two women and their unraveling relationship. As the estranged couple poses in a portrait studio, each reflects on their former intimacy. The story is set to the bittersweet track A True Story of a Story of True Love by The Books.

Raphaelle Ziemba

Singletrack: Choreographer Raphaelle Ziemba

On the participatory series, "Dance: A Moving Canvas"

"Dance: A Moving Canvas" is program that seeks to expand dance audiences in Chicago by enabling participants to deepen their understanding of the choreographic process. Three choreographers were chosen by jury to develop work for the program.

Jacob Kart

Singletrack: Jacob Kart

"Tina's House on the Hill" from the album Life of Crime

It's pretty much a true story, based on a weird experience I had on a trip I took to Mexico....There's an old woman there who's a sort of hallucinogenic shaman. Traveling kids from all over the world congregate at her house. It's a pretty wild scene. It seemed like I should write a song about it.

Erica Mott

Singletrack: Erica Mott

Rehearsal footage from the interdisciplinary "3 Singers Opera"

The interdisciplinary performance "3 Singers Opera" explores the female body’s relationship with machinery, particularly with the labor, production and policies of the textile industry.

David Taylor

Singletrack: David Taylor

"Coffee's So Good" single

I wanted to create something dance-able. This hook tends to lend itself to that. Besides, it’s simply more fun setting something to a four-on-the-floor beat.

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