MUSIC: Rob Mazurek

Rob Mazurek performs "Projections 1-10" on October 9th (6 pm) and 10th (10 am to 7 pm). 

Chicago-based composer, improviser and multi-media artist Rob Mazurek has drawn inspiration from a multitude of audio and visual styles and sources over the past three decades. Augmenting his cornet playing with computer programming, electronics and an assortment of keyboards, Mazurek's broad electro-acoustic palette defies simple categorization. Mazurek currently leads and composes for a wide variety of ongoing ensembles, including Exploding Star Orchestra, Black Cube SP, São Paulo Underground, Pharoah & The Underground (featuring Pharoah Sanders) and Chicago Underground Duo, which played for Ballroom Marfa in 2010. 

Collaborations include a wide cross section of leading figures and ensembles in jazz, electronic, rock, and improvised music, including the late Bill Dixon, Yusef Lateef and Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders, Roscoe Mitchell, Naná Vasconcelos, Mike Ladd, Emmett Kelly, Jim O’Rourke, Sam Prekop and Isotope 217. The August 2013 edition of The Wire magazine features Mazurek on the cover and describes him as a prolific and venerable force in new music. He has published over 250 compositions and has released 51 recordings on various labels including Cuneiform, Delmark, Thrill Jockey, Northern Spy, Submarine, Aesthetics, and his own label, Infinity Dogs. Beyond his ensemble efforts, Mazurek's solo endeavors reflect his interest in musique concrete and electronic sound manipulation, with releases on Corbett vs. Dempsey, Mego, Bottrop-Boy, Adluna and Moikai. His compositional practice includes traditional notation, graphic and visual scores for composed, improvised and conducted works. Also a visual artist, Mazurek has exhibited his multi-media works nationally and internationally. In 2013, he was awarded a residency at URDLA Centre International Estampe & Livre in Villeurbanne, France where he realized four 3D lithographs and six paintings to be used as graphic scores for improvisation.

This solo performance, inspired by an extended stay in Marfa during Sept. and Oct. 2014, features a new work, Projections 1-10. Mazurek will use cornet, modular synthesizer and sampler to build 10 layers of sound. Each layer in the composition mirrors ideas explored while creating a series of 10 paintings in 10 layers. Mazurek’s sound and vision works often deal with an obscured architecture, where individual layers may not be visible or audible in themselves, but reveal a superstructure where even the concealed layers offer a resonant energy. A limited selection of audio and visual works will be available at the performance.www.robmazurek.com.