Wed, May 29 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door


Chicago premier of "Parasol Peak"

 Pioneer of the hang (handpan), captivating musician Manu Delago has announced the forthcoming release of a unique and awe-inspiring movie and accompanying album, Parasol Peak out September 7th, in which Delago leads an ensemble of 7 musicians on a mountaineering expedition in The Alps. Along the way, the group perform a collection of brand new compositions in different locations, at varying altitudes.The Austrian-born composer was discovered by Björk, who rst invited him to perform alongside onher Biophilia tour. He is now a xture of Björk’s live lineup and has also toured with The Cinematic Orchestra and Olafur Arnalds. Further, he earned a Grammy-nomination for his work on Anoushka Shankar’s album Land of Gold, performed Hang on Poppy Ackroyd’s latest album ‘Resolve’ and appeared as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra.

w/ Chicago debut performance by Manu Delago

 It is for this reason that the musician spends a great deal of his life on the road and in studios, collaborating with various artists as well as writing, recording and performing his previous two critically-acclaimed electronic-driven albums Silver Kobalt and Metromonk. This was how Parasol Peak became an exercise in the artist removing himself from studios, tour busses and laptops, and seeking to compose and perform both within and as part of nature, using only totally acoustic instruments.Delago was not only inspired to incorporate the ensemble’s natural surroundings in The Alps, but also the percussive sounds of the group’s climbing gear. Delago comments: “Of course performing on acoustic instruments has been done for thousands of years, so I wanted to add an extra component – nature, or more precisely the Alps. I wanted to utilise our surroundings by incorporating lots of percussion sounds like trees, water, little rocks as well as the gear that we were carrying, such as helmets, carabiners or ice axes.

Dominic Johnson

 From Dominic Johnson: After studying at Rice University, I toured and recorded with the band rachel’s, a progenitor of what some now call “indie-classical” music.2018 finds me having completed 21 episodes on the music production team at Comedy Central’s Drunk History, DJing, and performing on viola and violin in a variety of settings. Here's a recent DJ and electric violin set from a late night party downtown Chicago: highlights have included co-founding and running the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago from 2005-15, and performances with Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, DJ Spooky, and Belle and Sebastian.I have also really enjoyed playing Mozart and Berg in the Vienna Konzerthaus, rocking the Hammerstein Ballroom opening for PJ Harvey, and playing electric viola for Chicago Symphony events.

DJ Warp

In addition to spinning tunes here at martyrs', DJ Warp has become a staple at many Chicago clubs and venues, including past residencies at Shelter, Smartbar and Sonotheque. Brian was the very first DJ to ever play the Chicago Symphony Center and has performed at the Aragon Ballroom, the MCA, Navy Pier and Riviera. With an unique ear for the latest in abstract dance music and unusual international music, Brian has been lucky to share the bill and support some of the world's top touring talents of many styles including; Konono No.1, Tabla Beat Science, Art Of Noise, Four Tet, Femi Kuti, Midival Punditz, Bebel Gilberto, Plaid, Manu Chao, Chebi Sabbah, Jamie Lidell, Talvin Singh, Prefuse 73, Amadou & Mariam, Bajofondo, Biz Markie and Bassnectar just to name a handful. Brian looks to use DJing as another form of musical expression in an effort to continue his life mission of turning people onto damn good music. He has been featured in various press including Time Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, CLTV, New City, and WBEZ Chicago Public Radio and more. 

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