For the third straight year, the aptly named musician/promoter collective Umbrella Music will bring improvisers and jazz musicians from around the country and globe to Chicago for five days of music, November 5th through 9th.
The festival is perhaps without peer in the United States in terms of bringing cutting edge European acts to perform stateside, and its emphasis on musical meetings between local musicians and those from other cities and countries adds an alchemical element to the proceedings. The festival will once again open with a free multi-stage evening of performances at the Chicago Cultural Center and then move to venues across the city for concerts.
This year's festival brings in free jazz luminary John Tchicai, Italian free noise punk power trio Zu, New York based cornetist and composer Taylor Ho Bynum, and Globe Unity Orchestra founder Alexander Von Schlippenbach to town, amongst many others. For a full list of the offerings, visit umbrellamusic.org