upcoming shows

 AUGUST 25th  9PM  $5

Jason Stein, and Frank Rosaly /Paul Giallorenzo 

 Jason Stein, bass clarinet

Paul Giallorenzo, piano/synthesizer

Frank Rosaly, drummer/composer

Jason Stein was born in 1976 and is originally from Long Island, New York. Stein started his musical life as a blues-and-rock guitarist, but Eric Dolphy changed his life. After hearing the groundbreaking woodwind innovator, Stein replaced his guitar with a bass clarinet. He later studied with Charles Gayle and Milford Graves at Bennington College and at the University of Michigan with Donald Walden and Ed Sarath. In 2005, Stein relocated to Chicago and has since recorded for such labels as Delmark, Atavistic, 482 Music and Clean Feed. Stein has performed throught the US and Europe, including performances in festivals in Lisbon, Cracow, Barcelona, Debreccen and Ljubljana. Fan’s of the Chicago free jazz scene may recognize Jason Stein from his work in Ken Vandermark band Bridge 61, collaborations with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Jeff Parker, and featured roles in other midwestern ensembles. A flexible performer, he can go “mainstream” in the post-bop and free traditions or exploit novel situations, as, for example his work oboist Kyle Bruckmann in the experimental chamber jazz ensemble Wrack. His hard-driving presence on sessions with Peter Brotzmann and Fredrik Ljungkvist and his nuanced pitch and color manipulations for Lonberg-Holm and Parker demonstrate his versatility. The trio’s name, Locksmith Isidore, comes from Stein’s grandfather, a master locksmith who didn’t trust banks and hid his money inside an old sofa in his attic. The “loss” in the title refers to the calculations he made for the costs and benefits not having a bank account. He has had the opportunity to perform with a number of exciting local and international musicians including: Michael Moore, Jeff Parker, Rudi Mahall, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, Jeb Bishop, Michiel Braam, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Pandelis Karayorgis, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tony Buck, Kent Kessler, Tobias Delius, Nate McBride, Jack Wright, Michael Zerang, Michael Vatcher, Frank Gratkowski, Peter Brotzman, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Wilbert DeJoode, and Håvard Wiik.

  Paul Giallorenzo was born and raised in NY, Chicago-based improviser, composer, and sound designer using piano, synthesizer, and electronics in a wide variety of groups and contexts, ranging from jazz and improvised music to electro-acoustic / noise.

Current projects and releases include GitGO (Leo, 482 reeds/brass/piano/bass/drums); Paul Giallorenzo Trio featuring Ingebrigt Håker Flaten + Tim Daisy (Nottwo Records, piano/bass/drums); Gregorio/Giallorenzo Duo (Peira, clarinet/piano); Breakway (Peira, synthesizers/piano/percussion); Masul (Creative Sources, (bass saxophone/electronics).

Previously funded by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Swiss Benevolence Society. Performances in Europe, Brazil and throughout the US include a 2010 appearance at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Paul is producer, organizer, co-founder, director of the art gallery/music venue Elastic, producing hundreds of creative music concerts in Chicago since 2001.

Frank Rosaly  is a drummer and composer living in Chicago. He has been involved in the improvised and experimental music community since 2001 where he has become an integral part of Chicago’s musical fabric, navigating a fine line between the vibrant improvised music, experimental, rock and jazz communities. He contributes much of his time to performing, composing, teaching, as well as organizing musical events, while also touring regularly domestically and internationally.

Frank is currently active in many projects throughout Chicago as well as New York and in Europe. Some groups include Matana Robert’s Chicago Project, Rob Mazurek’s Mandarin Movie, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten Quintet, Scorch Trio, Jason Stein Quartet, Jeff Parker/Nels Cline Quartet, Josh Abrams’ Natural Information, Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Valentine Trio, Keefe Jackson’s Project Project, The Fast Citizens, The Jeb Bishop Trio, Jason Adasievicz’s Rolldown, Jorrit Dijkstra’s Flatlands Collective, Chicago Lucern Exchange, Hearts and Minds, Slow Cycle, Outskirts, Darren Johnston’s Chicago Quintet and others. Some performances in the recent past include collaborations with Thurston Moore, Peter Brotzmann, Tony Malaby, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Coleman, Paul Flaherty, Marshall Allen, Louis Moholo, Eric Boeren, Ken Vandermark, Michael Zerang, Walter Weirbos, Joan of Arc, White/Light, Male, Fennesz, Green Pasture Happiness, among many others.

Rosaly leads a sextet, Cicada Music, featuring James Falzone (cl), Jason Stein (bcl) and Keefe Jackson (cbcl), Jason Asasiewicz (vb), and Jason Roebke (b) performing music inspired by the cinematic experience. Frank also leads Green and Gold, a quintet featuring Cameron Pfiffner (reeds), Nick Mazzarella (alto), Tomeka Reid (cello) and Anton Hatwich (bass) exploring the music collaborations of Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons.

He is also involved in a solo project called Milkwork: a study in integration of electronically manipulated percussion instruments, improvising dense sound walls with controlled feedback, overdriven amplified drums. Frank blends sound-scapes designed through analog electronic synthesis with extended techniques on unamplified drum set.

Frank organizes and coordinates the Ratchet Series, a weekly showcase of creative music at the Skylark in Chicago. Frank is also faculty at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Frank earned a performance degree from Northern Arizona University. He has studied with Billy Higgins, Peter Donald, Bob Moses, Joel DiBartolo, Dom Moio, Steve Hemphill, Robert Schulz, Michael Vatcher and with the staff at the Jazz Record Mart.