upcoming shows

Oct. 11 – 9pm $8

Christoph Erb+Jim Baker+Frank Rosaly & Ken Aldcroft


Christoph Erb performs regularly in Europe and the U.S with many musicians including: Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, Jason Roebke, Jason Adasciewicz, Josh Berman, Keefe Jackson, Tomeka Reid, Frank Rosaly, Nate Wooley, Jamie Branch, Jeb Bishop, Paul Lovens, Hans Koch, Urs Leimgruber, Martin Schütz, Christy Doran, Daniel Humair, Peter Schärli, Frantz Loriot, Julian Sartorius, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Christian Weber, Christian Wohlfart and many others, He played several tours in Europe, USA and Southamerika.

In 2007 he has formed his own Label veto-records, and 2011 after a four month residence in Chicago the sublabel for improvised music veto-exchange.

2012 he received the Culture Award from the City of Lucerne.
There are more than 14 albums to his credit. 
Recordings are available on veto-records, Hat-hut and Unit-records.

Frank Rosaly (Francisco Javier Rosaly Amoros Rosello – b. 5/30/74 Phoenix, AZ) 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 Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad Quartet, Matana Robert’s Chicago Project, Rob Mazurek’s Mandarin Movie, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Ingebrigt HakerFlaten Quintet, Scorch Trio, Nicole Mitchell Ice Crystal Quartet, Jason Stein Quartet, Jeff Parker/Nels Cline Quartet, Josh Abrams’ Natural Information Society, Fred LonbergHolm’s Valentine Trio, Keefe Jackson’s Project Project, The Fast Citizens, The Jeb Bishop Trio, Jason Adasievicz’s RolldownJorrit Dijkstra’s Flatlands Collective, Chicago Lucern Exchange, Hearts and Minds, Slow Cycle, Outskirts, Darren Johnston’s Chicago Quintet, Anchor and others. 

Some performances in the recent past include collaborations with Bobby Bradford, Frode Gjerstad, Jeff Parker, Thurston Moore, Peter Brotzmann, TonyMalaby, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Coleman, Paul Flaherty, Marshall Allen, Louis Moholo, Nels Cline, Eric Boeren, Ken Vandermark, Michael Zerang, WalterWeirbosJoan of ArcWhite/Light, Fennesz, David Daniell, Rhys Chatham, Doug McCombs, Michael Attias, Michael Moore, Jaap Blonk and Colin Stetson, among many others.

‘s sextet, Cicada Music features 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 also studies cymbal hammering, and utilizes his hammering experiments with this project.

Frank organizes and coordinates the Ratchet Series, along with Nick Mazzarella, Anton Hatwich and Kate Dumbleton to showcase creative music in an intimate house concert setting 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, DomMoio, Steve Hemphill, Robert Schulz, Michael Vatcher and with the staff at the Jazz Record Mart.

Jim Baker has been playing in and around Chicago as a pianist, keyboardist, and synthesist for more than two decades, mostly in improvisational contexts. He initially studied piano with Thomas Scott, of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and studied composition with Morgan Powell and Herbert Brun at the University of Illinois at Urbana.

During the 1980’s, Baker played frequently in groups led by saxophonist Harold Jones (a.k.a. Hal Raru), and also played in the Nicholas Tremulis band. After leaving the Tremulis group, Baker was an active participant in the then-nascent free improvisation scene, performing with groups including trombonist Bill Barnes; guitarist / xylophonist Rick Barnes; guitarist / banjoist Andre Caporaso; percussionist Steve Hunt, bassist Kent Kessler, shortwave radiotarist / hydrokalimbist Don Meckley; bassist / guitarist / trumpeter Brian Sandstrom; violinist / guitarist / cornetist Daniel Scanlan; mezzo-coloratura Gwendolyn Manter-Seminara; and percussionist / tubaphonist Michael Zerang.

During the 1990s, Baker continued performing with many of the above, plus reedists Victoria Alexander, Fred Anderson, Anje Carnys-Soltis; Paul Fenner, Guillermo Gregorio, Cameron Pfiffner, Arthur Taylor, Richard Theodore, Ken Vandermark, Edward Wilkerson, and Mars Williams; trumpeters John Adkins, Curtis Black, Billy Brimfield, and Tony Mujica; guitarists Kevin Drumm, Jim O’Rourke, Tony Suto, Ben Vida, and Matt Wilson; bassists Josh Abrams, Harrison Bankhead, Michael Cristol, Dan Simon, Mitch Straeffer, Kevin Tkacz, Matt Thompson; bassist / cellist Louis Varro; oboeist Robbie Hunsinger; percussionist / trumpeter / reedist Hal Russell; cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm; trombonist / guitarist Jeb Bishop; cellist / keyboardist / vocalist Bob Marsh; violinist Terri Kapsalis; vocalist Gina McLaughlin; multi-instrumentalists Hal Rammel and Weasel Walter; and percussionists Joe Adamik, Ajaramu, Hamid Drake, Tim Keenan, Tim Mulvenna, Afifi Phillard, Damon Short, Grant Strombeck, Chad Taylor, Bob Vernae, Matt Weston, and Zaid.

In 1995, the improvising trio Caffeine (Vandermark, Hunt, and Baker) released their debut CD on Okkadisk, and a California tour took the group to performances in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Berkeley. During 1996, Baker played at two European jazz festivals, both in sextets featuring reedists Ken Vandermark & Mars Williams (Vandermark’s Chicago Improvisers group at Moers {Germany} [reedists Vandermark & Williams, with guitarist Jim O’Rourke, bassist Kent Kessler, percussionist Hamid Drake, & Baker]; and Witches & Devils at the Tampere Jazz Happening {Finland} [Vandermark & Williams, with cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, bassist Harrison Bankhead, percussionist Steve Hunt, & Baker]). Also during 1996, a trio led by Baker, featuring Kent Kessler and Hamid Drake, with special guest tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson, performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival. Baker also performed in a trio with clarinetist / accordianist Rudiger Carl and guitarist Stefan Wittwer, during the 1996 FMP Festival in Chicago.

1997 included performances with: percussionist Zerang and reedist Steve Nelson-Raney at Woodland Pattern in Milwaukee; Steam (Vandermark, Kessler, and drummer Tim Mulvenna) at a jazz festival in London, Ontario, Canada; Broken Wire (Scanlan, Lonberg-Holm, Zerang, and Baker) at various clubs in Chicago; trumpeter Tony Mujica’s group (at the Velvet Lounge, Bop Shop and the South Shore Jazz Festival in Chicago); Harrison Bankhead’s quartet, featuring saxophonist Edward Wilkerson Jr., and percussionist Vincent Davis, (at a concert at Unity Temple, in Oak Park, IL.); Sludge 2000 [featuring guitarist Stefan Wittwer and bassist Marino Pliakis] at the Empty Bottle; saxophonist Arthur Taylor’s quintet – (featuring trumpeter Billy Brimfield) at the Custer Street Fair, in Evanston, IL; percussionist Michael Zerang and vocalist Jaap Blonk, at Lunar Cabaret; pianist Steve Beresford (as a “surprise third set”) at the Empty Bottle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music; percussionist Damon Short (in duet, and in a group performing music of Herbie Nichols), at Lunar Cabaret; reedist Ken Vandermark (in Caffeine, Steam, Witches & Devils, and other situationsn) at Lunar Cabaret & Bop Shop; and with cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and saxophonist Michael Attias at Lunar Cabaret.

During 1998, Baker performed with Michael Zerang at the Empty Bottle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music; and at the Myopic Books improvisation festival with a quartet including trombonist Jeb Bishop, bassist Josh Abrams, and percussionist Chad Taylor, which was recorded for future release on BoxMedia. Other performances during 1998 included a trio with Zerang and pianist Sten Sandell, several guest performances with Vandermark & Williams’ “Cinghiale & Friends”, (where other guests included Lonberg-Holm, O’Rourke, Bishop, Sandell, and reedist Peter Brotzman); ongoing performances with Scanbake, Witches & Devils, Caffeine, duets with percussionist Damon Short; a trio with Sandstrom and Hunt; a quartet with guitarist Tony Suto, Sandstrom, and Hunt; in groups led by cornetist Rob Mazurek, trombonist Jeb Bishop, flautist Michael Mason, and saxophonist Cameron Pfiffner; and with O’Rourke, Zerang, Vandermark, percussionist Steve Butters, and multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp. Baker was also part of a group assembled & conducted by writer / producer Art Lange (which also included O’Rourke, Lonberg-Holm, reedist Guillermo Gregorio, and percussionist Carrie Biolo-Thompson) that recorded the first complete recording of Cornelius Cardew’s “Treatise” for future release (either on Hat Hut, or one of their subsidiary / affiliate labels [eg, HatOlogy or Hat Art].)

Baker performs regularly as house pianist at the weekly Sunday evening jam sessions at Fred Anderson’s Velvet Lounge (2158 1/2 S. Indiana, Chicago). His activities as a writer / composer have been ongoing during the past twenty years, and some of his compositions have been recorded by Steam and Broken Wire.



Guitarist / improviser / composer / producer Ken Aldcroft has been a part of the Toronto jazz and improvised music community since 2001 and with several tours and recordings under his belt since 1997 he has become an integral part of the national creative music scene. His latest projects include the Ken Aldcroft Convergence Ensemble an improvising quintet that also incorporates composed material into their performances. Four in One a duo project with drummer Dave Clark performing the Thelonious Monk songbook and performing in ad hoc improvised music meetings whenever the opportunity presents itself.

As well as continually collaborating with various artists from the world of word, dance, film and video Ken has performed/collaborated with a wide array of both national and international musicians and artists; including Kris Elgstrand, Ensemble Independent, June Pak, Out of Order, Ronda Rindone, Claude Ranger, Peggy Lee, Ron Samworth, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Paul Hession, Michael Snow, Andy Haas, George McFetridge, Francois Houle, Dylan van der Schyff, John Korsrud, Wolter Wierbos, Gene Smith, Skip Beckwith, Jean Derome, Glen Hall, Tony Wilson, David Prentice, Bob Tildesly, Ron Samsom, Eric Chenaux, Tom Chant, Brad Muirhead, David Mott, Victor Bateman, Kevin Turcotte, Lori Freedman, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Paul Cram, Tim Posgate, Rob Clutton, Nick Fraser, Brodie West, Jean Martin, Justin Haynes, John Oswald, Marylin Lerner, Rueben Radding and Tom Arthurs.