Apr 27th 2023

The longstanding transatlantic collaboration The Bridge brings its latest incarnation to Elastic Arts! PANG! [The Bridge #2.5 ] features an all star lineup including Chicagoans Ben Lamar Gay and Sam Pluta, and Parisians Sophie Agnel and Pascal Niggenkemper. For tonight’s concert, they’ll be adding special guest Jon Irabagon on reeds!

8:30 PM : PANG! [The Bridge #2.5 ]

Sam Pluta : electronics
Ben Lamar Gay : cornet, voice, electronics, flutes, percussion
Sophie Agnel : piano
Pascal Niggenkemper : double bass

w/special guest Jon Irabagon – reeds

$15 – Tickets Available at the Door

The Bridge is supported by Ministère de la Culture, Sacem, Centre National de la Musique, Spedidam, Adami, Institut Français, Experimental Sound Studio & University of Chicago.

Pang!, The Bridge #2.5 has been made possible through Jazz & New Music, a program of Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States with support from the French Ministry of Culture, Institut français, SACEM (Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique) and the CNM (Centre National de la Musique).


Sophie Agnel, Ben Lamar Gay, Pascal Niggenkemper and Sam Pluta are multiple, they are known for that, for being a bit of demiurges on the edges, creators and abusers of worlds.

That is to say that they do not stop things in their tracks, and they do not classify anything. At the sources of sound and in its depths, there are always other sounds, twists and contortions, a shadow behind a light behind a shadow: a trade of transparencies and opacities, the office of the cards. One could imagine a golem, which this time would not be made of clay but of copper, ropes and cables, relaying all information, all sources, all sounds. Revealing that all sources are resources, no more and no less, whether they are acoustic, electric or electronic. And it will be often to be mistaken: the cornucopia-cornet passes in the key-ring-laptop, which passes in the double bass-earth, which passes in the piano-master key: all is a matter of grafts and griffins. The instruments are played, prepared, tampered with, amplified, filtered, taken and taken again, like fry in the river, like pebbles in the river. The music is the river.

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