Keith Rowe


2116 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622

Keith Rowe offers a three-part concert including The Room (grey), a work by Chicago composer Frank Abbinanti, and an improvisation.

About The Room, which is part of a new series, Rowe explains he is “trying to create a format that sounds similar each night … influenced by Mondrian, the idea of making work that appears very much the same, [where] small changes become huge differences. I’ve lived with the idea of doing something like this for a long time, in a sense to challenge the ‘free improv’ orthodoxy or resistance to fixed formats.”

Keith Rowe (b.1940, Plymouth, England) is a free improvisation tabletop guitarist and painter. In the mid-1960s, after years of playing jazz, he began to develop his own idiosyncratic techniques, setting the instrument flat on a table and preparing it with various tools: transistor radio, contact microphones, pedals, bows, springs, electronic fans and various metal scraps. Deeply affected by artists Rothko and Pollock and the music of John Cage, he is co-founder (and former member) of the groundbreaking collective AMM, and current all-star in MIMEO, the 12-piece Music in Movement Electronic Orchestra. His legendary work has influenced a rising generation of electroacoustic improvisers. He lives in Nantes, France.

Keith Rowe first appeared at Lampo in April 2001 with AMM, in three days of concerts.