Phill Niblock with Jeb Bishop, Kevin Drumm & Fred Lonberg-Holm


2116 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622

Making his first Chicago appearance, American minimalist Phill Niblock screens a program of 16mm films, and then presents several musical works, joined by Jeb Bishop, Kevin Drumm and Fred Lonberg-Holm.

In “Six Films from the Sixties,” PN shows his seldom-seen experimental films, including Morning (1966-1969) with members of the Open Theater, The Magic Sun (1966-1968) with members of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Dog Track (1969) a film with a found text, and three portrait films, Annie (1968) of dancer Ann Danoff, Max (1966-1968) of percussionist and sound artist Max Neuhaus, and Raoul (1968-1969) of painter Raoul Middleman.

Later Niblock presents Ghosts And Others, a sound collage of field recordings made in Hong Kong, Hungary and Scandinavia, and then several long-form compositions, each with a focus on the overtones that rise from closely tuned instruments, including Hurdy Hurry for hurdy-gurdy, A Trombone Piece accompanied by Bishop, Guitar Too, For Four with Drumm, and some cello music 3 to 7–196 with Lonberg-Holm. The concert closes with a work in progress for bass flute and tuba. Throughout, Niblock’s films from The Movement of People Working series run continuously.

Phill Niblock (b.1933, Anderson, Ind.) is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. He has presented his work around the world since the mid-1960s. He has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Creative Artists Public Service Program, the City University of New York Research Foundation and the Foundation for the Contemporary Performance Arts. He has been director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York since 1985 and an artist and member since 1968.