Ryoji Ikeda, Kevin Drumm


2116 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622

Ryoji Ikeda composes minimalist electronic music and is a member of the Kyoto-based performance collective Dumb Type. Here, in his first Chicago concert, which is only the second time he has performed solo in the U.S., Ikeda builds rhythmic patterns from simple digital pulses and high frequency sinewaves.

On the same program, Kevin Drumm premieres a four-channel work, Three.

Ryoji Ikeda (b.1966, Gifu, Japan) began his activity as a sound artist and DJ in 1990. In 1994 he joined the multimedia art group Dumb Type as a composer. Since 1995 he has been active in sound art through concerts, including at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and recordings, 1000 Fragments (1995) and +/- (1996).

Kevin Drumm (b.1970, South Holland, Ill.) emerged from Chicago’s improvised music scene in the 1990s as a tabletop guitar player. In his early works, he made spare and detailed recordings, laying the instrument on its side and playing it with different objects, like magnets, paper clips and violin bows. Since 1991 his approach has expanded to include electroacoustic compositions and live electronic music made with laptop computers, pulse generators, effects pedals and synthesizers.