Chicago Sound Map

Chicago Sound Map

Chicago Sound Map began in 2007 as an annual new music festival taking place in multiple venues throughout the city of Chicago. Each year a selection of composers is invited to devise musical systems that focus on the dualism of composition and improvisation. A large ensemble of experienced improvisers interprets each composer’s proposal. Chicago Sound Map was initiated by Boris Hauf and is curated by Boris Hauf, Brian Labycz & Michael Hartman.

The malleable relationship between music and the ensemble is realized best in process oriented rather than goal oriented work. The transient nature of the ensemble helps framing and reassessing the working process of composer and the ensemble. Compositions understood as structural and/or formal guides to improvisation rather than content orientated approaches have had bigger chances for success. Composers understanding that dynamic and composing accordingly have, quite frankly, been more fun to rehearse, play and listen to. Each composition has limited rehearsal (depending on the amount of composition from 90-180 mins per piece & an extended soundcheck).

Everyone in the band reads music. The band excels at improvisation.

In 2008 Kuro Neko Music released the CD Chicago Sound Map Performs Compositions by Olivia Block and Ernst Karel which documents that years performance at the Chicago Cultural Center.


Dates: April 16 & 17
Venue: Heaven Gallery, Chicago
Composers: Judith Unterpertinger, Jeb Bishop
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Dates: Feb 21 & 23
Venues: Heaven Gallery, Cultural Center Chicago
Composers: Jim Baker, Kyle Bruckmann, Don Malone, Adam Sonderberg

Dates: April 8 & 12
Venues: Heaven Gallery, Cultural Center Chicago
Composers: Olivia Block, Ernst Karel, Dudley Bayne, Kevin Davis
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Dates: August 17, 18 & 19
Venues: Elastic Arts Foundation, Heaven Gallery, Loftspace
Composers: Olivia Block, Brent Gutzeit, Burkhard Stangl, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, Dudley Bayne
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