Concerts and Performances at Krannert Art Museum

Concerts & Performances

Krannert Art Museum hosts free jazz, chamber music, dance, vocal, and spoken word performances every semester, providing new ways to experience the connections between the visual arts and other creative forms.

February  |  March  |  April



February 2016

Thursday, February 4 · 7:30 pm
KAM After Hours | VOICE Reading Series
Featuring Zachariah McVicker and Will Schwartz
New poetry and fiction by students in the Creative Writing MFA Program
at the University of Illinois
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]

Sponsored in part by the Creative Writing MFA program and Krannert Art Museum


Saturday, February 6 · 3 pm
Improvisational Music & Dance Concert | Compost Q
Featuring Dorothy Martirano, violin; Ricardo Flores, percussion; Eric Lund, trombone; Armand Beaudoin, bass, cello; Kirstie Simson, dance; Momar Ndiave, dance
Compost Q is a seasoned, multidimensional collective that brings improvisational music, composition, and dance to the Champaign-Urbana music scene. This concert is free and open to the public.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


Thursday, February 11 · 7 pm
KAM After Hours | SPEAK Cafe
"Celebrating Women"
SPEAK Café is an open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism, and Black Power expression. Organized and moderated by Shaya Robinson
Location: KAM Main Level, Palette Café [Map]

Sponsored in part by African American Studies, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 40 North/88 West, and Krannert Art Museum


Saturday, February 13 · 1–4 pm
Tango at KAM
An afternoon of dance, open to the public
With live music performed by Tangotta, which includes Armand Beaudion, bass/cello; Dorothy Martirano, violin; Chris Reyman, keyboard and accordion; and George Turner, guitar.
Free admission; beginners are welcome
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


Music for Hard Times, Sudden Sound Concert Series

Thursday, February 18 · 7:30 pm
KAM After Hours | Sudden Sound Concert
Featuring Tom Nunn and Paul Winstanley—Music For Hard Times

Tom Nunn is a San Francisco-based designer and has built original musical instruments utilizing recycled and repurposed materials since 1976. Sculptural in appearance, Nunn's instruments apply contact microphones for amplification and are designed specifically for improvisation with elements of ambiguity, unpredictability, and non-linearity.

In 2011, Nunn formed Music for Hard Times with Paul Winstanley, an electric bass player from New Zealend specializing in extended techniques that produce sounds within the realm of electronic music. This performance is presented as part of Sonified Sustainability Festival.
Free Admission
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


Thursday, February 25 · 5–9pm
George A. Miller Visiting Artist Performance | Raqs Media Collective
“Time Symposium”

Twelve participants from a variety of university departments gather in this physical installation in the exhibition Time / Image to drink wine and share stories about time. A feast for thought, participants read from sets of quotations on the history and philosophy of time, drawn from the artists’ extensive references throughout their work. This event follows previous iterations in London (Hayward Gallery, 2012), New York (Performa biennial, 2013), Mexico City (University Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015), and Brisbane (Institute of Modern Art, 2015). KAM will be the first US art museum to stage this performance.
Location: KAM Main Level, East Gallery [Map]


Dmitry Kouzov, KAM Chamber Music Series presents Complete Bach Suites for Cello

Saturday, February 27 · 2 pm
KAM Chamber Music Series | Bach Suites for Cello
Featuring Dmitry Kouzov, this is the first concert in a two-part series that explores the complete Bach suites for unaccompanied cello.

Fusing the performing and visual arts, the KAM Chamber Music Series lets listerners engage with performers in an intimate gallery setting. All concerts are free of charge. The series is organized by Daniel McDonough, clinical assistant professor of Music and member of the Jupiter String Quartet.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]




March 2016

Thursday, March 3 · 7:30 pm
KAM After Hours | Sudden Sound Concert
Featuring Tomeka Reid Quartet

Cellist Tomeka Reid is an exceptionally versatile musician in Chicago's bustling jazz and improvised music community. She has been a key member of ensembles led by Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, and Nicole Mitchell. Intersecting modern and avant-garde jazz traditions with those of contemporary string ensembles, Reid's original compositions are brilliantly performed on her band's recent eponymous debut recording (Thirsty Ear, 2015) featuring guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, both mainstays of the New York jazz scene, along with Chicago bassist Jason Roebke.
Free Admission
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


Saturday, March 5 · 2 pm
KAM Chamber Music Series | Bach Suites for Cello
Featuring Dmitry Kouzov, this is the second concert in a two-part series that explores the complete Bach suites for unaccompanied cello.

Fusing the performing and visual arts, the KAM Chamber Music Series lets listerners engage with performers in an intimate gallery setting. All concerts are free of charge. The series is organized by Daniel McDonough, clinical assistant professor of Music and member of the Jupiter String Quartet.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


Thursday, March 10 · 7 pm
KAM After Hours | SPEAK Cafe
"One Mic, One Voice"
SPEAK Café is an open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism, and Black Power expression. Organized and moderated by Shaya Robinson
Location: KAM Main Level, Palette Café [Map]

Sponsored in part by African American Studies, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 40 North/88 West, and Krannert Art Museum


Saturday, March 12 · 1–4 pm
Tango at KAM
An afternoon of dance, open to the public
With live music performed by Tangotta, which includes Armand Beaudion, bass/cello; Dorothy Martirano, violin; Chris Reyman, keyboard and accordion; and George Turner, guitar.
Free admission; beginners are welcome
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


Thursday, March 17 · 7:30 pm
KAM After Hours | VOICE Reading Series
Featuring Alison Syring, Chekwube Danladi and Annah Sigidu
New poetry and fiction by students in the Creative Writing MFA Program
at the University of Illinois
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]

Sponsored in part by the Creative Writing MFA program and Krannert Art Museum



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April 2016


Thursday, April 14 · 7–9 pm
KAM After Hours | SPEAK Café
"Perfecting Your Craft"
SPEAK Café is an open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism, and Black Power expression. Organized and moderated by Shaya Robinson
Location: KAM Main Level, Palette Café [Map]

Sponsored in part by African American Studies, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 40 North/88 West, and Krannert Art Museum


Thursday, April 21 · 7:30 pm
KAM After Hours | VOICE Reading Series
Featuring Skyler Lalone, Caitlin McGuire and Taylor Micks
New poetry and fiction by students in the Creative Writing MFA Program
at the University of Illinois
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]

Sponsored in part by the Creative Writing MFA program and Krannert Art Museum


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Sudden Sound Concert Series

The Sudden Sound Concert Series presents leading artists in the fields of improvised music and the jazz avant-garde, establishing Krannert Art Museum as a destination for enthusiasts of today’s most progressive music from the US and abroad.
Curated by Jason Finkelman, director, Global Arts Performance Initiatives

Sponsored in part by the Edwards Foundation Arts Fund, Student Sustainability Committee, Analog Outfitters, MMS Rentals ∧ Production, and Krannert Art Museum with in-kind support provided by WEFT, 90.1 FM


February 18 · 7:30 pm
Featuring Tom Nunn and Paul WinstanleyMusic For Hard Times Tom Nunn is a San Francisco-based designer and has built original musical instruments utilizing recycled and repurposed materials since 1976. Sculptural in appearance, Nunn’s instruments apply contact microphones for amplification and are designed specifically for improvisation with elements of ambiguity, unpredictability, and nonlinearity. In 2011, Music For Hard Times was formed with Paul Winstanley, an electric bass player from New Zealand specializing in extended techniques that produce sounds within the realm of electronic music.
This performance is presented as part of Sonified Sustainability Festival.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


March 3 · 7:30 pm
Featuring Tomeka Reid Quartet Cellist Tomeka Reid is an exceptionally versatile musician in Chicago’s bustling jazz and improvised music community, and has been a key member of ensembles led by Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, and Nicole Mitchell. Intersecting modern and avant-garde jazz traditions with those of contemporary string ensembles, Reid’s original compositions are brilliantly performed on her band’s recent eponymous debut recording (Thirsty Ear, 2015) featuring guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, both mainstays of the New York jazz scene, along with Chicago bassist Jason Roebke.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery [Map]


Presented as part of Sonified Sustainability Fest

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Voice Reading Series (2015), Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly

VOICE Reading Series

The VOICE Reading Series showcases readings by fiction writers and poets from the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Illinois.
Location: KAM Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery
Sponsored in part by the Creative Writing Program and Krannert Art Museum


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Images:

Tomeka Reid Quartet
2014
Courtesy of the artist
tomekareid.net

Voice Reading Series
at Krannert Art Museum
2015
Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly