Josh Berman


Josh Berman is an internationally recognized cornetist and composer. He has led the acclaimed Old Idea, Josh Berman and his Gang, and his own trio. In addition to being an indispensable contributor to Chicago’s jazz and improvised music scene, Berman has been a concert presenter with fellow Chicagoan Mike Reed, producing hundreds of shows over the past 20 years. Berman’s work has been critically acclaimed in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, JazzTimes, and DownBeat, among others. His recordings can be found on the Chicago’s legendary Delmark Records and more recently on Austin’s Astral Spirits Records

Joshua Abrams and Josh Berman | Sun Speak | Cunningham/Lore

Saturday | 26 August 2017
Constellation - 8:30pm

The concert this evening consists of 3 sets of duo pairings each performing 40 minute sets of original music.

Joshua Abrams and Josh Berman

Joshua Abrams (bass) and Josh Berman (cornet) have been performing as improvisers and composers in Chicago for decades laying ground work for a large, diverse, and colorful music scene. Their work has been well documented by their respective groups Natural Information Society and the Josh Berman Trio. Tonight’s pairing will be undoubtedly a meeting not to be missed.

Sun Speak

The Chicago-based duo Sun Speak comprises longtime collaborators Matt Gold (guitars) and Nate Friedman (drums and percussion). Since the 2014 release of their debut recording Light Blue Light, Sun Speak has continued to solidify a compositional voice encompassing folk, jazz, and experimental music. Their new EP Sacred Rubble is out this fall on Ears & Eyes Records.

Matt Gold – guitar
Nate Friedman – drums

“Outstanding.” — Dee Perry, NPR

“…a duo that can throttle forward, then reveal compositional sophistication that’s just as engrossing.” — Nextbop


Chicago improvisers Jeremy Cunningham (drums) and Dustin Laurenzi (saxophone/electronics) share a common fascination with melody, sound and rhythm that has brought them together in countless configurations since their first meeting in 2012; however, the transparency of the duo setting allows these two like-minded musicians’ voices to shine even more directly.