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

Musical Tracing Ensemble

Friday | 14 June 2019
Co-Prosperity Sphere - 7:30pm

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Bitchin Bajas

The BITCHIN BAJAS are flowing through Co-Pro, so chill and purdy. Today’s electronic/drone/ambient household name BITCHIN BAJAS started as a humble synthesized solo outlet before morphing into the powerhouse trio made up of Cooper Crain, Dan Quinlivan and Rob Frye that we all know and love today. Pushing far past the walls and bridges of our sonic universe and synthesizing sights and sounds of distant worlds, Drag City’s finest are ready to bless Chicago with a night of aural-cellular growth.

Axis: Sova

AXIS:SOVA reports for a meeting of the beast within, bringing good, odd vibes to resonate through the night. At its origin, AXIS: SOVA existed primarily as a solo affair for Chicago guitarist BRETT SOVA, his savage guitar and voice accompanied only by a blown out drum machine – the Rhythm Arranger. Since then, the AXIS:SOVA’s live experience has evolved, expanded, and contracted. No matter the lineup, it consistently fries ears and minds with vivid guitarisms fully gone off.


A sense of place has been essential to the music of BROKEBACK since guitarist/bassist Douglas McCombs first launched the project in 1995. Each album develops with exacting detail, revealing McCombs’s gift for dialing in the essence of a mood, feeling, or distant locale with a handful of reverb-laden guitar tones, elegant and sustained, strategically placed and sparingly deployed. The instrumental landscapes he creates on Illinois River Valley Blues are utterly transportive, evoking familiar open-frontier soundtracks and charting out new sonic territory.

Musical Tracing Ensemble

MUSICAL TRACING ENSEMBLE is a contingent of musicians led by fearless leader AARON M. OLSON (The Rests, L.A. Takedown). The premise of the MUSICAL TRACING ENSEMBLE is as simple as it is strange: all musicians’ headphones are dialed into one outputting sound source, and they attempt to transpose whatever they hear with their own instrument off-the-cuff and on-the-fly. Hop on this journey with us; don’t worry, we’ll hold your hand.