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

Race Card

Saturday | 01 October 2016
Constellation - 8:30pm

Josh Berman – cornet
Damon Locks – voice & electronics
Lou Mallozzi – turntables, CDs, mixer

Race Card collides three divergent musical approaches in an improvising format. Josh Berman’s cornet playing combines a profound knowledge of jazz idioms, free improvising expertise, and subtle sound-as-sound techniques. Damon Locks tethers his punk-inflected voice to a bottomless well of electronic processes and musical references from his many years as a DJ. Lou Mallozzi dismantles and reconstitutes vinyl and CD sounds from the human, animal, and vegetable kingdoms through a highly gestural approach to live mixing.