A Quarterly Music Series
With Tomeka Reid and Biliana Voutchkova
Bricolage is a performance series that partners artists from the creative capitals of Berlin and Chicago in an exploration of collaborative work in the COVID era.
Co-curated by experimental musicians Magda Mayas and Dave Rempis, the series attempts to create new artistic partnerships, as well as new models for remote collaboration in this unprecedented time. Bricolage encourages artists to work creatively with the technological means available, and their limitations, to create new models that may have use and impact even after this era.
Bricolage will be produced and broadcast by venue partners in each city, Elastic Arts
in Chicago, and ausland
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(c) Tomeka Reid
grew up outside of Washington D.C., but her musical career began after moving to Chicago in 2000. Her work with Nicole Mitchell and various Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians-related groups proved influential. By focusing on developing her craft in countless improvisational contexts, Reid has achieved a stunning musical fluency. She is a Foundation of the Arts (2019) and 3Arts Awardee (2016), and received her doctorate in music from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2017.
Reid has been a key member of ensembles led by legendary reedists like Anthony Braxton (ZIM SEXTET) and Roscoe Mitchell (ROSCOE MITCHELL QUARTET, ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO), as well as a younger generation of visionaries including flutist Nicole Mitchell (BLACK EARTH ENSEMBLE, ARTIFACTS), et al. She co-leads the adventurous string trio HEAR IN NOW, with violinist Mazz Swift and bassist Silvia Bolognesi, and in 2013 launched the first Chicago Jazz String Summit, a semi-annual three-day international festival of cutting edge string players held in Chicago. In the Fall of 2019 Tomeka Reid received a teaching appointment at Mills College as the Darius Milhaud chair in composition.
(c) Cristina Marx/Photomusix
is a composer-performer whose work combines regular performances of major solo violin/ensemble works, new works by contemporary composers often written for her and improvisation. Her research as a creative improviser spans the widest possible range of sound/music/movement and extends the sonic and technical capacities of her instrument evolving into the development of a highly individual musical language. Biliana lives in Berlin and regularly appears at festivals and concert series worldwide. She works as a soloist and collaborates with the Splitter Orchestra, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Ensemble Modern, Ensembles United, Zeitkratzer, Mosaik, LUX:NM, and many other individual artists.
is a pianist, researcher and teacher living in Berlin, who performs internationally in the realm of contemporary and improvised music.
is an improvising saxophonist, bandleader, and organizer in Chicago who has worked actively in the jazz and improvised music scene locally, nationally, and internationally for over 20 years.