Gray Sound Sessions, Vol. 5: Jenna Lyle and Seth Kim-Cohen

 May 26, 2020, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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The Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry hosts its fifth edition of Gray Sound Sessions with a double feature:

Act I: Jenna Lyle
via YouTube Live here:
From a meager setup, composer-performer Jenna Lyle peeks into the sonic life of deconstructed technology, drawing out artifacts and delighting in discovered eccentricities. For her installment of the Gray Sound Sessions, she wallows in her enjoyment of all things *tape*. 

Act II: Seth Kim-Cohen presents,

Clouds of Magellan 
by names_of_music
via Facebook Live here:

a sonic-fiction / science-fact / present-future 
sample-operetta for quarantinetta and library Baretta 
(don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time) 
performed in one act by names_of_music

names_of_music is Olias Nil, member of the bands Nil/Resplendent, The Fire Show, and Number One Cup, who makes other things under other names, like performances and talks and installations and books (find names_of_music albums on Bandcamp)

Seth Kim-Cohen generates output in numerous fields. He is the author of Against Ambience (2013), In The Blink of an Ear: Toward a Non-Cochlear Sonic Art (2009), and One Reason To Live: Conversations About Music (2006). His performances, installations, text, video, and sound works have been presented on all but two continents. Artforum has called his work “collegial and awkward, a real-life mistake framed by a semi-fictitious context.” Kim-Cohen founded the rock bands Number One Cup, The Fire Show, and Nil/Resplendent. He is Associate Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Jenna Lyle takes on long-term collaborations exploring the nature of bodies (be they human bodies or objects) as they adapt to their semiotic or data-based representation. Her recent projects include a one-woman adaptation of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat, a solo work for sonic fabric garment and electronics entitled Louise, and a largescale multi-ensemble work for the combined forces of Chicago's Ensemble Dal Niente, Berlin's Ensemble Adapter, and Manchester's Distractfold Ensemble. Lyle is also a performing member of Mocrep and a co-founder of Parlour Tapes+, a New Music cassette tape label and media/performance collective based in Chicago. 


 ***This free performance is sponsored by the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, but we encourage listener-watchers to consider making their own donations to the artists: Jenna Lyle via PayPal to; Seth Kim-Cohen requests contributions to My Block, My Hood, My City

Image credit: left, photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis; right: Image by Seth Kim-Cohen.

About Gray Sound Sessions
The Gray Center's music-and-sound series features concerts and happenings that experiment with form and platform; archived performances can be viewed on our homepage. Gray Sound Sessions showcases searching performances from some of our favorite musicians and sound-makers including Opera Povera, Seth Parker Woods, Viola Yip and Nicola Hein, Pamela Z, Mendi + Keith Obadike, and many more. In each case, we are asking these artists not only to present work of their choice, but also—often through the performance itself—to reflect on the peculiar place of music and sound in this moment, and on the special power of those who labor them into being.

Gray Sound Sessions take place on Tuesday evenings at 8PM Central Daylight Time on the Gray Center’s Gray Sound Sessions page and the Gray Center's Facebook page. All events are sponsored by the Gray Center and free and open to the public, but we ask listener-watchers to consider making their own donations to the featured performers. The series is the initiative of Seth Brodsky (Gray Center Director), Zachary Cahill (Gray Center Director of Programs and Projects), and Seth Parker Woods (Artist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago). Others will surely be brought into the mix. We look forward to tuning in with you, near and far!