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12 Oct

Steven Lugerner's SLUGish Ensemble, Twin Talk - Constellation

3111 N. Western Chicago,IL
10/12/2018 8:30 PM - 10/12/2018 10:30 PM

2018-10-12 20:30:00 2018-10-12 22:30:00 America/Detroit Steven Lugerner's SLUGish Ensemble, Twin Talk Constellation info@wamza.com


Steven Lugerner's SLUGish Ensemble

SLUGish Ensemble is an amoeba-like band under the direction of composer & multi-reedist Steven Lugerner. Based between San Francisco & Oakland, CA, their music utilizes traditional acoustic instruments to create layers of pocketed-grooves and melodies that blur the lines between pop, rhythm & blues, jazz improvisation and minimalism.

As a band leader, Steven Lugerner has released multiple albums to critical acclaim. His compositions have been described as “a textured, nearly seamless blend of composition and improvisation” by The Village Voice - while The San Francisco Examiner as praised “Lugerner’s approach to making music is very much his own; and he seems to be pursuing it to impressive advantage.”

The inaugural album from SLUGish Ensemble, An Eight Out of Nine, will be released this fall on Slow & Steady Records.

"An auspicious debut...[pieces] sound reminiscent of classical music or moodily unsettled free improvisation" – Los Angeles Times

"A textured, nearly seamless blend of composition and improvisation of the sort that die-hard jazzists might think is really modern chamber music" – The Village Voice


Chicago band Twin Talk is known for its offbeat, melodic approach to improvised music. Drummer Andrew Green, saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, and bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst focus their creative energies on collaboration and communication, sharing a musical language that is deeply personal and highly connected.

Chicago’s legacy of creative improvisers has had a profound influence on the band's defiant risk-taking and spontaneity. All About Jazz critic Mark Turner had high praise for the band's sophomore album (TWIN TALK, ears&eyes Records) noting that "Chicago has long been a bedrock of improvised music and Twin Talk represents a microcosm of that strength in today's environment."

Andrew Green - drums
Katie Ernst - bass & voice
Dustin Laurenzi - tenor saxophone

“three imaginative and gifted artists... seamless and intuitive camaraderie…” - All About Jazz

"introspective and ever-tasteful..." - NextBop


photo credit: Maren Celest