I’ll be moderating what is sure to be a great evening of discussion and live music tomorrow (3/29) at Intuit in Chicago. I hope you’ll join me. The event is free and free copies of the latest Public Collectors publication about Malachi Ritscher will also be available at the event. Details:
A panel discussion and concert investigating the influence of
the MALACHI RITSCHER COLLECTION
curated & moderated by MARC FISCHER with panelists TEMPESTT HAZEL, PETER MARGASAK, & MICHAEL ZERANG and a live performance by JAMES BAKER, JAMES BECKER, JIM DORLING, & MICHAEL ZERANG
This discussion and performance will investigate the influence of Malachi Ritscher—the late Chicago-based documentarian, activist, artist, musician, photographer, and supporter of experimental and improvised music whose thousands of audio recordings fill the shelves of the Creative Audio Archive at Experimental Sound Studio.
Marc Fischer, Administrator of the initiative Public Collectors whose project for the 2014 Whitney Biennial focuses on Malachi Ritscher, will moderate a discussion alongside independent curator, writer and executive director Tempestt Hazel of Sixty Inches From Center, Peter Margasak—a longtime music writer for the Chicago Reader, and musician, composer and producer Michael Zerang who has curated and presented hundreds of events at Links Hall, Cafe Urbus Orbis and his own space The Candlestick Maker, which existed in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood from 2001-2005.
Following the discussion, there will be a musical performance by Jim Baker, Jim Becker, Jim Dorling, and Michael Zerang. It is worth noting that Jim Dorling will perform using an Indian harmonium that was once owned by Ritscher and was recently recovered from a Chicago consignment shop with the kind permission and assistance of Malachi’s parents Dick and Betty Ann Ritscher.
SATURDAY MARCH 29TH, 7PM
INTUIT: THE CENTER FOR INTUITIVE & OUTSIDER ART
756 N Milwaukee Ave.
About the Malachi Ritscher Collection
The Malachi Ritscher Collection represents the work of Chicago sound recordist Malachi Ritscher. Ritscher was a passionate supporter of Chicago’s improvised music jazz scene. Although technically an amateur, Mr. Ritscher was well known in Chicago for making meticulous, high fidelity recordings at hundreds of live music events from the mid-1980s (perhaps earlier) until his death in 2006. This collection of recordings, now a part of the Creative Audio Archive, is a unique record of musical development in Chicago during a particularly fertile period, a history that resonates to the present.
About the Creative Audio Archive
The Creative Audio Archive (CAA) is a Chicago-based center for the preservation and investigation of innovative and experimental sonic arts and music. The CAA was formed in response to growing concerns over the general state of historical preservation of non-mainstream audio, in particular, recordings, print, and visual ephemera related to avant-garde and exploratory sound and music of the last five decades. The CAA was therefore conceived as a center to safeguard volatile materials, to transfer them to accessible and stable media, to catalogue and cross-reference these materials, and to make them accessible for study and, where feasible, to present them to the public at large. The CAA comprises a number of distinct collections, including the Sun Ra/El Saturn Collection, the ESS Collection, the Links Hall Collection, and the (a)R(t) Noise/Necessary Art Collection.