Dissonant Dessert, /jəˈraf/

Dissonant Dessert

/jəˈraf/

Thu · May 23 2019

9:00 pm

Free!

This event is 21 and over

Dissonant Dessert
Dissonant Dessert
Dissonant Dessert is the art/music alter-ego of Eric Novak so he can unleash all possible things spinning around in his head. This show is to celebrate the release of their second album "Pray You Don't Become A Man", a concept album about sex, gender, toxic masculinity and culpability all told through the lens of an anthropomorphized praying mantis society. Praying mantis females eat the males after sex and this is a pretty standard practice you see all throughout the natural kingdom. However in human society, males don't get eaten and often view having sex as "becoming a man". In the album's world, "becoming a man" (i.e. having sex) means death, so there's a lotta tension between becoming a man and remaining alive. The story revolves around this concept and the many misjudgments that men make, especially when dealing with women and other genders and sexual orientations. Apart from the narrative, this album experiments a lot with alternate/random/natural tunings. Many of the instruments on this album are actually tuned out of tune with each other in order to create a much more colorful musical landscape. This kind of approach to tuning is inspired largely by Harry Partch and his self created instruments/tuning systems. The difference is that the tunings on this album work together to create an easily approachable and still accessible environment. This album has been three years in the making, so many beautiful musicians of Chicago are present and hopes to reward many repeat listens.
/jəˈraf/
/jəˈraf/
/jəˈraf/ is a new Chicago collaboration rooted in funk, free jazz, and hip hop. We aim to excite movement, dance, thought, and vivacity. Members include Brianna Tong (Cordoba) - vocals, P.T. Bell (Blacker Face) - electric bass, vocals, electronics, Ishmael Ali (Errata) - guitar, electronics, Eli Namay (Devouring the Guilt) - upright bass, Bill Harris (Four Letter Words) - drum set, Fred Jackson (Magic Carpet) - alto saxophone, Wills McKenna (Bison Bison) - tenor saxophone, David Fletcher (S.O.C.)
Venue Information:
Hungry Brain
2319 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.hungrybrainchicago.com/