Umbrella Music Festival To Offer Five Days of Improvised Music in Chicago
Posted 11/7/2013

Chicago-based jazz and improvised-music concert presenter Umbrella Music launched its 2013 festival on Nov. 6 at the Chicago Cultural Center.

The first night of the festival marked the seventh annual “European Jazz Meets Chicago” event, produced in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and eight European consulates and cultural institutions.

Umbrella member and saxophonist Dave Rempis welcomed the audience to the opening concert of the festival in the ornate Preston-Bradley Hall. German trumpeter Axel Dörner led a trio featuring two Chicago-based musicians—cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and percussionist Michael Zerang. The group’s hour-long set showcased Dörner’s extended trumpet techniques, with Lonberg-Holm often playing high on the neck of his cello and Zerang providing skilled percussive accompaniment.

The festival will continue at the Chicago Cultural Center on Nov. 7 before moving to Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave., from Nov. 8–10.

Concerts during the weekend will include shows by post-bop trio Tarbaby (Nov. 8 at 11 p.m.), bassist Mark Dresser and pianist Anthony Davis duo (Nov. 9 at 9 p.m.), keyboardist and vocalist Amina Claudine Myers (Nov. 9 at 11 p.m.) and the “All Ellington” nine-piece ensemble (Nov. 10 at 10:30 p.m.).

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Mark Dresser plays Umbrella Music Festival on Nov. 9. (Photo:


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