Announcing the return of Physics for Listeners

Physics for Listeners  featured ensemble ZRL (Lia Kohl, Ryan Packard, Zachary Good)

Physics for Listeners featured ensemble ZRL (Lia Kohl, Ryan Packard, Zachary Good)

Physics for Listeners: a Composers’ Concert is both a a commissioned concert series and recording project that presents new work from Chicago composers practicing diverse traditions, approaches, and techniques.

In 2018, Homeroom began work with ZRL, an improvising trio of Chicago musicians proficient at multiple musical traditions as well as working with traditional notation, graphic scores, and improvisation. From there, Homeroom and ZRL commissioned four composers to share in the collaborative process: Ben Lamar Gay, OHMME (Macie Stewart & Sima Cunningham), Sam Scranton, and Ayanna Woods. Hailing from various compositional traditions including jazz, contemporary classical, rock, and experimental improvisation, each composer will create works for ZRL to perform, record, and release on 12" vinyl.

At its core, Physics for Listeners is a survey of Chicago music in 2018 that reflects its enduring depth and breadth while supporting composers, musicians, and audiences to discover new perspectives and sounds. Chicago is home to an emergent, pan-disciplinary community that moves freely among the boundaries of genre. Physics for Listeners stems from and actively shapes these collaborative currents by building relationships among composers and musicians who share bold creative convictions, though their practices may differ.

Stay abreast of all things Physics for Listeners as we roll out live updates, performance announcements, recording notes, vinyl records, and more.


Physics for Listeners' 2018 composers: Ben Lamar Gay, Ayanna Woods, Sam Scranton, and OHMME (Macie Stewart, Sima Cunningham