The Chicago trio ZRL (Zachary Good, Ryan Packard, and Lia Kohl) will perform commissioned compositions by Ben Lamar Gay, OHMME, Sam Scranton, and Ayanna Woods, each of whom developed the works in collaboration with the ensemble. This event celebrates the release of the four realized pieces on vinyl record.
Physics for Listeners is a commissioned concert series that presents new work from Chicago composers working in contemporary classical, jazz/improvised, and experimental rock. At its core, Physics for Listeners is an exploration of the techniques and approaches of composers from distinct traditions.
With the input of ZRL, the project’s resident ensemble, Homeroom asked four composers to each create a unique composition with the trio. While each of the composers is the main author of the music, the compositions were developed over several months in collaboration with ZRL. Physics for Listeners encourages collaboration, experimentation, and dialogue amongst the composers and musicians, providing insight into the similarities and differences that define each composer and their approach, including how each works with the performing musicians.