Saajtak / Mad Myth Science

@ Empty Bottle

Thursday, July 7 ~~ 7:30PM

Doors: 730PM // Show: 830PM
$10-$12 // 21+
SAAJTAK
The band Saajtak, based in Detroit (Jonathan Barahal Taylor, Ben Willis, Simon Alexander-Adams) and Brooklyn (Alex Koi), makes futuristic music that synthesizes a wide range of genres—often in ways that seem to clash against each other, always in service to the song. The band has quietly made music in Detroit for the better part of a decade, collaborating with members of clipping. and sharing bills with Xiu Xiu, Ava Mendoza and Greg Fox. Koi sings and writes lyrics; Taylor plays drums, Willis bass; Alexander-Adams contributes keyboard and electronics. But to individuate their contributions does the music a disservice. Saajtak sounds, feels, like a living, breathing organism, for which recordings don’t present definitive documents as much as they reflect songs at given points in their lives. The members of saajtak have performed or collaborated with esteemed artists such as Shara Nova [My Brightest Diamond], Meshell Ndegeocello, Jonathan Snipes [clipping.], Wadada Leo Smith, Morley Kamen, Theo Bleckmann, Joan Wasser [Joan As Police Woman], Marcus Elliot, Pope.L, Ragnar Kjartansson, Sterling Toles, MC Kadence and more. After four independently-released EPs, saajtak released their highly anticipated debut album, For the Makers, on American Dreams on June 3, 2022.
MAD MYTH SCIENCE
Mad Myth Science is a creative collective with Molly Jones, Julian Otis, Wilson Tanner Smith, and Ben Zucker, whose collective experience touches all corners of Chicago’s experimental music and performance scenes. Formed in early 2020, the group developed its voice in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, working together in live and virtual settings to develop spontaneous compositions and rituals for an increasingly unstable world. Instruments, electronics, objects, language, and movement all play a part in their multifaceted, evolving performances.
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