Monday, July 21st: Glad Cloud Ambient Music Series

Glad Cloud is a monthly series that celebrates the rich landscape of Chicago musicians working with ambient music. Visitors can enjoy their cocktails and companions while the music envelops the room around them. This month’s installment of Glad Cloud is curated by Mark Trecka of Pillars and Tongues, and will serve as an after-party for the band’s performance at Pritzker Pavillion in Millenium Park earlier in the evening.

RXM Reality is the moniker of local electronic artist Mike Meegan, whose work at times fits neatly in the categories of techno and house music. Just as often, however, the listener is lofted to a place entirely outside of the club. Rhythmic, layered samples of voices and synths sustain a momentum and resplendence the likes of which are found on records like the sublime Missa Luba by Les Trouvadours De Roi Baudoin or Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. Meegan prepared a special ambient set for tonight’s Glad Cloud performance.

Vincent Dupas and Evan Hydzik have both performed in a variety of contexts both in Chicago and beyond. Dupas hails from Nantes, France, and is known for his work as a solo artist and bandleader with My Name is Nobody, as well as the French punk band Fordamage and as having made regular contributions to Pillars and Tongues’ live sets. Hydzik is a founding and former member of Pillars and Tongues and an electronic ambient artist and film composer in his own right. Tonight marks the debut of the two as a duo, performing work for electric guitar, upright bass, and Casio that takes cues from classic ambient and slowcore bands such as Labradford.