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Chicago Underground Duo: Two Voices, One Sound

By Published: April 3, 2006
AAJ: Just to keep the gigs coming?

CT: Yeah, just to keep the gigs coming. But you were able to be in an environment where you could create your own thing. Not that you can't do that in New York. It's just a different thing.

AAJ: What are you doing this year?

CT: I've got a couple new bands. There's a new band I'm doing with Cooper-Moore and [saxophonist] Assif Tsahar that I'm really excited about. I have a couple recording dates coming up—one is something Steve Swell's doing, but it's working with [percussionist] Warren Smith. I'm really excited about that; he's a legend. Sticks and Stones [Taylor's seminal Chicago band with bassist Josh Abrams and altoist Matana Roberts] are doing a tour in a couple months, and I'm hoping we can record, because that's a great band that needs to keep on working. So hopefully that'll happen soon.

RM: I have another group called Sao Paulo Underground; it's a new group I started with a drummer in Sao Paulo called Mauricio Takara. His family owns a studio in Sao Paulo. The Chicago Underground Duo did a tour of Brazil last year and after, I stayed in Sao Paulo for a few days and played with Mauricio and it was such a great experience that we thought, hey, we should do something with this. Not only is he a great drummer, but he's a great computer programmer, which I really wanted to pull into various projects, because I can only do so much on the computer.

So we ended up recording our first record, which is going to be released in May on Aesthetics Records—the same label that did the Mandarin Movie record. So we're going to do a tour of Poland, and some shows with Mandarin Movie and some festivals in Australia and then a tour in Brazil. I think Chicago Underground Duo will do some touring in September and October.

Selected Discography

Chicago Underground

Chicago Underground Duo, In Praise of Shadows (Thrill Jockey, 2006)
Chicago Underground Trio, Slon (Thrill Jockey, 2004)
Chicago Underground Duo, Axis & Alignment (Thrill Jockey, 2002)
Chicago Underground Quartet, Chicago Underground Quartet (Thrill Jockey, 2001)
Chicago Underground Duo, Synesthesia (Thrill Jockey, 2000)
Chicago Underground Trio, Flamethrower (Delmark, 2000)
Chicago Underground Trio, Possible Cube (Delmark, 1999)
Chicago Underground Duo, Twelve Degrees of Freedom (Thrill Jockey, 1998)

Chicago Underground Orchestra, Playground (Delmark, 1998)

Rob Mazurek

Mandarin Movie, Mandarin Movie (Aesthetics, 2005)
Rob Mazurek, Music for Shattered Light and 7 Posters (Bottrop-Boy, 2005)

Rob Mazurek, Sweet and Vicious Like Frankenstein (Mego, 2004)

Rob Mazurek, Silver Spines (Delmark, 2002)

Isotope 217, Who Stole the I Walkman? (Thrill Jockey, 2000)

Isotope 217, Utonian Automatic (Thrill Jockey, 1999)

Robert Mazurek, Playground (Delmark, 1998)

Chad Taylor

Marc Ribot, Spiritual Unity (Pi Recordings, 2005)

Jeff Parker, The Relatives (Thrill Jockey, 2005)

Triptych Myth, The Beautiful (AUM Fidelity, 2005)

Sticks and Stones, Shed Grace (Thrill Jockey, 2004)

Cooper-Moore/Tom Abbs/Chad Taylor, Triptych Myth (Hopscotch, 2004)

Sticks and Stones, Sticks and Stones (482 Music, 2002)

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Photo Credit
Josh Wildman

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