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Nika & Kikù Hibino & Stewart/Hatwich/Kirshner


Join us in welcoming Nika for her Chicago debut performance on analog synthesizer + a solo set by Kikù Hibino, alongside a trio of inventive working improvisers.

Nika’s classical music training began—somewhat reluctantly—on the piano. In college, she fell in love with the theremin and its many connections to her life. This led her down a path of electronic music and analog synthesizer repair. Nika enjoys composing multi-speaker ambient noise pieces and activations from recorded sounds. She has performed at MIT, UMass Dartmouth, and around Boston at Non-event and Boston Hassle shows. She is thrilled to make her debut performance in Chicago on her vintage Serge analog synthesizer.

Nika holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kikù Hibino
Solo electronics

Chicago-based and Japanese-born sound artist KIKÙ HIBINO produces cross-genre electronic music.

From chamber music for media productions to digital micro sound for art installations, he has collaborated internationally with a wide variety of artists and scholars, including Kawaguchi Takao (Dumb Type), Curtis Roads, Theaster Gates , Mike Weis (Zelienople) and Norma Field.

The publication, The Wire once described his music as "trying to cram in as many memories as possible before it all disappears" and that the music "concerns itself with themes of capturing and preserving fleeting moments" (2007, issue 279).

His recent work “Radial Categories” attempts to deconstruct Chicago House Music through the noise music production approach. The project was funded by DCASE and presented at various locations in Chicago.

He studied electronic music composition at Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus with Toru Iwatake, Atau Tanaka, and Christopher Penrose, and at University of California at Santa Barbara with Curtis Roads and Karen Tanaka, and holds M.A. in media art and technology.

Macie Stewart – violin
Anton Hatwich – bass
Julian Kirshner – drums

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Kikù Hibino – Radial Categories + Jay Peppers + Sadie Woods!


Elastic Arts: Kikù Hibino – Radial Categories + Jay Peppers + Sadie Woods!

Kikù Hibino

Using the format of dance music as an understructure, It will create a sound art that sounds a little strange–music that makes you think, “Huh?” as you hear it play on.“Radial Categories” is rooted in early Chicago House music, a type of minimalist electronic music that emerged out of the innovative use of relatively inexpensive music tools in a harsh economic and cultural climate.


This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sadie Woods
A Chicago native with a childhood steeped in performing and visual arts training, Sadie Woods has had an exciting career, showcasing her talents everywhere from academia to nightclubs, boutiques to museums. As an award winning artist, curator, and deejay, her practice includes sonic art and sound design, deejay performance, exhibition making, and collaborations within communities of difference.


Awards and residencies include: 3Arts Make A Wave grantee; 3Arts Artist Projects grantee; Ecole du Magasin Curatorial Program and Harald Szeemmann Independent Methodology publication, Grenoble, FR; Hyde Park Art Center Program; ACRE Artist-In-Resident & Marwen Alumni Scholarship recipient; Arts + Public Life Resident Curator; Nichols Tower Homan Square Resident Artist; High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist; Chicago Artists Coalition’s HATCH Projects Resident Curator; Independent Curators International Collaborator, Dakar, SN & Joyce Foundation Scholarship recipient; Bemis Center for the Arts Artist-In-Residence program recipient; Terrain-Hatch Projects Resident Curator; Terrain Biennial Curator and Artist; Ragdale Foundation Artist-In-Residence. She has exhibited her work at Adds Donna; Chicago Cultural Center; Art NXT Level Projects, Zhou B Art Center; Compound Yellow; Washington Project for the Arts; The Submission; Roman Susan Gallery; Krasl Art Center. She has had featured curatorial projects at Special Exhibitions EXPO; Gene Siskel FIlm Center Exhibition Program, among others.

Sadie is the co-founder of White Label DJs and The Petty Biennial. Sadie received her BA from Columbia College in Music and MFA from The School of the Art Institute in Sound. She is currently a Resident DJ at The Kimpton Gray Hotel rooftop lounge Boleo and Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute.

Jey Peppers is a new project by John Daniel of Forest Management & Jon Macintosh, featuring work set to appear on the new Reserve Matinee imprint!


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