Okay, you all know me as the food writer for CP, but my “day job” is as a musician, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t use my blog spot this week to promote a hugely important event that promises to entertain AND help those in need. Re(New) Amsterdam is a special event organized by Marcos Balter and Doyle Armbrust at the Empty Bottle this Sunday starting at 1 pm. Proceeds go to help the New Amsterdam music label that suffered extreme damage to its Brooklyn headquarters during Hurricane Sandy.
Now I know you all would go just to support the music label, but let me tell you what’s in store for all attendees. The new music scene in Chicago is one of the finest in the country, and you’ll hear our hometown heroes tear up the stage with great music of wildly different styles. Among the performers spanning the 4-hour marathon are 2-time Grammy winners (and 2013 nominees) eighth blackbird, Fifth House Ensemble, Spektral Quartet, Third Coast Percussion, Chicago Q Ensemble, CUBE, Access Contemporary Music, Gaudete Brass Quintet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Fulcrum Point, and many, many more. Honestly, I cannot remember any other event that has brought together so many of Chicago’s finest players and it couldn’t be for a better cause.
New Amsterdam is not your average music label. They support the weird, the daring, and the inventive minds active in the classical new music scene. Their artists include the Chiara String Quartet, Nadia Sirota, Newspeak, Missy Mazzoli, So Percussion, and others who delight audiences across the globe. During Hurricane Sandy, their new offices were completely flooded, and despite serious precautions, 70% of their CD stock was lost along with devastating structural damage. Because artists retain 80% of the profit from sales of New Amsterdam records, this most grossly affects the artists themselves, and Chicago wants to help get them back on their feet!
Tickets and more information are available here. They are asking for a mere $10 donation for entry, but I’d kindly ask you to give what you can. We can’t fix everything, we can at least lend a helping hand.