Alessandro Cortini

Live improvisational set from the Nine Inch Nails synthesist & guitarist  

Saturday, March 9, 2024
Epiphany Center for the Arts
7pm (doors) 8pm (performance)
with Lia Kohl + Whitney Johnson
presented with Synth History


Join Reflections for an evening of immersive light and sound at a former church in Chicago's West Loop with Italian composer Alessandro Cortini. The duo of Lia Kohl and Whitney Johnson (Matchess) opens the night. Designer Eric Epstein performs a 3D projection-mapped visual experience for both sets.
Cortini will share a series of atmospheric works made with the Make Noise Strega, the instrument he co-designed with synth company, Make Noise. We love Cortini’s delicate balance of stark minimalism and lush textures, hovering between ancient and modern sensibilities – math and magic, intertwined 🌙

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Alessandro Cortini

Italian musician, producer, composer and instrument builder Alessandro Cortini is one of the foremost figures of contemporary electronic music. A longstanding member of Nine Inch Nails, Cortini has released several albums on Mute and Important Records, often in collaboration with luminaries such as Daniel Avery, Lawrence English, and Merzbow.

Balancing dark ambience with smokey, pulsing rhythms, his compositions are both restrained and mesmeric. In 2021, with boutique synth builders Make Noise, Cortini released his own, custom designed, semi-modular synth, Strega (Italian for ‘witch’). He used Strega to build his latest full length, Scuro Chiaro (Mute Records), which Pitchfork described as “pitched somewhere between purgatory and the planetarium... consistently managing to thrill and surprise.”

Lia Kohl + Whitney Johnson

Lia Kohl is a cellist, composer, and multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago. She creates and performs sonic landscapes utilizing cello, synthesizers, field recordings, and live radio to explore the mundane and profound possibilities of sound. She has presented work and performed at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Walker Art Center, Chicago Symphony Center, and Eckhart Park Pool. Recent releases include Untitled Radio (futile, fertile) on Longform Editions, and The Ceiling Reposes on American Dreams Records.

Chicago-based musician Whitney Johnson records lush, haunting compositions under the name Matchess. Using pre-recorded cassette tapes, organ drones, delay-heavy vocals, and occasional passages of harsh noise summoned out of her viola, Johnson crafts a textural, ethereal sound heavy on rhythm and atmosphere alike. First issuing her music via limited cassettes, she released Somnaphoria in 2015 and Sacracorpa in 2018, both on Trouble in Mind Records. Her 2022 album, Sonescent (Drag City Records), a long form drone piece, was inspired by a retreat at the Dhamma Vaddhana Meditation Center, just north of Joshua Tree.

Epiphany Center for the Arts

This evening’s venue is a former Episcopal church located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Constructed in 1885, designed by architects Edward Burling and Francis Whitehouse it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. The building is an ADA accessible space.

201 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607


Alessandro Cortini

CHI – 3/9/24


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