December 10

Relax Attack Jazz Series: LSP Grotesque

9 pm

Relax Attack Jazz Series: LSP Grotesque

Every Tuesday we present Chicago’s top jazz artists in a lively atmosphere, full of cocktail-shaking and spirited conversation.

  • Jeff Swanson
  • Andrew Lawrence
  • Juan Pastor
Drummer/percussionist and composer Juan Pastor finds himself caught between two homes: his native Lima, Peru, and the city where he has lived for the past thirteen years, Chicago. As a result, both his original compositions and the sound of his new ensemble, LSP Grotesque, draw life from deep sources: Peru’s enchantingly diverse culture, history, landscapes, and folk music, and the language of North American Jazz.

“Last year, one of Chicago’s most creative young musicians made a decision that left a bit of a void in the city’s ever-expanding jazz scene.

Juan Pastor, an innovative percussionist whose Chinchano band ingeniously mixed the music of his native Peru with jazz techniques, decided to move back home. A teaching position at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru lured him back to Lima, the city he had left at age 19 to study at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and, later, at DePaul University (where he earned his master’s degree in 2013).

For those who valued Chinchano’s seductive musical experiments in general, Pastor’s intricately conceived rhythms in particular, the good news is that he has moved back to Chicago.”

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