Helen Gillet + Ohmme

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8pm Helen Gillet SOLO live cello loops / vocals
9pm Ohmme (formerly Homme) is a vocal project with a gnarled, grizzly, fuzzed-out guitar backbone. Duo Macie Stewart and Sima Cunningham have a natural vocal harmony, and they let that shared energy guide their intuitive guitar movement throughout each unconventional track. The two were raised on different sides of classical music, with Stewart beginning piano lessons at age three and Cunningham joining the Chicago Children’s Choir in elementary school. These upbringings trained them both in a mathematical, driven approach to musical mastery, but Ohmme represents a release from this control. They joined forces in 2014, inspired by the free improvisational music scene in Chicago, and influenced by folk and avant-garde rock. Their combined vocal and musical talents yield an incredible dichotomy of harmony and chaos that leaves the audience wanting more. Both have served as vocalists and instrumentalists for different performers within Chicago’s music scene, and Stewart also writes for Indie Pop group "Marrow" and entirely improvised jazz trio "The Few". The improvisational jazz scene is in a state of constant growth thanks to seeds originally planted all the way back to the 40’s by composer, performer and musician Sun Ra, and Ohmme has entrenched themselves within its layered folds. The resulting songs comprise a self-titled EP that’s unconventional, free-wheeling, and dynamic.
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