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Corky Siegel and Chamber Blues
Twenty-five years ago, Chicago bluesman Corky Siegel unveiled a project that continues to obsess him. He called it Chamber Blues, and since its Midwest premiere in 1988 at the Paramount Arts Centre in Aurora, the project has blossomed into an ongoing venture that continues to develop new repertoire for a steadily rotating list of musicians.
As its title implies, Chamber Blues unabashedly interweaves elements of blues and classical music, the balance shifting depending on the musicians and repertoire involved. For all the cross-genre appeal of this experiment, however, a quarter century does seem a long time to be at it.
"The territory where classical and blues meet is very much unexplored," says Siegel, who will bring Chamber Blues to City Winery Chicago on Friday evening. "There are so many different approaches, and so many new compositions that are sitting and waiting to be written."
8 p.m. Friday at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St.; $35-$45; 312-733-9463 or citywinery.com
January 31, 2013