One City. Millions of Stories.
Chicago is a city of diverse people whose stories span the world and culminate here in amazing ways. Chicago Stories brings the city to life on a personal level, while offering an underlying melody of this melting pot of world cultures.
Book One :: 2017
During the first half of 2017, three BBE composers met directly with Chicagoans to learn about their stories and experiences.
Taking the inspirations from these encounters, they worked with our ten musicians to develop wholly new compositions based on those stories.
(To read what our composers discovered about each of the unique BBE instruments, read any of the blogs below, which were curated by Artistic Director Brandi Berry.)
We premiered these stories set to music on October 14th at the University of Illinois at Chicago and October 15th at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge.
by Heidi Joosten
Iman from Two Assyrian Songs
by Eric Malmquist
by Amos Gillespie
Together, the BBE family explored the contributions of the Alvarez Brothers and their contributions to the Pilsen Latin jazz scene. We journeyed with members of the Assyrian immigrant community, who found refuge in Rogers Park and Lincolnwood. We scaled the wall with an inspiring group of minority women and watched as they crushed glass ceilings.
Select photos from the project.