Concerts & Events

Saturday, September 16, 2017  ♦  8:00 PM

Nathaniel Braddock / Jim Becker / Teddy Rankin-Parker

4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000

  • A night of three solo sets and one trio set from these forward thinking musicians.

    Nathaniel Braddock

    Nathaniel Braddock is the leader of the internationally touring Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l and Trio Mokili, and was a ten-year faculty member of Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. Braddock has performed extensively with African artists from Mali, Ghana, Zambia, and Congo, and with many American and Australian indie rock bands. His instrumental solo guitar and mandolin sets feature the crossroads of African roots music and American primitive guitar, with original compositions that extend into modern harmonies and rhythms with the complexity of chamber music. His record of original instrumental solo guitar music, "Quadrille & Collapse", was released in April of 2017 by Invertebrata Records. In 2016 Braddock relocated from Sydney, Australia to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    “An exquisite display of fingerstyle playing that connects what John Fahey called American Primitive guitar with the traditional palm-wine style of Sierra Leone, with many detours in between.” - Peter Margasak on Quadrille & Collapse, Chicago Reader

    Jim Becker

    Jim Becker is a Chicago based musician, producer, and sound engineer who has played around town and around the world since the 1980s. Jim has worked recording and engineering his own music and that of numerous other musicians. He has recorded and collaborated with a long list of rock, folk, experimental, and old time bands. Jim tours the US and Europe extensively, most recently with Califone and Iron and Wine.

    Jim plays guitar, banjo, filddle, mandolin, and is known for his original improvisation and use of effects. He draws from a wide range of inspirations, from classic rock to Appalachian old time music which he has played, studied, and taught since 1993.

    In addition to recording with bands, Jim has done a variety of soundtrack work, for both film and television.

    Teddy Rankin-Parker

    Teddy Rankin-Parker is an American cellist specializing in improvisation and avant-garde music. Based in Chicago, he performs extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, wearing the hats of composer and performance artist, and appearing in a variety of contexts including chamber orchestras, free improvised settings, performance art and electro-acoustic music. Teddy is the touring cellist for bands Primus and Iron & Wine, and has performed, toured, and recorded with dozens of artists, including Glen Hansard, Father John Misty, Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble N_JP, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Sinfonietta, and Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble. For his current solo project, “Some Other Fields,” he commissioned, recorded, and performed new works for unaccompanied cello by Jim O'Rourke, Glenn Kotche, Richard Reed Parry, Gene Coleman, and Michael Beharie. “Some Other Fields” will be released in 2018.

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000