Synopsis by Mark Deming
In the late '70s, James Chance was one of the leading lights of what became known as the "No Wave" scene in New York, in which punk rock musicians embraced the atonal structures of experimental music and free jazz in a bid to explore sonic territories beyond the standard 4/4 framework of rock. Armed with a passionate, bleating saxophone and a number of celebrated bands (most notably the Contortions and James White and the Blacks), Chance was a musical pioneer who drifted out of sight in the 1980s. However, after the dawn of the new century, Chance began making music again and taking his show on the road, with this video documenting a 2003 gig in Chicago, in which Chance fronts a new edition of the Contortions. James Chance: Chance of a Lifetime -- Live in Chicago 2003 includes the songs "Contort Yourself," "King Heroin," "Roving Eye," and others.
concert, experimental [arts], saxophone