Julian Kirshner (b. 9/6/90) is a Chicago-based percussionist primarily working in the context of jazz and improvised music. Percussion studies began at age ten when Julian was selected to be a member of the CSO’s Percussion Scholarship Group. Over the past ten years, he has studied with Sarah Allen, David Bloom, Dylan Ryan and Frank Rosaly. Julian also organizes the Improvised Music Series at Myopic Books, a weekly showcase of musicians playing uncharted music in a first-time context.
Gerrit Hatcher is a saxophonist, improviser, and composer based in Chicago. His own work typically engages with free jazz as a set of experimental practices, and as an idiom with a history unto itself, but he participates in the diverse spectrum experimental and improvised music being made in Chicago today. Hatcher has many active projects including his duo with Julian Kirshner, a composed solo saxophone practice, the improvising trio Devouring the Guilt, and his organ quartet Refunction.