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Local Musicians And Artists Collaborate At Ten x Ten 2015

By Gina Provenzano in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 5, 2015 9:30PM

Katherine Young and Jordan Martins will speak at ‘A Graphic Notation’ this Sunday. Image courtesy of Homeroom Chicago.

"What's your process?" It's a troubling question for many creative artists. The truth is that there’s often no one answer as to what inspires a piece of writing, artwork or composition, and many don’t have a formal "process" when they work creatively. In an effort to explore creative working techniques, Ten x Ten, a visual arts and music collaboration project from Homeroom Chicago and Spudnik Press Cooperative, will lead a series of discussions and performances to bring the creative process to life.

In its fourth year, the series kicks off with A Graphic Notation this Sunday at 4 p.m. at Spudnik Press (1821 W. Hubbard St.). In this free lecture open to the public, visual artist Jordan Martins and composer Katherine Young will speak to the connection between creative composition and improvisation, specifically putting a focus on how artists, involved in the project and in their everyday, can visually represent music outside of traditional music notation.

Sunday's lecture will be the inaugural event in a series of opportunities the public will have to engage with the project. After the initial launch, a follow-up event Improvised Music Series: Working Performance will see artists involved in the project perform a live workshop of their work on Feb. 19 at Constellation (3111 N. Western Ave.). The project will culminate later this year with the release of original composed music mixed, mastered and pressed to vinyl and live performances of each collaborative piece.

For a full list of collaborating artist, additional events and and to follow the progress of the series, visit