Friday, November 4th • Bar opens 8PM, Roof 9PM, Club 10PM
The Black Madonna stands for self-awareness, empathy and American muscle. The Black Madonna believes in celebrating dance music's roots: those queer, subjugated youths of color that gave birth to the genre we love so much. The Black Madonna insists that EVERYONE have the equal opportunity to shake their ass. The former Smartbar Chicago booker and current resident invites Argot/Tasteful Nudes manager Savile to join her in her Flash debut (his second appearance). The NeedlExchange AKA Baronhawk Poitier, Bil Todd and Tommy Cornelis have been personally selected by The Black Madonna to begin the evening in typically dramatic fashion.
Tix available 9/27 at 12PM
Advance tickets: ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1325509
THE BLACK MADONNA:
“...[A]n increasingly respected DJ, known for uplifting sets that balance established anthems with idiosyncratic selections. She's an accomplished producer, too, with a string of irresistible tracks—‘Exodus’ and ‘A Jealous Heart Never Rests’ among them—that still get plenty of airtime two years later. And then there's her position as the talent buyer at Chicago's Smart Bar, one of the best clubs in North America, which has arguably become even more noteworthy under her direction.” - Andrew Ryce for Resident Advisor, October 2014
In December of 2012, North America’s oldest independent venue, Smart Bar announced the The Black Madonna as a new resident, along with Derrick Carter and Frankie Knuckles. Within a year, she became the club's first ever Creative Director in its three decade history, bringing a decidedly anti-establishment philosophy to her curatorial style. Her retooled residency program reflects a distinct set of values, adding Honey Soundsystem, DVS1, Regis, Honey Dijon and transgressive events such as Men’s Room to an already diverse offering.
Of her philosophy she said, “Dance music needs riot grrrls. Dance music needs Patti Smith. It needs DJ Sprinkles. Dance music needs some discomfort with its euphoria. Dance music needs salt in its wounds. Dance music needs women over the age of 40. Dance needs breastfeeding DJs trying to get their kids to sleep before they have to play. Dance needs cranky queers and teenagers who are really tired of this shit. Dance music needs writers and critics and academics and historians. Dance music needs poor people and people who don't have the right shoes to get into the club. Dance music needs shirts without collars. Dance music needs people who struggled all week. Dance music needs people that had to come before midnight because they couldn't afford full admission. Dance music does not need more of the status quo.”
A sublime technician behind the decks, The Black Madonna is known for fluent and dynamic vinyl sets, which span from disco to techno. And then of course, there’s her inimitable energy, an infectious joy and ability to connect with the room, which along with her skill has cemented her as a beloved regular and crowd favorite at revered venues such as Panorama Bar. Her DJ mixes for Beats In Space, Little White Earbuds and Bicep’s Rinse FM show remain highly regarded, selected from deep crates and executed with precision.
The Black Madonna’s catalog of releases/remixes includes labels such as Argot, Stripped & Chewed, Classic, Freerange and Home Taping is Killing Music. Crosstalk International described her “Lady Of Sorrows EP” on Argot, as “her most fully realized work to date -- A great leap forward from the sample-clad disco house of her records for Home Taping Is Killing Music and Stripped & Chewed. Weaving live orchestration and irresistible synth lines through tough percussive frames, both tracks bare their souls to listeners with enough muscle to command dancers' attention.” In 2014, she followed up the Argot release with two back to back EP’s. Both sold out immediately and remain highly sought after on the vinyl market.
In 2015, along with Steve Mizek of Argot, she will launch Smart Bar’s vinyl imprint, showcasing the work of Smart Bar’s considerable pool of residents.
Raised in rural Michigan, the DJ and producer Savile, born Gianpaolo Dieli, has been in constant pursuit of outlets for his creativity and largesse from a young age. His musical interests first took root in rapping and scratch DJing before the influence of Jay Dilla and DJ Premier led him to producing hip-hop instrumentals. Paying the bills as a professional chef, Dieli was drawn to dance music after stumbling upon videos of Jeff Mills mixing, deeply inspired by its limitless nature and ability to elicit a range of emotional responses in dancers.
Moving to Chicago in 2010 helped fill up his DJing schedule, forcing him to hang up the apron in favor of headphones and long days in the studio. This paid off early in the form of records for Southern Fried and Amadeus Records, collaborations with Olin for Argot and Wazi Wazi, as well as remixes for Ninja Tune, Freerange Records, and Fool's Gold Records. 2016 has seen him touring almost non-stop across the US, both solo and alongside Steve Mizek, with whom he manages the labels Argot & Tasteful Nudes. This summer, Savile released an acclaimed solo EP on Stripped & Chewed records, as well as embarking on his first European tour, playing Panorama Bar at Berghain. He’ll release another solo EP this fall. The only way is up.