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CHORD performances consist of each player being assigned one note from a pre-selected chord. They are then expected to consider all ranges of flexibility concerning octave, rhythm, playing style and effect treatments. The overall effect CHORD generates is that of a single note being rendered into an unsolvable riddle – a harmonic Gordian knot that creates an almost pastoral feel of being blinded by the sun. The rejection of melody and structure in favor of sweeping and epic tones inspires a sense of rousing apprehension. Shrouded in the individual tunings of each player the pieces never become diluted, instead finding resolution in collective dissonance and consonance. To be in the presence of chord achieved is transcendent.

CHORD was formed in Evanston, IL, at Dr. Wax, a once thriving record store that is now sadly closed (but immortalized in the title of a Wesly Willis album). Dr. Wax was a gathering place for musicians and music aficionados alike and it was there that the core members of CHORD initially considered putting a practical face on their conversational musings about the finer points of texture and tone, envisioning a music that would not rely on extraneous concepts like melody.

CHORD first performed in February of 2004 at Evanston’s Nevin’s Live, stunning a sold out crowd who had gathered on a combination of word of mouth and an appreciation for the other folk-rock acts on the bill. Select shows followed including coveted opening slots for Jakob, Savage Republic, Growing, The Austerity Program, and Sun O)))). They have also headlined a benefit for the American Red Cross in New York City and played at the esteemed Issue Project Room in Brooklyn as part of an Important Records showcase.

CHORD released its official debut recording Flora (Neurot Recordings) in spring 2009. They followed up with Progression (Important Records) the following year, and Gmaj7 (MIE) in 2012.