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Wes John Cichosz
Wes began playing on the Chicago club scene at age 15 with a variety of jazz and rock acts. Shortly thereafter he received a full scholarship to University of Illinois at Chicago where he won the prestigious Bar Association Music Award. During this time he also had the opportunity to play in the orchestra for the lost Duke Ellington musical, Jump for Joy.
In the 90’s he was a part of Chicago’s Wicker Park music scene performing regularly with members of Tortoise and Wilco. As a regular studio musician at Gravity Studios he performed on numerous recordings including the Grammy Nominated, self-titled album Studebaker John and the Hawks. More recently, Wes played a tenor sax solo for Phil Collins on a tribute record for his dear friend legendary songwriter, John Martyn. Wes has played with or opened for War, Ziggy Marley, Maceo Parker, Smashing Pumpkins, Guster, 3 Dog Night, Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Adrian Belew, Oz Noy, Dave Weckl, Tony Williams, Umphree’s McGee, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Tributosaurus, Robert Irving and Richard Patterson (Miles Davis), and Rolling Stones sidemen Jack Leavell, Tim Ries and Bernard Fowler (and many more).
A competent multi-instrumentalist, Wes performs in various capacities including solo vocal/acoustic, blues trio, and jazz quartet. Some groups he is integral to include ChiNola (Chicago Blues meets New Orleans Funk and Soul), The Improbable Thursays (Experimental Groove/
Fischer’s Flicker is the musical brainchild of songwriter, musician and native Chicagoan, Scott Fischer. Fischer has been writing and performing music since his teenage years, and not just any music- inside Fischer’s brain lurks a colorfully symphonic amusement park. Attractions include full albums filled with satirical and humorous lyrics, rock operas, rich musical tapestries and metaphorical trips down the memory lane of a mad scientist composer. A thrilling ride as both spectator and participant, Fischer’s Flicker’s music inspires with big melodies and ambitious composition, taking you on a wildly impassioned journey. With seven studio albums under his belt, hundreds of live shows and a stretch of corporate cover band gigs which included a five-week Virgin Islands residency, a few large profile shows at “Summerfest” and the “Vince Lombardi Awards”, Fischer never stops pushing boundaries with his ambition and talent. Additionally, Fischer delivered a stellar performance in “The Rod Stewart Experience” with Carmine Appice and an all-star cast of other Stewart alumni, as well as maintaining a recurrent part of the roundtable on “The official Frank Zappa podcast: Zappacast”. His evolution in original music consists of bands Deja Voo Doo which became Powderhouse, then morphing into Babaganoo and ultimately, Fischer’s Flicker which includes members and long-time musical contributors Tim Gavin on drums and Andy Sviatko on bass, Rick Lyons and Michael Duttge on guitars. In 1998, Deja Voo Doo’s Carpe P.M.: Honor Comes Only After Humility was released as a concept album whose success led to Fischer’s involvement in “Zappening 2000” (a tribute festival to Frank Zappa). Fischer began playing with the multimedia aspects of his live performances during this time, and those revelations encouraged artistic experimentation in other capacities within his musical repertoire, down the road. From introspective and chest-hitting numbers to eye-rolling, satirical guffaw-out-loud ditties to extended exploratory epics, Fischer has bared it all through his numerous musical releases. Fischer’s seventh (and latest) album, Open 28 Hours, revisits the humor and camp of Fischer’s previous musical bodies of work, and also maintains a musically mature songwriting style and Fischer’s signature vocals. Live performances of Open 28 Hours have included a dazzling light show pontificating the vibe of each song. Fischer’s Flicker has also tested their talent in front of the camera with accompanying music videos as a method of more visibly broadcasting their new material to a wider audience. Whether Voo’d, Goo’d, Powder’d or Flicker’d, Scott Fischer’s musical career had spanned both time and space with concepts as complex as alien life in faraway galaxies, and as simple and relatable as lost time and broken hearts. Fischer’s Flicker’s music continues to forge ahead with humor, candor and musical collaboration with Scott Fischer at the helm, conducting the ride.
Tautologic is an eclectic progressive rock band based in Chicago. The band was formed in 1997 as a vehicle for founding members Ethan Sellers’ and Pat Buzby’s eclectic musical compositions and off-beat lyrics. The group’s richly orchestrated recordings have garnered the band praise for its inventive arrangements, performed by some of Chicago’s best musicians.
Tautologic has released two CDs to international critical acclaim and radio airplay, making at least one critic’s year-end best-of list. The band has performed on the stage at various clubs, radio stations, and television shows in Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and the Minneapolis-area.