Sid Yiddish

Expect the Unexpected

Chicago Scratch Orchestra 2009-2012

Posted by on May 8, 2021 in Bands, Music

After a failed tryout with a sound-painting orchestra in 2005, Sid began gravitating toward a different sound: noise & free improvisation. Sid had already been going to noise and improvisation shows in Chicago and had been paying close attention to other bands with alternative sounds for the past decade, so this wasn’t any different with the exception being that the only requirement for Chicago Scratch Orchestra was that members didn’t have to be accomplished musicians in order to perform with the band. The band’s philosophy was based on the formation of an experimental ensemble created by Cornelius Cardew, Michael Parsons and Howard Skempton who formed the first Scratch Orchestra in Spring, 1969 in London, England. It was in the Chicago unit that of the many members Sid met, the most influential to him were flutist Chris Preissing and violinist Viking Dentist, whom Sid was encouraged by. One evening, October 24, 2010 to be exact while performing an interpretive composition entitled “Scattered” by Chicago composer Paul Hartshaw on local college radio station WLUW (Loyola University), Viking Dentist highly encouraged Sid to conduct the piece, using basic performance skills. After that night, Sid was hooked. During his brief time in the band, he would conduct his first instructional composition “Flight Of The Satanic Danish Squirrel” at Ball Hall in Chicago, Illinois and at WNUR (Northwestern University) in Evanston, Illinois. Sid was in the Chicago Scratch Orchestra between 2009 to 2012.