After the recent release of their soundtrack for the classic French silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Joan of Arc brings their explosive post-rock sound to Millennium Park for Independence Day week. Self-taught pianist Daniel Knox opens the evening with his lyrical deftness and musical lure.
Joan of Arc
Chicago favorite Joan of Arc blends post-rock’s atmospherics and punk’s volume and dynamics. They are known for their use of electronics, samples, and multi-track recording in their songs. In their 17 year history, the band’s recorded output has elicited critical praise—challenging the norms of traditional songwriting by deconstructing and reinterpreting traditional rock and avant-garde sounds.
Chicagoan Daniel Knox bellows tales of disillusionment, obsession, and criminal intent with as much sarcasm as sincerity. A rogue at the piano, crooning, sneering and shouting so that his cast of characters may speak, Knox is a self-taught pianist. Intent on composing his own scores, he began sneaking into the Hilton Tower’s Grand Ballroom to teach himself to play the piano. As this bit of mischief gradually paid off, plucking became music-making, and when he incorporated his booming tenor, sound-scapes became songs. He has worked with a diverse range of artists including singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, electronica maven Imogen Heap, opera star Jessye Norman and filmmaker David Lynch.