"The output of Erik Satie (1866-1925), when placed alongside that of his contemporaries, can seem rather meager. His popular 'Gymnopidies' (1888) are beguiling, but as compositions, they are no match for the works of a 'colleague' like Claude Debussy. Satie's disinterest in compositional technique clearly sets his music apart and lends it an unmistakable 'low-tech' charm. Ex-Chicagoan Mike Svoboda decided to revisit Satie's fascination with the phenomenology of sound ('phonometrics') and with the limitations of musical form and performance practice. For this intriguing and well-filled program, he cleverly arranged some of Satie's miniatures -- 'Gnossienne No. I' (1890), 'Sports et Divertissements' (1914), 'Ludions' (1923) -- and juxtaposed them with his original compositions created in the spirit of the visionary Parisian 'phonometrist' and forerunner of John Cage."