In 2003 Milo Fine — a neighbor and musician/composer, a long-time under-the-radar kind of gentle man — came into Homewood Studios with an idea. What about regular concerts by a group of his friends and fellow musicians who were all committed to exploring the whole notion of making music — a particular kind of music — together? Concerned the music industry has become corporatized, and music itself institutionalized and profit-driven, formulaic and without a clear sense of originality, these musicians seek to take themselves and their audiences in a different direction, toward an “every-moment new” experience.

There is a weekly Homewood Tai Chi class at Homewood Studios because a neighbor asked, once, if such a class was possible. So too the NorthSide Writers Group. Milo’s request stepped into a growing practice of making room for local artists to work in their own community.