Seattle Scene: November 15-30, 2018

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

WAYWARD MUSIC SERIES

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Heather Bentley & Friends
Thu. Nov. 15, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Busy Seattle bow slinger Heather Bentley celebrates her birthday with her 7-string violin and an assortment of musical friends: an improvising trio with drummer Dio Jean Baptiste and video artist Darren Palmer + the new ensemble CHA, with electric harpist Carol Levin and vocalist/spoken word artist/mover Amelia Love Clearheart explores spontaneously arising lyrical/poetic/musical journeys.

Tamara Zenobia
Fri. Nov 16, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Alaskan-born storyteller, performance artist and vocal alchemist Tamara Zenobia combines the elements of Vocal Alchemy, divination, percussion, electronic music and other world instruments, song and spoken word into her performance to create a very eclectic mix of groovy sounds and hypnotic beats. Tonight she will be joined by Dick Valentine, who will add his extraordinary flute playing to the performance.

A Night for 4 Drummers
Sat. Nov. 17, 7 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Solo works for drum set, focusing on each musician’s singular relationship with the drums, solo performance, music and identity: Mike Gebhart (The Sky Is A Suitcase, Terror/Cactus, February, New Series One); Ruby Dunphy (Thunderpussy); D’Andre Fontanelle (The Backslide gospel, Kate Dinsmore, Elena Loper); Casey Adams (Dorian Slay, nothing but the dead and dying).

Thu. 11/29 – Inverted Space Ensemble plays music of Kerrith Livengood and Pauline Oliveros

FRI. 11/30 – composer Tom Baker and dancer Alia Swersky + friends present Vol. 2 of their Body.Space.Time.Sound series for improvising musicians and movers

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John Butcher Discography Reviewed

Source: John Butcher.

In the Building a Jazz Library article on Evan Parker, it says that seasoned Parker followers would describe him as the finest improvising saxophonist of his generation. Curiously, many of those same people would use exactly that phrase about John Butcher. The simple explanation for this apparent contradiction is that we are talking about two generations; Parker (born 1944) is a member of the “first generation of free improvisation” (along with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley, John Stevens, Paul Rutherford, Barry Guy…) whereas Butcher (born 1954) is from the second generation (along with the similarly-aged Chris Burn, Phil Durrant, John Russell, Alan Wilkinson…) This is well illustrated by their discographies; Parker’s first recording, Challenge (Eyemark), was released in 1966, while Butcher’s first, Fonetiks (Bead)—a duo with Burn—came out in 1984.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Jazzfest Berlin. November 1 – 4, 2018

Devin Gray – Dirigo Rataplan II (Rataplan Records, 2018) ****

Günter Baby Sommer and Till Brönner – Baby’s Party (Intakt, 2018) **

Peter Jacquemyn – Fundament (El Negocito, 2018) ****½

Cory Smythe – Circulate Susanna (Pyroclastic, 2018) *****

Jooklo Duo & Mette Rasmussen – Graz Live! (Insula Jazz, 2018) ****

Archie Shepp at the Enjoy Jazz Fest Reviewed

Source: Jazzwise.

The Enjoy Jazz festival is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, presenting gigs between three main cities in south-western Germany. It’s an extended season that usually begins in early October, stretching until mid-November. Each night features a show in either Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen or Mannheim, sometimes with simultaneous happenings in each location.

This year’s artist-in-residence is the veteran saxophonist Archie Shepp, and his first showing was at the Mannheim National Theatre, with an expanded crew revisiting his Fire Music album, from way back in 1965. Being his second release for the Impulse! label, a certain amount of free jazz was surely promised, rather than the more mainline style that Shepp has favoured during recent decades. We were not disappointed, as this eight-piece crew (including Hamid Drake on drums) set out to capture the essence of the original contents with a surprising closeness of spirit and style.

Wild Up Adapts John Coltrane’s Ascension

Source: San Francisco Classical Voice.

One of the most polarizing albums of all time was John Coltrane’s 1965 free jazz manifesto, Ascension. Many of Coltrane’s devoted fans, even those who could take the atonal flights of Live at the Village Vanguard or Transition, retreated in horror when this boiling 40-minute cauldron of abrasive, violent, yet logically organized sound came out. It solidified Coltrane’s position as the spearhead of the jazz avant-garde, and some thought it reflected the anger of the emerging black-power movement as well as Coltrane’s endless search for spiritual meaning.

Big Ears Festival Final Lineup

Source: Big Ears Festival. The fest is March 21-24 in Knoxville. An intriguing and extensive lineup to be sure.

ACME

ALIEN FLOWER SUTRA ROB MAZUREK / EMMETT KELLY

ALVIN LUCIER

AMIRTHA KIDAMBI’S ELDER ONES

THE ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO

ARTIFACTS TRIO

AVEY TARE

AVISHAI COHEN QUARTET

BÉLA FLECK

BÉLA FLECK & EDMAR CASTAÑEDA

BILL FRISELL & THOMAS MORGAN

BILL FRISELL AND THE MESMERISTS FEATURING TONY SCHERR, KENNY WOLLESEN AND THE FILMS OF BILL MORRISON

BILL FRISELL’S HARMONY FEATURING PETRA HADEN, HANK ROBERTS & LUKE BERGMAN

BROOKLYN RIDER

CARL STONE

CARLA BLEY TRIOS WITH ANDY SHEPPARD AND STEVE SWALLOW

CARLA KIHLSTEDT

CLARICE JENSEN + JONATHAN TURNER: FOR THIS FROM THAT WILL BE FILLED

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD

THE COMET IS COMING

COUPLER

DAVID TORN

DEJOHNETTE COLTRANE GARRISON

DEREK GRIPPER

DRAGNET GIRL WITH LIVE SCORE BY COUPLER

EVAN PARKER / MATT WRIGHT TRANCE MAP+

EVER PRESENT ORCHESTRA FEAT. STEPHEN O’MALLEY AND OREN AMBARCHI PERFORM THE WORKS OF ALVIN LUCIER

FIRE!

GABRIEL KAHANE

HAROLD BUDD

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE

IRREVERSIBLE ENTANGLEMENTS

JERUSALEM IN MY HEART

JLIN

JOAN LA BARBARA PERFORMS WORKS BY ALVIN LUCIER

JOAN LA BARBARA: VOICE IS THE ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT

JOEP BEVING

KARA-LIS COVERDALE

KAYHAN KALHOR

KAYHAN KALHOR & BROOKLYN RIDER

KIERAN KANE AND RAYNA GELLERT

KIM KASHKASHIAN

KRISTÍN ANNA VALTÝSDÓTTIR

KTL

LONNIE HOLLEY

LONNIE HOLLEY AND THE MESSTHETICS

MAKAYA MCCRAVEN

MARY HALVORSON’S CODE GIRL

MATHIAS EICK QUINTET

MATT WILSON’S HONEY & SALT

MERCURY REV

MEREDITH MONK & VOCAL ENSEMBLE CELLULAR SONGS CONCERT

THE MESSTHETICS

MOOR MOTHER

MOUNTAIN MAN

NASHVILLE BALLET: LUCY NEGRO REDUX CHOREOGRAPHY BY PAUL VASTERLING WITH MUSIC BY RHIANNON GIDDENS & FRANCESCO TURISI AND POETRY BY CAROLINE RANDALL WILLIAMS

NATE WOOLEY

NIEF-NORF

NIK BÄRTSCH’S RONIN

NILS FRAHM

OREN AMBARCHI

PETER GREGSON

RACHEL GRIMES: THE WAY FORTH

RAFIQ BHATIA: BREAKING ENGLISH

RALPH TOWNER

RHIANNON GIDDENS AND FRANCESCO TURRISI

RICHARD THOMPSON: KILLED IN ACTION

ROOMFUL OF TEETH

PARKER / SCHLIPPENBACH / LYTTON TRIO

PUNCH BROTHERS

SERPENTWITHFEET

SHAI MAESTRO TRIO

SONS OF KEMET

SPIRITUALIZED

SUN OF GOLDFINGER

THEO BLECKMANN: BERLIN – SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR, PEACE AND EXILE

THEO BLECKMANN: HELLO EARTH! THE MUSIC OF KATE BUSH

THIS IS NOT THIS HEAT

THUMBSCREW

TIM BERNE’S SNAKEOIL

TRIPTYCH (EYES OF ONE ON ANOTHER), FEATURING ROOMFUL OF TEETH, COMPOSED BY BRYCE DESSNER, LIBRETTO BY KORDE ARRINGTON TUTTLE, FEAT. THE WORK OF PATTI SMITH & ESSEX HEMPHILL, DIRECTED BY DANIEL FISH, PRODUCED BY ARKTYPE / THOMAS O. KRIEGSMANN

UNCLE EARL

VIJAY IYER AND CRAIG TABORN

WADADA LEO SMITH SOLO: REFLECTIONS AND MEDITATIONS ON MONK

WADADA LEO SMITH’S NDA, PERFORMING “DIVINE LOVE” WITH BOBBY NAUGHTON AND DWIGHT ANDREWS

YUNOHANA VARIATIONS WITH YOSHIMIO, SUSIE IBARRA, AND ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE

YVES TUMOR