A hundred years ago, the terrible experience of trench warfare radically altered the psychology of Europe. Belgium was battered mercilessly from the first to the last shot and hundreds of thousands of bodies lie beneath Flanders’ fields.
The Great War also profoundly changed the arts and that change is still felt today. Electric guitarist Grégory Duby from Brussels strives to promote contemplative listening. As Jesus is My Son, he uses this slow, low approach to portray the lives of the individual soldiers between battles, their hardships and the fear that freighted the silences, which Duby wants his listeners to pay particular attention.
It comes creeping yellowy-brown and hugs the ground like mustard gas. Despite the ponderous pace, there is a melody to each song, one of the prettiest being “Armistice”, not to mention narrative drama, like on “Deux Nuits”. Though slow, the only truly ominous track is the closing “Mieux Vaut Se Mentir et Être Heureux”, which seems to offer a bleak future.
In focusing on the “non-events” of the war to end all wars, Duby has created an engaging work, as somber and serious as a cast bronze war memorial.
THU. 5/24, 8 PM – S. Eric Scribner (piano) presents new works, with Matt Kocmierowski and Keith Eisenbrey (found objects); Bruce Greeley (bass clarinet); Natalie Mai Hall (‘cello); and Mike Sentkewitz (string bass)
FRI. 5/25, 8 PM – Neal Kosaly-Meyer presents an evening of solo compositions and an ensemble piece spanning the career of John Cage, in the year of his 100th birthday, with William O. Smith, Melissa Walsh, Stuart Dempster
THU. 5/31 – Christian Asplund, ex-Seattle composer currently based in Utah
SAT. 6/2, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents NYC guitarist Chris Cochrane performing music from his new Tzadik CD THEM + Climax Golden Twins
FRI. 6/8 – Seattle Rock Orchestra plays recent new works by regional composers selected for their first annual composition contest
Adolphe’S Ax May 21st
Cameron Pfiffner, Leader: Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Anthony Bruno, Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Nick Mazzarella, Alto Saxophone
Caroline Davis, Alto Saxophone
Nate LePine, Tenor Saxophone
Juli Wood, Baritone Saxophone
Marco Polo May 28th
Cameron Pfiffner: Leader, Tenor and Soprano Saxes, Flute, Oboe
Marquis Hill, Terry Connell: Trumpets
Steve Horne: Trombone
Nick Mazzarella: Alto Saxophone, Alto Clarinet
Juli Wood: Baritone Saxophone
Alejandro Urzagaste: Guitar
Tom Vaitsas: Piano
Daniel Thatcher: Bass
Tim Daisy: Drums
Tim Mulvenna: Percussion
Tom Dissevelt/Kid Baltan – Song Of The Second Moon (Omni) Machinefabriek – Colour Tones (Fang Bomb)
Helmut Schafer – Thought Provoking III (23five records)
Anthea Caddy & Thembi Soddell – Host (Room40)
Wyndel Hunt – Oblivion (Simulacra)
Various Artists – On Automata (Retort Records)
Richard Knox and Frederic D. Oberland – The Rustle of the Stars (Gizeh Records)