The second annual Seaprog festival of progressive/art rock will take place Saturday-Sunday June 21-22 at the historic Columbia City Theater, with a free kickoff event on Friday, June 20 at the Royal Room. Tickets are now on sale at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/588202.
Friday, June 20 – The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Avenue S – Free
Autumn Electric (8 P.M.)
Fang Chia (9 P.M.)
Badwater Fire Company (10 P.M.)
Saturday, June 21 – Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Avenue S
Spontaneous Rex (2 P.M.)
Spacebag (4 P.M.)
The Mercury Tree (7 P.M.)
Miriodor (9 P.M.)
Sunday, June 22 – Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Avenue S
Zubatto Syndicate (2 P.M.)
Being John McLaughlin (4 P.M.)
Corima (7 P.M.)
Midday Veil (9 P.M.)
John Zorn//Stepehen Gosling/Greg Cohen/Tyshawn Sorey! Paul Shapiro/Marc Ribot/Brad Jones! Tisziji Munoz/Paul Shaffer Quintet! Friedlander/Wamble/Dunn/Sarin! Haggai Cohen-Milo! Ingrid Laubrock NY/UK Octet!
Tony Malaby Tamarindo! Angles 9! Satoko Fujii NY Orchestra! Thurston Moore/Gabriel Ferrandini/Pedro Sousa! Squakk: Michael Greiner/Rudi Mahall! Gato Libre! Microscopic Septet! Richard Pinhas/Tatsuya Yoshida/Oren Ambarchi/Merzbow!
Parallax Ensemble: Ken Vandermark/David Grubbs et al! Helton Core Trio & Matt Shipp! Akira Sakata/Lonberg-Holm/Nilssen-Love/Gutvik! Mats/Morgan Band! Peter Van Huffel’s Gorilla Mask! Rodrigo Amado/Peter Evans! Joe Sachse & Nils Wogram!
Nick Podgurski is a composer, percussionist and vocalist who specializes in a very thoughtful and personal brand of soul searching music. He has sat behind the drumkit for Extra Life, Yukon and most recently, Ava Mendoza’s Unnatural Ways. This week he will release his newest solo recording, “Gift of Mithra”.
Sissy Spacek – Wreck
Sleep of Ages/Where is This – History is Written by the Handsome
Nightmare Castle – Potential Psycho
Lethe – Vomit In The Shallows
Die Reitenden Leichen – Furor Necroticus
Vomir – Ennui
Luctíssono – Noite e Neblina
Aube – Stared Gleam (digital reissue) Current 93 – I am the Last of all the Field That Fell
Peter Batchelor’s Kaleidoscope is an acousmatic work meant to model in sound the kinds of dynamic patterns visible through a kaleidoscope. The five pieces that make up the work were composed for a listening environment situated in the middle of eight speakers arranged in a circle; listening to the recording can only approximate the spatial effects obtainable in such a setting, and to that extent is something like listening to a reduction for piano of an orchestral work. Still, there’s much to like when these pieces are listened to just for the way they organize sound.
For the first four tracks, Batchelor arranges digital samples to trace the trajectory of things breaking apart, the pieces diverging and converging again. Drawing on a variety of sound sources, including field recordings of natural and artificial phenomena, and using looping, repetition, and granular manipulation, Batchelor juxtaposes similar and contrasting sound colors of varying intensities, density and dynamics to achieve his aim. Though the identity of the sound sources is for the most part obscured by manipulation—this is acousmatic music, after all—sometimes, as in Fuse’s recognizable samples of rainfall, they reveal themselves. The final piece, an aural portrait of a gaming arcade, evokes its subject through chirps, beeps and buzzes that will elicit memories in anyone who’s ever played a game of Space Invaders in a public space.
Kaleidoscope comes as a two-disc set. A DVD-ROM contains the work in its full, original eight channel format, while a stereo CD is included as well.
Leviathan Worship Service
+ Nico Sophiea
Fri., May 30, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
LWS believes in total freedom of sound. We do not discuss what we are going to play, nor do we talk about whether past shows were “good” or “bad;” we are only concerned with what is happening in the moment. Nico Sophiea opens.
Monica Lopez Lau & Hector Bravo Benard
Sat., May 31, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Music for recorders and electronics, including world premieres of two pieces written especially for Monica Lopez Lau by Matthias Kranebitter and Hector Bravo Benard. Also on the program are pieces by Luciano Berio, Giorgio Tedde, Agostino Di Scipio, a transcription of a Bach Partita.
Upcoming Events (subject to change)
THU. 6/5 – Christian Pincock Quintet, new chamber compositions
FRI. 6/6 – Steve Barsotti + Dave Knott, electro-acoustic sound transformed by spaces and materials
SAT. 6/7 – Thollem McDonas (piano), improvised duos with drummers Greg Campbell & Paul Kikuchi
THU. 6/12 – Luke Fitzpatrick, music for violin and electronics
FRI. 6/13 – Seattle Modern Orchestra plays music by Brown, Durand, Donatoni