Seattle Scene: January 15 – 24

From Seattle’s 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 setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences. All ages are welcome. All shows 8 PM, $5 – $15 sliding scale at the door unless otherwise noted (check individual listings).

Amy Reed + KO SOLO
Thu. Jan. 15, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Sacramento composer/improviser Amy Reed performs solo music for electric guitar and voice. Seattle saxophonist Kate Olson plays a solo set that combines her love for minimalism, ambient music, noise, and found sounds. Using soprano saxophone, laptop and other noisemakers (thumb piano, buddha box, cracklebox), she creates loops that overlap and shift gently over the course of her improvisations.

Angelique Poteat
Fri. Jan. 16, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Seattle composer Angelique Poteat presents recent chamber works performed by members of the Seattle Symphony and faculty at UW and Cornish College of the Arts. Poteat’s music is heavily influenced by her surroundings, most often drawing from personal interactions as well as nature and the Puget Sound area. Works vary in inspiration from psychological examination to dance and landscape.

The Tiptons: Mythunderstandings
Sat. Jan. 17, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Mythunderstandings explores the common threads of our individual experiences and the myths we tell ourselves and each other to make sense of them. The heart of this audio/visual feast is centered around personal stories from a diverse range of people, including a hoarder, a refugee, an adoptee, a bank teller, grandmothers, and a northwest Salish tribe member, whose tales are woven together into a provocative tapestry presented with humor and pathos.

The Ballad of Ishtar
Jan. 22, 23, 24, 8 PM; $5 – $15 in advance
An electro-acoustic, semi-improvised opera that responds to our world-wide rape culture crisis. Its contemporary language is shaped by its particular musician creators, whose backgrounds all include improvisation and composition. Creator/violist Heather Bentley is joined by a stellar cast of musicians, including singers Beth Fleenor, okanomodé, and Jimmie Herrod. They are directed by Wayne Horvitz, and joined by dancer Paris Hurley.

TUE. 1/27 – Beth Fleenor’s Workshop Ensemble

FRI. 1/30 – Ivan Arteaga’s Neijing Ensemble, music for saxophone quartet, 3 basses, and voice