Seattle Scene: January 22 – 30

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).

The Ballad of Ishtar
Jan. 22, 23, 24, 8 PM; $5 – $15 advance tickets
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.

Beth Fleenor’s Workshop Ensemble
Tue. Jan. 27, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Workshop Ensemble (WE) celebrate the release of SILT – a 16 minute sonic meditation which has been embraced by Bunny Blasto Records. SILT will be available as a limited edition 5.5 x 7.25 print by artist Ollie Glatzer, a visual meditation serving as the physical vehicle of the sonic work, in tandem with a private download of the music itself. SILT will be available for purchase in person at live events, or online via Bunny Blasto Records.

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