April 26, 2015
Jim Hobbs, Andria Nicodemou, Brandon Lopez, Tatsuya Nakatani, IBeam
Jim Hobbs Brandon Lopez Tatsuya Nakatani Andria Nicodemou

April 22, 2015
Henry Kaiser & Weasel Walter Large Ensemble, JACK
Chuck Bettis Tim Dahl Peter Evans Michael Foster Henry Kaiser Alan Licht Brandon Lopez Matt Nelson Dan Peck Chris Pitsiokos Jim Sauter Steve Swell Weasel Walter Chris Welcome

April 20, 2015
Stephanos Chytiris’ Egata, ShapeShifter Lab
Stephanos Chytiris Rema Hasumi Ingrid Laubrock Todd Neufeld Pascal Niggenkemper

April 20, 2015
Billy Mintz, Bryan Qu, Stephanos Chytiris, ShapeShifter Lab
Stephanos Chytiris Billy Mintz Bryan Qu


The IBeam in May

Ellery Eskelin en concert au Triton (Les Lilas...
Ellery Eskelin

From Brooklyn’s IBeam:

Sport & Play
Friday, May 1st 9:00 PM $10 Suggested Donation

A night of traditional story-songs and ballads from Ireland and the UK, interpreted through the lens of Sandy Denny and the psych-folk movement of the late 1960s. Songs about love lost & found, class struggle, one night stands, soldiers, factory workers, hand-weavers, and female drummers in male disguise.
Brittany Anjou – piano
David Christian – drums
Peri DeLorenzo – violin & voice
Mark Dobbyn – guitar
Nicole Lawrence – guitar
Graham Norwood – guitars, voice
Eivind Opsvik – bass
Michael Sachs – clarinets
Sonia Szajnberg – voice

Anti-Social Music + Scorpion vs Snake
Friday, May 8th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

ASM Drinks Alone (8:30 pm)
ASM performs a set of solo pieces written by Patrick Castillo, Max Duykers, Pat Muchmore, Ed RosenBerg and more. Performers include Ed RosenBerg (tenor saxophone), Andie Springer (violin), Curtis Stewart (violin), and others!

Scorpion vs Snake (9:30 pm)
Nathan Koci, accordion
Emily Hope Price, cello and voice
Scorpion vs Snake. Nathan Koci plays the accordion and also brass instruments and sometimes composes music for theater, dance, and film. He plays around NYC and elsewhere with various new music, classical music, jazz music, folk music, and theater music type folks. Emily Hope Price sings and plays the cello and is also a songwriter, arranger, and film composer and can also be seen/heard performing in a band called Pearl and the Beard. She likes to draw and watch movies at the same time and talk about surviving an impending zombie apocalypse until something else comes along even more interesting to talk about.

2 x 2
Monday, May 11th 8:00 PM $15 Suggested Donation

Bill Payne / clarinet
Connie Crothers / piano

Eva Lindal / violin
Virg Dzurinko / piano

Sam Bardfeld Trio
Friday, May 15th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

Sam Bardfeld – Violin
Kris Davis – Piano
Vinnie Sperrazza – Drums
w/ Todd Reynolds Group (TBA)

Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot
Saturday, May 16th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

Ellery Eskelin + Nick Fraser (8:30 pm)
Ellery Eskelin – Saxophone
Nick Fraser – Drums

Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot (10:00 pm)
Lina Allemano, trumpet
Ryan Driver, analog synth
Rob Clutton, electric bass
Nick Fraser, drums

Deric Dickens Residency (Night 1)
Thursday, May 28th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

The Dickens Campaign
Kenny Warren, Trumpet
Jesse Lewis, Guitar
Deric Dickens, Drums

Arabic For Beginners
Lena Bloch Tenor Saxophone
Deric Dickens, Drums
Bass TBA

Deric Dickens Residency (Night 2)
Friday, May 29th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

Jarrett Gilgore Saxophones
Deric Dickens, Drums

Words Are Not Enough, The Music of Jimmy Lyons
Jarrett Gilgore, Alto Saxophone
Ross Gallagher, Bass
Kenny Warren, Trumpet
Deric Dickens, Drums

Deric Dickens Residency (Night 3)
Saturday, May 30th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

Dix Out
Brad Linde, saxophones
Aaron Quinn, Guitar
Liz Prince Tuba
Deric Dickens Drums

Rocket #9
Brad Linde, Jarrett Gilgore, Aaron Quinn, Ross Gallagher, Kenny Warren, Others TBA

Alex Ward Interview

From Bang the Bore:

Alex Ward‘s musical activities are still as not as well known as they should be, despite over a quarter century of extraordinary work. As a clarinettist his virtuosity and imagination are pretty much unrivalled, and his electric guitar playing doesn’t lag behind. He’s worked with plenty of famous names (Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne, Thurston Moore) but, while as musically uncompromising as any of your favourite avant-gardists, he also lacks the kinds of restrictive intransigence that actually lead to marketability. His current activities include much improvisational work, as well as the rock duo Dead Days Beyond Help (with Jem Doulton), and the quartets Predicate and Forebrace. He runs Copepod Records with Luke Barlow. The following conversation focuses on his composition “Glass Shelves and Floor”, written for the Alex Ward Quintet (which comprises Olie Brice on double bass, Tom Jackson on clarinet and bass clarinet, Hannah Marshall on cello, Rachel Musson on tenor sax and Ward himself of clarinet and amplifier – and which is sometimes expanded to a sextet with the addition of Steve Noble on drums). The text is based on a conversation between Ward and Dominic Lash that took place on a Norwegian airport bus on 1st March 2015.

Brotzmann / Drake / Parker and Mitchell / Ra / Bankhead in Houston

A shot from a 2006 performance by Peter Brötzm...
Peter Brötzmann

From Houston’s Nameless Sound:

Eldorado Ballroom
2310 Elgin St, HOUSTON, TX 77004
Thursday, May 7, 2015
$13/$10 Student/Free under 18
Peter Brötzmann (Wuppertal, Germany) – saxophones, clarinets
Hamid Drake (Chicago) – drums, percussion
William Parker (New York) – double bass

Nicole Mitchell‘s Indigo Trio
1900 Kane St, HOUSTON, TX 77007
Saturday, May 23, 2015
$13/$10 Student/Free under 18
Nicole Mitchell (Chicago/California) – flute
Avreeayl Ra (Chicago) – drums
Harrison Bankhead (Chicago) – bass


ElDorado Ballroom
2310 ELGIN ST, HOUSTON, TX 77004

May 7, 2015

Seattle Scene: April 30 – May 16, 2015

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Jeff Bowen & Inverted Space
Thu. April 30, 7:30 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Seattle composer Jeff Bowen and UW’s contemporary music ensemble Inverted Space present new works for chamber ensemble.

Giacomo Fiore + Rocco DiPietro
Sat. May 2, 8:00 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

WA Composers Forum presents Italian guitarist Giacomo Fiore performing music for electric guitar by Eve Beglarian, Christian Wolff, Nick Didkovsky, Anthony Porter, and Larry Polansky. The first half of the program will present works by Columbus, OH composer Rocco DiPietro, with pianist Cristina Valdes.

THU. 5/7 – Machinations Divers, Musical & Sundry; new electroacoustic works by composers associated with UW’s DXARTS program

FRI. 5/8 – Seattle Composers’ Salon: Michael Owcharuk, Matthew James Briggs, Jessi Harvey, Ian McKnight

SAT. 5/9 – FHTAGN is a large improvising ensemble focused on spatialized, surround-sound live performance

THU. 5/14, 7:30 – UW’s Inverted Space ensemble performs Stockhausen’s Stimmung

FRI. 5/15 – Greg Campbell (percussion) and Frank Clayton (bass, drums)

SAT. 5/16 – David Hahn’s Concert Imaginaire: Another Day in Suck City