From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:
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 all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.
Nat Evans + Scott Worthington
Wed. August 19, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
LA-based composer/bassist Scott Worthington tours the west coast in support of his new solo album, Prism, which features his own music for solo bass with electronics and for bass ensemble. He’ll perform music from the album plus music by Nat Evans, Brenna Noonan, and Julia Wolfe. Seattle composer Nat Evans presents works from his new album Tortoise, composed while hiking the Pacific Coast Trail last year.
MSHR + Million Mists + Limits
+ RM Francis
Fri. August 21; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Gift Tapes presents an evening of off-kilter, virtual-leaning performances. RM Francis starts with an unusual ambient set, followed by disquieting interlude of sound and dance from LIMITS (Corrie Befort & Jason E Anderson), the tweaked and clouded warpings of Portland-based Million Mists, and the exceptional performance art-installation/noise band MSHR.
FRI. 8/28 – Composer S. Eric Scribner presents Sounds, Found for found objects, piano, and pre-recorded found sounds, with Keith Eisenbrey
SAT. 8/29 – Vance Galloway (SEA) & Charles Stanyon (PDX) present Source to Sea: electronic explorations and meditations on the transformation of sound, from the infinitesimal to the infinite
Composer and pianist Roger Smalley passed away earlier today.
In 1969 Smalley and Tim Souster formed the acclaimed live-electronic group Intermodulation. Over the next six years Intermodulation toured widely in the UK, West Germany, Poland, France and Iran, their repertoire including works by Souster and Smalley, but also works of Cornelius Cardew, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Christian Wolff and others.
From San Diego’s Fresh Sound:
Monday, September 28th 7:30 pm Bread & Salt 1955 Julian Ave. 92113
Florent Ghys, bass, electronics, video
Originally from Bordeaux, France
New music, post-minimalist composer and double bassist Florent Ghys plays a set of intimate pop-laced tunes from his new record Télévision — an epic foray into classical forms, musique concrète, samples and sci-fi.
Thursday, October 29th 7:30pm at Dizzy’s 4275 Mission Bay Dr. 92109
Vicky Chow, piano
Originally from Vancouver, Canada
Perhaps best known as the pianist for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Vicky Chow is a virtuoso with international acclaim. Her Fresh Sound at Dizzy’s performance will include Steve Reich’s Piano Counterpoint and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, arranged for solo piano.
Saturday, November 21st 7:30 pm at Bread & Salt 1955 Julian Ave. 92113
Vasko Dukovski – clarinets
Originally from Ohrid, Macedonia
Woodwind master Dukovski will perform on the Bb and Bass clarinets in a program of composed and improvised music, “Space and Time: Sound in Space,” which functions as a collage of pieces, emblematic of the environment and the everyday challenges of the 21st century.
Vijay Iyer was interviewed on the Charlie Rose show.
Two contributions to the Downbeat Reader’s poll can be found here and here.
“The Seasons of Being” is a new project from pianist/composer Andy Milne. The 60-minute suite, composed for 10 musicians, is set around Milne’s genre-bending quintet, Dapp Theory, which occupies the crossroads between lyrical jazz piano, funkified polyrhythmic exploration, and spoken word poeticism. This project is a significant new direction for the band, representing their first large-scale collaboration with multiple improvisers. Dapp Theory is augmented with five diverse, top-notch improvisers from the New York creative music scene. Joining the band as special guests are:
Ralph Alessi – trumpet (Fred Hersch, Uri Caine)
Ben Monder – guitar (Maria Schnider, Lee Konitz)
La Tanya Hall – vocals & narration (Steely Dan, Bobby McFerrin)
Michael Attias – baritone saxophone (Anthony Braxton, Paul Motian, Oliver Lake)
Christopher Hoffman – cello (Henry Threadgill, Marc Ribot)
Cuneiform Records has announced the creation of a new, sister company, called The Music Outpost, devoted to licensing cutting-edge music to various media including film/movies, dance, theatre, advertising, fashion, technology, and more. The new company launches on August 17, 2015, when the website themusicoutpost.com goes live. Numerous licensing companies already exist, but all focus on mainstream music; licensing avant-garde music is not a priority for them. In contrast, The Music Outpost “licensing music on the Sonic Frontier” focuses on ‘outside’ music and aims to ultimately be THE go-to place for creative media professionals to find music as adventurous as their projects. Its continually-expanding archive of music-available-for-licensing will not only feature music released by Cuneiform, but also music by other experimental, boundary-defying artists.