May 9, 2016
Patrick Higgins Solo, National Sawdust
Patrick Higgins

May 9, 2016
Dither Guitar Duo, National Sawdust
Taylor Levine Gyan Riley

May 9, 2016
Elliott Sharp Solo, National Sawdust
Elliott Sharp

May 9, 2016
David Torn Solo, National Sawdust
David Torn

May 9, 2016
Ben Monder with Nasheet Waits, National Sawdust
Ben Monder Nasheet Waits

May 9, 2016
David Torn, Ben Monder, Anthony Pirog, Elliott Sharp, National Sawdust
Ben Monder Anthony Pirog Elliott Sharp David Torn

May 9, 2016
Anthony Pirog with Allison Miller & Michael Formanek, National Sawdust
Michael Formanek Allison Miller Anthony Pirog

Larry Gomez and Ted Zook Performance in DC

This coming Friday, May 13, Larry Gomez and Ted Zook will perform at the new RhizomeDC arts and performance center, which is located at 6950 Maple St NW in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC.  The evening is titled “Deleuze, Nomadic Thought, & the Shamanic Drum”.  Presenting ideas from his book “The Nomad’s Labyrinth”, Larry Gomez will take listeners on a philosophical journey in search for the meaning of the shamanic drum, not only how the drum serves as a window into another culture but also acts as a mirror that reflects our own. Following the discussion will be a music performance with Larry on percussion accompanied by Ted Zook on basscello.  The music starts at 8pm, and a $10 donation is suggested — but pay what you can.

Peter Sellars Interview

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Source: I Care If You Listen.

Opera and theater director Peter Sellars is the Music Director for the 70th annual Ojai Music Festival, coming up in June in Ojai, California. He is in great demand as a creative collaborator by composers, performers, and other artists around the globe, as exemplified by this year’s Ojai program which features works by composers Kaija Saariaho, Claude Vivier, and Tyshawn Sorey, and performances by International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), soprano Julia Bullock, and international sensations Aruna Sairam and Dina El Wedidi.

Musique Machine Reviews

Source: Musique Machine.

Sacred Climax – Sacred Climax
Naughty – Nylon Insomnia
Hidden Persuaders – Elegies and Curses
Condo Horro – Bright Facades of Prosperity
Masami Akita & Eiko Ishibashi – Kouen Kyoudai
The Rhein Strom – Von Der Rheinquelle Bis Hafen Karlsruhe
Martin Kay – Courtyards

Seattle Scene: May 10-26, 2016

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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 all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Inverted Space: Long Piece Fest 2.3
Tue. May 10; 7:30 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Inverted Space presents a long piece doubleheader. A single impulse constitutes the core of Yiğit Kolat’s Messenger of Sorrows: the sound of a rocket hitting a Kurdish house, recorded by the survivors during the curfew imposed on the southeastern town of Cizre by the Turkish government. Kevin Baldwin’s ici, (291) foi et amour uses graphic notation to explore time-space in a non-linear way.

Jonathan Shames, piano
Thu. May 19; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Grammy winner and Tchaikovsky Competition finalist Jonathan Shames performs a unique program that features three 21st-century works: Luciano Berio‘s Sonata, Enfance by Joël-François Durand, and Halki by Yiğit Kolat, as well as Debussy’s Prélude, “La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune” and Étude, “Pour les arpèges composés”.

Jesse Myers: Sonatas & Interludes
Fri. May 20; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes are composed for the prepared piano, in which dozens of various-sized bolts, screws, pieces of rubber and plastic are inserted between the piano strings, transforming the sound of the instrument into a complex variety of percussive sounds. Prior to the concert, pianist Jesse Myers gives a lecture on Cage, his philosophies, and the music of the Sonatas and Interludes.

Pulse Emitter, bardo:basho, Marcus Price, J. Ryan
Sat. May 21; 7:30 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Pulse Emitter (PDX) focuses on hyper-melodic synthesizer music that’s equally transportive and uplifting. Bardo:Basho (Seattle’s Kirsten Thom, co-boss of Elevator) creates pastoral and medieval sounding textures. Unpredictability and adventurousness pervade Marcus Price’s electronic music. Justin Figiel (aka J. Ryan, Seattle) unveils his new ambient/new age project.

TUE. 5/17 – Chapel is dark tonight, so we suggest amazing Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq‘s live soundtrack to the Robert Flaherty film Nanook of the North at the Neptune Theater, presented by STG and On the Boards.

THU. 5/26 – composer Marcin Pączkowski presents new works for performers, accelerometers, and instruments