15 Musicians Spent the Night in an Active Volcano

Aphex Twin in Turin, Italy.

Source: The New York Times.

The result was an immersive layering of experimental, otherworldly soundscapes, evocative one minute of Sun Ra, the next of Aphex Twin or Autechre. Glitch and drone melded with desert-blown free jazz. Mournful loops of electrified cello overlaid throbbing synthesizer, the music constantly spinning apart and reassembling into a whole.

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Seattle Scene: August 25 – September 2, 2016

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.

Green & Salo + Erin Jorgensen
Thu. August 25; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Singer Rachel Green and composer Daniel Salo present a composition of voice piano and synthesis. The debut piece blends layers of choral music and electronics, creating an operatic installment of impassioned and surreal sounds. Erin Jorgenson plays narcotic marimba lullabies for adults.

Eric Frye + Raica + RM Francis
Fri. August 26; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Composer Eric Frye presents the premiere of his six-channel electroacoustic piece, On Small Differences in Sensation, using a hybrid modular synthesizer and digital signal processing. Raica’s (Further Records founder Chloe Harris) synthetic abstractions drift through states of sunken resonance and crystalline lucidity with a dreamlike pulse. RM Francis is a computer musician living in Seattle.

Listening to Open Space
Aug. 27 & 28 (see below for times & locations)

Not at the Chapel, but of interest to Wayward fans! As part of the City of Seattle’s Put the Arts in the Parks program, The Seattle Phonographers Union does three concerts improvising with unprocessed field recordings collected in Seattle parks; each performance is preceded by a silent listening walk workshop. All events are free and open to all ages (please note the workshop will require 30 minutes of silence). Presented by Seattle Parks & Recreation.

Saturday, August 27 @ Salmon Bay Park; 5-6 PM listening walk workshop, 6-7 PM performance
Sunday, August 28 @ Pritchard Island Beach Park (amphitheater); 11 AM-12 PM listening walk workshop, 12-1 PM performance
Sunday, August 28 @ Duwamish Waterway Park; 6-7 PM listening walk workshop, 7-8 PM performance

THU. 9/1 – Geoff Traeger & Dio Jean-Baptiste + Sierra Klingele + S.S. Nomad

FRI. 9/2 – Seattle Composers’ Salon: Sheila Bristow, Carson Farley, Jessi Harvey, Ian McKnight

Thollem McDonas in Philadelphia and Baltimore

Source: Thollem McDonas .

Tuesday, Sept. 20th
Fire Museum Presents
House Gallery 1816
1816 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia
8:00 PM
$7-10 sliding scale

Weds., Sept. 21
An die Musik LIVE!
409 North Charles Street Second Floor – Baltimore
8 p.m.
$10 / $15

Thollem has been excavating depths of sound and energy for 49 years, skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally, geographically. The seeds of his work come from near and far: studies as a concert pianist, collaboration with hundreds of artists across disciplines/genres and continuous travel throughout North America and Europe. His work is ever-evolving, responding to the times and his experiences, absorbing the energies of the world and forging them into unique sonic constructions.

Wadada Leo Smith’s America’s National Parks to be Released in October

Source: Cuneiform Records.

October 14th, 2016 marks the release of
WADADA LEO SMITH‘s
America’s National Parks

“The notion of creating these national parks has been celebrated as the
earliest idea of collecting common ground for the ordinary base of a society. …it’s a collective notion about common property, inheritance, longevity, transformation, and sustaining beauty down the line, where any American in history coming forward
can see and have ownership of this common property.”
– Wadada Leo Smith

Recorded on May 5, 2016 and mixed by Nick Lloyd
at Firehouse 12 Recording Studio, New Haven, CT.

With America’s National Parks, visionary composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith offers his latest epic collection, a six-movement suite inspired by the scenic splendor, historic legacy, and political controversies of the country’s public landscapes. Writing for his newly expanded Golden Quintet, Smith crafts six extended works that explore, confront and question the preserved natural resources that are considered the most hallowed ground in the U.S. – and some that should be.

The two-CD America’s National Parks will be released on October 14 on Cuneiform Records, shortly before Smith’s 75th birthday in December. It arrives, coincidentally, in the midst of celebrations for the centennial of the National Park Service, which was created by an act of Congress on August 25, 1916. The spark for the project, however, came from two places: Smith’s own research into the National Park system, beginning with Yellowstone, the world’s first national park; and Ken Burns’ 12-hour documentary series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.