Seattle Scene: December 8-17, 2016

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.

K. Hanson/G. Campbell/B. Johnson
Thu. Dec. 8, 8PM; $5 – $15 at the door

“Nothing will be explained this evening.” Composer/accordionist Kyle Hanson (aka The Murkies) obtains a shimmering sound and immersive effects with an extended technique called ‘alternating transverse oscillation of the bellows’. Greg Campbell plays percussion in multiple traditions, often using his own hand-built percussion instruments. Britta Johnson makes video installations, short films, and music videos.

Evil Genius + Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand
Sat. Dec. 10, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Evil Genius (Portland/LA) is a forward-marching experimental jazz trio of Max Kutner (guitar), Stefan Kac (tuba) and Michael Lockwood (drums). They’ve been likened to This Heat, Beefheart, Steve Lacy, and Henry Threadgill. Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand is Jeffery Taylor (guitar), John Seman (contrabass), and Mark Ostrowski (drums): spontaneous compositions rooted in the language of the blues and free jazz.

Zero G Concerts presents…
Fri. Dec. 9, 7:30 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Jan Koekepan blends free-flowing electronic impressionism with the lessons of classical form, substituting timbral complexities for the high arts of technique. Ffej sings and plays a keytar from the 80s, backed by sequences and synth patches. Steve Fisk’s experience as composer and producer earned him a Stranger Genius Award. Tempered Steel is a trio playing amplified, electronically processed thumb pianos.

THU. 12/15 – pianist Brooks Tran performs music by Stockhausen, Crumb, Feldman, and Yigit Kolat

FRI. 12/16 – Nonsequitur presents Briggan Krauss String & Reed Quartet, with Briggan Krauss (sax/eloectric guitar), Beth Fleenor (clarinets, vox), Wayne Horvitz (keyboards), Greg Campbell (percussion)

SAT. 12/17 – Neal Kosaly-Meyer performs Part 1, Chapter 3 from Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Exclaim! Music Reviews

Wadada Leo Smith

Source: Exclaim!.

Moondog 100 with Nexus and the Mike Smith Company
The Music Gallery, Toronto ON, December 3

The Genius of Philip Glass performed by the NAC Orchestra, Simone Dinnerstein and Matt Haimovitz
National Arts Centre, Ottawa ON, November 26

Olivia Block

Supersilent 13

Wadada Leo Smith
America’s National Parks

São Paulo Underground
Cantos Invisiveis

Nadia Sirota & Nico Muhly
Keep in Touch

Than Sadet

Oneida & Rhys Chatham
What’s Your Sign?

Monument Builders

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Joëlle Léandre Français : Joëlle Léandre

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Kirk Knuffke & Whit Dickey – Fierce Silence (Clean Feed, 2016) ****
Ken Vandermark & C. Spencer Yeh – Schlager (Systems vs. Artifacts/Audiographic Records, 2016) ****
Ken Vandermark & Lasse Marhaug – Close Up (For Abbas Kiarostami) (Systems vs. Artifacts/Audiographic Records, 2016) ***½
Ken Vandermark & Terrie Hessels – Splinters (Systems vs. Artifacts/Audiographic Records, 2016) ****
Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda – Duet (Long Song Records, 2016) ****½
Christoph Erb / Frantz Loriot – Sceneries (Creative Sources, 2016) ***½
Sophie Agnel / Daunik Lazro – Marguerite d’Or Pâle (Fou Records., 2016) ****½
Muche/Hein (7000 Eichen) – Transferration (Jazzwerkstatt, 2016) ****
John Butcher and Ståle Liavik Solberg – So Beautiful, It Starts to Rain (Clean Feed, 2016) ***½
Joëlle Léandre – A Woman’s Work … (Not Two, 2016) III
Joëlle Léandre – A Woman’s Work … (Not Two, 2016) II
Joëlle Léandre – A Woman’s Work … (Not Two, 2016) I