Seattle Scene: December 15-22, 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.

Brooks Tran
Thu. Dec. 15, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Seattle pianist Brooks Tran presents works by Stockhausen, Feldman, Crumb, and Yiğit Kolat. He is a strong proponent of contemporary music, and is a core member of contemporary music ensemble Inverted Space and the co-founder and artistic director of Parnassus Project, a chamber collective performing in alternative venues and providing a fresh take on the classical music experience.

Briggan Krauss String/Reed Quartet
Fri. Dec. 16, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Saxophonist Briggan Krauss’ new project joins his alto saxophone with his new love for the guitar for the first time in the same musical context and to explore how these very different instruments can coalesce and share the same orbit in his work. He will be joined by ace Seattle improvisers: keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, clarinetist Beth Fleenor, and percussionist Greg Campbell. Presented by Nonsequitur.

Neal Kosaly-Meyer: Finnegans Wake
Sat. Dec. 17, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Composer Neal Kosaly-Meyer continues his 17-year project to learn and perform each chapter of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake from memory, and with acute attention to musical detail. This presentation of Finnegans Wake Part I, Chapter 3 is formal, theatrical, even liturgical, exploiting the acoustics and evocative qualities of the Chapel, supported by minimal but thoughtfully designed sets, props, lighting and sound.

Karen Bentley Pollick: VVVV
Wed. Dec. 21, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Karen Bentley Pollick returns to Seattle with Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity, fusing music and video from Lithuania, France, Lebanon, Israel and America. To celebrate the interplay between light and dark during the longest night of the year, the visuals evolve from black and white diptychs and grey scale pen and ink drawings, to a kalei-doscope of abstract colors, desert and Martian landscapes, and cityscapes in Beirut and Vilnius.

THU. 12/22 – Daniel Menche + Cameron Shafii + Project Metamorphosis

New Anthony Braxton Tri-Centric Foundation Releases

Anthony Braxton playing a contrabass saxophone

Source: Tri-Centric Foundation. These are two “bootleg” recordings of Braxton’s performances at this year’s Big Ears Festival in Knoxville. I attended both in person – a phenomenal experience, especially the 10+1tet. Don’t be put off by the moniker “bootleg”.  The recording quality is quite good.

Trio (Knoxville) 2016
Anthony Braxton: alto, soprano, sopranino saxophones, composer;
Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, flugelhorn, trumpbone;
Kyoko Kitamura: voice

10+1tet (Knoxville) 2016
Anthony Braxton: alto, soprano, sopranino saxophones, composer;
Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, flugelhorn, trumpbone;
Nate Wooley: trumpet;
Vincent Chancey: French horn;
James Fei: alto, sopranino saxophones, clarinet;
Ingrid Laubrock: tenor, soprano saxophones;
Mary Halvorson: guitar;
Brandon Seabrook: guitar;
Tomeka Reid: cello;
Carl Testa: bass;
Tim Feeney: percussion

5049 Records Podcast – Episode 94, Greg Fox

Source: 5049 Records.

Greg Fox is a remarkable drummer, a hard worker with an open mind & heart, who spends equal amount of time in avant rock and metal bands as he does free improvising with some of New York’s greatest musicians. As a member of Zs and Liturgy, among many others, he has played a crucial role in some of the most cutting edge music to emerge from the Brooklyn underground in the past ten years. For this talk, Greg and I discuss growing up in New York City, touring, 9/11, improvising, weed, Milford Graves and a whole lot in between.  This is a good one.