Seattle Scene: January 12-21, 2017

English: Photo of jazz French horn play Tom Varner

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.

Reinhardt | Chambers | Mayberry
Thu. Jan. 12, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Jonas Reinhardt is inspired by the throbbing urbanity of coastal cities, European art-rock experimentation, and improvised electronic minimalism. Norm Chambers creates sonic worlds ranging from spatially motivated ambient to cosmic synth, minimalist composition and improvisation. Live video by Leo Mayberry/Killing Frenzy Visuals. Presented by Further Records.

State of Mind
Sat. Jan. 14, 7:30 PM; $10 – $20 at the door

The Skyos Quartet, Rose Gear, and Michaud Savage perform new works composed in recent months by Susan Maughlin Wood and Michaud Savage. Susan Maughlin Wood premiers her Coastal Fire Suite. Michaud Savage presents a continuation of the inquiry of his Departures Suite, meditations on elements once liminal and now fixed.
THU. 1/19 – Seattle Phonographers Union with guest instrumentalists Tom Varner, Greg Kelley, and others TBA

SAT. 1/21 – composer/pianist Sumiko Sato: Sakaya Uta, a series of pieces for sextet based on ancient endangered sake-brewing songs, with Paul Taub (flute), Tari Nelson-Zagar (violin), Kevin Krentz (cello), Dennis Staskowski (bass), and Paul Kikuchi (percussion)

AMN Reviews: DR. MiNT – Voices in the Void (2017; Orenda Records)

dr-mint-voices-in-the-voidDR. MiNT consists of Daniel Rosenboom on trumpet, Gavin Templeton on sax, Alexander Noice on electric guitar and effects, Sam Minaie on bass and electronics, and Caleb Dolister on drums. They call themselves a “bi-coastal experimental rock band.” Rosenboom, Templeton and Noice have played together in a number of settings, including Rosenboom’s quintet, septet, and solo offerings. This trio has been teaming with Minaie and Dolister for a decade, with Voices in the Void being their fifth recording.

While the group states that their works are spontaneously composed, it is likely that there is at least an agreed-upon framework established for each piece. Their playing is too coordinated to be otherwise. Thus, this is not free improv per se, though it is heavily informed by that genre. Additional influences include heavy metal, jazz fusion, John Zorn, and even a bit of modern electronica.

But the dominating factor throughout is Noice’s aggressive chording and riffing, backed by the horns to create thick walls of noise. Still, several of the pieces provide plenty of room for soloing by Rosenboom and Templeton. Not infrequently, these solos include the pair of horns, or one of the former teamed up with guitar and playing off of each other. Minaie and Dolister alternate between backing roles and more non-traditional approaches, the latter well-represented on the rhythmic workout of Fanfare Mechanique.

The result, is a playful, tense, and spirited exploration of untrodden paths in both rock and jazz. Ambitious and full of urgency, these eight tracks are both an intense intellectual workout, as well as just plain fun. If you are familiar with other recordings by Rosenboom or on the Orenda Records label, you will feel at home listening to Voices in the Void.

This album will be released January 26, 2017 on Orenda Records.

5049 Records Podcast Episode 98 – Matt Hollenberg 

Source: 5049 Records.

Born and raised in Philadelphia and now based in Brooklyn, Matt Hollenberg is an extremely talented and inventive guitarist.  He plays in the bands Cleric, John Zorn‘s Simulacrum and his newest project, Shardik.  For this talk, Matt tells the history of Cleric, getting the opportunity to work with musical heroes and the importance of creating context for one’s work.

LUME Shows in London

Source: LUME.

LUME Lab #1: Word Of Moth, 8th February
Word of Moth’s ‘spontaneous group explorations and tightly-scored, big-booted riffs’ were praised by Daniel Spicer in the Wire magazine after their appearance at LUME Festival. The collaborative quartet explores the intersection of freedom and structure, with LUME founders Dee Byrne (alto sax) and Cath Roberts (baritone sax) joined by Seth Bennett on bass and Johnny Hunter on drums. Buy tickets for LUME Lab #1

LUME Lab #2: Julie Kjær, 16th March
Saxophonist Julie Kjær is firmly established on the European stage. Her acclaimed trio with Steve Noble and John Edwards released its debut recording ‘Doppeltganger’ on the Clean Feed label in 2016, and she tours with Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love’s Large Unit as well as being involved in many other projects in the UK and beyond. Buy tickets for LUME Lab #2

LUME Lab #3: Craig Scott, 19th April
Craig Scott’s music is ‘part human, part machine and revelling the glory and error of both.’ His studio project Craig Scott’s Lobotomy transforms recordings of improvisations by Craig and others using homemade equipment, re-constructing them with digital audio software. He is a member of formidable Leeds quintet Shatner’s Bassoon. Buy tickets for LUME Lab #3

LUME Lab #4: Anton Hunter, 24th May
Improvisation is at the core of Anton Hunter’s work. His Article XI project incorporates the personalities of eleven improvising musicians into the compositional process, exploring the relationship between composer and large ensemble. He leads his own trio with Seth Bennett and Johnny Hunter, and co-founded the long-running Manchester free improvisation night The Noise Upstairs.

David Smooke Interview


Peabody Conservatory professor David Smooke is also a composer and performer. He has a new album out called Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death on New Focus Recordings, with upcoming release events in Brooklyn and San Francisco. That album title alone was enough to make us crave to know more.



January 8, 2017
Weasel Walter Quintet, Legion Bar
Leila Bordreuil Jaimie Branch Michael Foster Brandon Lopez Weasel Walter

January 8, 2017
Patrick Breiner’s Practical Mysticism, Legion Bar
Patrick Breiner Daniel Carter Adam Hopkins Brandon Lopez Billy Mintz

January 2, 2017
Nathan Bontrager, Nicola Hein, James Ilgenfritz, Sara Schoenbeck, Lucie Vítková, Unnameable Books
Nathan Bontrager Nicola Hein James Ilgenfritz Sara Schoenbeck Lucie Vítková