Seattle Scene: March 2-11, 2017

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.

James Falzone & Bonnie Whiting
Thu. March 2, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Clarinetist James Falzone and percussionist Bonnie Whiting present a seamless evening of original, composed, and improvised music based on text, spoken word, and translation. Included in the program will be works by Richard Logan-Greene, Susan Parenti, Bonnie Whiting, and James Falzone with guest artists Neil Welch, Beth Fleenor, Greg Sinibaldi, Ivan Arteaga, and Steve Tressler.

Seattle Composers’ Salon
Fri. March 3, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

An evening of music and discussion with Seattle composers Ivan Arteaga, Sheila Bristow, Blake Degraw, and S. Eric Scribner. The Seattle Composers’ Salon fosters the development, performance and appreciation of new music by regional composers and performers with informal presentations of finished works, previews, and works in progress in a casual setting that allows for experimentation and discussion.

The Sound Ensemble
Sat. March 4, 7 PM; $15, $10 students/seniors

One of The Sound Ensemble’s favorite pursuits is the melding of different artistic mediums. This concert explores the long relationship between music and literature with each piece being inspired by a text from a different authors. Anthony Plog: Animal Ditties VII; Tom Baker: Three Songs; Kevin Clark: Burial of the Dead; Christopher Gainey: No Sleep for the Wicked

THU. 3/9 – Carbon Saxophone Quartet with Rulon Brown, Chris Credit, Kevin Nortness, Nick Toretta

FRI. 3/10 – Austin Larkin, new ensemble music

SAT. 3/11 – Seattle Modern Orchestra – Double Portrait: Robert Erickson/Stuart Dempster

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Firehouse 12 Spring Jazz Series and 10th Anniversary Fesitval

Anthony Braxton

Source: Firehouse 12.

New Haven’s Firehouse 12 is excited to announce the line-up for the Spring 2017 Jazz Concert Series. Presenting weekly shows through the Spring, this concert series brings some of the world’s top improvisers to downtown New Haven. As in past seasons, there will be twelve shows with two sets each as part of the series. Tickets will be available per set, and as part of a limited availability season pass.

Firehouse 12 Records 10th Anniversary Festival

On April 29th and 30th, Firehouse 12 Records will present two nights of music celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the label’s first release by MacArthur-winning composer, saxophonist and musical visionary Anthony Braxton. On Saturday April 29th, Braxton will make a very rare New England appearance presenting new music for a septet – saxophone, cello, cornet, tuba, accordion and two harps. The following night, Sunday April 30th, the label has assembled an all-star group of some the leaders from the 10 years of releases. This group features Mary Halvorson (guitar), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Myra Melford (piano), John Hébert (bass), Carl Maguire (piano), Nate Wooley (trumpet), and Tomas Fujiwara (drums) and will present new music composed especially for this ensemble and performance.

Information on ticketing for both the Jazz Concert Series and the Firehouse 12 Records Festival is below. Tickets for the Spring Jazz Series are available immediately. Tickets for the FH12 Records 10th Anniversary Festival will go on sale Friday March 3rd at 12 noon EST.

Spring 2017 Jazz Concert Series
03/17 :: Stephan Crump’s Rhombal
03/24 :: Joe Fiedler Quintet
03/31 :: Trio M
04/07 :: Webber/Mitchell/Hollenbeck
04/14 :: Ralph Peterson’s TriAngular III Trio
04/21 :: Michaël Attias Quartet
05/05 :: Matthew Shipp Trio
05/12 :: Harriet Tubman
05/19 :: Pete Malinverni Trio
05/26 :: Joe Morris “House Of Refreshment”
06/02 :: Brandon Seabrook
06/09 :: BassDrumBone

Spring 2017 Jazz Concert Series Ticketing
8:30PM – $20; 10:00PM – $15
Season Pass – $210

Firehouse 12 Records – 10th Anniversary Festival
04/29 :: Anthony Braxton Septet
04/30 :: Firehouse 12 Records All-Stars

Firehouse 12 Records – 10th Anniversary Festival Ticketing
04/29 :: Anthony Braxton Septet – 8:30PM – $25; 10:00PM – $25
04/30 :: Firehouse 12 Records All-Stars – 8:30PM – $20; 10:00PM – $20
Festival Pass – includes all four sets of music – $75

March’s Best Avant-Garde Concerts in NY

English: Nels Cline @ All tomorrow's parties f...

Source: Observer.

The month of March is a mind-blowing treasure trove of concerts running the schizophrenic gamut from drone metal, to big-band jazz, to techno dub, to noise-rock to goth-folk. But there’s even more intrepid sounds to feast upon.

Three festivals will take over New York City over the course of March, kicking off with the month-long Spring Revolution on March 1 held at Williamsburg’s National Sawdust. Highlighted by Philip Glass, plus an overarching female empowerment and cultural dialogue theme, which fittingly includes the world premiere of a music-theater piece based on the story of Russian activist-punks Pussy Riot, this one’s a surefire hit.

Next there’s guitarist Joel Harrison’s long-running Alternative Guitar Summit, which features a trio of star-powered events: “Celebrating Pat Metheny” at (le) Poisson Rouge on March 10 with Nels Cline, Liberty Ellman and Rez Abbasi and more, “Solo Voices & Communal Raptures” at Nublu with Cline and Adam Rudolph on March 11, and “Guitars of Heaven, Guitars of Hell” at National Sawdust on March 15 with Dither Guitar Quartet playing Fred Frith and The debut of The Resophonic Guitar Orchestra led by Joel Harrison, with Elliott Sharp, Brandon Ross, Dither, Dave Tronzo and more.
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As if that weren’t enough, there’s also the seventh annual Ecstatic Music Festival going down at Merkin Concert Hall on Saturday, March 4 starring Vijay Iyer.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1071

Source: Vital Weekly.

K. LEIMER – LAND OF LOOK BEHIND (CD by Palace Of Lights) *
MARC BARRECA – ABERRANT LENS (CD by Palace Of Lights) *
TAYLOR DEUPREE – SOMI (CD by 12k)
CHRISTIAN BOUCHARD – BROKEN GROUND (CD by empreintes DIGITALes)
CLOSING THE ETERNITY – FOREVER AND A DAY (CD by Muzyka Voln) *
CREATION VI & UHUSHUHU (CD by Muzyka Voln) *
ANTHESTERIA – EIS (CD by Zhelezobeton) *
JURMO – GNISTOR, IRRBLOSS 1:2 (CD by Ausculto Fonogram)
.PUNKT – DOTS AND LINES (CD by Ausculto Fonogram)
JAAS – SLOWLY ROCKING (CD by Ausculto Fonogram)
MIGUEL A. GARCIA – ARGIOPE (CD by Creative Sources) *
MIGUEL A. GRACIA & SEBASTIEN BRANCHE – PNOLADEU AVVRHIG (CD by Creative Sources) *
MIGUEL A. GRACIA & SEBASTIEN BRANCHE & ABDUL MOIMEME & ERNESTO RODRIGUES &
GUILHERME RODRIGUES – GOLDEN TOWERS AND ELECTRIC FRICTIONS (CD by Creative Sources) *
EMMANUEL MIEVILLE – JURYO: DUREE DE LA VIE L’AINSI-VENU (CD by Cronica Electronica) *
GINTAS K – UNDER MY SKIN (cassette by Cronica Electronica)
LUCA FORCUCCI – THE WASTE LAND (cassette by Cronica Electronica)
IRENE KEPL – SOLOLOS (CD by Fou Records)
NEW OLD LUTEN QUINTET – KRAWALL (CD by Euphorium)
MARTIN ARCHER & STORY TELLERS – STORY TELLERS (2CD by Discus Music)
THE REMOTE VIEWERS – NO VOICE FROM THE HALL (CD by The Remote Viewers)
EARTH TONGUES – OHIO (2CD by Neither/Nor)
KAZUYA ISHIGAMI – CLEANER 583 (CD by Slowdown Records) *
KIM MYHR & LASSE MARHAUG – ON THE SILVER GLOBE (CD by Sofa Music) *
DANIEL MENCHE/GUILLAUME BELHOMME – D’ENTRE LES MORTS (miniCD and book by Lenka Lente) *
POISONOUS FREQUENCIES – TORSCHLUSSPANIK (LP by Meteorismo Records)
EIGENGOIDYLL (CDR by Attenuation Circuit) *
THE JULIE MITTENS – SOUNDCULT (cassette by Barreuh Records))
KÖHNEN PANDI DUO – DARKNESS COMES IN TWO’S (Digital album by Svart Lava)

Mike Johnson of Thinking Plague Interviewed

English: Mike Johnson, composer/guitarist and ...

Source: NewMusicBox.

Prog rock in its various guises (both mainstream and fringe) was predominantly a European phenomenon, although many of its innovations can actually be traced to Americans such as Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys) and Frank Zappa. However, in 1978, as the heyday of punk led most music fans to dismiss prog as bloated and irrelevant, two guys in Denver, Colorado, came together to form a prog cover band inspired by an unlikely combination of Yes and Henry Cow. Those two guys were multi-instrumentalist/recording engineer Bob Drake and self-taught guitarist/composer Mike Johnson, whose heroes were not just Steve Howe (of Yes) and Jimi Hendrix but also Shostakovich and William Schuman.