Seattle Scene: May 12-27, 2017

Lou Harrison

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.

Zachary James Watkins
Fri. May 12, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Bay Area composer Zachary James Watkins (half of the duo Black Spirituals) is joined by outstanding Seattle musicians – guitarists Tom Baker & Satchel Henneman, violinists Austin Larkin & Tari Nelson-Zagar, violist Heather Bentley, bassist Darth Nielsen, and trombonist Greg Powers – for an evening of compositions exploring site specificity and just intonation, among other things.

Gamelan Pacifica: Lou Harrison
Sat. May 13, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Gamelan Pacifica honors the centenary of composer Lou Harrison, one of America’s most original musical innovators. This rare chance to experience Harrison’s works for gamelan and percussion will feature guests Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet, and Jennifer Caine Provine (violin), Heather Bentley (viola), Paul Taub (flute), Bonnie Whiting (percussion), Maria Scherer Wilson, cello.
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SAT. 5/20 – Sound of Late plays music of Missy Mazzoli

THU. 5/25 – University of Washington Alumni composers and friends present two consecutive evenings of electroacoustic music, video and performance

FRI. 5/26 – University of Washington Alumni composers and friends present two consecutive evenings of electroacoustic music, video and performance

SAT. 5/27 – Zero-G Concerts presents Swiss trio Elgar’s first PNW appearance on a bill with simpatico Seattle improvisers Greg Campbell/Bill Horist/Dennis Rea and Greg Kelley

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Mats Gustafsson, moers festival

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Krokofant – Krokofant III (Rune Grammofone, 2017) ****½
GRID – GRID (NNA Tapes, 2017) ****
Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Loafer’s Hollow (Hot Cup, 2017) ****
Peter Evans / Agustí Fernandez / Mats Gustafsson — A Quietness of Water (Not Two Records, 2017) *****
São Paulo Underground – Cantos Invisíveis (Cuneiform, 2016) ****
London – Zurich (Intakt-Festival); Zürich, Theater Neumarkt; April 29th and 30th
Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (FPE, 2017) *****

Lost Civilizations in DC on May 15

On May 15, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project returns to its residency at Dew Drop Inn DC for an evening featuring the Jerry Busher/Devin Ocampo drum duo.

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello and Misc. Instruments). Although it is essentially a duo and performs most frequently as such, it often features guest performers. When complex schedules permit, it now performs with Doug Kallmeyer on bass and electronics, Jerry Busher on percussion and electronics, Patrick Whitehead on flügelhorn and trumpet, Sam Lohman on drums, Leah Gage on drums and Emily Chimiak on violin. This project began performing in 2008. The project’s performances are unscored, unrehearsed and improvised extemporaneously on the spot.

Dew Drop Inn DC is located at 2801 8th Street NE; the performance starts at 8 pm; it’s 21+ and it’s free!

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Live Composing Festival at Nublu

A live composing festival takes place in early June at NY’s Nublu.

For three nights, Nublu celebrates the diverse ways that composers use gesture-based languages to create vibrant, intense, immediate work. Featuring Soundpainting founder Walter Thompson, some of the foremost practitioners of Butch Morris‘s Conduction system, and many others, this is the first time such a wide spectrum of the live composing community has been together in one place. Note the festival will be taking place at the original Nublu (62 Ave C), Butch Morris’s spiritual home for many years. $15 suggested donation each night. All proceeds go directly to the artists.

Thursday June 8th:
8pm: Evan Mazunik and Zaha
9pm: Walter Thompson Orchestra
10pm: Frank London & Co.

Friday June 9th:
8pm: Mob Job and Walter Thompson
9pm: Walter Thompson Orchestra
10pm: Matt Lavelle‘s 12 Houses (Extended Unit) with Gil Selinger

Saturday June 10th:
8pm: Kirk Knuffke’s “For Butch”
9pm: Walter Thompson Orchestra
10pm: Kenny Wollesen & the Stone Clouds

Vijay Iyer Interviewed About the Ojai Festival 

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We are programming music and people who inspire me and whom I’ve known and trusted through 20 years of musical exploration and collaboration. It was a very organic process working with (Ojai Artistic Director) Tom Morris over a two year period. Much of this music Tom did not know, but he was very enthusiastic about my ideas and he’s gotten very excited about this program. We will present a wide group of people I have collaborated with over the years in multiple musical communities; the idea of genre just doesn’t pertain anymore. We will feature improvisational forms with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, a new fully-notated violin concerto with Jennifer Koh, a multi-media piece with video by Prashant Bhargava, the Brentano Quartet playing my music plus Kurtag and Mozart, and much more