Seattle Scene: July 5-15, 2017

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.

Living Music
Wed. July 5, 8 PM; $15 at the door
Seattle-based soprano Shelly Traverse, flutist Douglas DeVries, pianist Yvonne Chen, violinist Nicholas Tavani and cellist Daniel Tavani present diverse works by five composers: Seattle native Alexandra T. Bryant, Rice University professor Pierre Jalbert, French composer/ organist Guillaume Connesson, and art song composers Lori Laitman, and Carlisle Floyd.

Earshot: Astrid Kuljanic & Mat Muntz
Thu. July 6, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Bassist Mat Muntz and vocalist Astrid Kuljanic seek to create a new kind of concert experience within the jazz idiom. Through their careful curation of standard repertoire and the implementation of live electronic performance, Muntz and Kuljanic transform conventional jazz sets into immersive soundscapes, with no prerecorded samples.

Seattle Composers’ Salon
Fri. July 7, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
An evening of music and discussion with Seattle composers, Clement Reid, Jay Hamilton, Jeremiah Lawson, Jessi Harvey, and Keith Eisenbrey. The Seattle Composers’ Salon fosters the development, performance and appreciation of new music by regional composers and performers. At bi-monthly, informal presentations, the Salon features finished works, previews, and works in progress.

Chris Brown: Six Primes
Sat. July 8, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Nonsequitur presents Bay Area composer Chris Brown performing his Six Primes (2014) for piano tuned in 13-limit just intonation, a suite of six pieces that use the prime numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, and 13 to govern both tuning and rhythmic structure, including harmony and rhythmic subdivisions, exploring the 75 intervals thus created in rhythmic structures that mirror in time the proportions given by the notes employed.

THU. 7/13 – Earshot’s Jazz: the Second Century presents Some’tet

FRI. 7/14 – Bay Area electronic musician Yasi Perera and intermedia artist Michael Swaine play noisy chess and multiple box fans

SAT. 7/15 – FHTAGN + Driftwood Orchestra

AMN Picks of the Week: Seven)Suns / Dino Spiluttini / Gato Libre / Alex Mincek / Nathan Hubbard ER Quartet

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Seven)Suns – For The Hearts Still Beating (2017)
Dino Spiluttini – To Be a Beast (2017)
Gato Libre – Neko (2017)
Alex Mincek – Torrent (2017)
Nathan Hubbard ER Quartet – Lattice Trust (2017)

5049 Records Podcast Episode 121 – Tyondai Braxton 

English: Tyondai_Braxton, moers festival 2008

Source: 5049 Records.

Tyondai Braxton has been living and working in Brooklyn NY since 2001, forging a most singular path as a composer/performer in a wide variety of creative contexts. In 2002 he started the band Battles, which he left in 2010. Since that time he has focused on electronic music as well as large scale explorations of compositions for classical instruments. Ty is a most sincere individual who brings a strong sense of self to every project. For this talk, we explore electronic music strategies, the Brooklyn DIY scene of the early the 2000s, growing up Braxton and a whole lot more. A great talk!