Seattle Scene: August 17-26, 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.

Tiny Orchestral Moments
Thu. Aug. 17, 8 PM; $15 general, $5 students

Tiny Orchestral Moments is an international troupe of established, improvising musicians who meet periodically to write, record, perform, and collaborate across genres, geographies and genders. Performers prepare and present collaborative repertoire for layered guitars, voices, violins, strings, wind, and percussion. The aim: structured improvisation that sounds composed and composed collaboration that sounds improvised.

The Murkies
Fri. Aug. 18, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Composer and accordionist Kyle Hanson (aka The Murkies) innovated the extended technique known as ‘alternating transverse oscillation of the bellows’ by which he obtains a shimmering sound and immersive effects. His music ranges from ambient soundscapes to psychedelic pop with many stops in between.

Neal Kosaly-Meyer: Gradus…
Sat. Aug. 19, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Gradus: for Fux, Tesla and Milo the Wrestler is Neal Kosaly-Meyer’s ongoing composition in progress for piano, exploring through improvisation a slowly expanding collection of pitches, and their grounding in silence, in patient attentive microscopic detail.

FRI. 8/25 – ambient/electroacoustic music celebrating new releases on Palace of lights and Dragon’s Eye by Marc Barreca, Jake Muir and Steve Peters

SAT. 8/26 – Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents electronic music by Jarrad Powell and Golden Retriever

Second Inversion Reviews

Source: Second Inversion.

Women in (New) Music: Remembering Ana-Maria Avram (1961–2017)
John Cage: Piano Sonata XI from the Sonatas and Interludes (Centaur Records)
John Adams: Phrygian Gates (RCA Records)
So Percussion and Matmos: “Flame” from Treasure State (Cantaloupe Music)
David Leisner: Dances in the Madhouse (Centaur Records)
Trimpin: Above, Below, and In Between (Seattle Symphony Media)
Mamoru Fujieda: Patterns of Plants: The Fifteenth Collection (Pinna Records)
Quentin Sirjacq: “Far Islands” (Schole Records)
Philip Glass: “Floe” from Glassworks (Sony Classical)
Thinking Outside the Voice Box: Stacey Mastrian on Contemporary Vocal Music
John Cage’s Music for Speaking Percussionist by Bonnie Whiting
Expanding the Piano Keyboard: Jesse Myers on Experimenting with Electronics
Florent Ghys: “An Open Cage” (Cantaloupe Music)
Anthony Barfield: Soliloquy (Albany Records)
Augusta Read Thomas: “Incantation” (MSR Classics)
A Singer’s Account of György Ligeti’s Requiem
Los Angeles Percussion Quartet’s Beyond

Berlin Atonal Festival Starts Today

Wolf Eyes in Glasgow in 2006

Source: Electronic Beats.

In 2013 Laurens von Oswald, Harry Glass and Paulo Reachi resuscitated Atonal Festival and brought it to the huge and beautiful Kraftwerk complex, and since then it has become bigger than ever. This year involves five days of avant-garde music, audio/visual performances and DJ sets that run the gamut from Romanian spectralist compositions to industrial noise live jams to all manners of hard and ambient techno stylings. The 2017 lineup includes noise pranksters Wolf Eyes (who chatted with L.I.E.S. label head Ron Morelli for us here), Copenhagen‘s SHAPE program techno DJ trio Apeiron Crew, deep house classicist Pépé Braddock and mid-century spectralist Iancu Dumitrescu. And while that may sound like a pretty erratic selection, those familiar with Atonal and its legacy will recognize a common thread that stretches back to the spirit and tastes of its original incarnation.

Ustvolskaya Festival in Chicago, Oct 5-7

Source: Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya.

Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya Festival is a 3-day immersion into Galina Ustvolskaya’s powerful and intense music, October 5-7, 2017. Named “the woman with the hammer,” (Elmer Schonberger) for her use of heavy, homophonic blocks of sound, Ustvolskaya’s music is rarely performed in the Unites States.

Organized/curated by Nomi Epstein and Shanna Gutierrez, this will be the first major multi-day festival celebrating the music of Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006) in the United States, and only the second outside of Russia. The festival unites some of the city’s most prestigious musicians: Seth Parker Woods, Liz Pearse (Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble), Shanna Gutierrez (Collect/Project), DePaul University’s Ensemble 20+ led by Michael Lewanski, Kevin Harrison (Axiom Brass), Jeff Kimmel (, Andrew Rosenblum (Memoria Nova), Christopher Wendell Jones, Ann Yi, Tara Lynn Ramsey (dal niente), Kuang-Hao Huang (Fulcrum Point New Music Project), and more.

The Ustvolskaya Festival will feature 3 concerts of her solo, small and large chamber works, in connection with a 3-day conference, ‘Found in Time: Forgotten Experiments in Soviet Art, 1940-1960’ open to the public. Providing a dialogue between Ustvolskaya’s work and music by an emerging Russian composer, the festival will feature US Premieres by the acclaimed Marina Khorkova (b. 1981). With pre-concert talks by Richard Taruskin, Maria Cizmic, and Olga Panteleeva, performances will be presented at The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts and PianoForte Studios.

The conference, organized by The University of Chicago and the University of Illinois, Chicago’s Department of Slavic/Baltic Languages and Literature and Music Departments, will feature lectures by Richard Taruskin, (Berkeley), Marina Frolova-Walker, (University of Cambridge), Julia Vaingurt (University of Illinois at Chicago), and Boris Gasparov (Columbia University), among other noted scholars.

Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya is supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Helen F. Whitaker Fund, Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Additionally, this project is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

This is a rare and important opportunity for a city’s artistic and scholarly community to unify in the presentation and discussion of something new to the ears of Chicago audiences. Ustvolskaya’s music is presciently relevant in today’s climate of concerns regarding gender and artistic expression and a complicated political environment.

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 8pm
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya
Free to Public, Donations accepted
Composition No. 1 Dona Nobis Pacem: piccolo, tuba, piano (1970/71)
Piano Sonata No. 3 (1952)
Composition No. 3 Benedictus: 4 flute, 4 bassoon, piano (1974/75)
Symphony No. 4: “Prayer” contralto, pno, trumpet, tam-tam (1985/87)
Symphony No. 5 “Amen” for reciter, violin, oboe, trumpet, tuba and perc (1989/90)

Friday, October 6, 2017, 8pm
Logan Center for the Performing Arts
915 E 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Now/Then: Ustvolskaya and Khorkova
Free to Public, Donations accepted
Marina Khorkova: falsche spiegelungen two prepared pianos (2012)
Marina Khorkova: a priori for flute and cello (2013)
Galina Ustvolskaya: Trio for clarinet, violin, piano (1949)
Galina Ustvolskaya: Grand Duet for cello and piano (1959)

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 3pm
PianoForte Studios
1335 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
$15/10 students
Power in Sound: The Sonatas of Galina Ustvolskaya
Sonata No. 5 for piano (1986)
Sonata No. 4 for piano (1957)
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1952)
Sonata No. 2 for piano (1949)
Sonata No. 6 for piano (1988)

John Zorn’s Masada Book 3 in NY, April 2018

Concert of "Masada": Joey Baron (dr)...

Source: Symphony Space. This is an early heads up on what looks to be a great event.

John Zorn’s Masada project has resulted in some of the most exciting new Jewish Music of the past century. Spawning classic modern bands like the Masada Quartet, Bar Kokhba, Electric Masada, the Masada String Trio. It has inspired cutting-edge interpretations by musicians as varied as Joe Lovano, Secret Chiefs 3, Pat Metheny, Cyro Baptista, Craig Taborn, Garth Knox, David Krakauer, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Cracow Klezmer Band, Eyvind Kang, and countless others. The music of Masada has become a touchstone for new Jewish music in the 21st century.

During the first decade of Masada (1993-2003) the repertory was focused on Masada Book One. 2004 saw the birth of Masada Book Two—The Book of Angels. 2014 saw the beginning of the third decade of the Masada dynasty with John’s final collection of Masada compositions with Book Three—The Book B’riah. This special concert, featuring three of the most exciting bands from the extended Masada family—Zion80, Secret Chiefs 3, and Banquet of the Spirits—will be an unforgettable evening of new Jewish Music that runs the gamut of emotions, influences, and styles.