Seattle Scene: September 7-23, 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.

Eric McElroy
Thu. Sep. 7, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Pianist Eric McElroy celebrates the incredible diversity of music in our time, from neo- romanticism to pop-classical fusion. The highlight is Frederic Rzewski’s De Profundis, in which the pianist recites Oscar Wilde’s Letter from reading Gaol. Also, McElroy’s own The Perilous Realm (2014), Jacob TV’s The Body of Your Dreams, and the American premiere of John Joubert’s Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 71 (1972).

Steve O’Brien’s Moving Out
Fri. Sep. 8, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Trumpeter Steve O’Brien presents his last large work in Seattle, before he moves to further his career in a new city. He’s joined by Devin Bews (drums), Josiah Boothby (horn), Alex Dugdale (alto sax), Geoff Harper (bass), Kate Olson (tenor/soprano sax), Roger Pegues (piano), Colin Pulkrabek (trombone), Oleg Ruvinov (tuba), Greg Sinibaldi (baritone sax), Jay Thomas (trumpet), and Lucas Winter (guitar).

Janet Feder & Fred Frith
Sat. Sep. 9, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Denver-based prepared guitarist and composer Janet Feder and legendary British guitar wiz Fred Frith finally get around to celebrating their 2006 duo recording Ironic Universe here in Seattle. Come for the incredibly lovely compositions, stay for the wildly inventive improvisational interplay. Presented by Nonsequitur.

THU. 9/21 – saxophonist Evan Smith plays music by himself and Nat Evans as well as Yusef Lateef and Julius Hemphill

FRI. 9/22 – composer S. Eric Scribner presents “Fantastical Sounds: Music from Tond”: indigenous music from the imaginary cultures in his novel series Tond

SAT. 9/23 – Nonsequitur presents Persian free jazz santour player Sahba Sizdahkhani + guest artist TBAFeder and Fred Frith