Seattle Scene: December 21, 2017 – January 6, 2018

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.

Sue Ann Harkey + Blessed Blood + Jason McGill
Thu. Dec. 21, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Underground veteran Sue Ann Harkey (prepared guitar, field recordings) with master improvisers Lori Goldston (cello) and Greg Kelley (trumpet). Blessed Blood is an electronics-based project by Seattle’s Rachel LeBlanc singing ecstatic hymns, wherein ethereal vocals glide above pulsations and sharp angles. Jason M. McGill’s purposefully internal, slow-moving guitar pieces induce a type of conscious, restful response.

Wobbly & the Weatherman
Fri. Dec. 22, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

David Wills (The Weatherman), founding member of experimental media collective Negativland, makes his first appearance on a concert stage in 17 years to join recent Negativinductee Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly) for an evening of fake electronics, microphone-activated iPhone apps, local baby room monitor interceptions and endlessly awkward questions for Alexa.

Seattle Phonographers Union
Sat. Dec. 23, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

The Seattle Phonographers Union improvised with unprocessed field recordings. Breaking away from their usual “politburo” set up, group members will be spread throughout the space, playing through small, localized sound systems to create a sonic environment made up of many smaller micro-climates, with the audience free to move through the space or sit if they wish.

FRI. 12/29 – 1 lu 1 is a bi-coastal trio with brothers Tim Cohen (drums) and Ben Cohen (sax) with guitarist Dustin Carlson; Neil Welch solo saxophone/electronicsw; Katie Jacobson/Greg Sinibaldi duo

FRI. 1/5 – Seattle Composers’ Salon: Carson Farley, Aaron Keyt, Ian McKnight, Patrick O’Keefe

SAT. 1/6 – Pink Void + Noisegasm + Owl-Dent

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Deniz Peters & Simon Rose – Edith’s Problem (Leo, 2017) ****½

The Dorf – Lux (Umland, 2017) *****

LAMA + Joachim Badenhorst – Metamorphosis (Clean Feed, 2017) ****½

Kaja Draksler Octet – Gledalec (Clean Feed, 2017) ****½

Dré Hočevar – Surface of Inscription (Clean Feed, 2017) *****

Jo Berger Myhre and Ólafur Björn Ólafsson — The Third Script (Hubro, 2017) ****½

To Be Continued – Poetry From The Future (Line Arts Records, 2017) ***½

Heterodyne, VIU and The Sunsettlers in DC on December 22

On December 22, Heterodyne, VIU and The Sunsettlers appear at DC’s Velvet Lounge. The Velvet Lounge is located at 915 U St NW ( Doors are at 8pm, and admission is $10.

Heterodyne is an improvisational project; its core performers are Maria Shesiuk (synthesizers and processed vocalizations) and T. A. Zook (NS Design Omni Bass, strung as a basscello). Although it is essentially a duo, when complex schedules permit, it performs with Patrick Whitehead on quarter-tone flügelhorn and trumpet; Bob Boilen on ARP synthesizer; Doug Kallmeyer on bass and synthesizer; Jerry Busher on drums; Sarah Hughes on sax; Leah Gage on drums; Sam Lohman on drums; Amanda Huron on drums; and Dan Gutstein, spoken word. Links to free downloads of Heterodyne’s sessions and performances are posted at;;;; and

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Newsbits: Gunter Hampel / Scottie McNiece / Frank Zappa / Experiencing a Sound Installation / Joelle Leandre

Frank Zappa, Ekeberghallen, Oslo, Norway

The latest release from Gunter Hampel is reviewed.

Scottie McNiece, co-founder of the International Anthem label, is interviewed about the Chicago music scene.

A 7CD box set of Frank Zappa‘s Roxy performances will be coming out soon. It includes all 4 shows from December 9 & 10, 1973, remixed in 2016, and a soundcheck from December 8, 1973.

Joseph Nechvatal writes about experiencing a sound installation.

Joelle Leandre has penned an open letter accusing the French Jazz Awards of lack of gender diversity and an overly mainstream focus.