The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, performing a...

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Naked Wolf – Ahum (Clean Feed, 2016) ***½

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York – Fukushima (Libra Records, 2017) ****

Cannibal – s/t (ultra eczema 2017) ****

FS Massaker – s/t (Interstellar Records, 2017) ***½

Boris Hauf / Martin Siewert / Christian Weber / Steve Heather – The Peeled Eye (Shameless, 2016) ****½

Ian Brighton/Henry Kaiser – Together Apart (Fractal, 2017) ****

Sylvie Courvoisier Trio – D’Agala (Intakt, 2018) ****½

Seattle Scene: March 22 – April 7, 2018

English: Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009

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.

Peter Nelson-King, solo piano
Thu. Mar. 22, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Peter Nelson-King presents the world premiere of The Magpie’s Shadow, a large-scale cycle of piano miniatures inspired by the poetry of Yvor Winters, a gem of early American modernist verse, assembling 28 aphoristic poems to create an effect of dreamlike mystery and wonder. Also featured are Hans Erich Apostel’s Kubiniana, Fulvio Caldini’s Iblis Suite and Ernest Bloch’s Five Sketches in Sepia.

Daniel Corral: Polytope
Fri. Mar. 23, 8 PM; $15 – 15 donation at door

Polytope by Los Angeles composer Daniel Corral is a multimedia microtonal performance for MIDI quartet. Four musicians operate colorful glowing MIDI controllers in a mesmerizing dance of silhouettes, captured on live video and projected as a moving, visual score. Polytope is rhythmically charged in the vein of minimalists like Glass or Reich yet harmonically inspired by the microtonal explorations of Tenney or Partch.

Keith Eisenbrey, solo piano
Sat. Mar. 24, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Keith Eisenbrey presents the first 11 parts of his large-scale work-in-progress Études d’exécution imminent, including the complete Second Thoughts, Corollaries and the three sightings of Ghosting Doubles (after Amy Denio). In this work, he seeks to re-imagine the notion of keyboard virtuosity as a means of temporal inquiry, a pick with which to crack open seams in our experience of time.

FRI. 3/30 – Ancient to Future – a festival celebrating the great revolution in jazz of the 60s and 70s, w/ tributes to Muhal Richard Abrams, John Carter & Bobby Bradford (featured guest artist Alex Cline), + Tiny Ghost

FRI. 4/6 – THINGS THAT BREAK, a collaboration between composer Jessi Harvey, animator Becky Joy Aitken, performer Aimee Hong, and photographer/narrator Sonya Harris that explores the idea of breaking in all its forms

SAT. 4/7 – The Sound Ensemble: You Didn’t Known They Composed featuring music by pop and indie musicians with serious classical chops

Pop-Up Concerts at the Miller Theatre 

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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Tuesday, April 3
Ensemble Signal
Lauren Cauley, violin; David Friend, piano
Ensemble Signal, a frequent collaborator with Miller Theatre, returns to the Pop-Up series with a concert that shines a spotlight on violinist Lauren Cauley and pianist David Friend. Featured as soloists as well as in duet, the adventurous program features works by Christopher Cerrone, Tonia Ko, and David Lang.
Tonia Ko Tribute (Axis II) (2016)
Christopher Cerrone Sonata for Violin and Piano (2015)
David Lang mystery sonatas (selections) (2014)
memory pieces (selections) (1992)

Monday, May 14
Ensemble Signal Plays Lachenmann
Adrian Sandí, clarinet/bass clarinet
Lauren Radnofsky, cello
Oliver Hagen, piano
In an encore appearance, Ensemble Signal delivers their second Pop-Up program of the spring. The evening features a singular piece—a 30-minute trio for clarinet, cello, and piano by Helmut Lachenmann, with whom they worked closely, including at Miller Theatre in 2010 and 2015.
Helmut Lachenmann Allegro Sostenuto (1986-88)

Tuesday, June 5
Spektral Quartet
Clara Lyon, violin; Maeve Feinberg, violin
Doyle Armbrust, viola; Russell Rolen, cello
Declared “one of Chicago’s most adventurous chamber ensembles” (Chicago Tribune), the forward-thinking Spektral Quartet makes their Miller debut. With a program of works composed in the last decade, including a quartet written for them by notable Columbia faculty member George Lewis, this is an important opportunity to experience the group’s acclaimed artistry.
David Fulmer new work for string quartet (2017) (New York premiere)
George Lewis String Quartet No. 1.5: Experiments in Living (2016)
Eliza Brown String Quartet No. 1 (2011 rev. 2013) (New York premiere)

Tuesday, June 12
Olivia De Prato, violin
Olivia De Prato, violin
Ludovica Burtone, Pala Garcia, Marina Kifferstein, and Elena Moon Park, violin
Victor Lowrie, viola; Ned Rothenberg, clarinet
Violinist Olivia De Prato is a familiar face to Miller audiences, performing as member of the Mivos Quartet and Ensemble Signal. This Pop-Up highlights the “enchanting violinist” (Messaggero Veneto), joined by a cast of talented colleagues, as both a soloist and chamber musician in a program of virtuosic works.
Ned Rothenberg Duo for violin and clarinet (2016)
Taylor Brook Wane for solo violin with four violins (2016)
Victor Lowrie Duo for violin and viola (2015)
Missy Mazzoli Dissolve, O my Heart (2010)
Reiko Füting tanz.tanz for solo violin (2010)