Seattle Scene: May 3-17, 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.

Blake DeGraw + Kennon/Kelley
Thu. May 3, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Blake DeGraw presents Dissociative Containment – works for twelve violins, six violins, twelve vocalists, and solo voice with fixed media. Each piece explores a common thread of unity through dissociation: all musicians in participation will perform wearing headphones, responding in different ways to aural stimuli heard only by them individually. Noel Kennon and Greg Kelley will play duo improvisations.

Seattle Composers’ Salon
Fri. May 4, 8 PM; $5 – 15 donation at door

The Seattle Composers’ Salon fosters the development, performance and appreciation of new music by regional composers and performers. Jay Hamilton, My Muse, & Equal Temperament, cello and pre-recorded dialogue; Gavin Borchert, Three songs, for baritone and piano; Peter Nelson-King, The Magpie’s Shadow, for solo piano; Jeremiah Lawson, Prelude and Fugue in G major, for solo guitar.

Matt Shoemaker Memorial Concert
Sat. May 5, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

For nearly two decades Matt Shoemaker created unfolding compositions of depth and intensity, reflective of his unique but troubled vision of the world. In August 2017 musician and artist took his own life. Paying tribute tonight are long-time friends and collaborators: Climax Golden Twins, Jim Haynes, Jesse Paul Miller, Dave Knott, and Eric Lanzillotta. Matt’s paintings and sound are at Jack Straw New Media Gallery through May 18.

FRI. 5/11 – Bodies.Space.Time.Sound: an evening of improvised performance of music and dance curated by Alia Swersky and Tom Baker

SAT. 5/12 – Jason McGill solo alto sax + guitar duo with Tom Scully (as Great Bliss) + Andrew Olmstead solo piano + trio improvisations

THU. 5/17 – Peter Nelson-King plays eclectic piano works from the 1980s by Robert Beaser, George Benjamin, Fulvio Caldini, David Chaitkin, Edmund Rubbra, Peter Sculthorpe., John Tavener, Augusta Read Thomas, and Charles Wuorinen