Seattle Scene: May 25 – June 2, 2018

Lou Harrison

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.

Inverted Space: Cimbalom & Beyond
Fri. May 25, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Inverted Space Ensemble presents works that feature the Cimbalom and Beyond. The concert will feature works by György Kurtág for the cimbalom, including Scenes From A Novel, Lou Harrison’s Music for Violin and Various Instruments, European, Asian, and African, and James Tenney’s Quintext, which pays homage to many of Tenney’s influences, including Morton Feldman and Harry Partch.

Daniel Webbon
Tue. May 29, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Daniel Webbon presents recent works for piano and voice, solo flute, string quartet, and a collaboration between drummer Matt Carr and dancer Alethea Alexander. The evening will conclude with the premier of Daniel’s most recent work, This vast southern empire, a sprawling improvisational score for mixed ensemble and voice that draws on academic and historical texts dealing with Southern reconstruction and identity.

Christian Asplund & Melissa Heath
Thu. May 31, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Melissa Heath and Christian Asplund perform an eclectic mix of works for soprano with piano and viola. The program includes mysteriously lyrical songs by Ligeti and Lutoslawski, an early cycle by Messiaen, characteristically laconic selections from Webern’s Op. 12 cycle, works by Cage and Ives, a Javanese tinged-song by Jarrad Powell, and a characteristically eclectic mini-opera by Asplund.

FRI. 6/1 – Kestrel + LA LUNGS + Blessed Blood + Kole Galbraith/Matt Pollack

SAT. 6/2 – Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents electronic music by Arun Chandra and Scott Goodwin

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Français : Andrzej Przybielski

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Dave Holland, Evan Parker, Craig Taborn, and Ches Smith – Uncharted Territories (Dare2 Records, 2018) *****

Dinosaur – Wonder Trail (Edition, 2018) ****

Didi Kern & Philipp Quehenberger – Linz (Shameless, 2018) ***½

Mats Gustafsson & Didi Kern – Marvel Motor (Rock is Hell Records, 2018) ****

Dave Liebman & Joe Lovano – Compassion – The Music Of John Coltrane (Resonance Records, 2017)

Sky Music – A Tribute To Terje Rypdal (Rune Grammofon, 2017)

Various Artists – Celebrate Ornette (Song X Records, 2017)

Various Artists – Tribute To Andrzej Przybielski Vol. 1 (Jazz Poznan, 2016)

Big Bold Back Bone – Emerge (Wide Ear Records, 2018) ****

Samuel Blaser with Marc Ducret & Peter Brunn – Taktlos Zürich 2017 (Hatology, 2018) ****½

Sons of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile (Impulse, 2018) ****

Sonar with David Torn – Vortex (RareNoiseRecords, 2018) ****

Clean Feed Records News Releases

Marty Ehrlich

Source: Clean Feed Records.

Caterina Palazzi – Sudoku Killer – ASPERGER

Fake Humans – EXEGESIS

Sean Conly – HARD KNOCKS

Lynn Cassiers – IMAGINARY BAND

Alberto Pinton Noi Siamo – OPUS FACERE

Angles 3 – PAREDE


Rafael Toral – SPACE QUARTET

Chrome Hill – THE EXPLORER

Scott Clark – TONOW

Honest John with Ab Baars – TREEM



Bob Lord of Parma Recordings Interviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

PARMA Recordings CEO Bob Lord is a producer, composer, and bassist. Founded on the notion that the various services a record company can offer composers could be usefully consolidated under a single roof, PARMA’s labels include Navona Records, Ravello Records, Big Round Records, and Ansonica Records. On the occasion of PARMA’s tenth birthday, we’ve asked Bob five questions about the state of contemporary music on record today.