Seattle Scene: July 18-27, 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.

Gratitude Trio
Wed. July 18, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

The Gratitude Trio, comprised of pianist Dawn Clement, bassist Chuck Deardorf, and drummer Matt Wilson formed in the summer of 2017 and were featured on the Earshot Jazz Festival concert series in Bainbridge Island last Fall. In this special concert, they will be presenting music from Clement’s latest release Tandem, Wilson’s Honey and Salt, and Deardorf’s upcoming CD release.

Earshot: New Series 1 + Scrambler
Thu. July 19, 8 PM; $5 – $15 online/at the door

New Series One is a trio of Simon Henneman (guitar), Troy Schefelbein (acoustic bass), Mike Gebhart (hand drums & percussion). Trombonist Christian Pincock describes his Scrambler project as a “musical mash” rooted in Sound-painting, a conducted improvisation sign language created by performance artist Walter Thompson. Part of Earshot’s Jazz: The 2nd Century series.

Project Metamorphosis + Sameer Matta
Fri. July 20, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Project Metamorphosis is the creative vehicle for Seattle-based guitarist Daniel McManus. Each performance is unique, incorporating improvisation and collaborations with other musicians or visual artists. This performance will feature San Francisco guitarist Sameer Matta. Both guitarists will be performing compositions for extended range guitar in alternating, interweaving sets.

THU. 7/26 – Earshot Jazz presents Jazz: the Second Century, Dialectical Imagination + Jeremy’s Pyramid Scheme

FRI. 7/27 – Nonsequitur presents Brooklyn saxophonist/electronicist Lea Bertucci + Portland’s Chlöe Alexandra Thompson

5049 Records Podcast Episode 169 – Brian Chase Part II 

Source: 5049 Records.

For episode 169 my dear friend and long-time collaborator Brian Chase returns to the podcast to talk about his newest venture, Chaikin Records. Recorded in the work-in-progress recording studio in his Brooklyn basement, Brian talks me through the idea to start his own label, his grandfather for whom he named the label, his long-running project Drums & Drones and much more. As a special treat, Brian demonstrates a piece for Drums & Drones.

Fresh Sound Fall Series

From San Diego’s Fresh Sound.

All concerts at Bread & Salt
1955 Julian Ave. San Diego, CA 92113
Tickets at the door: $20/$10 students

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 7:30 PM
Konk Pack (Tim Hodgkinson [lap steel guitars, electronics, clarinets], Thomas Lehn [analogue synthesizer], Roger Turner [drumset and percussion]
For twenty years, KONK PACK has amazed audiences at festivals and concerts all over the world with the sheer energy of its rapid-fire interplay, earning numerous critical accolades. In 2014, İlhan Mimaroğlu said, “Because of, or perhaps, in spite of, their incredible resumés, KONK PACK’s work is still singular among all electro-acoustic improvisation occurring today.”

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 7:30 PM
Ches Smith Trio (Ches Smith [drums, percussion, vibraphone], Craig Taborn [piano], Mat Manerj [viola]
Ches Smith is an American musician whose primary instruments are drums, percussion, and vibraphone. He writes and performs music in a wide variety of contexts, including solo percussion, experimental rock bands, and small and large jazz ensembles. The Ches Smith Trio improvises and plays compositions as well, with an emphasis on rhythm. The group explores the timbral aspects and collective interplay between the artists and their instruments.