Seattle Scene: July 26 – August 4, 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.

Earshot: Dialectical Imagination + Jeremy’s Pyramid Scheme
Thu. July 26, 8 PM; $5 – $15 online/at the door

Dialectical Imagination (Eli Wallace, piano + Rob Pumpelly, drums) integrate the creative spirit of free-improvisation with the emotional expression- ism of chamber music, which they call “ecstatic music.” Reeds player Jeremy Shaskus’ Pyramid Scheme (Nathan Breedlove, trumpet, Joel Bean, organ, Will Lone, drums) embraces all musical influences, with a sense of playful- ness in the spirit of John Cage. Part of Earshot’s Jazz: The 2nd Century series.

Lea Bertucci + Chloe Alexandra Thompson
Fri. July 27, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Lea Bertucci (Brooklyn) plays alto saxophone and tapes, using a mixture of material from her recent album Metal Aether as well as new work inspired by a residency in the extreme acoustic environment of Silo City, a series of cast concrete grain elevators in Buffalo, NY. Chloe Alexandra Thompson (Portland) is a Cree, Canadian artist using Pure Data, Arduino, hardware and voice, to create unique sonic experiences and expressions through the spatialization of isolated frequencies.

MON. 7/30 – SCRAPE, composer Jim Knapp’s large and lush string ensemble

SAT. 8/4 – Medina/Walsh + Cruel Diagonals + V. Vecker

George E Lewis & Roscoe Mitchell Speaking at CTM 2018

Source: The Wire.

As part of CTM’s Turmoil edition, trombonist George E Lewis and saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell gave a performance alongside Lewis’s AI improvising system Voyager. Following this, Lewis delivered a talk entitled “Why Do We Want Our Computers To Improvise?”, discussing machine subjectivities in interactive music and questioning how cyborg sociality has transformed everyday sonic life. He was then joined by Mitchell for a conversation mediated by The Wire’s Daniel Spicer, during which they reflected on their recent performance and their collaborative and individual practices.

Two Rooms Records Launches with Three Releases

Source: Two Rooms Records. This new Detroit based label has debuted with a trio of albums.

Quartet NOW!
Alex Harding – baritone saxophone
Vincent Chandler – trombone
Rocco Popielarski – Bass
Dr. Prof. Leonard King – drums
Quartet NOW! is a new group co-lead by drummer Dr. Prof. Leonard King (of the legendary Strata Records and Lyman Woodard Organization) and baritone saxophonist Alex Harding (alum of Lester Bowie, David Murray, Julius Hemphill, Sun Ra Arkestra, etc.). With a focus on material by such Detroit composers as Kenn Cox and Charles Moore, Quartet Now!’s self-titled release harkens back to the era of soul-inflected creative jazz that Detroit musicians innovated in the late 1960s and ’70s.

Thollem & Clem Fortuna
The multi-year collaboration between virtuoso pianist Thollem and Detroit piano tuner/composer/instrument-builder/musician Clem Fortuna has resulted in Your Letter Must Have Followed Me All Over the World, a live recording of microtonal piano music. Performed by Thollem on four of Trinosophes’ in-house pianos — each tuned to a unique microtonal system devised by Fortuna — this LP is undoubtably one of the most unusual and intriguing recordings of the year.

Seven Thousand Year Plan is the second LP from Viands, an electronic music duo that formed spontaneously when David Shettler and Joel Peterson hopped on stage during normal cafe hours at Trinosophes art space in Detroit. Drawing on spontaneous thematic material, ambient settings and aleatory elements, Viands constructs a new sonic universe every time they perform. Their long-form epics seem to have structure and development but are the product of the intuitive interplay between members David Shettler and Joel Peterson, each of whom have established histories in music-making of all kinds.



July 11, 2018
Claus Bøje, Lotte Anker, Peter Friis-Nielsen, 5e, Copenhagen
Lotte Anker Claus Bøje Peter Friis-Nielsen

July 11, 2018
Ydegirl, Kræ, Copenhagen
Alexander Holm Xenia Xamanek Lopez Andrea Green Novel Thea Thorborg

July 11, 2018
Kamil Piotrowicz, Erik Kimestad Pedersen, Simon Albertsen, Philipp Gropper, KoncertKirken, Copenhagen
Simon Albertsen Philipp Gropper Erik Kimestad Pedersen Kamil Piotrowicz

July 11, 2018
Past And Future Do Not Exist And Now Is The Rhythm, KoncertKirken, Copenhagen
Hasse Brun Gianluca Elia Szymon Pimpon Gąsiorek Jonas Due Steffensen Kristian Tangvik Jędrzej Łagodziński

July 11, 2018
Shitney featuring Mia Zabelka, Skuespilhusets, Copenhagen
Katrine Amsler Maria Faust Qarin Wikström Mia Zabelka

5049 Records Podcast Episode 170 – Ben Hall

Source: 5049 Records.

At age 41, Detroit native Ben Hall has already done more than most people do in a lifetime. He’s a talented drummer and has worked closely with many of today’s greatest improvisers such as Joe Morris, Bill Dixon, Nate Wooley and Don Dietrich. He holds an MFA from Columbia in sculpture and has shown his work all over the world. He curates and maintains the Bap-Tizum website,the world’s largest online Black American spiritual collection and is the owner/operator of Broken Research Records. If that wasn’t enough, he is also a talented chef/restaurant owner who’s progressive business practices offer a shining light to an industry not commonly associated with strong personal ethics. Ben is quite simply one of the most extraordinary people around and I wish this conversation could have gone on for days.