RIP Hardy Fox 

Source: Rolling Stone.

Hardy Fox, a founding member and main composer of the mysterious avant-garde art rock collective the Residents, died at the age of 73 following a battle with brain cancer.

“It is with great sorrow and regret that The Cryptic Corporation announces the passing of longtime associate, Hardy Fox,” the band said in a statement.

“As president of the corporation from 1982-2016, the company benefited from Hardy’s instinct for leadership and direction, but his true value came from his longtime association with The Residents. As the group’s producer, engineer, as well as collaborator on much of their material, Fox’s influence on The Residents was indelible; despite any formal training, his musicality was nevertheless unique, highly refined and prolific.”

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Seattle Scene: October 30 – November 10, 2018

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

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: Sarah Manning
Tue. Oct. 30, 8 PM; $18, $16, $10

Alto saxophonist/composer Sarah Manning‘s Transmuting Anger is a series of melodic fragments cued by alchemy symbols and tied together with improvised music, focused on the exploration of women’s anger around #metoo, sexism and sexual harassment. With Briggan Krauss (guitar), Peggy Lee (cello) Dylan van der Schyff (drums). Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival.

Seattle Modern Orchestra
Thu. Nov 1, 8 PM; $25, $15, $10

Seattle Modern Orchestra offers a program bringing to our present past experiences, people, and ideas, and that remembers, commemorates, and empathizes with the invisible. featuring works by Yigit Kolat, George Crumb, Chinary Ung, Rebecca Saunders. Pre-concert conversation with composer Yigit Kolat and co-artistic director Jérémy Jolley starts at 7:30.

William O. “Bill” Smith
Fri. Nov. 2, 7:30 PM; $5 – $20 at the door

World premieres of works written by and for the groundbreaking clarinetist and composer William O. “Bill” Smith will be performed by Bill with flutist Jeffrey Cohan and violinist Sharyn Peterson in seven performances around the Pacific Northwest. Seattle composer Huntley Beyer and Slovenian composer Igor Dekleva (Ljubljiana) have written works for the occasion.

THU. 11/8 – benefit for baby Cameron with electronic music by Raica (Chloe Harris), Panabrite (Norm Chambers) and Hair & Space Museum (David Golightly & Emily Pothast)

FRI. 11/9 – Sontag Shogun + Dolphin Midwives + Blessed Blood

Sat. 11/10 – computer music/sampling pioneer Neil Rolnick with pianist Kathleen Supové and violinist Jennifer Choi

The Dr. Jazz Podcast John Zorn Halloween Spectacular 

Source: The Dr. Jazz Podcast. An awesome playlist of scary Zorn music. You can find the link here:

“Trick or Treat” by John Zorn
“Horror Organ” by John Zorn
“Goetia – II” by John Zorn
“Moonchild” by Moonchild; John Zorn
“Sacred Rites of the Left Hand” by John Zorn
“Scene 1: At the Very Gates of Hell” by Simulacrum; John Zorn
“Dark Sacrifice” by Simulacrum; John Zorn
“Evocation of Baphomet” by Moonchild; John Zorn
“Skull – III” by John Zorn
“Paean to the Prince of Hell” by Simulacrum; John Zorn
“Hellraiser” by Naked City with John Zorn
“Devil’s Eye” by Painkiller with John Zorn
“Friday the 13th” by Moonchild; John Zorn
“Mala Suerte” by John Zorn
“And the Wolf Behowls the Moon” by Julian Lage & Gyan Riley; John Zorn
“Vampires at Large” by John Zorn
“Witchfinder” by Moonchild & John Zorn
“Ghost Ship” by John Zorn
“Walpurgisnacht – Movement III” by John Zorn
“Warlock” by Moonchild with Marc Ribot & John Zorn
“Lucifer Rising” by John Zorn
“Evocation of the Triumphant Beast” by Abraxas; John Zorn
“All Hallow’s Eve: Satanic Counterpoint for the Witches’ Sabbath – Lauds” by John Zorn
“All Hallow’s Eve: Satanic Counterpoint for the Witches’ Sabbath – Vespers” by John Zorn
“End Titles (Death Waltz Fantasy)” by John Zorn

11th Annual Otoacoustic Emissions in Phoenix Tonight

Source: Phoenix New Times. Amacher, Young, Zorn, etc.

Sitting in the pews at St. Augustine’s, I feel like I’m in the belly of a dying whale. It’s Halloween night and a deafening roar is swelling inside the church hall, an all-consuming noise that makes my body vibrate like a struck bell. Onstage is a group of musicians dressed in black. Bathed in soft LED candle light, they’re coaxing this gigantic death wail out of their instruments: Choral voices, organs, strings, computers, percussion. Wooden beams curve above the giant cross hovering over the stage; The way they jut out makes them like rib bones, or the underside of an ark.

Best of Bandcamp Contemporary Classical: October 2018 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The taxonomy of contemporary classical music—new music, contemporary music, whatever you want to call it—is a thorny issue. But every two months, we’ll take a look at some of the best composer-driven music to surface here on Bandcamp, that which makes room for electronic experimentation, improvisation, and powerful takes on old classics.