Seattle Scene: November 8-19, 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.

Benefit: Raica, Norm Chambers, Hair & Space Museum
Thu. Nov. 8, 8 PM; $5 – $20 donation at door

Chloe Harris (aka Raica) is a mainstay of Seattle’s electronic music scene as artist, DJ, and Further Records founder. Her youngest son, Cameron, was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer (Neuroblastoma). Now it’s time for the music community to help them out. All ticket sales and artist fees from this show will be donated to their GoFundMe campaign to help with Cameron’s medical expenses.

Sontag Shogun, Dolphn Midwives, Blessed Blood
Fri. Nov 9, 7:30 PM; $10 donation at the door

Sontag Shogun (Montreal/NYC) is an electroacoustic piano trio whose sound sits in between the emotive solitude of Nils Frahm and the immersive “maximal-ambient” intensity of Tim Hecker and Ben Frost. Dolphin Midwives (Portland) is Sage Fisher playing harp/zither/voice/noise/electronics and everyday objects. Blessed Blood (Seattle) is an electronic vocal project by Seattle’s Rachel LeBlanc.

Neil Rolnick w/ Jennifer Choi & Kathleen Supové
Sat. Nov. 10, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Composer Neil Rolnick has pioneered the use of computers in musical performance since the late 1970s. While often considered “experimental”, Rolnick’s music is highly melodic and accessible. He is joined by ace musicians Jennifer Choi (violin) and Kathleen Supové (piano) for a program featuring Deal With The Devil, a virtuosic mix of instrumental playing and real time digital processing, controlled by all three players. Presented by Nonsequitur.

Thu. 11/15 – violist Heather Bentley plays improvised duos with drummer Dio Jean Baptiste and the trio CHA with Bentley, harpist Carol Levin, and vocalist Amelia Love Clearheart

FRI. 11/16 – Tamara Zenobia, improvisational voice, electronics, storytelling with flutist Dick Valentine

Sat. 11/17 – A night for 4 drummers: Casey Adams, Ruby Dunphy, D’Andre Fontanelle, Mike Gebhart play solos for drum set

AMN Picks of the Week: Christi Denton / Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda / Tiger Hatchery / Gridfailure / Monolithes

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Christi Denton – Meduse (2018)
Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda – Mizu (2018)
Tiger Hatchery – Breathing in the Walls (2018)
Gridfailure – When the Lights Go Out Vol. 2 (2018)
Monolithes – Limites (2018)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Cold Voodoo – AB+ (Wide Ear, 2018) ***½

Wolf Eyes Extravaganza (September 21-22, 2018, Café Oto, London)

Markus Stockhausen – Eternal Voyage/Live (Okey Records, 2018) ****

Kuzu – Hiljaisuus (Astral Spirits, 2018) *****

The Free Jazz Collective Interview: Tyler Damon

Jemeel Moondoc Quartet – The Astral Revelations (RogueArt, 2018) ****

The Minimalist TONUS Series of Dirk Serries and Martina Verhoeven

Konstrukt + Keiji Haino – A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire (Live) (Karlrecords, 2018) ****½