Seattle Scene: December 13-21, 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.

Kasson Crooker + Dahliia
Thu. Dec. 13, 8 PM; $10 donation at the door

In Gishiki (ritual, ceremony), Kasson Crooker fuses vintage synths, field recordings, sound design and processed koto to create a lush, atmospheric electro-acoustic experience in 4-channel surround sound. Patchwerks owners Tom Butcher and Cindy Reichel collaborate as DAHLIIA: arpeggiated synth bleeps drenched, melodic drone tones in sound-on-sound sediment, and percussive “clicks and cuts”.

Luke Fitzpatrick & Laure Struber
Fri. Dec. 14, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Pianist Laure Struber and violinist Luke Fitzpatrick perform 20th and 21st century works that utilize Theme and Variations. Featured on the program is Tartiniana Seconda by Dallapicolla, Theme and Variations by Messiaen, Fratres by Pärt, Lachrymae by Britten and the Violin Sonata by Shostakovich. The concert will also have a newly arranged work by Marcin Paczkowski (Paganini Variations by Lutoslawski).

Neal Kosaly-Meyer: Finnegans Wake, Part 1 Chapter 5
Sat. Dec. 15, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

A Finnegans Wake Project continues with the premiere performance of Part I, Chapter 5, performed from memory, and with acute attention to musical detail. As usual, expect props, costume, sound and lighting design, with theatrical/liturgical movement. Chapter 5 has often been recommended as an excellent point of entry for Joyce’s mysterious and dream-like masterpiece.

Thu. 12/20 – Rahikka (Carston Rennekamp), electronic ambient/drone with colorfield projections

Fri. 12/21 – Electronic blankets for winter solstice, with AVOLA, Nordra, Marcus Price, Kevin Blanquies

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Frame Trio – Luminaria (FMR, 2018) ****½

Atomic – Pet Variations (Odin, 2018) *****

Mars Williams – An Ayler Xmas Vol 2 (ESP Disc, 2018) ****

Annette Peacock 12-8-2018. Brooklyn, NY.

Lotte Anker, Thomas, Håker Flaten & Liavik Solberg – His Flight’s At Ten (Iluso, 2018) ****½

Kaja Draksler / Petter Eldh / Christian Lillinger – Punkt.Vrt.Plastik (Intakt, 2018) *****

Ivo Perelman and Rudi Mahall – Kindred Spirits (Leo, 2018) *****

Trumpets and Bass

Ab Baars / Meinrad Kneer / Bill Elgart – Live at Konfrontationen Nickelsdorf 2012 (Evil Rabbit, 2018) ****

Southern Lord to Release Caspar Brötzmann Massaker Recordings

Source: Southern Lord Recordings.

Southern Lord is proud to announce the first in a series of Caspar Brötzmann Massaker album reissues starting with the masterful debut The Tribe (originally released in 1988) and second album Black Axis (originally released in 1989) – remastered and presented as they were when originally released. After reissuing the first five albums, they shall later be made available in a collectors boxed set complete with extensive liner notes, artwork by Caspar Brötzmann, as well as a silk screened print hand numbered and signed by Caspar. Full details of the series to be revealed in the coming months. Caspar is also rumoured to be working on brand new material.

Caspar Brötzmann is one of the most unique and innovative guitarists of the last 40 years. With his Berlin-based trio Massaker, he evolved a whole new autonomous approach to writing rock songs, starting from sounds that were widely considered ornamental if not detrimental ‘sonic waste’, such as shrieking feedback and droning overtones. This plethora of sounds were arranged into tracks to sound like breaking concrete, grinding metal, or bursting glass, at once monumental and threatening, impenetrable and hermetic, yet also archaically tender and loving.

Even today, as the art of noise has reached a level of sophistication that no one could have imagined 30 years ago, Caspar Brötzmann Massaker’s music is resoundingly singular. Ultra heavy riffs and beats, ominous tribal chants and a raw physical force is conjured up by these three sinister and proud minds of their era. Their unhinged, unified stream of energy is captured on these remastered reissues and the results are thrilling.

Three Releases Coming From New Wave of Jazz

Source: New Wave of Jazz.


Being labelmates on Raw Tonk Records, they got personally acquainted during RT’s 5th anniversary and this duo album was just a plan that needed to be executed. Meanwhile Benedict joined the TONUS ENSEMBLE for more than occasion (see below TONUS’ EAR DURATION album). Finally last Spring Taylor and Serries got together in the Sunny Side Inc. studio for a duel in free improvisation, a conversation between the viola and the acoustic guitar. As liner notes writer Guy Peters elegantly described “Improvised music can be quite cerebral, but it can also become something about physical practice as well. The art of touching.” Recorded in the flawless live room of the Sunny Side Inc. studio, this album thrives on the pure acoustic character of both instruments and how they musically interact.


A short but an ear-challenging album that goes beyond the acoustic nature of the instruments involved. Composed by Schiller, this album features 7 miniatures of sublime but abstract dialogue between him (spinet and voice) and Swiss violin player Anouck Genthon. “They cannot entirely exclude references to other stylistic or geographical areas of course, but their language is one that sounds strikingly personal and adds individual voices to a larger whole.” Guy Peters.


EAR DURATION captures the TONUS ENSEMBLE on a high level of creativity. In London for Dirk Serries’ 50th anniversary event at Cafe Oto, Dirk assembled some of his core TONUS members for a quintet studio session at the Hackney Road studios. On one afternoon in October they recorded 3 pieces. One following the strict TONUS guidelines while the other 2 sets connect with the more Q&A freedom common in free improvisation. The result is an album that clearly expands TONUS sonic universum and style of performance while honouring A New Wave Of Jazz’ statement and goal, that of bridging both worlds of musical expression. The TONUS quintet is Martina Verhoeven (piano), Colin Webster (flute, alto sax), Dirk Serries (accordeon, acoustic guitar), Benedict Taylor (viola) and Graham Dunning (snaredrum and objects).

Transparent Productions Upcoming DC Shows

Source: Transparent Productions.

All Shows @Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, in Takoma DC
Takoma’s Art, Learning, DIY Culture Center
1 block from the Takoma metro

TransP performances coming in 2019:

On Friday, January 18th, baritone saxophonist Dave Sewelson Quartet, w/Steve Swell on trombone, Nik Francis on drums and William Parker on bass. Opening duo set and Free Jam closer of mystery players. @8PM.

On Sunday, January 27th, the Jason Kao Hwang Trio, w/Jason Hwang on violin and viola, Ken Filiano on double-bass, and Andrew Drury on drums. @8PM.

On Sunday, February 17th, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, w/Kahil El’Zabar on drums, percussion, kalimba and voice, Alex Harding on baritone sax, and Corey Wilkes on trumpet, including a duet tribute to poet Ntosake Shange, featuring Khahil and poet Dine Watson. @5PM.

On Saturday, June 8th, in collaboration with the DC Jazz Festival, guitarist Joe Morris & drummer Tomas Fujiwara. @8PM.