Seattle Scene: January 10-19, 2019

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.

Scrape Meets Oluo
Thu. Jan. 10, 8 PM; $5 – $20 donation at door

Trumpeter, composer, and writer Ahamefule J. Oluo joins Scrape for a sneak-peek performance of the score for his new film, Thin Skin, directed by Charles Mudede. Scrape’s Jim Knapp and Brianna Atwell have written arrangements for the Thin Skin score, and Oluo, in turn, will perform live on several original Scrape compositions. This innovative collaboration showcases true Seattle luminaries at the peak of their game.

Jesse Myers: Glass Half Full
Fri. Jan. 11, 8 PM; $10 advance, $15 day of

Pianist Jesse Myers performs half of Philip Glass’ monumental twenty Etudes for Solo Piano in a visually immersive concert synchronized with colorful, moving light projections on the ceiling and walls of the Chapel. The audience is encouraged to get comfortable, bring a mat or pillow to lie on the floor to enjoy this audio-visual, immersive experience. Chairs will also be provided.

re•create percussion
Sat. Jan. 12, 7:30 PM; $5 – $15 at door

re•create percussion founders Rebekah Ko and Storm Benjamin present an evening of music for prepared piano, marimba, vibraphone, and triangle. Ben Marx’s works are rhythmic improvisations on percussion instruments that mingle with pre-determined electronic samples (mostly from symphony orchestra source material). Toccata is a virtuosic piece for vibraphone and marimba by Anders Koppel.

Thu. 1/17 – FHTAGN presents two new works for electric guitar ensemble + Driftwood Orchestra

Fri. 1/18 – Bay Area clarinetist Matt Ingalls performs his decades-in-the-making, 30-minute-continuous-micro-timbre-circular-breath-tour-de-force clarinet solo that explores extended techniques that interact with the acoustic space + trumpeter Greg Kelley

Sat. 1/19 – The Sound Ensemble, Local Wonders: The Creative Women of King County – music by Sarah Bassingthwaighte, Angelique Poteat, Kaley Lane Eaton, and Carly Ann Worden

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Solo Saxophone

Kaoru Abe & Sabu Toyozumi – Mannyoka (NoBusiness Records, 2018) ****

Westlin/Tontin – Westlin/Tontin (Grodor Och Fåglar, 2018) ***½

Chris Burn & Simon Fell – Continuous Fragment (Bruce’s Fingers, 2018) ***

François Houle / Alexander Hawkins / Harris Eisenstadt – You Have Options (Songlines, 2018) ****

Huh? Belgium? Well, why not …

Cécile Cappozzo Trio – Sub Rosa (Ayler, 2018) ****

Wayne Horvitz – The Snowghost Sessions (Songlines, 2018) ****

New Ear Festival at the Fridman Gallery 

Source: Fridman Gallery.

Mary Lucier (slide projectors/stopwatches)
Luke Stewart (bass/electronics), Miriam Parker (dance), Patrick Cain (video)
Bob Bellerue (amplified & acoustic percussion, feedback)

Leila Bordreuil (cello)
David Wesley Sutton (electronics)
Charmaine Lee (voice) + id m theft able (voice, objects)
Kieran Morris (electronics)

Screening: Milford Graves Full Mantis, directed by Jake Meginsky
Susie Ibarra & Brian Chase (drum duo)

Stephen Vitiello & Taylor Dupree (electronics)
Dorit Chrysler (theremin) & Lary 7 (visuals)
Nadav Assor (video, tunneling)

New York Theremin Society workshops & performances (RSVP required)

Wadada Leo Smith: America’s National Parks at Lincoln Center, January 26


For one night only, witness the live New York debut of Wadada Leo Smith’s America’s National Parks. When Smith recorded this visionary suite in 2016, it was voted Album of the Year by DownBeat magazine (Smith also won Artist of the Year and Trumpeter of the Year), and it was selected as a top-ten album of the year by the New York Times and NPR. Though the music alone is worthy of its critical acclaim, nothing compares to the live, multimedia concert experience of America’s National Parks.

Visual projections blend real-time footage of the five-piece band with moving images of each song’s subject, marrying improvised music with historic photography in a powerful and collaborative vision. If you’ve ever wanted to dip your toes into the more avant-garde side of jazz, experiencing this show in person would be a compelling way to start.

Rat-drifting 4: See Through 4 (Johnston, Lerner, Fraser, Ng) in Toronto, January 11

Source: Arraymusic.

The See Through 4 is made up of exceptional improvisers – Nick Fraser (percussion), Pete Johnston (string bass), Marilyn Lerner (piano), and Karen Ng (reeds) – working out their spontaneous compositions in relation to notated material by Pete Johnston. Johnston’s compositions for improvisers are his own, but they radiate the lessons he’s learned from the likes of Carla Bley, Ornette Coleman, and the Jimmy Giuffre 3.

$15 / PWYC | Tickets at the door
The Array Space | 155 Walnut Ave. Toronto

Heterodyne to perform at a January 13 Memorial for Susan Mumford at the 9:30 Club in DC

The Tiny Desk Unit Singer Susan Mumford Memorial concert is Sunday January 13, it is FREE, it is at the 9:30 Club and we would love to join and celebrate the life of a wonderful D.C. artist, the first person to ever sing at the 9:30 Club and our friend. Thank you to the 9:30 Club for donating the evening to honor Susan Mumford.

This will be Heterodyne’s closing performance, joined by Bob Boilen (NPR’s All Songs Considered; Tiny Desk Unit), Douglas Kallmeyer (Verses Records; The Mantis; Super!Silver!Haze!) and Jerry Busher (Fugazi; Fidelity Jones; Sunwolf).  Following the project’s conclusion, the full canon of the project’s work will remain available for free download.
The 9:30 Club is located at 815 V St NW, Washington, DC ; the event will be held 6 PM – 9:30 PM,
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