Seattle Scene: January 31 – February 9, 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.

Sara Schoenbeck/Wayne Horvitz
Thu. Jan. 31, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Long-time musical partners Wayne Horvitz and Sara Schoenbeck (WHSS Duo) perform compositions and improvisations for bassoon, piano and electronics, exploring music from the obscure to the sublime. A study of the crossroads where texture and extended technique meet with and support the expression of melody and song. Plus special guests Ray Larsen (trumpet) and Abbey Blackwell (bass).

Fri. Feb. 1, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

New Zealander/downtown NYC veteran guitarist David Watson has created a new vocabulary for the Highland bagpipes, collaborating with Phill Niblock and many others. Oakland-based multi-instrumentalist John Krausbauer seeks transcendence through repetition, duration, alternate tunings, maximum volumes. Seattle guitar daredevil Bill Horist and trombonist Amelia Coulter play opening sets.

Fri. 2/8 – 34th Seattle Improvised Music Festival: featured artist CK Barlow (electronics, Baltimore) + Haley Freedlund/Tom Varner, Andria Nicodemou/Marc Seales, Kenny Mandell/Kelsey Mines/Odeya Nini

Sat. 2/9 – 34th Seattle Improvised Music Festival: 3 PM afternoon dance/music show; 5:30 tribute to SIMF founder Paul Hoskin; 8 PM featured artist Odeya Nini (voice, LA) + Holland Andrews/Ambrosia Bardos/Ebony Miranda, Abbey Blackwell/Haley Freedlund/Patrick Shiroishi

Steve Swell Update

Source: Steve Swell.

February 16-24, 2019 I will be with Jan Klare’s 2000 band which includes Wilber de Joode, Michael Vatcher, Bart Maris and Elisabeth Coudoux. The band has a brand new CD you can find here
The schedule will be:
Feb 19 – Domicil, Dortmund, DE
Feb 20 – Gent, BE
Feb 21 – Domicil, Dortmund, DE (yes, twice!?!)
Feb 22 – St. Johann, AT
Feb 23 – Wiesbaden, DE
March 1, 2019 David Haney’s Jazz Stories at Joe’s Pub, NYC with Bernard Purdie, Daniel Carter and Adam Lane
March 8, 2019 Part of Dave Burrell’s Octet at the Kitchen, NYC
April 8, 2019 Record with Paul Dunmall in Birmingham, England
April 9-14, 2019 with Jan Klare’s 2000 band in Europe again

April 23-May 4, 2019 Chicago Plan U.S. tour with Gebhard Ullmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang. The performances are solid, the dates are mostly solid so if you are near, come nearer.
April 24 – Champaign-Urbana
April 25 – Elastic, Chicago, IL
April 26-27 – The Blue Room (American Jazz Museum) Kansas City, MO
April 29 – Black Sparrow, Indianapolis, IN
April 30-May 1 – Lexington, KY
May 2 – Cleveland, OH
May 3 – Blue Lake, MI
May 4 – Trinosophes, Detroit, MI

June 11-16 Vision Festival

New Releases due out in 2019

Soundpath, Muhal Richard Abrams – Bobby Zankel’s Warriors of the Wonderful Sound conducted by Mary Ehrlich

Whit Dickey Box set with Matt Shipp, Michael Bisio, Steve Swell (ESP)

Rob Brown Quartet with Chad Taylor, Chris Lightcap, Steve Swell (RogueArt)

Jan Klare’s 2000 (out now!)

Steve Swell’s Soul Travelers II with Leena Conquest: Astonishments (RogueArt)
with Jemeel Moondoc, Dave Burrell, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver

Brain in a Dish (NoBusiness) with Michael Vatcher and Robert Boston

They Who Sound Series in Houston

Source: Nameless Sound.


experimental sound-making, improvised music, noises, the sounding of art, the performance of art and . . .

Different Artists and Performers
Every Monday at Lawndale
Two distinct sets each night

Doors open at 7pm
FREE Admission. Donations to They, Who Sound welcome.


Monday, February 4, 2019
Simon Whetham
Anisa Boukhlif
Simon Whetham (UK) – speakers, amplified objects, electronics
Anisa Boukhlif (Houston) – electronics, field recordings

Monday, February 11, 2019
Claire Rousey
Michael Foster
Details TBA

Monday, February 18, 2019
Details TBA

Monday, February 25, 2019
Jaap Blonk/?
Details TBA

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Two from Guitarist Wendy Eisenberg

Fred Frith Trio – Closer To The Ground (Intakt, 2018) ****

Olaf Rupp’s World of Guitar

Andrew Cyrille – Lebroba (ECM, 2018) ****½

Mary Halvorson / Bill Frisell – The Maid With The Flaxen Hair: A Tribute To Johnny Smith (Tzadik, 2018) ****

LFU: Lisbon Freedom Unit ‎– Praise of our Folly (Clean Feed, 2018) ****

Latest Releases from John Butcher

Chris Corsano, Bill Nace, Steve Baczkowski – Mystic Beings (Open Mouth, 2018) *****

Matana Roberts & Darius Jones Duo @ DMG 1/20/2019.

Manfred Eicher Interview 

Source: Aquarium Drunkard.

Sometime in early 2016, I met up with Manfred Eicher in a Manhattan hotel lobby just south of Central Park. It was a dreary day, the air was cold enough that I needed a heavy jacket, but I was overcome with the warmth of fulfillment — the kind you experience when you fail and persist for years, and then one day things yield inexplicably. I can’t recall how many phone calls and emails I exchanged with the publicist for ECM -– the record label that has been the basis for Eicher’s reputation. But it took more than a year, and it required an illogical persistence.

Coming to Orlando

Source: thecm5.

Saturday, February 16th, 2019
Timucua Arts Foundation, Civic Minded 5 and Iron Cow present
Billy Martin DISAPPEARING solo percussion plus
Karl Berger And Friends with Ingrid Sertso,
Doug Mathews and Billy Martin
Iron Cow Cafe
2438A E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803
6:00 pm doors, 8:00 pm concert
Tickets $20 advanced, $24 day of show

Medeski, Martin And Wood drummer Billy Martin is the new Executive Director of the Woodstock, N.Y.’s Creative Music Studio, the music education non-profit founded by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman in 1971. Karl, Ingrid and Billy come back to Orlando to teach and play during this February visit, joined by longtime Sam Rivers bassist Doug Mathews.

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Timucua Arts Foundation, The Civic Minded 5 and Iron Cow present
Nels Cline/Gerald Cleaver/Larry Ochs
Iron Cow Cafe
2438A E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803
6:00 pm doors, 8:00 pm concert
Tickets $20 advanced, $24 day of show

Guitarist Nels Cline is considered one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists by Rolling Stone magazine. While he is most commonly identified as the lead guitarist in Wilco, Cline has a storied career transcending stylistic boundaries as an improvising avant-garde stalwart and emphatic hired gun. He appears in the role of improvisor in the company of Gerald Cleaver and Larry Ochs. Gerald Cleaver is an in-demand drummer in and amongst the world’s meanest competition for that position in New York City. Cleaver’s credits include legendary creatives Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill. Larry Ochs is a co-founder of the forty-one year running ROVA, one of the first saxophone quartets in jazz music. Ochs makes his sixth appearance at an Orlando-area Civic Minded 5 concert with this improvising trio.

Monday, May 24th, 2019
Atlantic Center For The Arts, Timucua Arts Foundation
and The Civic Minded 5 present
Annie Gosfield
Timucua Arts
2000 S. Summerlin Ave, Orlando, Fl 32806
7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm concert
$10-$20 suggested donation, all ages welcome

Annie Gosfield, whom the BBC called “A one woman Hadron collider,” lives in New York City and works on the boundaries between notated and improvised music, electronic and acoustic sounds, refined timbres and noise. Her music is often inspired by the inherent beauty of found sounds, noise, and machinery. She was dubbed “a master of musical feedback” by The New York Times, who wrote “Ms. Gosfield’s choice of sounds — which on (one) occasion included radio static, the signals transmitted by the Soviet satellite Sputnik I, and recordings of Hurricane Sandy — are never a mere gimmick.

Monday, July 8th, 2019
Atlantic Center For The Arts, Timucua Arts Foundation
and The Civic Minded 5 present
Nicole Mitchell
Timucua Arts
2000 S. Summerlin Ave, Orlando, Fl 32806
7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm concert
$10-$20 suggested donation, all ages welcome

Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having been repeatedly awarded “Top Flutist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association (2010-2017). Mitchell initially emerged from Chicago’s innovative music scene in the late 90s, and her music celebrates contemporary African American culture. Ms. Mitchell, has recently been named as the head of the University of Pittsburgh’s jazz studies program.

Monday, October 28th, 2019
Atlantic Center For The Arts, Timucua Arts Foundation
and The Civic Minded 5 present
Joy Harjo and Larry Mitchell
Timucua Arts
2000 S. Summerlin Ave, Orlando, Fl 32806
7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm concert
$10-$20 suggested donation, all ages welcome

Joy Harjo, of the Mvskoke Nation, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Harjo has published eight books of poetry. Her most recent collection of poetry Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings made the short list for the Griffin International Prize and was named the American Library Association’s Notable Book of the Year. Her awards include the prestigious Ruth Lily Prize from the Poetry Foundation for lifetime achievement; the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Guggenheim Fellowship; and the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, among others.

Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player.