Seattle Scene: March 21-29, 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.

DX ARTS : Iterations
Thu. Mar. 21, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Performative experiments by PhD students at UW’s Center for Digital Arts & Experimental Media: Riah Buchanan, Chanee Choi w/ Sarah Lisette Chiesa, Cameron Fraser, R.M-TNKRT, Breana Tavaglione and Rihards Vitols. Error- prone improvisational experiments, ritualistic and meditative compositions, contemporary dance with DIY electronics, and an archival mosaic of the story behind the Good Shepherd Center.

An Evening with Mother Tongue
Fri. Mar. 22, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Mother Tongue is a two-headed art making machine specializing in post-disciplinary creation, formed in 2015 by composer and musician Angelina Baldoz and multidimensional artist Katherine Cohen (kt shores). In addition to their duo Skull Kat, they’re joined for this one-night- only special offering by special guests poet Omar Willey, dancer Ezra Dickinson, and trumpeters Greg Kelley and Ray Larsen.

Gamelan Pacifico & Darsono
Sat. Mar. 23, 8 PM; $5 – $15 online or at door

Gamelan Pacifica presents an evening with Darsono, one of the most prominent musicians in Central Java today. Darsono will be making his first appearance in Seattle. Also joining Gamelan Pacifica will be guest pesindhen Jessika Kenney. The concert will feature Gendhing Candranata, Ketawang Gendhing Kabor, Jineman Kandheg and other pieces from the Central Javanese repertoire.

Thu. 3/28 – FHTAGN + Nital Etch + Blood Rhythms

Fri. 3/29 – Inverted Space Ensemble interprets music from Twin Peaks using instruments from the Harry Partch collection at UW

Just Outside Reviews

Source: Just Outside.

Alfredo Costa Monteiro – Not Knowing (Moving Furniture)

NbN – Trios (no label)

Tim Olive/Yan Jun – Brother of Divinity (845 Audio)

Tim Olive/Cal Lyall – Lowering (845 Audio)

IKB – Chelonoidis Nigra (Creative Sources)

Gil Sansón/Lance Austin Olsen – Works on Paper (elsewhere)

Wolf Eyes’ Deep, Noisy Discography

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The Wolf Eyes saga is rollicking, inspiring, relentless and hilarious. In their more than 20 years of existence, they’ve put out hundreds of releases (CD-Rs, tapes, mini-discs, lathes, LPs, and beyond)—thousands, if you include solo releases and associated acts. There were periods when the band would tour, wake up, dub the previous night’s performance on tapes, then each band member would record a solo tape, dub them, make artwork, then head to the next gig. “It’s not important to own [the complete discography],” Young says. “It allows each listener to have their own interpretation of the band.”

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Ken Ikeda & Eddie Prévost – The Whole Moon Rests in a Dewdrop on the Grass (Matchless, 2018) ****

Zach Rowden, Jarrett Gilgore & Ian McColm – First Lapse (Raw Tonk Records, 2019) ****

Anthony Braxton – GTM (Syntax) 2017 (New Braxton House, 2019) ***** (Part III)

Anthony Braxton – GTM (Syntax) 2017 (New Braxton House, 2019) ***** (Part II)

Anthony Braxton – GTM (Syntax) 2017 (New Braxton House, 2019) ***** (Part I)

Meet the Experimental Vocalists #3

New Music Dublin 2019 Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

The new music scene is, thus, very active and interconnected, and came together to celebrate this at New Music Dublin 2019 (Feb. 28-March 3). In some ways, it was the same as other new music festivals; however, as director John Harris noted in his welcoming remarks, “there is something exciting happening in Irish New Music,” and this festival celebrated that in full. There’s a critical mass of work by composers from Ireland making waves beyond the confines of the island—Jennifer Walshe and Ann Cleare are building huge international careers (Cleare was recently named recipient of the Ernst von Siemens prize), Donnacha Dennehy and the Dublin-based Crash Ensemble have become common names within the American scene, as have young composers including Amanda Feery, Finola Merivale, and Emma O’Halloran (who were instrumental in the beginnings of the #HearAllComposers campaign of 2017). But the fact remains that this is just the tip of the iceberg: contemporary music of all strokes is alive and well in Ireland, and New Music Dublin made every effort to proudly share this work.