Seattle Scene: April 11-20, 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.

The Big Band at the End of the World
Thu. Apr. 11, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Led by saxophonist Gregg Miller and featuring Stranger Genius author Stacey Levine, the 15-member Big Band at the End of the World takes on the issues of our times: the returning vogue of fascism and border walls, global warming, and the death of species, the creep of ubiquitous surveillance, the mood of futility against same. In the face of such sadness, anxiety, and anger, the collective act is one of democratic hope.

You Died, Tree Cathedral, Bit Graves
Fri. Apr. 12, 7:30 PM; $5 – 15 donation at door

Join us for the debut of the second album from experimental electronic duo YOU DIED! Josh Lim (Limanjaya) and Gabriel Wheeler blend aspects of noise and ambience to create ever-evolving and dynamic pieces of electronic music using a wide variety of modular synthesizers, electric guitars, and more. They are joined by modular synth duo Tree Cathedral and experimental electronic/noise duo Bit Graves.

Sat. Apr. 13, 8 PM; $5 – 15 donation at the door

Faced with a menagerie of seldom-paired instruments and no repertoire whatsoever, award-winning soloists and longtime friends Cassie Lear (flutes), Soren Hamm (saxophones), & Rebecca Olason (French horn) formed Onomatopoeia to experiment with new ensemble timbres for this unusual combination. Music by by Jenni Brandon, Steven Luksan, Ben Seavello, Chris Thile, and more.

Fri. 4/19 – violinist Austin Larkin and ensemble realize a composition for vibrating strings and resonant bodies within a room

Sat. 4/20 – Nonsequitur presents pianist/composer Stephen Fandrich, playing solos for just-intoned piano + works for Gamelan Pacifica and Del Sol String Quartet

Just Outside Reviews

Source: Just Outside.

Patrick Shiroishi – 烏の涙\ (American Damage)

piv-ots – orangish (Nomad Exquisite)

Michaël Attias – échos la nuit (Out of Your Head)

Dušica Cajlan-Wissel/Etienne Nillesen/Georg Wissel – fourtyfour fiftythree (Creative Sources)

The Pitch/Barbara Konrad & Klaus Lang – affinités sélectives volume 2 (Rhizome.s)

Andrea Borghi – 3discos (Rhizome.s)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Free Jazz Festival Saarbrücken

Federico Ughi – Transoceanico (577 Records, 2019) ****

Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley – Deeply Discounted/Sequences of Snow (Audiographic/Pleasures of the Text, 2018) ****½

Gino Robair, Davide Merlino, Alberto Ricca – BROOL (Floating Forest, 2019) ***½

Friends and Neighbors w/Brandon Lopez @ Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn on April 2, 2019

Elliot Galvin – Modern Times (Edition, 2019) ****

Blank Forms Upcoming Shows

Source: Blank Forms.

Maryanne Amacher: Adjacencies, Petra, Supreme Connections (Philadelphia)
Friday, April 12th, 2019
7:30 PM

Maryanne Amacher: Ways of Hearing workshop (Philadelphia)
Saturday, April 13th, 2019
1:00 – 5:00 PM

Maryanne Amacher: Adjacencies, Petra, Supreme Connections (Philadelphia)
Saturday, April 13th, 2019
7:30 PM

Nadah El Shazly
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
8:00 PM

Olivia Block, Sarah Hennies
Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
8:00 PM

Maryanne Amacher: Adjacencies (Los Angeles)
Saturday, May 18, 2019
8:30 PM

New pfMENTUM Releases

Source: pfMENTUM.

Wayne Peet Trio: What the?
Wayne Peet – B3 Organ, Clavinet, Theremin, FX
Nels Cline – Guitar, FX
Russell Bizzett – Drums
Recorded June 6 and 7, 2006
Edited, Mixed, and Mastered June to November, 2008
Release Date: April 5, 2019

Richard Valitutto, piano
Dave Wilson, tenor saxophone
Recorded and mixed by Vanessa Parr at the Recording Studio at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Los Angeles, June 10-11 and 27-28, 2016
Mastered by Justin DeHart, Anaheim, California, January 16-17, 2017
Additional engineering by Lorenzo Bühne, Wellington, New Zealand, January 17, 2017

Ambient in Outer Space: Seven Artists Exploring the Final Frontier 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

As the space age roared on, more and more ambient musicians came forth with their own, wild, astronomical-inspired experiments. The ‘70s introduced us to the otherworldly, droning universes of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and Jean-Michel Jarre; combining sci-fi elements with the growing interest in New Age music, these artists began to cement the foundation of what many consider to be modern space music. In 1973, American producer Stephen Hill created Hearts of Space, a beloved weekly public radio show specializing in contemplative New Age, ambient, and electronic music; the program would later go on to become an independent record label in 1984, providing scene upstarts with a much-needed commercial platform—run by space music’s most influential cheerleader, no less.