Seattle Scene: April 23 – May 4, 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.

Earshot: María Grand
Tue. Apr. 23, 8 PM; $5 – $15 online/at door

One of the most exciting young voices to emerge from New York in recent years, Swiss/Argentine saxophonist, composer, and singer María Grand makes her Seattle debut. A solo performance created with writer and visual artist Satya Celeste, Persephone / HerStory retells the myth of Persephone, questioning typical depictions of her as passive and acknowledging the Persephone’s living in the here-and-now.

Sat. Apr. 27, 8 PM; $5 – 15 donation at door

Nonsequitur presents composer/cellist Ha-Yang Kim’s evening-length work inspired by the peripatetic quality of contemporary life. Through contrasting seamless sections of sonic and abstracted visual environments, TERMINALS is a contemplation of the transitory fleeting nature of time, motion and stillness. With award-winning composer Hahn Rowe (NYC), violist Heather Bentley, and video artist Scott Keva James.

Thu. 5/2 – Nonsequitur presents contemporary Danish chamber group Ensemble MidtVest in a concert of programmatic improvisations

Sat. 5/4 – The Sound Ensemble collaborates with songwriters Joseph de Natale, Michael Hamm, Lizzie Weber, and Tim Wilson

5049 Records Podcast Episode 204 – Nick Dunston

Source: 5049 Records.

Nick Dunston is a talented young bass player who is quickly making a mark on the world of contemporary improvisation and jazz. Raised in New York and educated at the New School, he started at cello at age four and has been playing the bass since a teenager. Not yet out of college, he is already a member of bands led by Marc Ribot, Dave Douglas, Amirtha Kidambi and Tyshawn Sorey. In addition to being a naturally gifted musician, he is also a 2019 Van Lier fellow by way of Roulette Intermedium.

Unexplained Sounds Label Profiled

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The label Unexplained Sounds Group is dedicated to mapping the breadth and depth of experimental music from around the world. The label specializes in compilations of electroacoustic, ambient, noise, and contemporary composition from Europe, the Middle East, and beyond. Its rapidly expanding catalog offers an education in, and an introduction to, a global network of aural disorientation.

Raffaele Pezzella, the Italian founder of Unexplained Sounds, discovered experimental music in the 1990s, when he was in his early 20s. “Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma was one of the albums responsible for that shift in listening to music,” he says. From there he started exploring Brian Eno, John Hassel, and Terry Riley. “A completely different universe opened up before me… a revolution in my mind,” he says.