Seattle Scene: May 23 – June 1, 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.

Lu Evers: Solo Clarinet
Thu. May 23, 8 PM; $8 at the door

A last-minute booking for this week! Veteran clarinetist Lu Evers presents a solo program that will feature many of Evers’ original compositions that explore a variety of song forms, as well as the textures and shapes of improvisation, and the space of thought and feeling.

Thu. 5/30 – electronic music by Karl Fousek + Norm Chambers + RM Francis

Fri. 5/31 – Inverted Space Ensemble performs music by Michael Finnesey, Ben Johnston, Dan Joseph, and James Tenney

Sat. 6/1 – Kin of the Moon: Wander & Wail – guest soprano Emily Thorner joins Heather Bentley, Kaley Lane Eaton and Leanna Keith in premiering Eaton’s FUNERAL SENTENCES FOR DAMAGED CELLS and Keith’s Concerto for Tea Ceremony, and Crow

Coming to Detroit

Source: Trinosophes.

Monday, May 27: Jim Baker and Urs Leimgruber

A few years ago we tried to bring outstanding Chicago pianist and synthesizer-ist Jim Baker to Trinosophes, but severe weather caused the show to be canceled. So we’re extra excited that he’s finally making his Trinosophes debut in a duo with Swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber, thereby making it possible to catch two great performers at once that rarely make it to the region. Baker has been a major force on the Chicago scene and has performed with nearly every artist we have ever brought from that city. He was house pianist at pioneering saxophonist Fred Anderson’s Velvet Lounge for several years; he’s had a four decade partnership with percussionist Michael Zerang; he played in groups like Caffeine and Steam with saxophonist Ken Vandermark; and various ensembles with Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jeb Bishop, Mars Williams, Ajaramu, Hamid Drake, Jim O’Rourke, Frank Rosaly and many others. Although his prodigious piano skills make him a player of major significance, Baker is a leading contender for World’s Greatest Synth Improviser, which he typically does on an archaic ARP synthesizer or modular sources. His discrete control over the instrument is simply wondrous to behold.

Leimgruber has been a fixture of European new music and jazz since joining the experimental jazz group Om in the 70’s. He developed a long relationship with percussionist Fritz Hauser which lead to work with Irène Schweizer, Steve Lacy, Joëlle Léandre and Marilyn Crispell. Leimgruber has also been featured on recordings by Pauline Oliveros, Tim Berne, Joe McPhee, and Trilok Gurtu, as well as a number of his own solo saxophone recordings.
Doors at 8 pm; $10-20 sliding scale

Wednesday, May 29: Spires That in the Sunset Rise

We’ve been lucky to present Spires That in the Sunset Rise a few different points in their history. Although originally pegged as psych-folk, the group has taken so many musical turns that, taken as a whole, it’s more genre-less than anything else. The current duo version of original members Kathleen Baird and Taralie Peterson is a piano and sax duet drawing mostly from free improvisation, but still with the hallmark of some non-western folk-music motives underpinning the rhythmic figures and shifting, mutual accompaniment of both players. Now in it’s 15th year of making records, Spires has released nearly a dozen albums, including two with percussion great Michael Zerang.
Doors at 8 pm; $10.

6/19: Indigenous Minds (Hamid Drake, Josh Abrams, Jason Adasiewicz)
6/24: Ben Miller Orchestra

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Mathieu Bec/Michel Doneda – A Peripheral Time (FMR Records, 2019) ****½

N.O. Moore/ John Edwards/ Eddie Prévost – Darkened, Yet Shone (Matchless Recordings, 2019) *****

Rest in Peace Sensei Tetsu Saitoh (1955 – 2019)

The Wøøøh – Music For Weddings And Funerals (Ormo, 2019) ****

Tetuzi Akiyama/Ken Ikeda/Chihei Hatakeyama – erroribus humanis et antinomy (OTOOTO, 2019) ****½

Guillermo Gregorio & Brandon Lopez – 12 Episodes (Relative Pitch, 2019) ****

Keeping Up with Slovenian Percussionist Zlatko Kaučič

The Bandcamp Guide to Earth 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

For nearly 30 years, Dylan Carlson has occupied an unlikely dual role as a true vanguard of experimental music and an undisputed Lord of the Riff, garnering respect from outer-sound explorers and metal heshers in equal measure. He’s also a critical part of a mainstream history of alternative music that doesn’t quite know what to do with him. Earth’s debut EP, Extra-Capsular Extraction, came out on Sub Pop the same year Nirvana released Nevermind, and when Kurt Cobain committed suicide three years later, it was with a shotgun Carlson bought for him (originally as a means of self-defense). You’d forgive a band whose early years were so intense for flaming out quickly, or for milking their notoriety on the nostalgia circuit. Neither of those scenarios has been the case for Earth.

NoBusiness Records May Releases

Source: NoBusiness Records.

New CDs –

DETAIL – Frode Gjerstad / Johnny Mbizo Dyani / John Stevens – DAY TWO – NBCD 114
Midori Takada / Kang Tae Hwan – AN ETERNAL MOMENT – NBCD 115
Sunny Murray / Bob Dickey / Robert Andreano – HOMEWORK – NBCD 116
Rodrigo Amado / Goncalo Almeida / Onno Govaert – SUMMER BUMMER – NBCD 117
Sam Rivers / Cecil McBee / Norman Connors – EMANATION – NBCD118

New LPs –

Whit Dickey / Kirk Knuffke – DRONE DREAM – NBLP 122
Jan Maksimowicz / Dmitrij Golovanov – THOUSAND SECONDS OF OUR LIFE – NBLP 123
Sunny Murray / Bob Dickey / Robert Andreano – HOMEWORK – NBLP 124
Midori Takada / Kang Tae Hwan – AN ETERNAL MOMENT – NBCD 125
Albert Beger / Milton Michaeli / Shay Hazan / Ofer Bymel – THE GATE – NBLP 126