Seattle Scene: June 13-22, 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.

Feder + Gilleran + Han = Recess
Thu. June 13, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Years of geographical dislocation finally find Denver-based guitarist Janet Feder and Seattle-based drummer Jen Gilleran, and pianist James Han reuniting as Recess at The Chapel for an evening of compositions and improvisations based on structure, film, weather patterns, and politics. Maybe. We’re sure about the first two at least. We welcome your company for this rare convergence.

SMO + Erin Gee: Mouthpieces
Sat. June 15, 8 PM; $25, $15, $10 advance

Seattle Modern Orchestra is joined by composer and vocalist Erin Gee for five of her on-going Mouthpieces series. Merging the voice with both the instruments and with breath, and repeatedly returning to formlessness through “a more (or less) pronounced utterance of the mouth.” Gee’s sound world is paired with Kaija Saariaho’s Aer, the last movement titled Phoenix from her 1991 ballet Maa.

Thu. 6/20 – Improvised music & dance curated by Stephanie Skura (originally part of Seattle Improvised Music Festival in February, rescheduled due to Snowpocalypse)

Sat. 6/22 – guitarist Bill Horist and others, details TBA

Blank Forms Journal No. 4 is Out

Source: Blank Forms.

Taking its name from Maryanne Amacher’s visionary, unrealized opera, the fourth issue of Blank Forms’ journal, Intelligent Life, features a select group of unpublished, newly translated, or otherwise rare texts that augment our organization’s concerts, publications, exhibitions, and archival initiatives.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Ralph Alessi – Imaginary Friends (ECM, 2019) ****

Rodrigo Amado & Chris Corsano – No Place to Fall (Astral Spirits, 2019) ****

Macie Stewart & Lia Kohl – Pocket Full of Bees (Astral Spirits, 2019) ****

Ken Vandermark & Terrie Ex – Scaffolding (Terp, 2019) ****

Paul Flaherty – Focused & Bewildered (Relative Pitch, 2019) ****

Damon Smith – Winter Solos for Robert Ryman (Balance Point Acoustics, 2019) ****

Sakata/Yermenoglou/Di Domenico/Damianidis – Hōryū​-​Ji (El Negocito Records, 2019) ****½

Revisiting Don Cherry’s Brown Rice 

Source: The Quietus.

In 1975 trumpeter Don Cherry gathered some of his most trusted collaborators for sessions in New York City and Woodstock to record Brown Rice, capturing a brilliantly distilled vision of the wide-open global explorations he’d been pursuing for nearly a decade. At the time the album’s free-flowing syncretism was radical, its holistic embrace of ideas from around the planet conceptually audacious (if not a bit convoluted, on paper, at least). Saxophonist Frank Lowe’s impassioned brays injected blues cries in the churning yet ethereal ecumenical funk of the title track, while bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins (the trumpeter’s early band mates in the Coleman quartet) extended time and space with limber grace over the tambura drones of Moki on the band’s loose-limbed adaptation of the ancient Indian raga ‘Malkauns’. Cherry transformed the rigorous improvisational ethos he developed and deployed alongside Ornette Coleman in the creation of free jazz as a crucial tool to communicate and collaborate with musicians far outside of his original milieu.

Sounds of Liberation Reunite for Marshall Allen’s 95th Birthday


Laughter echoed through drummer Dwight James’ Mount Airy basement, as it did frequently while the reconvened Sounds of Liberation reminisced and rehearsed. The concert that night when Mills played through bleeding fingers, more than four decades ago, also featured fellow Germantown-based experimentalists the Sun Ra Arkestra. The same bill will share the stage at Union Transfer on Thursday, as the Arkestra celebrates the 95th birthday of its tireless longtime bandleader, alto wizard Marshall Allen.