Seattle Scene: July 31 – August 9, 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 Alchemy of Improvisation
Wed. July 31, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

The Alchemy of Improvisation is a cross-genre, improvised musical project bringing together the varied talents of bassist Abbey Blackwell, drummer Will Lone, and pianist Daniel Salka. Genres and styles blend into a tapestry of improvisation aimed at representing the mystical qualities of life and sound – an alchemical process in which consciousness transmutes sound and sound transmutes consciousness.

Songs from the Exotic
Fri. Aug. 2, 8 PM; $5 – $20 donation at door

Join accomplished multi-instrumentalists Emily Ostrom and Peter Nelson-King for an evening of striking contemporary art songs for medium voice and piano. This widely varied program features modern masterworks that prove the art song has remained a vital medium for contemporary classical music in America. Music by Hale Smith, Judith Weir, Aaron Kirschner, Emily Ostrom, Peter Nelson-King, and more.

Thu. Aug. 1, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Composer Jim Knapp’s unique ensemble of jazz-inflected guitar & bass, plus symphonic harp & strings, celebrates its ninth year with a return to the Chapel. SCRAPE is a 9-20 player ensemble playing original compositions. It features noted local musicians, including bassist Chris Symer, guitarist Brian Monroney, violinist/leader Heather Bentley, and principal violinist/librarian/music editor Brianna Atwell.

Dodd & Hoskins duo + Spontanea
Sat. Aug. 3, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

The duo of vocalist Vickie Dodd and cellist James Hoskins explores new musical territory that is at once organic and otherworldly. Together (and with guest Carol J Levin on harp), they spontaneously generate an improvised soundscape that is unlike any other and changes throughout each performance. Spontanea is an eclectic improvisational quartet integrating a wide range of influences.

Thu. 8/8 – East Coast Meets West brings together two multi-talented trumpet players – East Coast transplant Judson Scott and Seattle native Peter Nelson-King – to perform an exciting variety of works for trumpet and piano written by contemporary East- and West-Coast composers

Fri. 8/9 – Inverted Space Ensemble plays music by Julia Wolff, Gyorgy Kurtag, Dan Joseph, Peter Garland, and Lou Harrison