Seattle Scene: March 21-29, 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.

DX ARTS : Iterations
Thu. Mar. 21, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Performative experiments by PhD students at UW’s Center for Digital Arts & Experimental Media: Riah Buchanan, Chanee Choi w/ Sarah Lisette Chiesa, Cameron Fraser, R.M-TNKRT, Breana Tavaglione and Rihards Vitols. Error- prone improvisational experiments, ritualistic and meditative compositions, contemporary dance with DIY electronics, and an archival mosaic of the story behind the Good Shepherd Center.

An Evening with Mother Tongue
Fri. Mar. 22, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Mother Tongue is a two-headed art making machine specializing in post-disciplinary creation, formed in 2015 by composer and musician Angelina Baldoz and multidimensional artist Katherine Cohen (kt shores). In addition to their duo Skull Kat, they’re joined for this one-night- only special offering by special guests poet Omar Willey, dancer Ezra Dickinson, and trumpeters Greg Kelley and Ray Larsen.

Gamelan Pacifico & Darsono
Sat. Mar. 23, 8 PM; $5 – $15 online or at door

Gamelan Pacifica presents an evening with Darsono, one of the most prominent musicians in Central Java today. Darsono will be making his first appearance in Seattle. Also joining Gamelan Pacifica will be guest pesindhen Jessika Kenney. The concert will feature Gendhing Candranata, Ketawang Gendhing Kabor, Jineman Kandheg and other pieces from the Central Javanese repertoire.

Thu. 3/28 – FHTAGN + Nital Etch + Blood Rhythms

Fri. 3/29 – Inverted Space Ensemble interprets music from Twin Peaks using instruments from the Harry Partch collection at UW

New Music Dublin 2019 Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

The new music scene is, thus, very active and interconnected, and came together to celebrate this at New Music Dublin 2019 (Feb. 28-March 3). In some ways, it was the same as other new music festivals; however, as director John Harris noted in his welcoming remarks, “there is something exciting happening in Irish New Music,” and this festival celebrated that in full. There’s a critical mass of work by composers from Ireland making waves beyond the confines of the island—Jennifer Walshe and Ann Cleare are building huge international careers (Cleare was recently named recipient of the Ernst von Siemens prize), Donnacha Dennehy and the Dublin-based Crash Ensemble have become common names within the American scene, as have young composers including Amanda Feery, Finola Merivale, and Emma O’Halloran (who were instrumental in the beginnings of the #HearAllComposers campaign of 2017). But the fact remains that this is just the tip of the iceberg: contemporary music of all strokes is alive and well in Ireland, and New Music Dublin made every effort to proudly share this work.

Chaya Czernowin in LA

Source: M.E.C.

8pm | Zipper Hall | The Colburn School

Robert Schumann – PIANO QUINTET in E-flat major, Op. 44
Chaya Czernowin – HIDDEN (West Coast premiere)

Of her new work for string quartet and electronics, composer Chaya Czernowin writes:

“HIDDEN is an attempt to get at what is hidden underneath expression or underneath music. It attempts to reach even further where there is a barely audible presence, which is on the edge of our perception. We do not know this presence, and it might be foreign, undecipherable. HIDDEN is a very slow-moving 45-minute experience transforming the ear into an eye. The ear is given space and time to observe and orient itself in the unpredictable aural landscape. It is an underwater, submerged landscape of rocks, inhabited by low vibrations which are felt rather than heard and with layers and layers of peeling away fog. Monolithic groups of sonic ‘rocks’ are seen/heard from various angles. The piece is about observation; it tries to trace/perceive/sense the emergence of expression.”

This piece, performed by the riveting JACK Quartet and IRCAM finds a perhaps unexpected historical companion in Robert Schumann’s transcendental Piano Quintet. Though the Schumann and Czernowin serve as archetypal works of the Romantic and High Modernist eras respectively, they both seem to employ sound as a means of yearning for something beyond.



March 16, 2019
Ben Stapp’s Mind Creature Sound Dasein, IBeam
Stephen Haynes Joe Morris Ben Stapp

March 15, 2019
Brandon Lopez Solo, IBeam
Brandon Lopez

March 15, 2019
Biliana Voutchkova, Brandon Lopez, Susan Alcorn, IBeam
Susan Alcorn Brandon Lopez Biliana Voutchkova

March 15, 2019
Biliana Voutchkova & Susan Alcorn, IBeam
Susan Alcorn Biliana Voutchkova

Nicole Mitchell and Alex Lough in Santa Monica, April 17

Source: Santa Monica Public Library.

On Wednesday April 17, 2019, at 7:30 pm, the Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library presents a set of improvised duets by flutist Nicole Mitchell and electronic musician Alex Lough, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium of the Main Library at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Nicole Mitchell was the first woman President of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) and has repeatedly won the Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls as a flutist and composer/bandleader, among many other honors. She records and performs prolifically as a leader and collaborator, including on the forthcoming 50th anniversary double-album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Since 2011 she has taught at the University of California at Irvine, but this fall she will leave her native California to run the Jazz Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Alex Lough is working on his PhD at UC Irvine, studying with Nicole Mitchell, among others. His practice links performance and visual art with sound, making creative use of everyday objects and obsolete technologies and amplifying the resonances of materials and spaces.

Soundwaves is a concert series emphasizing artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders. Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings are at

Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For other disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

This Week in New York 


For the first concert of her 2019 Roulette residency, artist/composer Cecilia Lopez will present a two-part program, which explores different scales of sound spatiality in Roulette’s theater. The program will begin with Dos (tres) written for brass trio and electronics. The second part of the evening will feature Bifurcations, the first collaboration between Lopez and composer and artist Aki Onda.
Monday, March 18 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18 online, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Pianist Alex Peh teams up with percussionists Susie Ibarra, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, and flutist Claire Chase to perform new works inspired by rhythm—both interior and exterior, ancient and contemporary—written for percussion, piano, and flute by composers Susie Ibarra, Kit Young, Kyaw Kyaw Naing and Phyllis Chen.
Tuesday, March 19 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18 online, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Comprising six new works from five female composers — Alex Temple, Shelley Washington, Kamala Sankaram, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, and National Sawdust Co-Founder and Artistic Director Paola Prestini — for solo cello, Forward Music Project 2.0 highlights issues of sex positivity, trans rights, pleasure and pain, gender nonconformity, fashion and dignity, hysteria, BDSM, and more. These new compositions push the boundaries of traditional cello writing, and incorporate an array of special tools and effects to heighten the cello’s expressive potential.
Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

TOC to Tour US and Canada in April

Source: TOC.

04/02/2019 – 21h00 | Casa del Popolo, Montreal – Québec, Canada
04/03/2019 – 19h00 | IMOO, Ottawa – Ontario, Canada
04/05/2019 – 20h00 | Rencontres de Musiques Spontanées, Rimouski – Québec, Canada
04/07/2019 – 19h30 | Silence, Guelph – Ontario, Canada
04/08/2019 – 23h30 | Bushwick Improvised Music Series, Brooklyn – New York, USA
04/11/2019 – 20h00 | Pauly’s Hotel, Albany – New York, USA
04/12/2019 – 20h00 | To be announced, USA
04/13/2019 – 20h00 | Orion Studio, Baltimore – Maryland, USA
04/14/2019 – 20h00 | The Fire, Philadelphia – Pennsylvania, USA
04/17/2019 – 20h00 | Experimental Guitar Night #7, Pittsburgh – Pennsylvania, USA
04/18/2019 – 21h00 | Elastic Arts, Chicago – Illinois, USA