Seattle Scene: March 22 – April 7, 2018

English: Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009

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.

Peter Nelson-King, solo piano
Thu. Mar. 22, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Peter Nelson-King presents the world premiere of The Magpie’s Shadow, a large-scale cycle of piano miniatures inspired by the poetry of Yvor Winters, a gem of early American modernist verse, assembling 28 aphoristic poems to create an effect of dreamlike mystery and wonder. Also featured are Hans Erich Apostel’s Kubiniana, Fulvio Caldini’s Iblis Suite and Ernest Bloch’s Five Sketches in Sepia.

Daniel Corral: Polytope
Fri. Mar. 23, 8 PM; $15 – 15 donation at door

Polytope by Los Angeles composer Daniel Corral is a multimedia microtonal performance for MIDI quartet. Four musicians operate colorful glowing MIDI controllers in a mesmerizing dance of silhouettes, captured on live video and projected as a moving, visual score. Polytope is rhythmically charged in the vein of minimalists like Glass or Reich yet harmonically inspired by the microtonal explorations of Tenney or Partch.

Keith Eisenbrey, solo piano
Sat. Mar. 24, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Keith Eisenbrey presents the first 11 parts of his large-scale work-in-progress Études d’exécution imminent, including the complete Second Thoughts, Corollaries and the three sightings of Ghosting Doubles (after Amy Denio). In this work, he seeks to re-imagine the notion of keyboard virtuosity as a means of temporal inquiry, a pick with which to crack open seams in our experience of time.

FRI. 3/30 – Ancient to Future – a festival celebrating the great revolution in jazz of the 60s and 70s, w/ tributes to Muhal Richard Abrams, John Carter & Bobby Bradford (featured guest artist Alex Cline), + Tiny Ghost

FRI. 4/6 – THINGS THAT BREAK, a collaboration between composer Jessi Harvey, animator Becky Joy Aitken, performer Aimee Hong, and photographer/narrator Sonya Harris that explores the idea of breaking in all its forms

SAT. 4/7 – The Sound Ensemble: You Didn’t Known They Composed featuring music by pop and indie musicians with serious classical chops


Pop-Up Concerts at the Miller Theatre 

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Source: Miller Theatre at Columbia University.

Tuesday, April 3
Ensemble Signal
Lauren Cauley, violin; David Friend, piano
Ensemble Signal, a frequent collaborator with Miller Theatre, returns to the Pop-Up series with a concert that shines a spotlight on violinist Lauren Cauley and pianist David Friend. Featured as soloists as well as in duet, the adventurous program features works by Christopher Cerrone, Tonia Ko, and David Lang.
Tonia Ko Tribute (Axis II) (2016)
Christopher Cerrone Sonata for Violin and Piano (2015)
David Lang mystery sonatas (selections) (2014)
memory pieces (selections) (1992)

Monday, May 14
Ensemble Signal Plays Lachenmann
Adrian Sandí, clarinet/bass clarinet
Lauren Radnofsky, cello
Oliver Hagen, piano
In an encore appearance, Ensemble Signal delivers their second Pop-Up program of the spring. The evening features a singular piece—a 30-minute trio for clarinet, cello, and piano by Helmut Lachenmann, with whom they worked closely, including at Miller Theatre in 2010 and 2015.
Helmut Lachenmann Allegro Sostenuto (1986-88)

Tuesday, June 5
Spektral Quartet
Clara Lyon, violin; Maeve Feinberg, violin
Doyle Armbrust, viola; Russell Rolen, cello
Declared “one of Chicago’s most adventurous chamber ensembles” (Chicago Tribune), the forward-thinking Spektral Quartet makes their Miller debut. With a program of works composed in the last decade, including a quartet written for them by notable Columbia faculty member George Lewis, this is an important opportunity to experience the group’s acclaimed artistry.
David Fulmer new work for string quartet (2017) (New York premiere)
George Lewis String Quartet No. 1.5: Experiments in Living (2016)
Eliza Brown String Quartet No. 1 (2011 rev. 2013) (New York premiere)

Tuesday, June 12
Olivia De Prato, violin
Olivia De Prato, violin
Ludovica Burtone, Pala Garcia, Marina Kifferstein, and Elena Moon Park, violin
Victor Lowrie, viola; Ned Rothenberg, clarinet
Violinist Olivia De Prato is a familiar face to Miller audiences, performing as member of the Mivos Quartet and Ensemble Signal. This Pop-Up highlights the “enchanting violinist” (Messaggero Veneto), joined by a cast of talented colleagues, as both a soloist and chamber musician in a program of virtuosic works.
Ned Rothenberg Duo for violin and clarinet (2016)
Taylor Brook Wane for solo violin with four violins (2016)
Victor Lowrie Duo for violin and viola (2015)
Missy Mazzoli Dissolve, O my Heart (2010)
Reiko Füting tanz.tanz for solo violin (2010)



March 14, 2018
Samantha Riott & Luke Stewart, Legion Bar
Samantha Riott Luke Stewart

March 14, 2018
Maximum Ernst with Daniel Carter, Legion Bar
Erick Bradshaw Daniel Carter Josh Gordon

March 14, 2018
Weasel Walter, Sandy Ewen, Damon Smith, Legion Bar
Sandy Ewen Damon Smith Weasel Walter

March 14, 2018
Michael Foster & Damon Smith, Legion Bar
Michael Foster Damon Smith

March 11, 2018
Terrie Hessels Solo, Sound Cab, St Johann in Tirol
Terrie Hessels

March 11, 2018
Mette Rasmussen Solo, Sound Cab, St Johann in Tirol
Mette Rasmussen

March 10, 2018
Mette Rasmussen Solo, Alte Gerberei, St Johann in Tirol
Mette Rasmussen

March 10, 2017
Ken Vandermark & Terrie Hessels, LLA, Weitau
Terrie Hessels Ken Vandermark

Nils Frahm Live in Philadelphia Reviewed

Source: Echoes.

Walking into the slowing filling Union Transfer in Philadelphia, Nils Frahm’s stage setup immediately grabs your attention. It’s a motley collection of something like a dozen keyboards, acoustic and electronic, from a toy piano to grand piano; pipe organ to synthesizers, plus assorted synthesizer modules and processing units including what looked a couple of old tape delay machines. Some of it looks futuristic. Some looks like he just pulled it out of the attic. He has these set up in two separate cockpits of instruments and in a two-hour performance he danced between them, orchestrating a ballet of movement and sound.

Frahm is a 35-year-old German composer whose works to date have ventured into idiosyncratic solo piano releases, electronic orchestrations and curious experiments. He sits among the new music composers of his generation like Olafur Arnalds, Max Richter and Hauschka. On his latest album, All Melody, he embraces Tangerine Dream-style electronics, ambient chamber music moods, and minimalist momentum. Live, he also brings an exuberance that belies all of those designations.

This Week in New York

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Adam Tendler performs Marina Poleukhina’s for thing–Photo by Steven PisanoAdam Tendler performs Marina Poleukhina’s for thing–Photo by Steven Pisano
Shimmer is a 50 minute musical work by composer-pianist D. Riley Nicholson for piano and electronics. Nicholson worked closely with sound designer Zach Miley to record, sculpt, and create an interface suitable for live electro-acoustic performance. Shimmer is performed by Nicholson alongside projected visuals created specifically for the production by artist Robby Gilson. Nicholson shares the evening with pianist Adam Tendler, who will be playing selections from Cage, Glass, and Takemitsu.
Tuesday, March 20 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
MISE-EN_PLACE, 678 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY

Media artist Angie Eng organizes an evening of performance highlighting Asian artists and composers working in transmedia and computerized instruments.
Wednesday, March 21 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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Soprano Stephanie Lamprea performs the entirety of Georges Aperghis’s Recitations for solo voice
Friday, March 23 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, Brooklyn, NY
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Shared Space is a concert series that explores ideas around expanding the concepts of a musical concert, performance practice and audience roles, finding different ways of presenting, performing and creating music. This event features works by Vladan Kulišić, Maya Verlaak, Claudio Baroni, Matt Lau, Assaf Gidron/Bach and Laurence Crane performed by Denera James, Lester St.louis, Joseaugusto Mejía, Jesse Greenberg, Teodora Stepančić, and Assaf Gidron.
Friday, March 23 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
MISE-EN_PLACE, 678 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY
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Mivos Quartet will premiere works by ICEBERG composers Drake Andersen, Yu-Chun Chien, Will Healy, Jonathan Russ, and Harry Stafylakis. Also on the program is a work by a winner of ICEBERG’s second call for scores. Like every ICEBERG event, this concert features an open bar happy hour beginning at 7:30, and a discussion with the composers and performers after the show.
Friday, March 23 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $10 students/seniors
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13th Street, New York, NY

Explore aspects of and reactions to the Vietnam War in this program that features live performances of pop and folk music from the 1960s—from Pete Seeger to Woodstock—coupled with extraordinary photographs and film footage. Narrated by John Monsky, who has created a new form of storytelling in this and other multimedia presentations at the New-York Historical Society, this event captures the war’s intense emotions on the battlefield and at home. The afternoon begins with the Friction Quartet performing George Crumb’s amplified string quartet Black Angels.
Saturday, March 24 at 2:00 PM
Tickets $35-$45
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

LIVE 45 CONCERT: L45-010
The evening will feature a new work for jazz trio by award-winning composer Pascal Le Boeuf, and also showcase selected pieces by the emerging quartet Cisum Percussion.
Saturday, March 24 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, Brooklyn, NY

Ligeti, Alarm Will Sound in New York Reviewed

The New York Times.

I was a skeptic regarding concerts that try to pull double duty as podcasts. But Friday’s show by Alarm Will Sound at Zankel Hall converted me to the explainer-format gig — at least partially.

It helps when the subject of the evening is a composer as fascinating as Gyorgy Ligeti. The late modernist’s enthusiasm for vertiginous, improbable structures resulted in a slew of masterpieces, including the opera “Le Grand Macabre” and works such as “Lux Aeterna” and “Atmospheres.” (The director Stanley Kubrick used the latter two pieces in his film “2001: A Space Odyssey.”)

Jack Wright, Zach Darrup, and Evan Lipson in Santa Monica, April 11

Santa Monica Public Library

Source: Santa Monica Public Library.

On Wednesday April 11, 2018, at 7:30PM, the Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library welcomes Philadelphia trio Roughhousing for a set of free improvisation at the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Roughhousing is saxophonist Jack Wright, guitarist Zach Darrup, and bassist Evan Lipson. Wright is a legend of underground music, touring constantly, connecting players across generations and communities, and recently publishing The Free Musics, a book of history and theory. His visits to Los Angeles are rare and much-anticipated.

Soundwaves is a concert series presenting 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

This event is free and open to the public. 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.