Seattle Scene: September 21-29, 2018

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.

Soren Hamm & Cassie Lear
Fri. Sep. 21, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Enjoy flute and saxophone music from the 1960s to today performed by Soren Hamm and Cassie Lear. These two award-winning musicians will perform pieces from all over the world including works by Takemitsu, Iannaconne, Crockcoft and more, ranging from impressionist-inspired music to contemporary showpieces to modern minimalist works.

Lou Mallozzi + Gyre
Sat. Sep. 22, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Lou Mallozzi (Chicago) presents solo sound works intertwining language, objects, vinyl, whistling, and microphones including La patria partorisce padri partiti, which deconstructs Italian fascist texts through controlled microphone feedback, and Arc, in which the eyes drown in a sea of stardust. Gyre use oscillators, feedback circuits, simple sound generators, microphone captures, digital processing to form swirling loops of sound layers. Presented by Nonsequitur.

THU. 9/27 – From Florida, David Pate (saxophones) & Steve Cohn (piano/shakuhachi) + local multi-reed player Greg Sinibaldi with Ray Larsen (trumpet/electronics) and Remy Morritt (drums)

FRI. 9/28 – Psychic Bandwidth – dancer Cilla Vee (Asheville, NC) with local improvising musicians and dancers Vanessa Skantze, Karen Nelson, Alia Swersky, Alex Riding, Bill Horist, Arrington de Dionyso, James Falzone

SAT. 9/29 – Improvised Quartets with Karen & Keith Eisenbrey, Bruce Greeley, Aaron Keyt, Ha-Yang Kim, Clifford Kimbrel-Dunn, Neal Kosaly-Meyer, Kim Knodle, Carol Levin, S. Eric Scribner


70 Years of Musique Concrete Concert in Paris, October 5

Source: House of Radio.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2018 8:00 PM

On the occasion of its 60th anniversary and the 70th anniversary of musique concrète, INA’s Musical Research Group will propose several events throughout the year. The season will begin with a birthday concert, will continue with the festival “Electronic Presences” and a weekend of concerts Akousma to explore the multiple universes of experimental music.

Anniversary Concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of the first Broadcasting of the Noise Concert (1948)

Pierre Schaeffer
Five Noise Studies

Ivo Malec

Bernard Parmegiani
Points against the field (from De Natura Sonorum)

Pierre Henry
Continuum (from Movement-Rhythm-Study)

Luc Ferrari
Head and tail of the dragon

Gilles Racot

Beatriz Ferreyra

Régis Renouard Larivière

Upcoming Baltimore Shows

Source: An Die Musik Live.

A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21201

Daniel Levin/Tony Malaby/Randy Peterson
Wednesday Sept 19 – 8 pm
Daniel Levin, cello
Tony Malaby, saxophones
Randy Peterson, drums
Three innovative improvisers, engaging in collective free playing that traverses both ferocious and introspective aspects of their dialogue with tremendous technical skill and highly creative strategies.
Admission: $20 in advance/$23 at door/$10 full-time students with ID

Dan Weiss Starebaby
Thursday Sept 20 -8 & 9:30 pm
Trevor Dunn – bass
Matt Mitchell – piano
Ben Monder – guitar
Craig Taborn – synth
Dan Weiss – drums
Starebaby is the upshot of drummer Dan Weiss’s long-running dream to bring together some of the most accomplished players on the jazz scene to play music that combines jazz with the power of heavy metal and electronic new music.
$25 in advance/$28 at door/$10 full-time students with ID

Joel Harrison CD Release Concert
Friday Sept 21 – 8 & 9:30 pm
Brooklyn-based guitarist Joel Harrison releases Angel Band, the third CD in a series where Country and Appalachian music is recast in a modern jazz context.
Joel Harrison: guitars, voice
Anthony Pirog: guitar
Jerome Harris: bass
Jeremy Clemons: drums
In 2003 and 2004 Harrison recorded Free Country and So Long Second Street on the ACT label, marking him one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music. He now revisits this concept with Angel Band, enormously diverse and imaginative arrangements of timeless tunes by Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Olabelle Reed, Johnny Cash, and more. Each song bears a unique imprint, wherein Country, African rhythms, R&B, avant garde, rock and psychedelia all beautifully conjoin. The band is a “who’s who” of the modern jazz scene.
$20 advance/23 door/$10 student

This Week in New York


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Michael Hersch joins Miranda Cuckson on stage to perform his music, including excerpts from in the snowy margins, Fourteen Pieces, and more.
Tuesday, September 18 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

The Crossing will perform the program of arms and the man, which is designed to utilize the Armory’s historic reception rooms with cello solos punctuating the transitions between the spaces. The program includes world and New York premieres by David Lang, Louis Andriessen, and a new work by Ted Hearne, co-commissioned by the Armory.
Wednesday, September 19 at 7:30 PM and Thursday, September 20 at 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Tickets $65
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Elizabeth Baker celebrates the release of Quadrivium with a concert featuring live performances of selections from the two-hour album and a collaborative work with digital media artist Bahareh Khoshooee. A limited supply of physical copies of the album will be available for purchase at the event.
Saturday, September 22 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15
Areté, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY

Dana Jessen will perform a series of acoustic improvisations as well as works for bassoon and electronics. Her program features Points Against Fields by Sam Pluta, Fireflies in Winter by Peter V. Swendsen, and of an implacable subtraction by Paula Matthusen. Yeh and Lampert will present the next installment of a collaborative performance first staged at the New Music Circle in St. Louis, MO in Spring 2018. Amplified violin and multiple film projectors are haphazardly paired in a way that purposefully undermines each of the artists’ extended histories operating in the realms of “expanded cinema” and “live scoring”.
Saturday, September 22 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
Project Q, 1850 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY

AMN Reviews: 2018 Guelph Jazz Festival – Part 1

By Irwin Block

Guelph, Ont. – The 25th Guelph Jazz Festival, focused on avant jazz and improvised music, began an eclectic program of concerts Thursday with a tribute to Sun Ra, setting the scene for five days of expansive and exploratory sounds.

Musicians from nine countries are performing as part of the five-day festival in this city of 132,000, 58 miles west of Toronto. It has made its mark as a premiere showcase for music that draws fans from the U.S. and elsewhere in Canada as performers challenge conventions and celebrates new forms of expressions.

The opener featured the Ottawa-based septet called Sung Ra: The Rakestar Arkestra, and they came out with funny hats and off-the-wall outfits, playing the spacey, joyful, horn-driven and groove-laced music associated with Sun Ra’s cosmic and loving spirit. “Calling planet earth,” said one of the musicians, Sun Ra Style, as the band romped through a set, based on copies of his hand-written lead sheets. The ambiance was enhanced by the arrival of a 33-member massed choir of singers, including members of Toronto’s Element Choir, the Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington, and other. Dressed in multi-colored and clownish outfits, they entered high-spirited from the back of the concert hall, chanting and vocalizing, as directed by Christine Duncan. It was a joyful well programmed revisit to Sun Ra’s world and the band was turned on, tuned in, and tight, with Rory Magill (keyboards, trombone), Don Cummings (Hammond B3 organ), Mike Essoudry (drums, clarinet), saxophonists David Broscoe, John Sobol, and Rob Frayne, percussionist Scott Warren.

In the first of several free concerts, Barcelona-based pianist Agustí Fernández soloed at noon Thursday at the University of Guelph’s College of Arts, starting and ending by playing with silence, moving his long fingers in the air next to the Steinway, then tapping gently on the panel behind the keyboard, then touching the keys, slowly and deliberately, building his improvised program from there. It was a succession of fragments that added up to a meaningful and pleasurable whole. His use of various objects in his “prepared piano” to alter the sound gave his music internal and external combustion. He even moved to the back of piano to strum and pluck the strings inside the box, to get that “outside the box” sound and texture. His music is both muscular and ethereal, yet lyrical and intense, a sound sculptor with a powerful keyboard attack. He ended as he began, fingers moving in the air, silently – an early festival highlight.

The quartet led by Toronto drummer Nick Fraser, featuring U.S. saxophonist Tony Malaby, kicked off Thursday evening’s double bill at the River Run Centre concert hall. The band has played together for five years and, having heard them in Montreal shortly after they began touring, can testify to their growth as a cohesive unit. They play Fraser’s original and challenging charts and improvise with hearty gusto. When there is more of a groove, they make the earth move. Among highlights: Fraser’s constantly varying rhythmic leadership, well-crafted solos by cellist Andrew Downing, and Malaby’s free-wheeling and colourful soprano sax.

New-York based Amirtha Kidambi, vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist, was the follow-up with her Elder Ones quartet, which features her politically-acute themes. She sat behind and played the harmonium – the small keyboard instrument with hand-pumped bellows used in a style of traditional South Indian singing. That sound, and her vocals and vocalizing, are delivered powerfully with her tightly knit unit of propulsive drummer Max Jaffe, saxophonist Matt Nelson, and bassist Nick Dunston. Her message is all about music, not agitprop. We heard Kidambi’s emit such lines such as “Eat the Rich” and “from darkness into light,” but the music told the real story. Her musical meditation on “untruth” – “in the U.S. truth is a very slippery slope” – made the audience feel what she described in words as living in threatening times. It was an electrifying set.

Friday’s program began at the main square of the University of Guelph, where Montreal-based singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Thanya Iyer offered a set that again reflected Indian musical traditions, with breathy vocals supported by drummer Daniel Gélinas and bassist Alex Kasirer-Smibert, who also provided an electronic soundscape – perfect for a sunny afternoon. Two free concerts at the Silence performance space captivated a standing-room crowd in the early afternoon. Montreal-based electric guitarist Bernard Falaise, with a range of pedal effects, delivered an extraordinary display of extended techniques in his improvised gig. He gave that guitar an orchestral dimension, extracting from it a variety of sounds, using various devices and both hands to produce clicks, tones, bells, scratches, note bending, and microtones that sounded exotic and exciting, adding up to a convincing musical work.

Improvised music in a trio came next with Konk Pack – British improvisers Tim Hodgkinson (ex Henry Cow) on lapsteel guitar, clarinet, and electronics, drummer Roger Turner, and Germany’s Thomas Lehn on analogue synthesizer. They started quietly in a three-way conversation and developed form there, in a musical language of their own spontaneous creation. They engaged the listener with unexpected twists and turns, and turned it into a pulsating and fun ride.

More on the festival in the next days.

Upcoming DC Area Creative Music Shows

On Wednesday, September 19th, cellist Daniel Levin, saxophonist Tony Malaby, and drummer Randy Peterson. @8PM, @ An die Musik, 409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD.

On Thursday, September 20th, Dan Weiss Starebaby, w/bassist Trevor Dunn, pianist Matt Mitchell, guitarist Ben Monder, keyboardist Craig Taborn, and leader and drummer Dan Weiss. @8PM & 9:30PM, @ An die Musik, 409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD.

On Friday, September 21st, guitarist Joel Harrison, w/guitarists Anthony Pirog and Jerome Harris, and bassist Jeremy Clemons. @8PM & 9:30PM, @ An die Musik, 409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD.

On Saturday, September 22nd, the Craig Harris Quintet, w/bassist Calvin Jones, drummer Russell Carter, pianist Yoichi Uzeki, reedist Jay Rodriquez, and trombonist Craig Harris. @8PM & 9:30PM, @ An die Musik, 409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD.

On Sunday, September 23rd, Ballou, McFalls, & Olson, w/trumpeter Dave Ballou, trombonist Jim McFalls, and Steve Olson. @7PM, @ An die Musik, 409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD.

Also on Sunday, September 23rd, Transparent Productions begins there 22nd season with “Karuna”, w/drummer & percussionist Adam Rudolph, drummer & percussionist Hamid Drake, and reedist Ralph Jones. @ Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

On Thursday, September 27th, Crump, Laubrock, & Smythe, w/bassist Stephen Crump, reedist Ingrid Laubrock, and pianists Corey Smythe. @8 & 9:30PM, @ An die Musik, 409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD.

On Sunday, October 7th, Transparent presents double-reedist Bill Cole & tubist Joseph Daley, in duet. @ Rhizome.