Moraine’s Manifest Density out on Moon June Records

From Moon June Records:

You could describe the output of this towering electric string quartet-plus-drums as “heavy chamber music.” With its several writers and full complement of ace instrumentalists, arrayed in striking combination, Moraine achieves a coherent sound while drawing on forms ranging from math-rock to fractured bebop to Chinese folk music to unleashed, plugged-in power jazz, and more. You have to love a band that lists its influences as Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson, Terje Rypdal, John Abercrombie, Oregon, Art Zoyd, Univers Zero, Dr. Nerve, traditional East Asian music, and hurdy-gurdy music. Particularly one that adds plenty of its own to that diverting mix. At the center of the sound are Dennis Rea’s stellar guitar inventions. The much-praised veteran has deployed fierce, elusive imagination to build on decades of engagement with countless musical styles of multiple regions of the globe. He creates a dynamic, lyrical, enigmatic blend of modern jazz, boundary-pushing rock, experimental music, and world musical traditions. In other contexts – stay tuned for his next MoonJune Records’ release, Views from Chicheng Precipice – his output reflects the three years he spent in the two Chinas, where he was among the first wave of Western creative musicians to venture behind the tattered curtain of the devastating Cultural Revolution. (He is the author, in addition, of the fascinating Live at the Forbidden City: Musical Encounters in China.) On the band’s debut CD Manifest Density, Rea enjoys ideal support from all quarters in what is truly a collaborative endeavor of composition and performance: Ruth Davidson’s cello and Alicia Allen’s violin slash and singe with uncanny unity of purpose and design. Bassist Kevin Millard and drummer Jay Jaskot boast drive and thrust ideally suited to the task. All that begins to explain why Moraine has been embraced by audiences ranging from jazz aficionados to metalheads. The band squalls, sears, soars, and lilts over a novel musical terrain.

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Jay Derderian, Hanna Benn and Jeff Aaron Bryant in Portland

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

Sunday, August 16th
8pm, $5 suggested donation (no one turned away)
@ Enterbeing
1603 NE Alberta

Hanna Benn & Jeff Aaron Bryant (Seattle) Composer(s) and visual artist collaboration
Jay Derderian: Portland State Composition Graduate shares recent Chamber Music featuring Scott Brazieal on piano and more.

Hanna Benn is a performer and composer from Seattle. She writes vocal music for ensembles as well as performing in groups such as Pollens.

Jeff Aaron Bryant is a sound and video artist from Seattle. He Pollinates as well.

Jay Derderian is a recent Graduate of Portland State University’s music composition program. He writes music for all you all.

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New CD From Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings Coming September 15th

From Improvised Communications:

On September 15th, Firehouse 12 Records will release Madeleine Dreams (FH12-04-01-011), the second recording from cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum’s improvising chamber ensemble, SpiderMonkey Strings. The seven year-old group features Kyoko Kitamura (voice), Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Jessica Pavone (viola), Tomas Ulrich (cello), Pete Fitzpatrick (guitar), Joseph Daley (tuba) and Luther Gray (drums).

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Upcoming Seattle Shows

From Wayward Music:


THU. 6/11, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents Harold Budd, celebrates new book of poems in duo with Seattle bassist Keith Lowe (reservations strongly suggested, sent to – include name and number of people in party)

FRI. 6/12 – Gregory Campbell, percussion with Eric Barber, saxophones; Jesse Canterbury, clarinets; Christian Asplund, viola/piano

SAT. 6/13 – Wally Shoup Quartet – WS, alto sax; Gust Burns, piano; Paul Kikuchi, percussion; Bob Rees, drums & vibes


FRI. 6/19 – Briana Jones, butoh performance

SAT. 6/20 – Affinity, contemporary chamber ensemble

THU. 6/25 – Nonsequitur presents Novi_Sad (Athens, Greece) and Colin Andrew Sheffield – electro-acoustic

FRI. 6/26 – Clifford Dunn, Seattle composer/flutist presents new and recent compositions

WED. 7/1 – Subtext Reading Series presents Stacy Szymaszek + Don Mee Choy

FRI. 7/3 – Seattle Composers’ Salon, artists TBA

THU. 7/9 – Earshot Jazz presents Jazz: the 2nd Century, artists TBA

FRI. 7/10 – Seattle Improvised Music presents, artists TBA

FRI. 7/11 – Seattle Improvised Music presents, artists TBA

THU. 7/16 – Earshot Jazz presents Jazz: the 2nd Century, artists TBA

THU. 7/23 – Earshot Jazz presents Jazz: the 2nd Century, artists TBA

FRI. 7/24 – Seattle Improvised Music presents, artists TBA

SAT. 7/25 – Nonsequitur presents pioneering sound artist Richard Lerman

THU. 7/30 – Earshot Jazz presents Jazz: the 2nd Century, artists TBA

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Performers will bring their best to new UC San Diego concert hall

Interesting music coming up at UC San Diego:

May 16, 7 p.m., “Fragments and Music Unheard” (CPCH): Avant-garde meets early music.

May 16, 9 p.m., “Breathing Music in the Dark” (CPMC Black Box): Music, sound, light and image converge in total darkness.

May 17, 4 p.m., Echoi (CPMC Recital Hall): The international sextet performs.

May 17, 7 p.m., Hackbarth, Scelsi, Dench (CPCH): Cutting-edge music for large chamber ensemble.

May 17, 9 p.m. “Boundary Music for Bodies” (CPMC Black Box): Music for feral choir, feet, faces, blinking lights, dancers, glass and piano.

May 19, 8 p.m., Duoquadragintapus (CallT2 Atkinson Hall): Fretless guitar, 32 improvising robots and computer music.

May 20, 8 p.m., Interactive Music (CPMC Black Box): Curated by Philippe Manoury and Miller Puckette.

May 21, 2:57 p.m., John Cage Songbooks (CPMC courtyard): A 123-minute performance of John Cage’s work for voice and amplification, curated by Susan Narucki.

May 23, 8 p.m., “Sons et Lumiere” (VisArts Performance Space): Sight and sound merge via film, music, and stage performance.

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This Week at Wayward Music

From Portland’s Wayward Music:

THU. 11/20 – Duo Juum: Conjuration of the Memory (Hugo Solis, piano & electronics; Gabriella Villa, viola, voice, text)

FRI. 11/21 – Gust Burns, new compositions for large chamber ensemble

SAT. 11/22 – Steve Scribner, contempo classical

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