Upcoming Seattle Shows

From Wayward Music:


FRI. 8/14, 8 PM – Seattle Percussion Collective – music by Keiko Abe, John Cage, Mauricio Kagel, and Stuart Saunders Smith

SAT. 8/15, 8 PM – Seattle Improvised Music presents Portland saxophonist Kelvin Pittman, in duos, quartets, and sextets with saxophonists Paul Hoskin, Tyler Wilcox, and Wilson Shook and bassists Mark Collins & John Teske


FRI. 8/20 – Seattle Improvised Music presents Bonnie Jones, Vic Rawlings, Bryan Eubanks, and Chris Cogburn

SAT. 8/21 – Seattle Improvised Music presents Bonnie Jones, Vic Rawlings, Bryan Eubanks, and Chris Cogburn (night 2)

SAT. 8/22 – Rob Angus + Rich Mack, electro-acoustic – with Lesli Dalaba, Greg Powers, Dean Moore

SAT. 8/29 – AnyWhen + Wayne Horvitz, interesting chamber jazz group from Eugene, OR + solo piano by Horvitz

WED. 9/2 – Subtext Reading Series – Martin Corless-Smith + Brandon Shimoda

FRI. 9/4 – Seattle Composers’ Salon, artists TBA

SAT. 9/12 – Danse Perdue/Death Posture, butoh performance

FRI. 9/18 – David Haney Quintet, new jazz

SAT. 9/19 – Dean Moore, gongs & percussion

FRI. 9/25 – Gamelan Pacifica, music by Jessika Kenney & Lou Harrison

SAT. 9/26 – Steve Peters, 50th birthday concert w/ Gamelan Pacifica, Robin Holcomb, Stuart Dempster, & more

WED. 9/30 – ArtsLaunch, artists TBA

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Coming Up in Seattle

A few upcoming shows from Seattle’s Wayward Music.

FRI. 3/27 – 60 x 60 POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 17. DO NOT COME TO THE CHAPEL TONIGHT! We suggest two fine alternatives:

Music of Lou Harrison, presented as part of the Drums Along the Pacific festival at Cornish College:

Seattle Phonographers Union at the Magma Festival, a benefit for Hollow Earth Radio at the Fremont Abbey:

SAT. 3/28, 8 PM – Danse Perdue (aka Death Posture) presents Attitudes Passionnelles, butoh performance


WED. 4/1, 7:30 PM – Subtext Reading Series: Danny Snelson & Christopher DeLaurenti

THU. 4/2 – UW’s DX ARTS program presents electro-acoustic composer Joe Anderson

FRI. 4/3 – Nathan Davis & Cristina Valdes – music for percussion, electronics, and piano

SAT. 4/4 – Dean Moore, gongs & percussion

FRI. 4/17 – 60 x 60 – touring electro-acoustic tape music concert of one-minute works by 60 different composers

THU. 4/23 – Fragments publication event with Jeffrey Taylor of Climax Golden Twins and other multimedia artists TBA

FRI. 4/24 – Seattle Chamber Players – David Sabee and Ivan Sokolov perform works for cello and piano, including a world premiere of Alexander Wustin’s Sonata.

SAT. 4/25, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents Fred Frith, guitar improvisations

THU. 4/30 – WA Composers Forum presents electro-acoustic music by Morton Subotnick

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Performances Reviews

Cornish College musicians re-create historic John Cage, Lou Harrison performances

An article reviews the performance and discusses a bit of the Cage / Harrison history.

In the years between their first collaboration and their 1992 Seattle appearance, Cage and Harrison had risen from obscurity to become titans of the American avant-garde. Harrison’s forays into music of non-Western cultures helped fuel the world-music movement of the 1980s. Cage’s experimentation with chance composing techniques, altered instruments and ambient sound — or “Silence,” as the title of his 1961 book proclaimed it — was equally influential and brought him international renown. That night in 1992 marked their last public appearance together in Seattle — the city where they’d made pivotal contributions to the Western percussion tradition half a century earlier. Cage died that August; Harrison in 2003. But anyone wanting insight into what they accomplished here and elsewhere will have their chance starting Thursday with “Drums along the Pacific,” a four-day festival at Cornish celebrating the work of Cage, Harrison and their mentor Henry Cowell.

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At Bargemusic, Real Quiet Plays ‘Varied Trio’

The Real Quiet trio is reviewed.

Of the four pieces that the trio Real Quiet played at Bargemusic on Wednesday night, only one, Lou Harrison’s “Varied Trio,” was not written expressly for the group. Small wonder: The trio, which includes Andrew Russo, a pianist, Felix Fan, a cellist, and David Cossin, a percussionist, hardly adheres to any conventional ensemble format. That it found any off-the-rack repertory that fit was something of a surprise.

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