Coming up in Seattle

Upcoming shows from Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

TUE. 4/27 – UW’s DX ARTS presents new music with electronics and video by Joshua Parmenter, Don Craig, Stelios Manousakis and Stephanie Pan

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

FRI. 5/1 – Seattle Composers’ Salon, artists TBA

SAT. 5/2 – Andrew Boscardin, guitar – Nickel & Brass Septet CD release concert

WED. 5/6 – Subtext Reading Series presents Beverly Dahlen & Ezra Mark

THU. 5/7 – Seattle Occultural Music Festival presents the Phonographers Union, Jason Kopec, Graham Banfield

FRI. 5/8 – Nonsequitur presents Bay Area pianist Sarah Cahill performing selections from 18 recently commissioned works envisioning peace

SAT. 5/9 – Marcus Oldham, Seattle composer presents a retrospective of solo and chamber works from 1982 – 2008

FRI. 5/15 – Nonsequitur presents Chicago composer Olivia Block, new works for field recordings and acoustic ensemble

FRI. 5/22 – Michael Nicolella, guitar

SAT. 5/23 – Nonsequitur presents Deep Listening Band with Stuart Dempster, David Gamper, and Pauline Oliveros

SAT. 5/30 – Oana Rusu-Tomai (piano) with Julie Cho (cello), Natalie Lerch (soprano), and Victoria Parker (violin) – music of Gabriela Lena Frank and Argentinian composers Piazzolla, Guastavino, Buchardo, and Cassadó

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2009 Seattle Occultural Music Festival

The lineup from the 2009 Seattle Occultural Music Festival, an event I’d never heard of before, is available:

Friday, May 1 @ 8pm – All ages
The Art Church
2051 NW 61st St @ 22nd
Soriah [Portland]
Stuart Dempster
Vox Vespertinus
Seattle Harmonic Voices
Hanna Benn

Saturday, May 2 @ 8pm – All ages
Gallery 1412
1412 18th Ave
Robin Holcomb
Amy Denio
Sokai Stilhed
Christopher Greenchild

Thursday, May 7 @ 8pm – All ages
Good Shepherd Center Chapel Performance Space
649 Sunnyside N
Seattle Phonographer’s Union
Jason Kopec
Graham Banfield

Friday, May 8 @ 10pm – 21+ w/ID
Rendezvous Jewelbox Theatre
2322 2nd Ave
Voodoo Israel [San Francisco]
Joy Von Spain
Matt Shoemaker
Midday Veil

Saturday, May 9 @ 10pm – 21+ w/ID
Rendezvous Jewelbox Theatre
2322 2nd Ave
Barn Owl [San Francisco]
Bill Horist
Dr. Jones
Riding the Slow Wave of Death

Thursday, May 14 @ 8pm – All ages
Gallery 1412
1412 18th Ave
Wayne Horvitz
Gust Burns & Tyler Wilcox
Michal Szostalo

Friday, May 15 @ 10pm – 21+ w/ID
Rendezvous Jewelbox Theartre
2322 2nd Ave
Holy Experiment [New York]
At the Head of the Woods [Portland]
(a) Story of Rats
Paintings for Animals

Friday, May 1 @ 8pm – All ages
The Art Church
2051 NW 61st St

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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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Tom Varner Tonight in Seattle

From Wayward Music:

8:00 PM; $5 – $15 sliding scale donation at the door.

Seattle composer and jazz French Horn virtuoso Tom Varner performs with some of Seattle’s top players: drummer Byron Vannoy, whose new CD Meridian recently won “Best NW Release” in Earshot’s Golden Ear Awards; bassist Phil Sparks, who was just voted into the “NW Hall of Fame” in the same award ceremony; saxophonist Eric Barber; and clarinetist Jesse Canterbury. The quintet performs new works recently composed at the Centrum Foundation, among them A Waltz for Steve Lacy, In Heaven, and The Silent E in Hope, as well as some pared-down sections from Varner’s new piece for tentet, Heaven and Hell, to be released later in the year, and a few impromptu “music prayers/meditations” that work so well in the beautiful Chapel space.

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Seattle Composers Salon on March 6

From the Seattle Composers Salon:

The Seattle Composers’ Salon is an informal presentation of new music by regional composers. The salon meets the last Friday of every other month, and features finished works, previews, and works-in-progress. It brings together composers, performers and audience members in a casual setting that allows for discussion and experimentation.

Next Salon:
March 6, 2009
8:00 PM
Chapel at Good Shepherd
4649 Sunnyside Ave N (in Wallingford)|
4th Floor
$5-15 donation

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Clinker, On the Other Side… (for L. Cohen) (CDR Dragon´s Eye Recordings)
Dragon´s Eye Recordings have recently slid down the American west coast from Seattle to Los Angeles. Home of a small cadre of artists mainly committed to shaping and manipulating the very air and architecture around them, as witnessed by recent releases like Yann Novak´s pulsating “In Residence”… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:40, 25 Feb 2009

Deadbeat, Roots and Wire (Wagon Repair)
Deadbeat is Scott Monteith, a Montrealer drawn to Berlin by the affinity between the sound he has been honing for nearly a decade and the rich seam of minimal dub which was first disovered and is being so meticulously mined in the German capital. As Deadbeat, the artist is nicely turning out to… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:22, 25 Feb 2009

Various Artists, Perceived Distances (Blue Oasis)
This brand new London, Ontario based label, sistering with Europe´s Data Obscura, collects exclusive tracks by a new generation of ambient artists, most of whom have been garnering a reputation and an audeince through that most ambient of all media, the netlabel. It is the brainchid of one of its… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:10, 25 Feb 2009

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Son of Rose + Wyndel Hunt + Morgan Henderson in Seattle

From the Wayward Music Series:

Saturday, February 28, 2009
Son of Rose Wyndel Hunt Morgan Henderson
8:00 PM; $5 – $15 suggested donation at the door.

Seattle’s Son of Rose (Kamran Sadeghi), Wyndel Hunt, and Morgan Henderson perform electro-acoustic music.

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Coming up from Seattle’s Wayward Music Series

Elliott Sharp
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From Wayward Music:


FRI. 1/2, 7 – 10 PM – Seattle Composers Salon kicks off its 10th season and the new year with a New Music Holiday Office Party for Seattle area composers and performers (and devoted listeners) of experimental and adventurous music. DJ Snoopy Santa + door prizes + other stuff. Free admission (bring food and non-alcoholic beverages)


WED. 1/7, 7:30 PM – Subtext Reading Series & Nonsequitur present Kurt Schwitters‘ epic sound poem Ur Sonata, performed by Kristen Loree and with visuals by artist Jack Ox; + Loree performs By Language Embellished by composer Stuart Saunders Smith

THU. 1/8, 8 PM – Is That Jazz? Festival: Christian Asplund + Cipher

FRI. 1/9, 8 PM – Dale Speicher, percussion

SAT. 1/10, 7 PM – Ong Ong #5 zine release party with various musical guests; Mr. Rogers’ Bubbleland Opera! Tom Carroll jumps through a wall! The Sisters Carnahan shadow play! Stefan Gruber draws your spiritual incarnation! Clyde Peterson trips the light effect fandango! Queen Shmooquan hosts! Lucy M. and Willow Fox do something! Reesey tap dances! Sing-a-long!

THU. 1/15, 8 PM – Is That Jazz? Festival: Krispen Hartung + Radiosonde

FRI. 1/16, 7:30 PM – WA Composers Forum presents MAD Trio

SAT. 1/17, 8 PM – Seattle Improvised Music benefit concert; one minute solos by many local musicians, poets, and dancers to raise funds for the 2009 Seattle Improvised Music Festival

THU. 1/22, 8 PM – Is That Jazz? Festival: Triptet + Elliott Sharp

FRI. 1/23 – Affinity Ensemble, contemporary chamber group plays scores received in an open call

SAT. 1/24, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents Eric Glick-Rieman w/ Stuart Dempster and Lesli Dalaba, improvisations

SAT. 1/31 – EQLateral Ensemble, chamber electronica

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