Saturday, May 19, 2007
Two of Seattle's leading improvisers offer an intimate concert of solo music. Tom Varner (French horn) and Eric Barber (saxophones) perform compositions and improvisations in the haunting acoustics of the Good Shepherd Chapel. Expect fresh ideas, new sounds, and two idiosyncratic musicians exploring the freedom and vulnerability of the solo set.
Friday, May 18, 2007
The Seattle Composers' Salon is a semi-monthly, informal presentation of new music by Seattle composers. The salon features finished works, previews, and works-in-progress, and brings together composers, performers and audience members in a casual setting that allows for discussion and experimentation. This special salon includes the premiere of a new duo by Eric Flesher, winner of the 2nd Seattle Composers' Salon Commissioning Project. Also, percussion duos by Tom Baker and Jesse Canterbury, performed by Dale Speicher, Greg Campbell, and Ben Thomas.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
The ninety-minute contrabass clarinet performance is both a statement, and a refusal to engage with statement. What occurs is (or, as close to...) the strictly sonic. Multiple phonics, multiple (the complete array of...) dynamics. The musical range bears simply with limitations — all of ours.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Two of Seattle's premiere avant-jazz ensembles explore the territory of the in-between. The Tom Baker Quartet brings together elements of jazz, modern classical, world music, and free improvisation to blur the boundaries between notated music and free improvisation. Sunship features guitarist Brian Heaney, saxophonist Michael Monhart, bassist Andrew Luthringer, and drummer David Revelli, along with the god-father of new music in Seattle, trombonist Stuart Dempster.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Seattle performance artist Vanessa Skantze presents a new interpretation of her harrowing, emotionally charged piece, Lucifer. Based on Skantze's radical reading of Milton, the work combines movement, voice, and song with an improvised industrial/electronic soundscape created by In the Deep Museum.