Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Malcolm Goldstein

Presented by Nonsequitur.

Malcolm Goldstein, as composer/violinist, has been active in the presentation of new music and dance since the early 1960's in New York City. His improvisational "soundings" have received international acclaim for extending the range of tonal/sound-texture possibilities of the violin and revealing new dimensions of expressivity.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Metal Men

METAL MEN are Eric Muhs and John Hawkley. Expect mayhem, magic, junk, recycling, theremin, guitar, drums, magnets, electricity, electronics, long strings, terror, beauty. Watch some video clips.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Tom Baker Quartet: Acoustic & Electric

Guitarist Tom Baker has been active as a composer, performer and music producer in the Seattle new-music scene since 1994. He performs on fretted and fretless guitars. Greg Campbell plays drum set, vibraphone, percussion, and French horn. Clarinetist Jesse Canterbury has performed new music in a variety of contexts, ranging from modern classical music to chamber-style free improvisation. Bassist Brian Cobb has recorded with jazz artists Ron Bosse, George Garzone, and Karl Rausch; and performed with Bob Guilotti, Bob Moses, Jeff Galindo, Max Vax, Teodross Avery, and Aaron Goldberg.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Earshot: Wally Shoup Qt. + Gust Burns Trio

Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival.

For more than 30 years, Wally Shoup has pegged a claim-stake on the saxophone vanguard, most recently in collaborations with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and vaunted improvisers from all over. In Seattle, too, he has found ideal partners, one of whom is Seattle Improvised Music director and piano tearaway Gust Burns. In performance, this Golden Ear-winning pianist and composer assembles elements of classical, jazz, and free-spirited musical experiment. Blistering drummer Greg Campbell and bass virtuoso Reuben Radding complete this dynamic, versatile quartet. Opening will be Gust Burns' Trio, with Campbell again on drums and Jeff Johnson on bass.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Earshot: Watts & Harris + Rigler & Radding

Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival.

Among the originators of the English free-improv scene in the 1970s, British-born saxophonist Trevor Watts was also one of the first to bring traditional African drums into direct contact with jazz saxophone. He and drummer Jamie Harris began working together in 1999 in the now defunct 8 piece Celebration Band. The Watts/Harris Duo was formed in 2002, and they've been working consistently since then.

For the bleeding-edge of American avant-garde composition, look no further than former Seattleite Reuben Radding. Armed with his double bass and taste for the unhinged, Radding digs into his own exploratory works for various ensembles with a lithely improvising musical mind fueled by the technical adroitness to keep up with it. His duo partner Jane Rigler uses a quarter-tone flute with extra keys for playing notes between the standard pitches. Together, their spirited improvisations stun and surprise.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Gino Robair: I, Norton, an opera in real time

Presented by Nonsequitur, Seattle Improvised Music, and Earshot Jazz.

"At the request of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton declare myself Emperor." So began the proclamation by which Joshua Norton, on September 17, 1859, became Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. During his 20-year reign, Norton I abolished Congress, decreed bridges be built between Oakland and San Francisco, enjoyed free passage by rail and ship, printed and used his own money, and corresponded with kings, queens, and presidents. I, Norton is an improvised collage structure that combines conduction (hand cues), graphic scores, and memory-based improvisational structures. It can be performed by any number of people - in this case, a large ensemble of Seattle improvisers. Bay Area composer and percussionist Gino Robair has recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, John Butcher, Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald, and Eugene Chadbourne, and has performed with John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Otomo Yoshihide, Cecil Taylor, Myra Melford, and the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. Gino is one of the "25 innovative percussionists" included in the book Percussion Profiles (SoundWorld, 2001), and Senior Editor at Electronic Musician magazine.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Andrea Parkins + Lesli Dalaba & Rob Angus

Presented by Nonsequitur

Andrea Parkins is a New York-based sound artist, composer and electro-multi- instrumentalist known for her dynamic timbral explorations on the electric accordion and inventive use of customized sound processing. Lesli Dalaba is a well-respected Seattle trumpeter known for her sparse, thoughtful improvising style. Rob Angus is a veteran of the Seattle electronic music community. For this performance he will electronically process Lesli Dalaba's trumpet within a four-channel sound field.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Keith Rowe: Cardew's Treatise

Keith Rowe has maintained a strictly experimental approach to his work in the last four decades. A founding member of the British free improvisation group AMM in the 1960s, his radical approach to the guitar has become influential to generations of guitarists. For this concert, Rowe will perform the graphic score Treatise, by his long-time friend Cornelius Cardew, both as a soloist and then joined by Seattle improvisers Mike Shannon, Stuart Dempster, Esther Sugai, Dean Moore, Rob Millis, Carl Lierman, Dave Knott, Robert Kirkpatrick, David Stanford and Eric Lanzillotta.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

EQlateral Ensemble

EQlateral Ensemble is an adventurous string trio featuring the haunting, otherworldly vocals of alterna-diva Susan Dumett. When bass, cello, violin and vocals meet loopers, effects and electronic beats, you get an explosive musical concoction, or as they call it: The Psycheclassical String & Vox Ensemble.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Greg Sinibaldi: Mobiles

Seattle composer and multi-reed player Greg Sinibaldi offers the world premier of Mobiles, a new composition for large ensemble exploring concepts inspired by the art of Alexander Calder, and performed by some of Seattle's best: Jesse Canterbury (clarinet), Beth Fleenor (bass clarinet/clarinet), Mark Taylor (alto sax), Stuart MacDonald (tenor sax), Tom Varner (French horn), Chris Stover (trombone), Greg Campbell (percussion), Bob Rees (vibraphone), Gust Burns (piano), Monica Schley (harp), Janet Utterback-Peck (violin), and Geoff Harper (bass).

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Flute Force

Praised by Musical America as "four top-notch players in a perfectly balanced ensemble," this award-winning group is made up of four of New York City's most active and versatile flutists: Rie Schmidt, Wendy Stern, Sheryl Henze and Elizabeth Brown. Flute Force celebrate their 25th season with world premieres by Pulitzer prizewinner Joseph Schwantner and 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Elizabeth Brown. The program also includes music by Seattle's own Roupen Shakarian.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Subtext: Kathleen Fraser & Crystal Curry

Subtext Reading Series presents: Kathleen Fraser is the author of over 20 books of poetry and the critical book Translating the Unspeakable: Poetry and the Innovative Necessity. She is the publisher of two journals devoted to the interface between critical scholarship and experimental writing: How(ever) and its electronic sequel HOW2. She founded the American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University, where she is emeritus. She has received two NEA awards and a Guggenheim. Her recent books are h idde violeth i dde violet, Discrete Categories Forced Into Coupling, and Witness. Crystal Curry lives in Seattle. A graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, her poems have appeared in the Denver Quarterly, The Tiny, The Hat, Verse, Conduit, The Bedazzler, and other journals. Read her poems on-line at The Bedazzler and Action, Yes.