Friday, November 30, 2007

Seattle Composers Salon

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 edition includes music by Brad Anderson, Robert Blatt, Jay Hamilton, John Teskse, and Gust Burns/Bob Rees/Wally Shoup (this trio's performance supported in part by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs).

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Phillip Arnautoff + Christopher Roberts

Composer and instrument builder Phillip Arnautoff studied informally with Harry Partch in the 1960's. His creative work is based on an expansion of Partch's intonational system, but wedded to a very different and equally singular aesthetic. Tonight he performs Soliloquy, written for a Harmonic Canon (plucked zither) of 66 strings tuned in just intonation. Christopher Roberts presents his recent original compositions for the guqin, an ancient Chinese plucked zither with seven silk strings.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Tim Root: Experiment

Composer Tim Root brings an evening of new work, joined by a quartet of Greg Sinibaldi and Skiff Feldspar, Lori Goldston, and Greg Campbell (Tom Baker Quartet). With Root on prepared-processed piano and extended vocal techniques, the ensemble will premier new pages from Root’s S: A Large Book of Music for Soloists, Alone and Together.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

!!ArtsLaunch!!

Co-Produced by Christy Fisher and Nicole Truesdell, sponsored by the Allied Arts Foundation, with funds from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

!!ArtsLaunch!! is a quarterly event that provides artists from a variety of backgrounds an opportunity to show work without the pressures of more formal venues, and to enjoy inter-disciplinary dialogue. This edition features choreography by Sheri Brown and Diana Garcia Snyder; Bharatanatyam dance by Divya Rangarajan; koto and shakahuchi by Elizabeth and John Falconer; piano with toy piano by Nicole Truesdell and Adrienne Varner; music theater by Holly Eckert and Amy Denio; singer/songwriter Tim Franklin; paintings by Jessica John and mixed media by Tori Ellison.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Tiffany Lin & Motoko Honda: Piano, 4 Hands

What if three metal rulers, lots of little sticky labels, electrical tape, oversized scores, twenty fingers and four forearms got together? Pianists Tiffany Lin (Seattle) and Motoko Honda (Los Angeles) in their debut performance as a duo have programmed an evening of four-hand piano music featuring George Crumb's Celestial Mechanics, from his Makrokosmos cycle, plus a set of Játékok (Games) for four hands by Hungarian composer György Kurtág, music for toy piano and melodica, and Debussy's Six Épigraphes Antiques.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Seattle Harmonic Voices

Sponsored by Gamelan Pacifica, Poetry Around, and 4Culture

Seattle Harmonic Voices is an a capella vocal ensemble dedicated to expanding the possibilities of the human voice through overtone singing, a technique wideley touted as a vocalist's ability to sing multiple tones simultaneously. For this concert they present original compositions for overtone choir by guest artist Jim Cole and ensemble founder Stephen Fandrich. In addition, members of Gamelan Pacifica will play traditional Javanese vocal music, an arrangement of In a Landscape by John Cage, and Fandrich's Ketawang Harmonic for gamelan and three overtone singers.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Pianist Margaret Brink + Tom Baker Quartet

Presented by Washington Composers Forum.

WCF's Transport series of performances by international and local artists opens with a Northwest Showcase featuring pianist Margaret Brink and the Tom Baker Quartet, and includes recorded music chosen from a call for scores and accompanied by video created by Northwest filmmakers ForeignAmerican Pictures, as part of the Interval series. Pianist Margaret Brink performs Crystal Gazing by Jonathan Middleton, and Prelude and Interludes by Philip Brink. The Tom Baker Quartet performs music chosen from a call for graphic scores, as well as their own work.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Subtext Reading Series: Golden Handcuffs

Subtext celebrates the new Seattle issue of Golden Handcuffs Review. This issue was edited by Lou Rowan & Joe Donahue and features essays, fiction, and poetry by Curtis Bonney, Rebecca Brown, Daniel Comiskey, April De Nonno, Christine Deavel, Joseph Donahue, Diana George, Randy Hayes, Jeanne Heuving, Sarah Mangold, Ezra Mark, J.W. Marshall, Bryant Mason, Robert Mittenthal, Paul Nelson, Doug Nufer, John Olson, Roberta Olson, Deniz Perin, C.E. Putnam, Cathleen Shattuck, Craig Van Riper, Nico Vassilakis, and Maged Zaher.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Earshot: October Trio w/ Brad Turner

Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival.

Vancouver's October Trio — Evan Arntzen (sax), Josh Cole (bass), and Dan Gaucher (drums) — have been hailed as "one of the reasons why jazz is in such good hands these days" by CBC critic Paul Grant, who adds that "their taste is omnivorous, from Coltrane and Coleman to punk, hip-hop, and bluegrass." Also based in Vancouver, Brad Turner is a trumpeter, pianist, drummer and composer who has won four of Jazz Report magazine's National Jazz Awards, including trumpeter of the year, composer of the year (twice), and musician of the year.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Earshot: Iva Bittová

Presented by Nonsequitur and Earshot Jazz Festival. Review in the Seattle P-I.

Czech violinist/vocalist Iva Bittová performs a kind of "personal folk music" that blooms in a fertile sonic delta where Eastern European folk, contemporary classical, improvisation, and rock traditions meet. In her intimate performances, Bittová sings, plays, and acts simultaneously to create compositions and improvisations that are highly abstract yet deeply rooted in the classical and gypsy music of the tiny Moravian villages where she spent her formative years.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Alexei Pliousnine

Presented by Nonsequitur.

Alexei Pliousnine is an improvising guitarist from St. Petersburg, Russia. His technique varies from noise soundscapes and drones in Keith Rowe or Sunn O))) style to free improvisation in the manner of Derek Bailey or Fred Frith.