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In the Chapel Performance Space on the fourth floor of the Good Shepherd Center4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle (SW corner of 50th & Sunnyside in Wallingford)

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  • 02/16/13--20:00: Concert Imaginaire
  • Concert Imaginaire is a unique music ensemble that pushes the boundaries of form and content, drawing listeners into a musical world that is as much psychological as it is visceral. Consisting of voice, violin, bass, synthesizer, guitar and percussion, the ensemble will perform electric chamber music, group free improvisations, and art songs.

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    NYC pianist Angelica Sanchez and frequent Bay Area collaborators Phillip Greenlief (saxophone) and Sam Ospovat (drums) play improvised music — not the free-wheeling sounds you would expect from the purveyors of classic free jazz, but rather music that is improvised with a mind for creating spontaneous themes, melodies and forms that the musicians use as a springboard for variation and development. Seattle saxophonist Jacob Rex Zimmerman and Bay Area guitarist Jameson Swanagon open.

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  • 02/22/13--20:00: Banned Rehearsal
  • "Let's try a session playing instruments we don't know how to play." This simple suggestion in June of 1984 among three newly re-united musicians wrought an improvisational project of uncommon longevity and abundance. Nearly 29 years along, and with 830 recorded and numbered sessions behind us, we are still not entirely sure what we are doing. Charter members Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt, and Neal Meyer will be joined by long-time collaborator Karen Eisenbrey and recent adoptee Steve Kennedy in an evening of noise and exploration.

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  • 02/23/13--20:00: Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney
  • Acclaimed duo Jessika Kenney (voice) and Eyvind Kang (viola, setar) play original pieces from their LP The Face of the Earth (Ideologic Organ), as well as repertoire from the classical Persian tradition.

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  • 03/01/13--20:00: Seattle Composers' Salon
  • 8:00 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/checks only)

    The Seattle Composers’ Salonfosters the development, performance and appreciation of new music by regional composers and performers. At bi-monthly, informal presentations, the Salon features finished works, previews, and works in progress. Composers, performers, and audience members gather in a casual setting that allows for experimentation and discussion. Everyone is welcome! Composers for this month: Matthew James Briggs, Doug Palmer, Marcus Oldham, Tom Baker.

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    8:00 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/checks only)  

    2 Trios is a new recording featuring pianists Victor Noriega and Gust Burns leading two separate ensembles with the same backing rhythm section of bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer/percussionist Greg Campbell. The recording was produced with assistance from Jack Straw's Artist Support Program.

    Victor Noriega is an award-winning pianist, composer and arranger. His three albums of original compositions and arrangements with his trio earned critical acclaim, and he was honored with three Golden Ear awards (2005 Emerging Artist of the Year, 2006 Instrumentalist of the Year, and 2006 Album of the Year) by Earshot Jazz, and has been a featured artist in music festivals world-wide. Victor currently works on a diverse set of projects and collaborates with artists from a wide range of musical backgrounds.

    Gust Burns is a native of Tacoma, WA who has been residing in Seattle since 2001. He is a life-long pianist, and works with improvisation, composition, recording, performance, text, and installation. He has been director and co-director of the Seattle Improvised Music Festival, and co-founded the collectively run music space Gallery 1412.

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  • 03/08/13--20:00: Distorrent + Noisegasm
  • 8:00 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/checks only)

    Distorrent is a collaboration between the sonic textures of Clonal Machina and the fuzzed out synth lines of Brad Anderson. Clonal Machina lays down a rich, multi-layered sonic tapestry that serves as the foundation. Brad then inserts synth lines and textures that range from extreme intensity to gentle delicacy.

     Noisegasm is a keyboard based electronic project featuring Greg Weber (synth, sound engineering) and Brad Anderson (synth, electric piano). They create short works that are most often abstract textures of sound. Melodic lines and chords are sometimes used to enhance a rich sonic palette.

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    8:00 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/checks only); presented by Nonsequitur.

    New York-based composer Carver Audain creates immersive sound environments using digital signal processing and editing techniques on a variety of environmental and instrumental recordings. His recent works continue to explore harmonic structures comprised of slowly shifting sound fields that merge and transform within their physical surroundings. Tonight he presents three works:  

    rotor (shifting) is a stereophonic work which represents a continuation of the acousmatic practice, largely comprised of piano and voice.  

    shell.shore.storm (shifting) is a monophonic work adapted for multiple channel systems. Comprised of environmental recordings and guitar, this piece was inspired by a visit to the beach during a tempestuous summer storm.  

    continental drift is comprised of organ and guitar, intended for multiple channel systems. This piece is based around some of his earliest work involving organ, and was not fully realized until the addition of live guitar.

    Rafael Anton Irisarri is a Seattle-based composer, multi-instrumentalist, curator, producer, and interdisciplinary artist predominantly associated with post-minimalist, drone, and ambient music. His recorded output captures an essential vision of floating tones, deep pulsing bass and textured Gaussian curves. His use of ostinato phrases taps into minimalist ideals, whilst his use of atmospheric layers of reverb suggests a more cinematic quality. His work is widely published on over a dozen labels around the globe, including Morr Music, Touch, Room40, Ghostly International, and Miasmah. Irisarri will be debuting a new piece for electric guitar, synthesizer, and digital looping objects.

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  • 03/13/13--20:00: Quasar Saxophone Quartet
  • Presented by WA Composers Forum. The Montreal-based Quasar Saxophone Quartet is dedicated to premiering and promoting contemporary music that is multi-dimensionally conceived. Quasar explores different aspects of artistic creation from instrumental music to live electronics, from improvisation to instrumental theatre. The quartet brings new works by Canadian composers and Seattle composer Donald Stewart. PROGRAM: Facing Death by Louis Andriessen; TDU/Q by Giorgio Magnanensi; Du souffle by Philippe Leroux; world premiere by Donald Stewart; Brumes matinales et textures urbaines by André Hamel

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    Presented by Nonsequitur. Berlin-based Dutch artist Rinus van Alebeek is a writer, lo-fi sound artist, and Director of Staaltape, the cassette offshoot of esteemed label Staaplaat. Paris Hurley (Seattle) is known primarily as a violinist (Degenerate Art Ensemble, Jherek Bischoff, Kultur Shock) and increasingly as a dancer and performance artist. Tonight they each present very different works for multiple cassette recorders.

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  • 03/15/13--19:00: Magma Festival
  • Presented by Hollow Earth Radio. Of Magic (Lori Goldston, cello; Paul Hoskin, low reeds; Dave Abramson & Paul Kikuchi, percussion); A White Hunter (Oak); Bad Luck (Neil Welch, sax; Chris Icasiano, drums); Scorpio Scorpio Scorpio

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  • 03/16/13--19:30: Inverted Space
  • Presented by UW School of Music. Inverted Space is a new student-led ensemble devoted to performing the music of our time. Tonight we present a program of music by UW student composers:

    Anthony Vine, work for saxophone and electronics

    Abby Aresty, Efflux for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and percussion

    Jeffery Bowen, Stalasso II for flute, violin, cello, and piano

    Joshua Archibald-Seiffer, Piano Trio for violin, cello, and piano

    Yigit Kolat, rejected for flute, violin, cello, and piano

    Kim Rivera, The Flock Becomes Empty for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, soprano, and speaker

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  • 03/22/13--20:00: Tim Root: Kerplunk
  • 8:00 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/checks only)

    Pianist, composer, and experimentalist Tim Root premiers his new Music/ Theatre/Performance work, Kerplunk for amplified instruments, voices, electronics, movement and foot-Foley. Blending Kagel, Kaprow and Kafka, Kerplunk tells the story of an abduction, a girl with a missing leg, an unhinged veterinarian and a fateful bus ride. Featuring Beth Fleenor (amplified clarinet, voice), Eric Barber (sax, electronics, spoken text), Bill Horist (prepared guitar, canine autopsy) and Tim Root (inside/prepared piano, electronics, voice).

    A founding member of San Diego’s notorious Sledgehammer Theatre and Director of the industrial performance collective Bob, Tim Root has been creating new music/theatre/performance hybrids for more than 30 years. Kerplunk continues his practice of blending still-life theatrical narrative with improvisation, noise and electronics.

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    2:00 PM MATINEE! $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/checks only)

    Patrick Breiner and Cathlene Pineda met at a workshop in Banff, Canada in May of 2012. Their mutual love of Duke Ellington sparked a friendship which immediately blossomed into an exploratory musical relationship: Pineda pushing Breiner’s harmonic sense into new territories and Breiner forcing Pineda to seek out new timbral possibilities. The audience is as likely to see the two of them playing the inside of the piano as they are to hear a wistful ballad or a scorching fire-breather.

    "...one of the most interesting composing drummers currently working." - The Stash Dauber Music Review

    Seattle percussionist and composer Paul Kikuchi presents new compositions for septet, with Jacob Zimmerman (alto saxophone), Taina karr (oboe), Thomas Ager (trumpet), Greg Campbell (French horn), Lori Goldston (cello), Jon Hamar (doublebass).

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    8:00 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door; presented by WA Composers Forum.

    Pianist Corey Hamm (Nu:BC Collective, Hammerhead Consort) has commissioned, premiered and recorded over one hundred solo, chamber and concerto works from such Canadian composers as Brian Cherney, Howard Bashaw, James Harley, Chris Paul Harman, Malcolm Forsyth, and composers from all over the world. Tonight he presents new Canadian works plus music chosen from a call for scores: Touch (2013) by Keith Hamel for piano and electronics Idee Fixe by Jordan Nobles (2012) Étude No. 5 Legatospiele by Noel Lee Minute Etudes Book One (1998) by Emily Doolittle Falling (2011) by Amy Williams chosen from a call for scores Five (Ephemera, Toccatina, Reverie, Echoes, Quicksilver) (2012) by Dorothy Chang.

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  • 04/04/13--20:00: The Water Line Is Rising
  • 8:00 PM; $10 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door. (photo of Dana Reason: Daniel Sheehan/Eyeshot Jazz)

    Five improvisers involved in diverse stylistic practices converge to produce music that encompasses rich listening practices, extended techniques, curved thoughts and emotional wanderings. This is the inaugural meeting of these established players. Seattle natives Greg Campbell (percussion), Stuart Dempster (trombone), and Lori Goldston (cello) intersect with Oregon residents Kevin Patton (guitar) and Dana Reason (piano). Be ready for a beautiful and intense evening of music.

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    8:00 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/checks only)

    Formed in 2011 the Sam Boshnack Quintet performs all original music composed and performed by Samantha Boshnack (trumpets) with Beth Fleenor (clarinets/voice), Dawn Clement (piano), Isaac Castillo (bass), and Max Wood (drums). An intimate but high-energy band, the Quintet packs a power punch in what is recognized as a traditional jazz set up. Boshnack creates work with intricately woven soundscapes harboring deep grooves and punctuated, explosive improvisations. The highly fluid Quintet charges chamber precision with the syncopated rhythm of her personal blend of jazz, rock, contemporary chamber, world, and experimental music.

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    Presented by The Box Is Empty. Saxophonist Evan Smith, an avid commissioner of new saxophone works, performs a program highlighting new electro-acoustic music: on and off, off and on by Anthony Vin, Jillian Whitaker’s like quicksand, Nat Evans’s Two Old Ghosts, and Jacob ter Veldhuis’s The Garden of Love.

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    Roger Nelson and Neal Meyer present a simultaneous performance of John Cage's one-minute stories (Nelson), and Part III of Cage's epic text composition, Empty Words (Meyer). Cage's stories are alternately hilarious, poetic, and epiphanic. Empty Words, Part III is a mix of words, syllables, and letters from the Journal of Henry David Thoreau. The performance is a tribute to the classic Folkways album, Indeterminacy, in which Cage recorded his stories in one room, while David Tudor performed Cage's Solo for Piano in another.

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    8:00 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/checks only)

    The Grace In Letting Go is an improvising trio exercising emotional and psychological catharsis via sound in real time. The performance philosophy is simple: whether negative or positive, new or old – whatever thought or feeling comes along is immediately released, creating space for whatever comes next, which in turn is also immediately released; bring it with you, let it go.

    The members come together from varied musical backgrounds to form an energetically cohesive unit: vocalist Michele Khazak participates in a broad range of projects, from the boombap rap of Spekulation to Beth Fleenor’s Movement Exercises for Blindfolded Ensemble; percussionist Lalo Bello adds his signature sound to the salsa, son, and reggaeton of Picoso as well as the afro-funk world beat orchestra, the Polyrhthmics; multi-talented Adam Kessler is a jazz drummer every Thursday night at Barca on Capitol Hill and an avant-garde improviser with Denny Goodhew’s ensemble Mouth of Gravity.

    PK (Paul Kemmish) has been a stalwart fixture on the Seattle music scene for nearly twenty years as a member of the quirky, experimental Rockin' Teenage Combo, the all-improvised Funk/R&B club sensation Dasrut (featuring Reggie Watts) and his own group PK & What Army? Along the way, he has played and/or recorded with Bill Frisell, Famoudou Don Moye, Mike Doughty, Davy Knowles, Roy Hargrove, Wayne Horvitz, Ivan Neville, Skerik, Michael Shrieve, and DJ Logic, among others. Largely self-taught, he has augmented his studies with lessons from Ray Brown, Francois Rabbath, David Friesen and Mike Bisio. Tonight he performs a set of music for solo bass.

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