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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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    (photo: Joe Mabel)

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

     Composer/pianist Neal Kosaly-Meyer performs a new installment of his composition-in-perpetual progress, Gradus: for Fux, Tesla, and Milo the Wrestler. The nutshell version of the score is “Learn to play the piano one note at a time.” The practical working-out of that has been devoting an extended improvisation session (at least twenty minutes) to each single pitch and each combination of pitches available on the piano keyboard.

    It has taken eleven and a half years to work through all eight A’s and all the possible combinations of those eight A’s: each single A, each combination of two, three, four, five, six and seven A’s, and finally this past summer the session that included all eight. That milestone was followed by another, the introduction of a second pitch, E. This performance is a celebration of sorts, including three sections that mark three milestones: the single low A with which the sessions commenced in January 2002; all eight A’s; and a pair of pitches to include at least one of the three E’s explored so far.

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

    Christian Pincock (trombone) and Gus Carns (piano) are musicians who share a common background in jazz and also work with many other forms of music. Together, they play both deconstructions of jazz standards and free improvisation.

    Christian Pincock is a trombonist and composer having performed and led workshops in jazz, composition, improvisation and computer music throughout the United States and abroad. He has recorded and presented original jazz compositions, conducted improvisation, free improvisation, multimedia compositions and multidisciplinary compositions and has worked with artists such as Ikue Mori, Darcy James Argue, and Jeremiah Cymerman. He has taught in the jazz department at University of New Mexico and has directed educational jazz bands at the New Mexico Jazz Workshop.

    Pianist Gus Carns is an active and sought after performer in Seattle's jazz and creative music scene. He has studied jazz at the internationally renowned Roosevelt High School, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Washington, where he is currently completing his undergraduate jazz studies. He has taken private instruction from some of the world's most preeminent artists and educators, including Fred Hersch, Jerry Bergonzi, Cuong Vu, Ted Poor, Frank Carlberg and Marc Seales. His most recent projects include Andy Clausen's Wishbone Project, and duos with Andy Clausen, Jacob Zimmerman, and Christian Pincock. 

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

    Distorrent combines distorted synth lines with rich, multi-layered sound textures. The resulting sound is predominantly ambient, but contains moments of extreme intensity as well.

    Noisegasm is a mixture of synth, guitar and electronic textures. They also cover the spectrum from gentle, relaxed pieces to intense, aggressive ones.

    Coreena is a singer who posses a strong, distinctive voice. She has a unique electronic style that incorporates elements of Jazz. Coreena trained at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

    Ron Rice is a specialist in noise. Earplugs are highly recommended.

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  • 12/21/13--19:00: Phil Kline's Unsilent Night
  • 7 PM gather at the Chapel, 7:30 begin procession; FREE! All ages are welcome. Bring a boom box or some other playback device, and be sure to have fresh batteries.

       

    Unsilent Night is an original work by New York composer Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December. It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music in the form of a cassette, CD, or MP3 (download here). Together, all four tracks comprise Unsilent Night. The fact that the participants play different "parts" simultaneously helps create the special sound of the piece. Participants carry boomboxes, or anything that amplifies music, and simultaneously start playing the music. They then walk a carefully chosen route through their city’s streets, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture which is different from every listener's perspective.

    This is the third year in a row that local composer Josh Parmenter has led the Seattle version on the Winter Solstice. So it now seems to be a tradition, with folks of all ages coming out to participate. Meeting in the Chapel at Good Shepherd Center, we'll get set up, start our boomboxes, and then walk in a procession through the streets of Wallingford for about an hour.

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

    1. Epos Nemo Latrocinium: an extraordinary recurring ensemble featuring: noisepoetnobody (analog synthesis), Joy Von Spain (voice+ piano), Tom Swafford (violin), Dean Moore (percussion), with Vanessa Skantze (butoh)

    2. An excerpt from RECEIVING LITTLE LIGHT, AND LITTLE WATER– Danse Perdue, featuring Sierra Catanzaro, Alexander Riding.

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  • 01/03/14--20:00: drone on psych noise
  • 8:00 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/checks only)

    A night of distorted textures, drone worship, and psych noise with Matt Shoemaker, Forrest Friends, Stan Reed, and noisepoetnobody.

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

    Wayne Horvitz draws from the large body of audio samples recorded at Ft. Worden in Port Townsend for 55 – Music and Dance in Concrete to create a live performance score that uses that material as its foundation. Writing for the phenomenal pianist Cristina Valdes and Trio Parladote, Horvitz has generated a suite of sonically rich and deeply textured compositions. As part of the evening’s program, Mr. Horvitz will also perform improvisations for amplified piano and laptop.

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  • 01/11/14--20:00: Jacob Zimmerman & Lawson
  • 8:00 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/checks only).

    Jacob Zimmerman presents the second performance ever of Roscoe's Mitchell's Nonaah for Lawson (2013) as premiered last June at Benaroya Hall. The program also includes a new piece for solo saxophone played by Zimmerman, and a performance by the Zimmerman/Gus Carns duo.

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  • 01/16/14--20:00: Spontaneous Rex
  • Comprised of Jake Sele (piano/keyboards), Matt Williams (electric guitar), Nick Lonien (bass), and Joe Eck (drums), Spontaneous Rex focuses on originals and covers with an eclectic range of influences, including spontaneous composition, 70s fusion, electronic improvisation, prog, and contemporary jazz, all seamlessly melded together in a unique, mind-expanding, limit-pushing musical experience.

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    Coward is a guitar improv duo, touring the west coast in support of their new cassette release on their own imprint, Idiopathic Records. Kaleidosaur are local audio/video collagists specializing in sonic journeys of tonal existential bliss. Pitbull are Seattle's very own acclaimed underground electro-experimentalists, Sokai Stilhed and Aural Antithesis, joining forces for a modular coalescing of the hearts and minds. Pure analog tone worship.

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    7:30 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/check only); presented by DXARTS

    A two-night festival of new and recent works for electronics, video and interactive media in surround sound. Tonight's program:

    Ewa Trebacz, ANC'L'SUNR
    Ha Na Lee& Shih-Wei Lo, Madhye
    Donald Craig, aurora florialis
    Alexis Eggertsen, Transit
    Steve Escoffery, Transcendental Object
    Joshua Parmenter, La Folia
    Joel Ong, Study in 3 Movements (of the agency and illusion of a performer)

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    7:30 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/check only); presented by DXARTS

    A two-night festival of new and recent works for electronics, video and interactive media in surround sound. Tonight's program:

    Olivier Messiaen, Des canyons aux étoiles – VI. Appel interstellaire (1971) w/ Josiah Boothby, horn
    Hector Bravo Benard, Styrotron
    Marcin Paczkowski, Electronic Study No. 1
    Sergio Luque, Daisy
    Robert Blatt, some spatial abstractions
    Donald Craig& Eunsu Kang, Aural Fauna and Bower Bird

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    (photo: Marek Lazarski)

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

    Matthew Shipp has played piano since he was 5 years old. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with saxophonist Joe Maneri and cut his teeth working with saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and David S. Ware and bassist William Parker. Shipp holds two enduring label relationships with Hatology and Thirsty Ear, where he also serves as curator and director of the label’s Blue Series.

    Bassist Michael Bisio, no stranger to Seattle audiences, invariably astounds with the beauty of his tone and the intensity of his very personal musical language. As a recording artist, Bisio appears on nearly 100 CDs and has had vital working relationships with Joe McPhee, Charles Gayle, Barbara Donald, Bill Smith, and Stuart Dempster, among any others. As a composer, he has been recognized with nine project grants from various arts organizations; in 2003, he was awarded a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship.

    Shipp and Bisio’s most recent duo release Floating Ice (Relative Pitch Records, 2012) has received immediate praise:

    "These are two at the top of the era and they behave like it on this wonderful disk. It's beyond category. Avant, sure. But essential no matter what you call it." - Gapplegate Music Reviews

    "Floating Ice is a revealing portrait of two master improvisers engaged in spontaneous discourse, with every nuance of their attentive interplay captured in minute detail. A testament to their shared chemistry, this session suggests the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration." - All About Jazz

    "It's free-jazz, but full of melody, and every sound counts. (****)" - The Guardian

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  • 01/28/14--20:00: Instead Of
  • 8:00 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/checks only)

    The improvised music group Instead Of (Lori Goldston, cello; Angelina Baldoz, trumpet, bass guitar and flutes; Jaison Scott, drums; and Torben Ulrich, voice/texts) reunites upon Ulrich’s return to Seattle with special guests Stuart Dempster, Beth Graczyk, Susie Kozawa and Steve Peters.

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

    Florida-based pianist and composer Elizabeth A. Baker brings a solo concert of modern works spanning a dynamic range of styles and emotional content. Blending acoustic piano with electronics, the recital features music of Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, and the rarely-played Visionary Landscapes by Alan Hovhaness, as well as original works composed by Ms. Baker, including the world premiere of her Magnetic Resonance, a surprisingly romantic two-movement composition for MRI-piano duet.

    Celebrated for her “terrifying dynamic range,” as well as unique sensitivity and ability to sculpt her performance for the acoustics of a space, Elizabeth A. Baker is a dramatic performer with an honest, near-psychic connection to the music. She is dedicated to promoting new music and has a passion for making rare concert works accessible to the general public. As a composer, her understanding of sonic space pairs with a unique eclectic voice, making for a spatial and auditory experience of music.

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  • 02/05/14--20:00: Seattle Phonographers Union
  • 8:00 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/checks only)

    The Seattle Phonographers Union is a collective of artists with backgrounds in various media who improvise with unprocessed field recordings. Individual members gather sounds from the world around us, spontaneously combining them in delightful and surprising ways that offer listeners a fresh perspective on the sonic wonders that surround us every day.

    Tonight they celebrate the release of their new LP on Seattle's Prefecture Records, Building 27 WNP5, a live album recorded in two astonishingly reverberant locations – an old airplane hangar at Magnuson Park and a cooling tower at a never-completed nuclear power station.

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    8:00 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/checks only); presented by Seattle Improvised Music and Nonsequitur, with assistance from City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

    The Seattle Improvised Music Festival returns for its 29th year, bringing esteemed visiting artists and talented local musicians together for three nights of freely improvised music representing an array of approaches and sensibilities. This year's out-of-town guests include guitarist Joe Morris (Boston), clarinetist Matt Ingalls (SF Bay Area), and the duo of Bonnie Jones, electronics and Andrea Neumann, modified autoharp (Baltimore/Berlin). Tonight's line-up:

    Matt Ingalls, solo clarinet
    Joe Morris/Bill Horist/Jeffrey Taylor, guitars
    Matt Ingalls/Paul Hoskin/Beth Fleenor/Jenny Ziefel, clarinets

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    8:00 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/checks only); presented by Seattle Improvised Music and Nonsequitur, with assistance from City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

    The Seattle Improvised Music Festival returns for its 29th year, bringing esteemed visiting artists and talented local musicians together for three nights of freely improvised music representing an array of approaches and sensibilities. This year's out-of-town guests include guitarist Joe Morris (Boston), clarinetist Matt Ingalls (SF Bay Area), and the duo of Bonnie Jones, electronics and Andrea Neumann, modified autoharp (Baltimore/Berlin). Tonight's line-up:

    Joe Morris, guitar solo
    Andrea Neumann/Gust Burns, autoharp & piano
    Bonnie Jones/Jonathan Way/Christian Pincock/Naomi Siegel, electronics & trombones


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    8:00 PM; $5 - $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door (cash/checks only); presented by Seattle Improvised Music and Nonsequitur, with assistance from City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
    The Seattle Improvised Music Festival returns for its 29th year, bringing esteemed visiting artists and talented local musicians together for three nights of freely improvised music representing an array of approaches and sensibilities. This year's out-of-town guests include guitarist Joe Morris (Boston), clarinetist Matt Ingalls (SF Bay Area), and the duo of Bonnie Jones, electronics and Andrea Neumann, modified autoharp (Baltimore/Berlin). Tonight's line-up:

    Joe Morris/Jacob Zimmerman/Gust Burns, guitar/alto sax/piano
    Matt Ingalls/Greg Campbell/Paul Kikuchi, clarinet/percussion
    Bonnie Jones/Andrea Neumann, electronics/autoharp

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    The Fisher Ensemble presents an evening of movement-based and multimedia works that explore new and traditional takes on ritual and narrative. Vanessa DeWolf’s post-disciplinary improvisations are a mix of text, dance, improvisation, colors, costumes and more. Vidya Guhan is a principal dancer of the From Within Nucleus Dance Company. Bharatanatyam is a classical dance form that originated in the temples of South India thousands of years ago. The Reflective Collective is a Los Angeles-based collaboration with Angela Grillo: vocals, Susan Joseph (sackjo22): vocals and electronics, and Evie Ruth: vocals. PRAYER unveils a shift in artistic and conceptual direction for the collaborators who finally understand that their job is to be guided by the imaginal as opposed to vice versa.


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