Friday, August 29, 2008

Gust Burns & Friends

Gust Burns performs duo improvisations with clarinetist Jonathan Sielaff and saxophonist Tyler Wilcox; adding bassist Mark Collins, violinist Candice Chin and percussionist Wilson Shook, Burns also presents duration, relation, disjunction, a new set of pieces for improvising chamber ensemble recently recorded during a residency at Jack Straw Productions.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Earshot: Meridian + Pontius Pilots

For the final concert in their Jazz: The Second Century series, Earshot Jazz presents an exciting double bill: Drummer Byron Vannoy and his Meridian quintet have developed a sound rooted in jazz and fueled by rock and popular music. Pontius Pilots is a collaboration between pianist and composer Victor Noriega and producer-musician Robert Nelson (e.R.DoN) that combines live piano and keyboards with pre-recorded samples. Together they create a kinetic, captivating music, shifting and teetering between traditional and more experimental jazz elements.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Dave Knott: A Sweet Little Sonic Social

Composer and improviser Dave Knott presents a set of his Sweet Little Guitar Ditties, a collection of solo fingerstyle nylon string guitar miniatures that have evolved as part of his work with critically ill and injured adults and children. The second set comes with an invitation to participate in co-creating group pieces using Knott's unique handmade instruments and natural objects.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Carl Stone

Nonsequitur presents Carl Stone, one of the pioneers of live computer music, performing recent works for solo computer including compositions from his recent CD AL-Noor (Intone).

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Earshot: Goat

Earshot Jazz presents Jazz: The Second Century: Using loops and electronic gadgetry combined with woodwinds, electric guitar, and drum set, Goat creates music with a sharp harmonic and rhythmic sensibility that embraces spontaneity while developing abstract motifs. The group features reed player Greg Sinibaldi, guitarist Zach Stewart, and drummer Denali Williams.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Elevator Bath: 10th Anniversary Showcase

Local electronic label Elevator Bath celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a new compilation CD and a night of atmospheric electro-acoustic performances by five artists currently involved with the label, most of whom are making either rare or debut appearances in Seattle: Rick Reed (Austin), Jim Haynes (San Francisco), Matt Shoemaker (Seattle), Adam Pacione (Ft. Worth), and Dale Lloyd (Seattle).

Friday, August 15, 2008

Amy Rubin & Friends: Benefit for LLS

An eclectic and entertaining evening of music led by pianist Amy Rubin, featuring Danny Godinez, guitar; Thane Lewis, viola; Trevor Lutzenhiser, violin; Craig Rine, clarinet; Julian Schwarz, cello; Hope Wechkin, voice; Matthew Weiss, violin; and others playing pieces from the “classical”, jazz, music theater, and tango repertoire, including works by Kurt Weill, Bach, Mozart, Danny Godinez, Hope Wechkin, Amy Rubin, Astor Piazzolla, Egberto Gismonti, and others. Donations will support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Earshot: Tony Grasso Sax? Quartet!

Presented by Earshot Jazz as part of their Jazz: The Second Century series. After nine years of honing its sound, the Tony Grasso Saxophone? Quartet! is stunning, with a sizzlingly tight sound in which Grasso’s compositions serve as springboards to free improvisation.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Bob Marsh: Violin, Voice, Tap, Large Ensemble

Seattle Improvised Music presents Bob Marsh, a seasoned improviser whose work has involved shaping sounds, words, images, and ideas for the past forty years. Originally from Detroit, Marsh arrived in the Bay Area in 2000 after ten years in Chicago where he played with most of the avant improvisers in that rich and varied scene. He has studied classical piano, classical guitar, and vibraphone, and has taught himself various other instruments. Tonight he plays solo violin, voice, tap shoes, and directs a large improvising ensemble.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Dennis Rea & Friends

Nonsequitur presents noted guitarist and veteran of the Northwest creative music milieu Dennis Rea leading sets by three widely varied groupings: unclassifiable improvised music for electric guitar trio with Tom Baker and Brian Heaney; the Tanabata Ensemble - Dennis Rea (acoustic guitar), Elizabeth Falconer (koto), John Falconer (shakuhachi), Jim DeJoie (bass flute, reeds), Greg Campbell & Paul Kikuchi (percussion) - performs an arrangement of an ancient Chinese piece; and Tempered Steel, a trio with Ffej and Frank Junk playing improvised music on a variety of amplified, electronically processed thumb pianos.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Neil Welch & the Narmada Project

Presented by Earshot Jazz. Heavily influenced by Hindustani music and the spiritual music of John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, and Pharaoh Sanders, Narmada combines free improvisation, highly-arranged multi-meter composition, and traditional Hindustani musical forms. The band includes Neil Welch (saxophones), Chris Icasiano (drums), Luke Bergman (bass), Cam Peace (guitar), Brian Kinsella (piano), Tor Dietrichson (tabla/congas/percussion), and Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee (sitar).

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Subtext: George Bowering + Marion Kimes

Presented by Subtext Reading Series.

George Bowering is a prolific Canadian novelist, poet, historian, and biographer. His most recent books include Baseball Love (Talonbooks, 2006), and Vermeer's Light: Poems 1996-2006, and Fulgencio (Nomados, 2008). Bowering lives in Vancouver, BC and is Emeritus at Simon Fraser, where he has worked for more than 25 years. In 2002, he was appointed the first ever Canadian Poet Laureate. Marion Kimes' books include CROW'S EYES, of multiplication & light (Nine Muses), Whirled, and NAMORATUNG'A (Woodworks). She has been a driving force in Red Sky Poetry Theatre for many years.