Sumiko Sato: Sakaya Uta

Composer/pianist Sumiko Sato premiers a series of pieces for sextet based on very old and historic recordings of Sakaya Uta (sake-brewing work songs), handed down by oral tradition from one generation to the next but now on the verge of extinction due to the mechanization in breweries.

In old-time Japan, it was common in farming communities for men to travel … Read More

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Ursula Sahagian & Melanie Voytovich

Ursula Sahagian, Melanie Voytovich and friends perform contemporary music for oboe, percussion, and fixed electronics featuring the world premiere of Tyler Kline’s Collapsing Geography, for oboe and marimba, as well as his Two Songs After Dylan Thomas. Other works on the program are om Empirischen Standpunkt, by Emily Koh; Soda Apple, by Viet Cuong; Flowerpot Music No. 1, by … Read More

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Earshot: Battle Trance

This tenor saxophone quartet weaves together complex and ethereal sonic landscapes. Their most recent album, Blade of Love, is a three-part composition devoted to the “physical and spiritual intersection of the saxophone and the human body,” with the quartet boldly experimenting with conventions to make their instruments extensions of their inner selves. Presented by Earshot Jazz.

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Jonathan Sielaff | Million Mists | Norm Chambers

Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents Jonathan Sielaff, Million Mists, and Norm Chambers for its first installment of its 2017 program at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series.

Jonathan Sielaff (Portland, OR) plays bass clarinet. Because he likes to play with drummers and electronic instruments, he often amplifies the bass clarinet and processes it with guitar pedals. He … Read More

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32nd Seattle Improvised Music Festival (1/3)

The 32nd annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival begins, presented by Nonsequitur, with support of a Neighborhood & Community Arts grant from City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Nearly all of this year’s artists are playing the festival for the first time. As in last year’s festival, three esteemed visiting artists and an array of Northwest musicians will meet … Read More

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32nd Seattle Improvised Music Festival (2/3)

The 32nd annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival continues, presented by Nonsequitur, with support of a Neighborhood & Community Arts grant from City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Three esteemed visiting artists and an array of Northwest musicians will meet in multiple duo, trio, and quartet configurations during the weekend, curated by organizers Greg Campbell, Kate Olson, and Steve … Read More

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