Earshot: Renée Baker

Renée Baker is a violinist/violist, composer, and improviser who has been at the extreme forefront of creative/avant garde music. She has performed and recorded with Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Strings, Karl E. H. Seigfried’s New Quartet and Galaxy String Quartet, the David Boykin Expanse, Orbert Davis, George Lewis, Mwata Bowden, the Great Black Music Ensemble, the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic … Read More


The Sound Ensemble: In Nature’s Realm

All of the music for “In Nature’s Realm” is inspired or influenced by nature. Throughout history artists have depicted nature from many perspectives and through many mediums. In music, the depiction of nature has become more immersive, it is like the difference between looking at a painting and using virtual reality equipment. Each of these pieces portrays a different … Read More


Seattle Modern Orchestra: Reflections on Sound & Silence

7:30 PM Pre-concert conversation with co-artistic director Jérémy Jolley and guest composer Andrew Waggoner.

Seattle Modern Orchestra opens its 2016-17 season with a concert featuring works by three composers who reflect on the past, both personal and cultural, to create an expressive music for today. Both celebrated German composer Wolfgang Rihm and Lithuanian composer Vykintas Baltakas (winner of the 2003 … Read More


Seattle Composers’ Salon

An evening of music and discussion with Seattle composers:

Keith Eisenbrey
Jeremy Shaskus
Daniel Webbon
Neil Welch

The Seattle Composers’ Salon fosters 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 … Read More


Musica Elettronica Viva

In the spring of 1966, in Rome, a handful of artists laid the foundations of a free improvisation group where everything is allowed. Fifty years later, three founding members keep searching for the unheard. In the history of improvised music, MUSICA ELETTRONICA VIVA is up there, on the ladder of importance, with AMM and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble. Since … Read More


Dialectical Imagination + Christian Pincock

Dialectical Imagination is a duo comprised of pianist Eli Wallace and percussionist Rob Pumpelly. Their music is sparked by the dialectical relation of compositional structure and spontaneous creative volition. The resultant art is a unique embrace of the composition/improvisation paradox. Their key performance aim is the happening of aesthetic ecstasy. For any given Dialectical Imagination performance, the aesthetic experience, … Read More