Communion 2020

A night of solo guitar performance by Seattle guitarist Daniel McManus (under the name Project Metamorphosis) and Bill Horist, with projected visuals by Leo Mayberry.

Project Metamorphosis features meditative reflections on solo guitar, developing narrative themes through the use of loops and structured improvisation. Described as “a series of guitar explorations that form a cosmic emotionalism not quite ambient music and not quite progressive rock,” the music flows between minimalist drone to richly layered melodies.

Seattle-based guitarist Bill Horist delivers an idiosyncratic and richly emotive take on the world’s most ubiquitous instrument. He has played on dozens of records and has performed throughout North and Central America, Europe and Japan; collaborating with numerous leading lights in a beguiling range of genres. Perhaps best known for his prepared guitar treatments, his work is widely regarded alongside masters like Fred Frith and Keith Rowe. He has cultivated a unique voice in a number of styles in the realms of, jazz, rock, folk, and experimental music.

Unit Structures + Dennis Rea

Unit Structures is an avant garde group inspired by the music of Cecil Taylor.

Kenny Mandell (saxophone): long-time veteran of the Seattle jazz and improvising community. Very influenced by Cecil Taylor and Jimmy Lyons and wanted to honor their great musical contributions.

Schraepfer Harvey (drums) is primarily a self taught percussionist greatly influenced by the master Dutch drummer, Han Benink.

Luther Norman (piano) is a classically trained pianist, originally from Kansas City. Luther has been a world traveler and has performed in Japan, Germany, and many other far away places.

Seattle guitarist Dennis Rea (Moraine, LAND, Iron Kim Style, etc.) performs a rare solo set on acoustic and electric guitars, comprising original works, sonic exploration, and interpretations of traditional music from Central Asia. Over the years, Dennis has has worked with the likes of Hector Zazou, Han Bennink, Nik Turner (Hawkwind) and many others, and has performed throughout the U.S. and in China, Russia, Tuva, Germany, the UK, Taiwan, and Mexico.

Carl Stone & Robert Millis

Famed sampling electronic computer music pioneer Carl Stone makes a rare appearance in the Northwest on the heels of the Unseen Worlds label’s recent two releases (Electronic Music from the 70s-90s), both of which made the Best of 2019 lists of The Wire, Pitchfork, Bandcamp, Artforum and others. Robert Millis, Sublime Frequencies miscreant and Climax Golden Twin, makes a slightly less rare Northwest appearance. Stone and Millis met in Tokyo where Millis was on a residency researching the first recorded sounds from Asia. Stone will unveil new sample-based work for computer and Millis will be playing prepared Victrola and guitar. They will play solo and as a duo.

Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as “the king of sampling” and “one of the best composers living in (the USA) today.” He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. Recordings of his music have been released on New Albion, CBS Sony, Toshiba-EMI, EAM Discs, Wizard Records, Trigram, t:me recordings, New Tone/Robi Droli, Unseen Worlds and various other labels. He has performed throughout the world and is currently on the faculty of the Department of Media Engineering at Chukyo University in Japan.

Robert Millis: Sublime Frequencies, rmillis, Climax Golden Twins, Indian Talking Machine, Idol Ko Si, AFCGT, Victrola Favorites, Documenta14, Session 9 OST, Fulbright Scholar, Paris to Calcutta: Men and Music on the Desert Road… “Some people can sum up their lives on a business card; Robert Millis needs a whole deck, full sized, both faces of each playing card, and you’re still liable to miss something while he shuffles. Filmmaker, photographer, guerrilla ethnographer, collector and sharer of 78 RPM records, weaver of multi-layered ambiences, improviser, annotator, jokester, traveler…” Bill Meyer, Dusted

Seattle Modern Orchestra: Berio’s Sequenzas

SMO players and guests perform a concert of Luciano Berio’s Sequenzas, featuring flutist Sarah Pyle, harpist Sophie Baird-Daniel, soprano Maria Mannisto, pianist Cristina Valdes, oboist Bhavani Kotha, violinist Micheal Lim, and clarinetist Angelique Poteat.

Luciano Berio’s fourteen Sequenzas span more than forty years, an essential catalogue of twentieth century performance. Each work is an astonishing exploration of the experimental potential of modern instruments, and places Olympian demands on the performer. In this concert of seven Sequenzas, witness incredible feats of musical athleticism that push the boundaries of virtuosity and possibility.

Sequenza I for flute (1958, rev. 1992) | Sarah Pyle, flute
Sequenza II for harp (1963) | Sophie Baird-Daniel, harp
Sequenza III for voice (1965) | Maria Männistö, soprano
Sequenza IV for piano (1965) | Cristina Valdés, piano
Sequenza VII for oboe (1969) | Bhavani Kotha, oboe
Sequenza VIII for violin (1976) | Michael Lim, violin
Sequenza IX for clarinet (1980) | Angelique Poteat, clarinet


Jim Knapp’s unique ensemble of chamber-strings, symphonic harp,+ jazz-inflected guitar & bass in its 10th year — old favorites plus new versions of Moonlight, Seven Up-Then Down, and a precocious March Waltz.

Two Trios + a Duo

An evening of improvised and arranged music, including sound, dance, and live drawing.

CASCADIA TRIO | Neil Welch (sax), Greg Campbell (percussion), and a special guest TBA. A fiery avant jazz trio, Cascadia performs original pieces composed by each member, deep listening free improvs, and imaginative reinterpretations of a Scott Joplin rag and a cowboy song.

Band Practice | Noel Kennon (sound), Christin Call (performance). A dance/viola duo exploring emotion in movement over a sonic floor of burning sand. In their ongoing improvisational practice they are influenced by classical and avant-garde forms of art-making, compositional theory, visual art, and books they happen to be reading.

MILLER-ADAMS-SCULLY TRIO | Miller-Adams-Scully Trio: Gregg Miller (sax), Casey Adams (percussion), Tom Scully (electric guitar). This improvising, avant trio, born out of the Racer Sessions, produces original music by means of close listening and parallel play. The trio will be joined by visual artist Anjali Grant who will project her live drawings.

The Westerlies & Robin Holcomb

Seattle-bred, Brooklyn-based brass quartet The Westerlies return home to present the second annual Westerlies Fest, a multi-day music festival featuring Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye, Celisse Henderson, Robin Holcomb, and Troy Osaki. Westerlies Fest will include evening performances, an all-day open-to-the-public creative music jamboree, and workshops in local schools, including a residency in Highline Public Schools. The performances will take place over four evenings, each with a different guest artist and The Westerlies. Every performance will feature exclusive, one-off collaborations, showcasing the cutting edge of genre-defying contemporary music. The Westerlies created Westerlies Fest to make a meaningful contribution to the rich musical ecosystem that raised them by engaging local students, highlighting local talent, and facilitating explosive collaborations between artists from Seattle and beyond.

Friday evening’s performance features Seattle-based pianist, composer, and songwriter Robin Holcomb. Says The New Yorker, “Attempt to define her music if you care to, but Holcomb has defied strict categorizations since her emergence on New York’s downtown scene, more than thirty years ago. Now living in the Pacific Northwest, this fascinatingly eclectic pianist, composer, and singer has few qualms about mingling folk, jazz, chamber music, and points between and beyond in arresting original music.” Holcomb will perform a variety of her music, including compositions for solo piano and original songs for piano and voice. The Westerlies will delve into a wide swath of their repertoire, including original compositions and arrangements of songs by Ellington, Ives, and more. Their set will feature their new arrangement of Holcomb’s Wherein Lies The Good, the title track of The Westerlies’ forthcoming new album.

The Sound Ensemble: Come Together

The Sound Ensemble presents Come Together, a musical celebration of our community and the ways in which we interact as a society. We will use music to explore the many ways we can support, love and affirm one another. You won’t want to miss the world premiere of Ya’ar by Assaf Shatil! There will be refreshments provided during intermission and plenty of opportunity to chat with composers and performers.

Bagatelles for flute, cello and piano Dorothy Chang
Ya’arAssaf Shatil
Eleven Portraits SuiteSarah Bassingthwaighte
Upon Weightless WingsGrace-Evangeline Mason

Mark Hilliard Wilson: The Presence of Absence

Mark Hilliard Wilson plays music for guitar from the Wandelweiser collective:

Guitarist Alone by Jürg Frey
Aeolian Island by Eva Maria Houben

The music on this program is a sharp contrast to the hyper-edited, compressed digital world that we are living through on our phones and computers. The evening will feature a single nylon string guitarist exploring the written instructions of Jurg Frey and Eva Maria Houben’s ideas of stillness and motion, of the color of notes and the lightness of silence between the sounds.

Guitarist Mark Hilliard Wilson has performed new music with a variety of ensembles around the Northwest, Ensemble Sospeso, Ecco Chamber Ensemble and Sirroco. Wilson has directed the Guitar Orchestra of Seattle for the last 20 years. He has written numerous works for guitar quartet and guitar orchestra and they have been performed across North America. He is published on Seconda Prattica and his solo CD En Sueño de Camino is out on Rosewood records. Pilgrimages, a CD of his own compositions and arrangements featuring Guitar Orchestra of Seattle, is released on his own label, Tutti Voce.

Lori Goldston

Cellist Lori Goldston improvises and performs compositions from her new LP, Things Opening, by Jessika Kenney, Satchel Henneman, Julio Lopezhiler and herself.

Lori Goldston is a cellist and composer from Seattle whose work moves easily and recklessly across borders. Her voice on cello is deeply textured and original, drawing on a restless curiosity and a long, busy history of collaborations with bands, orchestras, composers, film makers, writers and choreographers. She has released solo and duo recordings on Sub Rosa, Mississippi Records, Second Editions, Ed Banger, No Sun and Marginal Frequency.