Kin of the Moon

Seattle’s new chamber music series, Kin of the Moon, debuts at its spiritual home, the Chapel Performance Space. Composer/vocalist Kaley Lane Eaton, flutist Leanna Keith, and violist Heather Bentley perform an innovative program of new electroacoustic and acoustic music that transcends genre and classification. Featuring Pulitzer-prize finalist Kate Soper’s Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say, Eaton, Keith, and Bentley’s collaborative electroacoustic improvisation Atmokinesis, and new works from Eaton and others, this program provides a portal into the daring, cutting-edge work of Seattle new music’s iconoclastic women.

Kin of the Moon is an improvisation-centric chamber music series incubated in Seattle’s rich musical scene. Headed by violist/improviser/composer Heather Bentley, the group explores sonic rituals, promotes cross-pollination of genres, emphasizes the communicative power of specific performance locales and celebrates the creativity that multiplies itself through the collaboration of performers and composers. The artists of Kin of the Moon devote their lives to reaching higher vibrational levels through sound creation.

Olson + Gundran + Falzone

Three of Seattle’s premier improvisers and noise musicians come together for a night of magical sounds and contemplative moments, in solo sets and a trio.

Patrick Neill Gundran has been performing live as a guitarist in the Pacific Northwest under the name Uneasy Chairs for the past 4 years, focusing entirely on free improvising. As well as performing solo, he has also been an active live collaborator with a diverse community of musicians and artists with backgrounds ranging from jazz, classical, rock and roll, electronic, noise as well as Butoh dance.

Kate Olson (KO SOLO) is an improviser and woodwind specialist based in Seattle. She plays with many different ensembles, ranging in scope from classical saxophone quartets to large noise ensembles and everything in between. She and her ensembles KO Electric and Syrinx Effect have been nominated for many Earshot Golden Ear Awards, and she teaches at the Northwest School, SAAS, JazzED, and Garfield High School.

Describing the work of a modern musician can be a complex business. For an artist like James Falzone, genres and categories are porous. In short, James is a clarinetist, composer, improviser, and educator who works at the intersection of jazz, classical and world music traditions. But the story is so much more interesting than that, as they often are. If you stopped there, you wouldn’t even know about his training as an artisan bread baker!

Matthew McCright, piano: Connecting Flights

Minneapolis-based pianist Matthew McCright brings his Connecting Flights program to Seattle. The evening’s music features a wide range of interconnected, contemporary composers that will be featured on his upcoming 2018 recording What is Left Behind. Venezuelan composer Reinaldo Moya’s epic 30-minute The Way North appears alongside music by traditional Irish composer Linda Buckley, as well as poignant pieces by Amy Williams, Stephen Andrew Taylor, and the percussive dance-club rhythms of Andrea Mazzariello’s Flight School. “When sitting on a long flight; having run out of podcasts or my latest digital book is done, I am drawn to the airline magazine section that shows the route map for the globe. It is fascinating how interconnected the world really is,” said McCright. “My program takes its inspiration from that route map — each piece touches on the notion of flight and influences and connects with the other.”

Passenger Pigeon + Mark Schlipper + Too Tired to Say Anything

As Passenger Pigeon, Levi Fuller (Levi and the Library, Luna Moth, Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly) uses a baritone guitar, a cheap microphone, and a looper to create improvised pieces of wordless music that range from the droney and dissonant to the upbeat and melodic.

Using influences as disparate as the avant garde, Eastern sacred, and American roots music, Mark Schlipper uses a guitar (and sometimes other things) to create sounds to cross senses, to alter states, and to entertain in the process hopefully.

Too Tired to Say Anything is a fortnightly-ish podcast of blurry music designed to put us all to sleep. There’ll be loops and synths and sometimes piano and guitar and the sound of flickering lights.

Amy Denio: Truth Is Up for Grabs

Member of Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame Amy Denio presents Truth Is Up For Grabs, a song cycle of 8 new compositions for chamber ensemble. Inspired by current events, the economy of war and poetry by Pablo Neruda, Denio’s music is harmonically rich and engagingly rhythmic. The orchestra contains a wind quintet, a brass quintet, a string octet, electric guitar and percussion. The ensemble will be conducted by Mike Jauregui.

Amy Denio is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, alto sax, clarinet, accordion) with a  four-octave vocal range, and has produced over 50 recordings solo and in collaboration with artists worldwide. She runs her own recording studio and record label, Spoot Music. She has played concerts and taught musical workshops in festivals, clubs, squats, prisons, churches, sanctuaries, subways, and abandoned buildings on 6 continents. A commissioned composer for modern dance, film and theater, Denio’s music has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and by 40,000 people on New Year’s Eve in Piazza del Plebescito in Naples, Italy. She co-founded Tone Dogs, The Entropics, her all-women sax quartet The Tiptons (1988-present), joined Bosnian folk metal band Kultur Shock in 1999, and has been playing with Abel Rocha and Madeleine Sosin in Correo Aereo/Ama Trio since 2003.

This project is funded in part by 4Culture.

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Earshot: Lori Goldston + Judith Hamann

Two improvising cellists, plus special guests. Lori Goldston is a longtime force in Seattle improvised music. Through electroacoustic and other innovation, Judith Hamann, from Melbourne via San Diego, transcends such genres as improvised, experimental, and popular music. Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival in support of the Seattle Improvised Music Festival.

Earshot: Gato Libre

Featuring pianist Satoko Fujii on accordion, this “tranquil, European-flavored” group (AllAboutJazz) from Japan performs with subtle, adventurous grace. The lineup includes Kappa Maki (trumpet) and Neko Jaras (trombone). Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival.

Paul Matthew Moore

In an homage to the work of Pauline Oliveros, composer Paul Matthew Moore brings together 8 performers for an evening of intricate, quiet electro-acoustic music and dance that will ruminate on the tradition of west coast minimalism. The concert will feature a new collaborative score composed specifically for the Chapel Performance Space. The performance ensemble working with Paul consists of Josiah Boothby (horn), Marguerite Brown (percussion), Isaac Castillo (bass), Beth Fleenor (clarinet), Leslie Kraus (dance), Stephanie Liapis (dance), Darren Loucas (pedal steel), and Michael Maricle (piano, synthesizers). This ensemble will occupy the time/space with a performance of anti-genre art inspired by mercury, escapism/being present, nostalgia/fear of nostalgia, retro-spaceage-tecnology, avoidances of contemporary earth culture and contemplations of blended post-humanist futures.

Seattle Composers’ Salon

An evening of music and discussion with Seattle composers:

Clement Reid, Realizations for Horn and Piano
Calvin Senter, Colloquies: Moon, Rain, Sun, Wind, for solo guitar
Nicole Truesdell, Ghost Story, for piano four hands
Mark Wilson, Kyrie eleison from The God Helmet, for guitar, soprano, and flute

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 discussion. Everyone is welcome!

Earshot: Jovino Santos Neto & Martin Kuuskmann

Seattle-based pianist and three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto blends energetic grooves, deep harmonies, and lyrical Brazilian melodies. He teams with Grammy-nominated, Estonian-born Martin Kuuskmann, an “amazing bassoonist” (NY Times) who pushes the instrument’s possibilities.

Serenata Brasileira is their program dedicated to music by Brazilian composers, featuring the music of Santos Neto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Pixinguinha, Hermeto Pascoal, and others.

Presented by Nonsequitur and Earshot Jazz Festival.