Recognized as a new age visionary sound artist, Laraaji performs new music with modified electric zither/harp, voice, kalimba, and electronics. The music tends toward celestial, trance inducing, uplifting. He is accompanied by longtime collaborator healing sound musician Arji OceAnanda, who shares her heart space through a variety of gentle percussion and electronic instruments.

Laraaji’s classic 1979 album Day of Radiance, a Brian Eno-produced collaboration put him and his uniquely uplifting electric open-tuned zither on the global music stage. He tours annually performing at festivals, conferences, yoga centers and collaboration events.

Arji OceAnanda has been collaborating in performances and laughter meditation workshops with Laraaji for many years. She moves healing energy through intuitive percussion and gentle synthesizer.

Presented by Nonsequitur.

ALSO: Laraaji and Arji will be giving a laughter and sound healing workshop at Seattle Sound Temple on Friday July 21 from 7-9 PM. Cost is $35. Purchase tickets here.

Earshot: Ramen Trio

Earshot‘s Jazz: The Second Century gives voice to the vision of Seattle’s fine jazz artists. What is the future of jazz? This concert series seeks to bring the discussion into creative motion where it matters most – on the stage, with an attentive audience.

Ramen Trio uses the combination of composition and improvisation in order to make music in the moment and hopefully capture the listener’s imagination. Comprised of veteran Seattle musicians Jay Weaver (drums), Doug Lilla (bass), and James DeJoie (clarinet, bass clarinet), the Ramen Trio blurs the line between the written and improvised material. The trio sometimes improvises on forms, but also relishes making up a form as they go along. Their interplay depends on focused listening, and any member may “float to the top” at any time. Both DeJoie and Lilla contribute original music that mixes written material with improvisation and covers a wide swath of possibilities. They look to the past, present and future in hope of displaying their humanity through the language of music.

Jay Weaver and Doug Lilla first met when they played in Al Hood’s Aspects back in the 20th Century, and discovered their shared music interests. After a long period of each musician going down various paths through life, they began playing together again a few years ago. James DeJoie has joined forces with them in this new trio which seeks to make music live and breathe through composition and improvisation.

FHTAGN vs. Driftwood Orchestra

FHTAGN is an experimental chamber group with an ever-rotating lineup of musicians from various disciplines, often performing in combinations ranging from 10-20 performers. FHTAGN’s primary focus is exploration of extremes in spatial dispersion, as well as methods of indeterminacy and alternative conduction techniques within those extremes.
Driftwood Orchestra is a collective of artists who create improvised music using modified & amplified pieces of driftwood gathered from the Cascade Mountains. Driftwood Orchestra is not concerned with perfection or standards of artistic success. Driftwood Orchestra is interested in creating a way to communicate with the forest with the intent to somehow, someday, apologize.

FHTAGN and Driftwood Orchestra will position themselves on opposite sides of the room and perform simultaneous, overlapping sets, allowing the audience to be caught in the sonic crossfire as the two groups present different ways to manipulate modified pieces of wood.

Local composers Noel Kennon and Nicholas Mackelprang will also be present works of new music.

Nicholas Mackelprang is a composer and pianist studying at Cornish College of the Arts. He has written and performed music in a variety of contexts including solo piano, small jazz combos, big bands, chamber ensembles and improvised music groups. He has also worked in interdisciplinary settings with choreographers and actors.

Noel Kennon is a composer and improviser who is inspired by musical inclusion and listening. His live works incorporate light, dance, space and sound. He will present a composition inspired by Cy Twombly’s Scenes from an Ideal Marriage.

Blown Reunion

64 Box-Fans pointing up: primal human conflict transformed a flexible rush of air through the circular chamber,

rushes into a crack in the mountain and disappears.

Alissa Derubeis lives in Portland, where she works for 4MS and S1. She co-founded the Synth Library. Yasi Pereira lives in Oakland; also works in the synthesizer industry.
Michael Swaine lives in Seattle. Teaches ceramics.

John Cage, Marcel Duchamp played chess on a specially-constructed board sending sounds everywhich way, rushes into a crack in the mountain and disappears.
Yasi made a chessboard like that. Michael likes fans, Alissa likes music.
Alan Turing wrote a chess-playing program. we will play it for you. clank clank woosh

IF YOU HAVE A BOX FAN (our fingers are crossed)

Earshot: Some’tet

Earshot‘s Jazz: The Second Century gives voice to the vision of Seattle’s fine jazz artists. What is the future of jazz? This concert series seeks to bring the discussion into creative motion where it matters most – on the stage, with an attentive audience.

Back in April 2013, guitarist and composer Michael Whitmore began a weekly residency at the Snapdragon Café on Vashon Island. Over the next couple of years, this Sunday night jam grew into a full-blown ensemble. Since then, Some’tet has been gigging around the Puget Sound, mostly as a sextet, sometimes as a quartet, as a trio, but always Some’tet. The music is both composed and improvised; the overall sound is mellow, almost West Coast cool with moments of intense invention, plus a dollop each of American primitivism, clusters of neo-bossa nova rhythms, and the occasional art song, augmented with a chunk of free jazz and outside music, and soulful vocals. Four elements are important to the music of Some’tet: adventure, beauty, spirituality, and soul.

The members of Some’tet live on Vashon, an island known for its idiosyncratic personality. Barry Cooper (trumpet, flugelhorn) hails from Orange County, CA. For many years he performed with his dad, the renowned SoCal educator Dick Cooper, before moving to Vashon about seven years ago. Dianne Krouse (alto & tenor sax, clarinet) was born and raised in Issaquah. She formally held the lead alto sax chair in the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, and was the first musician to regularly sit in on the Snapdragon sessions. Upright bassist Patrick Christie is a respected professor at the University of Washington, and has led various comparative, socioecological research projects around the world. Dodd Johnson (drums, percussion) hails from Wisconsin and has played with dozens of bands from rock to free jazz. Vocalist and Seattle native Christine Goering met Whitmore at a karaoke session on Vashon. She also leads her own band, Delilah Pearl and the Mantarays. Whitmore was a veteran of the Los Angeles improvised music scene before moving to Vashon about a decade ago. He has a few dozen recording credits under his belt as either a leader and as a sideman, and has received an NEA Composers grant.

Chris Brown: Six Primes

Six Primes (2014), for piano in 13-limit just intonation is a suite of six pieces that use the six prime numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, and 13 to govern both the tuning and rhythmic structure of the music, including the harmony and rhythmic subdivisions. The piano is re-tuned in a just intonation in which the notes are tuned to one ratio with the highest prime factor of 2, three ratios with highest prime of 3, and two ratios each with highest primes of 5, 7, 11 and 13. It rigorously explores the 75 intervals thus created in rhythmic structures that mirror in time the proportions given by the notes employed.

Adhering to systems is one thing; creating flowing, uncontrived music from them is quite another – and Brown has achieved this in an exemplary manner. To these ends, Brown’s assets as a pianist are essential; his touch allows his contrapuntal passages to breathe, gives his cascading lines loft, and pillows his rests-punctuated moments.” — Bill Shoemaker, Point of Departure

Chris Brown, composer, pianist, and electronic musician, makes music with self-designed sonic systems that include acoustic and electroacoustic instruments, interactive software, computer networks, microtonal tunings, and improvisation. His compositions are designs for performances in which people bring to life the musical structures embedded in scores, instruments, and machines.

Recordings of his music are available on New World, Tzadik, Pogus, Intakt, Rastascan, Ecstatic Peace, Red Toucan, Leo, and Artifact Recordings. He has also performed and recorded music by Henry Cowell, Luc Ferrari, José Maceda, John Zorn, David Rosenboom, Larry Ochs, Glenn Spearman, and Wadada Leo Smith; as an improvisor he has performed and recorded with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, the Rova Saxophone Quartet, William Winant, and Frank Gratkowski, among many others. He teaches at the Center for Contemporary Music (CCM) at Mills College in Oakland, California.

Presented by Nonsequitur.

Seattle Composers’ Salon

An evening of music and discussion with Seattle composers:

Clement Reid
Jay Hamilton
Jeremiah Lawson, Guitar Sonata in D minor
Jessi Harvey
Keith Eisenbrey, Ghosting Doubles (second sighting)

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: Astrid Kuljanic & Mat Muntz

Earshot‘s Jazz: The Second Century gives voice to the vision of Seattle’s fine jazz artists. What is the future of jazz? This concert series seeks to bring the discussion into creative motion where it matters most – on the stage, with an attentive audience.

Bassist Mat Muntz and vocalist Astrid Kuljanic seek to create a new kind of concert experience within the jazz idiom. Through their careful curation of standard repertoire and the implementation of live electronic performance, Muntz and Kuljanic transform conventional jazz sets into immersive soundscapes. Kuljanic’s command of musical software allows the duo to manipulate sounds made in the moment – with no prerecorded samples – into arrangements and improvisations. The band grew out of a solo electronic music project that Kuljanic had developed while studying at Manhattan School of Music. Kuntz approached Kuljanic after hearing her live electronic arrangements of Ornette Coleman songs and microtonal Croatian folk music and asked to form the band. Since then the two have collaborated on arrangements, selection of repertoire, and sound design, as well as finding unconventional spaces in which to perform.

Living Music

The American classical music scene is so flush with young and exciting new composers that it is often a daunting task to know where to begin your listening: this evening of Living Music will present a sample from many of today’s brightest and best! Returning to the stage will be Seattle-based soprano Shelly Traverse, flutist Douglas DeVries, pianist Yvonne Chen, and Madeline DeVries from the Along Kine LINES Ballet. They will be joined by the fantastic brothers, violinist Nicholas Tavani and cellist Daniel Tavani. Drawn from this group’s mutual appreciation of the great number of new works available today, they will present diverse works by five composers: Seattle native and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music alum Alexandra T. Bryant, a distinguished Rice University composition professor Pierre Jalbert, a French born composer and organist Guillaume Connesson, a prolific composer of 21st century art song Lori Laitman, and the great American dramatic opera and song sensation Carlisle Floyd.

This group of musicians have been great friends for nearly a decade and it has long been a dream of theirs to present a recital program like this specifically in Seattle, and they are pleased to be presenting this exciting program of new works on the Wayward Music Series.

Lubomyr Melnyk


Lubomyr Melnyk (Ukraine) – Live Continuous Piano Music
Boris Indrikov Gallery (Russia) – Seattle Premiere
Kabriele Rosas (Mexico/US) – Globepainting Collection
Kaoru Okumura (Japan/US) – Butoh Movements
Roxanna Walitzki – Electro-Experimental AV Mezzo-Soprano
Garek Jon Druss – Watercolor, Sonic Textures
I Want You Art and Design – Videoscapes
Sarah Fletcher (SF) – Operatic Arias
I AM HALO – Space Opera
Leo Mayberry (AKA Killing Frenzy) – Visuals
Esse Quam Videri – Curated Documentary Photography “rEvolution, UKRAINE: Defending Liberty and Dignity”

“The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.” ― MLK

Ukraine. Russia. Mexico. US.
War against occupation. Dictatorship. Corruption. Separation wall.
The world stands divided. But this evocative evening – in unison with prominent creative forces from countries in focus – we contemplate, imagine, witness and replenish faith in humanity at its best.

One of the most notable musicians of our time, LUBOMYR MELNYK has invented a continuous piano language which produces immersive sounds with an impossible flood of rapid notes. Inspired by Ukrainian folk songs and the minimalist movement of the 70s, Lubomyr plays at blazing speeds, crossing 19 keys per second per hand. Lubomyr’s virtuoso piano technique forms overtones that blend, collide and weave melodic tapestries in split moments. Inhabiting a distinct and mesmerizing space somewhere between Chopin and Philip Glass, with whiffs of New Age mysticism, Melnyk’s music has an uncanny power to sweep listeners away into a fast-flowing river of sound. Individual notes roll and liquefy, and the sustain pedal fills any minuscule gaps between them with lingering drones and overtones. The multitude of notes making up the whole – and the beauty of the whole itself – is hypnotic and transcendent.

BORIS INDRIKOV (Russia) is a renowned Moscow-based painter working in fantastic realism. Boris creates fascinatingly detailed, hauntingly majestic visionary artwork. Carrying subtle hints of Art Nouveau, Renaissance, Asian art, Surrealism and science fiction, his graceful, mystical beings spiral, engulf and transmute in and out of desolate, otherworldly vistas, forging old world energy with a new world vision. Select exhibits and collections: Netherlands, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France.

Artista Ambulante KABRIELE ROSAS (Mexico/US) weaves visual tales of places explored in color, texture and line on canvas. Her art brims with emotion, richness of indigenous cultures, majesty of natural world. Maputo, Salvador de Bahia, Marseille, Madrid – each destination sways her brush and palette in a new direction.

Images of Dissent: a provocative collection of visceral photographs of a Ukrainian popular uprising for democracy and independence curated and presented by Esse Quam Videri, captured by acclaimed international photojournalists: Iv Bogdan, Ingwar Dovgoteles, Ratushnyak Oleksandr, Mikhail Palinchak, Alexandr Piliugin, Nadia Romanova, Anastasia Vlasova

GAREK Jon DRUSS is a Seattle-based sound and visual artist who creates work that explores the balance between the physical being and the incorporeal or non-being. His aural works create active and engaged listening environments that allow for heightened states of self-reflection and phenomenological awareness.

“Operatic Iconoclast” ROXANNA WALITZKI is an innovative performance-artist with a keen eye for beauty and unique, ethereal aesthetic. Walitzki integrates experimental elements from electronic music, art-video and fashion into her arrangements of classical songs, producing a delicate, spellbinding and edgy world of imagined-sound-visions that stretch the bounds of traditional performance-practice.

Soprano SARAH FLETCHER (SF) has a voice ‘like coffee with a dollop of cream”. She performed with Seattle Opera and co-runs Opera on Tap – San Francisco, putting on acclaimed productions that encourage the magical presence of opera, creative collaboration, and the arts in our everyday lives.