Bit Graves + Jordan Rundle + Marcus Price

Bit Graves is the duo of Matt Collins and Ben Roth. They use strongly timed programming to live-process analog machines, creating sounds which range from ambient to abrasive. In 2017, their music was used as the soundtrack to the Harmony Korine short film “DRUM ASS” in an exhibit at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Jordan Rundle makes sound and images. He works in many forms and mediums, including digital art, music, collage, video and graphic design. He is a member of the Seattle quartet Newaxeyes and makes music under his own name and as Sorcha Faal.

Unpredictability and adventurousness pervade Marcus Price‘s electronic music. He takes elements of IDM, noise, and ambient to build perversely complicated and mangled compositions that keep you guessing and reeling in most peculiar ways.

Satchel Henneman: New Works for Guitar

Life is No Way to Treat an Animal II is the second installment of commissions concerts by Seattle based guitarist Satchel Henneman. With a diverse range of composers, each working in very different musical realms, this project offers a broad perspective on current musical practices. Though the conventions of these composers vary widely, these works find commonality in the sensation of something new.

Program:

for solo guitarAnne Goldberg-Baldwin (Boston)

Diurnal SummerRandy Hathaway (Washington)

Etude for Electric GuitarAva Mendoza (Brooklyn)

SatcheliniannaIan O’Sullivan (Oahu)

RedoublingJeff Bowen (Seattle)

three fragments of an incomplete wholeAlessandro Rovegno (Minneapolis)

FieryZach Watkins (Oakland)

Satchel Henneman is a skilled classical and improvising guitarist, performance artist, and composer. He is a recent graduate of Cornish College of the Arts’ music department, where he cultivated a strong relationship and foundation with the world of choreography and movement. Satchel is committed to performing music of living composers, particularly works by his fellow colleagues and fellow artists. he has performed in many masterclasses and concerts around Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Satchel will be starting his graduate studies at Yale University in the Fall.

Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley

Chicago saxophonist/composer Ken Vandermark and New York trumpet stalwart Nate Wooley had been operating in each other’s orbits for several years, having worked together with Paul Lytton, Joe Morris, Agusti Fernandez, and Terrie Ex- before putting together their duo project in October 2013, when they toured the United States for the first time. Vandermark and Wooley have worked together to create an organic combination of the jazz tradition, free improvisation, and modern composition, and have then placed it into the raw and intimate context of this duo.

Presented by Earshot Jazz & Nonsequitur.

Seattle Modern Orchestra

For its season finale concert, Seattle Modern Orchestra is thrilled to perform the West Coast premiere of British composer Jonathan Harvey’s 50-minutes epic work Bhakti (devotion) for chamber ensemble and quadraphonic tape (1982), centered around sanskrit hymns from the Rig Veda toward a transcendent consciousness. Pre-concert talk with SMO co-Director Jérémy Jolley at 7:30.

Sarah Davachi + Lori Goldston

As a composer and performer of electroacoustic music, Canada-born Sarah Davachi‘s projects are primarily concerned with disclosing the delicate psychoacoustics of intimate aural spaces, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize subtle variations in overtone complexity, temperament and intonation, and natural resonances. The instrumentation she employs is varied, including analog synthesizers, piano, electric organ, pipe and reed organ, voice, analog samplers, orchestral strings, and woodwinds, with mutual idioms often layered in textural and timbral counterpoint. Similarly informed by minimalist tenets of the 1960s and 1970s, baroque leanings toward slow-moving chordal suspensions, and experimental production practices of the studio environment, in her sound is manifest an experience that lessens apprehension of consonance and dissonance in likeness of the familiar and the distant.

Classically trained and rigorously de-trained, possessor of a restless, semi-feral spirit, Lori Goldston is a cellist, composer, improviser, producer, writer, teacher, and Seattle treasure. Her voice as a cellist, amplified or acoustic, is full, textured, committed and original. A relentless inquirer, she wanders recklessly across borders that separate genre, discipline, time and geography, performing in clubs, cafes, galleries, arenas, concert halls, sheds, ceremonies, barbecues, and stadiums.

Presented by Nonsequitur.

Ramen Trio

Ramen Trio plays composed and improvised music that’s informed by jazz though not bound by it. The three musicians, James DeJoie (clarinet, bass clarinet), Doug Lilla (bass guitar), Jay Weaver (drums) constantly search for “spines” in the music whether it’s written or improvised and revel in making music live and breathe. Listening to each other is a crucial element of the band’s chemistry as they seek to discover new paths through the musical topography they find themselves in, while finding balance in keeping off balance and by taking risks that let the music proceed rather than stagnate.

Their new recording will be available on Bandcamp as of May 1. A limited number of CDs will be available at the concert.

Arun Chandra + Scott Goodwin

Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents Arun Chandra and Scott Goodwin for its second installment of its 2018 program at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series.

The work of Arun Chandra is not often presented outside of academic circles, but offers an extremely unique perspective on composition and computer music, having studied under Herbert Brün and recorded and performed works by Brün, Barry Traux and Xenakis. He will present four works, including a recent composition for 32 channels, down-mixed for 8 channels.

Scott Goodwin will perform live, drawing on his niche somewhere between new techno and experimental composition, employing his ever-rotating set of electronic instruments (currently Eurorack synthesizers, outboard effects, and computer) to craft a set specifically designed for the Chapel “inspired by rhythmic minimalism, club music, video game soundtracks and the science fiction works of Greg Egan and Liu Cixi”.

Kestrel + LA LUNGS + Blessed Blood + Galbraith/Pollack

Kestrel is the musical duo of trumpet player Greg Kelley and guitarist Bill Horist. Both artists push the tonal and sonic possibilities of their instruments with extended techniques and improvisation. They will be joined by local butoh dancer Vanessa Skantze.

Olympia’s long-running experimental guitar and synthesizer duo, LA LUNGS, combine ethereal tones and airy textures enough to refresh anyone’s senses. They have released albums on Debacle records and have preformed around the region.

Blessed Blood – Seattle’s Rachel LeBlanc – carefully and meticulously weaves vocal layers together with her modular synth to create expressive pieces that are full, uplifting, and haunting.

Kole Galbraith and Matt Pollack will exhibit recent microtonal compositions for prepared guitar and bass.

Heath/Asplund Duo: An Evening of Modern/Postmodern Art Song

Melissa Heath and Christian Asplund will perform an eclectic mix of American, European, and Canadian works for soprano with piano and viola by Cage, Ligeti, Ives, Messiaen, Webern, Lutosawski, as well as a new work by Asplund and a song by Seattle’s Jarrad Powell.

The Heath-Asplund duo has performed a fair amount of the standard lieder and operatic repertoire as well as Asplund’s sacred music. They have lately been investigating lesser known solo vocal works by well-known composers, especially those not known for song.

The program will include mysteriously lyrical songs by Ligeti and Lutoslawski, an early cycle by Messiaen, characteristically laconic selections from Webern’s Op. 12 cycle, and a Javanese tinged-song by Powell. Asplund’s piece will be a characteristically eclectic mini-opera.

Daniel Webbon

University of Washington DMA candidate Daniel Webbon presents an evening of recent compositions and collaborations. His work ranges from traditionally notated modern classical composition to freely improvised experimental music and draws on ideas from contemporary literature and continental philosophy.

The concert will feature works for piano and voice, solo flute, and string quartet, as well as a collaboration between drummer Matt Carr and dancer Alethea Alexander. The evening will conclude with the premier of Daniel’s most recent work, This vast southern empire; a sprawling improvisational score for mixed ensemble and voice that draws on academic and historical texts dealing with Southern reconstruction and identity.