Tiny Orchestral Moments

Doors open at 7:30, music starts at 8.

Tiny Orchestral Moments is an international troupe of established, improvising musicians who meet periodically to write, record, perform, and collaborate across genres, geographies and genders.

TOM performers prepare and present collaborative repertoire for layered guitars, voices, violins, strings, wind, and percussion. The aim: structured improvisation that sounds composed and composed collaboration that sounds improvised. TOM shows unfold for the audience in 360-degrees as musicians move in and around the audience. The surround sound is complemented by three walls of ambient video, and supported by an array of guitarists from the worldwide Guitar Craft community. And, each year, we also invite one or two additional surprise ‘wild card’ guests.

The 2017 Tiny Orchestral Moments core team includes:

Janet Feder – Denver-based composer and prepared guitarist
Paul Richards – LA-based guitarist from the California Guitar Trio
Nora Germain – LA-based jazz violinist, improvising collaborator with the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists
Nigel Gavin – New Zealand composer and world-renowned Crafty Guitarist
Amy Denio – well-known Seattle musician, composer and member of Kultur Shock and the Tiptons
Steve Ball – founder of the Seattle Guitar Circle, C3 and Electric Gauchos
Julie Slick – bassist with Echo Test and member of the Adrian Belew Power Trio
Alex Anthony Faide – Argentinean guitarist and founding member of Electric Gauchos
Aileen Bunch – Philadelphia guitarist/pianist with Symphony of Crafty Guitarists, and Tilted Axes, music for mobile electric guitars
Martin de Aguirre – Spanish guitarist and founding member of Argentina’s Big Time Trio
Sonia Wilson – Paris-based singer and Uke player, and member of New Zealand’s Gitbox Rebellion
Dev Ray – Boston-based guitarist and member of Guitar Circle New England

High Plains + Wild Card + Cruel Diagonals

Please join us for a night of music by Kranky recording artists High Plains, the new duo of Scott Morgan (loscil) and Mark Bridges, in support of their debut release Cinderland. Combining electronics, cello, and field recordings, High Plains draw from classical, electronic, and film music but mostly are inspired by the rugged, mythic landscape of their geographical namesake. High Plains will be supported by the improvised electronic trio Wild Card, comprised of Paul Dickow (Strategy), William Selman, and Marcus Fischer, and Cruel Diagonals, the adventurous project of the jazz and classically trained vocalist Megan Mitchell.

High Plains (Vancouver/Madison)
Inspired by the wide vistas of their geographical namesake, High Plains is a new of duo of Scott Morgan (loscil) and Mark Bridges that combines electronics, field recordings, and cello.

Cruel Diagonals (Seattle)
An outlet for destructive sample processing, vocal exploration, and intermedia experimentation, Cruel Diagonals is the solo project of the jazz and classically trained vocalist Megan Mitchell.

Wild Card (Portland)
Hailing from the free nation of Cascadia, Wild Card is a “modular free jazz” trio of Paul Dickow (Strategy), William Selman, and Marcus Fischer.

Gretchen Yanover CD release concert

Locally grown Seattle cellist Gretchen Yanover is giving a concert for the release of her third album, Bridge Across Sound. Using her electric cello and loop sampler, Gretchen builds her compositions in the moment. String layers create a nuanced landscape, with melodies that map the heart.

Thea Farhadian + Ewa Trębacz

Thea Farhadian is a composer based in San Francisco and Berlin. She comes from the background of new contemporary music and works primarily with free improvisation, and live electronic processing. Her solo work integrates extended techniques, microtonality, and sound-based material in what Touching Extremes calls “..fumes of disassembled harmony and dissonant refractions.” Tectonic Shifts, released November 1 on the Creative Sources label, integrates the interaction of the violin with electronics, altering the sound in real time through the software program Max/MSP. These pieces for violin and interactive electronics were selected from a cycle of works that blend improvisation and composition. Structures from the album, and further improvisations in a similar direction will be explored in tonight’s performance

Ewa Trębacz [pronounced Eva Trembatch] is a Polish-American composer living in Seattle. She holds Masters’ degree in Music Composition from the Kraków Academy of Music in Poland, and Ph.D. from the University of Washington Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS), where she now works as a Research Scientist. Tonight she presents three works, two in collaboration with French horn player Josiah Boothby: Iriviskia (2015-2017) is an improvisational violin-horn duo with computer-realized sound; Anclsunr (2013) ANCLSUNR (2013) is a fixed-media version of a piece commissioned by the Polish Composers’ Union for the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, combining the original electronic layer with orchestral recordings from the rehearsals and the premiere in Warsaw, along with Ambisonic recordings from the Dan Harpole Cistern at Fort Worden State Park, and field recordings from Eastern Washington desert and Columbia River surroundings; Minotaur for live and pre-recorded horn improvisations and Ambisonic soundscapes gives Boothby an opportunity to fully demonstrate their virtuoso skills, requires both imagination and courage to freely approach the pre-composed material, and to create a unique conversation between the pre-recorded soundscapes and the performance space.

Josiah Boothby is a versatile hornist devoted to new music, with a particular focus on improvisation and creative collaboration with composers and other artists. Josiah has performed as a soloist at the Warsaw Autumn Music Festival (2009), the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (2017), and has collaborated extensively with composers including Ewa Trębacz, Eyvind Kang, and Ahamefule Oluo. Principal hornist with the Seattle Modern Orchestra and fourth hornist in the Yakima Symphony, Josiah can also be heard playing with the Jim Knapp Jazz Orchestra, Seattle Chamber Brass, as well as on recordings with The Debaucherauntes, Dan Mangan, and Sunn O))).

Presented by Nonsequitur. (photo: Heike Liss)


Scrape is a conductor-less string orchestra with harp and guitar that performs within a blend of jazz and classical traditions. Scrape plays the music of Jim Knapp and features great improvising artists guitarist Gregg Belisle-Chi, bassist Chris Symer, and guest soloist Mark Taylor. Toni McGowan will be presented at this event as both composer and lyricist and vocalist Chérie Hughes brings her outstanding musicianship to augment the sound with her lyric presence. Concertmaster Heather Bentley guides us through the night without a conductor in sight.

Earshot: Gregg Belisle-Chi

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.

Guitarist/composer and third-time Second Century artist Gregg Belisle-Chi’s Book of Hours project began three years ago, during his first year of graduate school at the University of Washington. With a goal to learn and explore as much as he could in the realm of composition, Belisle-Chi took it upon himself to compose a whole set of music for one of the ensembles he played in, under the direction of his mentor Cuong Vu. As he was listening to a lot of classical music at the time, including Beethoven, Bach, Schoenberg, and Charles Ives, he and began noticing a trend of Mass settings, a form of sacred music composition specifically for voices.

He set out to challenge himself to write a full, five-movement piece with one narrative thread throughout. He decided to compose his own “Mass” but, rather than using voices, using the instruments available in the ensemble. He set the five movements (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei) using the text as his source material for the melodic content. Originally titled “Mass for Modern Ensemble,” the piece was debuted at Meany Hall in 2015, with guitar, violin, bass clarinet, drum set, alto
sax, tenor sax, and two trumpets.

Since then, Belisle-Chi has re-orchestrated the material several times, allowing more room for improvisation each time, and adding a previously unrecorded solo guitar piece. Belisle-Chi performs Book of Hours with Seattle musicians Daniel Salka (keyboards), Mark Hunter (bass), and Thomas Campbell (drums).


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)