Todd Barton + Jason E Anderson

Todd Barton is a composer, sound designer, multimedia performer, and analog synthesist specializing in Buchla, Serge and Hordijk modular systems. After four decades of exploration Barton is still delving deeply into the ever-expanding frontiers of musical expression: from his DNA derived Genome Music to his innovative scores for plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; from performances of Zen shakuhachi meditation music to avant-garde music for electronic synthesizers and computers; from performing with luminaries of jazz and poetry to lecturing on music and composition from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century. He gives Skype lessons and consultations in analog synthesis worldwide and is currently a trainer for MacProVideo.com. Todd is fascinated and obsessed with exploring sound and its infinite manifestations. This performance will be a live improvisation which “Follows the Sound” of a Buchla Music Easel.

Jason E Anderson is an artist from Seattle whose work includes performance, recorded works, video, installation, and music for dance. He creates sound using synthesis, acoustic recordings, programming and text. His work emerges from the traditions of experimental music and sound art. Anderson performs and records music under his own name, as Spare Death Icon, as LIMITS with Corrie Befort, and as a member of network computer music collective Mesh Collaborative . He is an active performer, and organizer/producer of performance events in the Pacific Northwest, and he publishes the recorded work of his contemporaries on his experimental music record labels Gift Tapes and DRAFT. Jason’s performance will employ the use of a computer running supercollider to generate events and sequences as control voltages that are sent to an analog synthesizer.

Presented by Nonsequitur.

Vocalise: Out of the Drawer

Please join Vocalise Women’s Ensemble for our inaugural performance – Out of the Drawer – featuring new contemporary classical music by living composers for women’s voices.

Vocalise Women’s Ensemble formed in March of 2017 with the mission of encouraging and supporting living composers who are writing specifically for women’s voices. For our inaugural performance, we present pieces by local composers Don Skirvin and Reg Unterseher, as well as music by Rita Ueda, Stef Conner, Joshua Fishbein, and three premieres by our composer in residence, Philip Wharton. Our singers come from diverse backgrounds including opera, oratorio, musical theater, and many have sung with highly regarded ensembles such as The Esoterics, Opus 7, Emerald Ensemble, and Chorosynthesis. We seek to present programs both challenging and accessible to audiences eager for fresh, new approaches to the oldest form of musical expression, unaccompanied group singing.

Free admission for seniors, disabled, children, and unemployed.

Earshot: Robin Holcomb + Mikołaj Trzaska

Celebrated pianist, vocalist, songwriter, composer, and librettist Robin Holcomb joins with two of British Columbia’s finest: trumpet player JP Carter and drummer Dylan van der Schyff. Opening: saxophonist Mikołaj Trzaska from Gdansk, Poland, where he has distinguished himself in performances and film-score composition. Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival, with support from Polestar and the Polish Film Festival.

Earshot: Matt Mitchell + Dawn Clement

Matt Mitchell is a pianist and composer interested in the intersections of various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised new music. He currently composes for and leads several ensembles featuring many of the current foremost musicians and improvisers. For this solo concert he performs the music of saxophonist/composer Tim Berne. Opening: Resident Artist, pianist Dawn Clement in a series of duo settings. Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival.

Earshot: Pandit Chatterjee & Neil Welch

From Calcutta, Pandit Chatterjee is a distinguished name among Indian musicians as an outstanding sitarist and a highly regarded teacher of Indian Classical Music. He is widely respected for his devotion to music and his control over the Ragas with systematic exploration which has placed him among the top instrumentalists of his era. He performs with outstanding Seattle-based saxophonist Neil Welch, of the duo Bad Luck. Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival.

Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda

Though they differ in generation and performance practice, the NYC-based Aki Onda (b. 1967) and the Kyotango-based Akio Suzuki (b. 1941) share an astonishingly inventive, open-ended, and spontaneous approach to the infinite and variegated possibilities of sound. Since initiating a collaborative relationship in 2005, the duo have embarked on a number of tours in Europe and Asia, exploring site-specific locations ranging from an abandoned factory on the outskirts of Brussels to an underground parking lot in Glasgow. Suzuki and Onda released their first album ma ta ta bi on ORAL_records in 2014.

Onda and Suzuki perform by utilizing unconventional and self-made instruments including Walkman analog cassette players and radios, found pieces of wood, nails, hammers, buckets, marbles, and glass jars, allowing the individual architecture and acoustics of the various sites to guide the flow and development of the performances. The performance begins with the artists in the middle of the space, surrounded by the audience, before gradually moving throughout the environment as the performance unfolds.

Since the 1960s, sound art pioneer Akio Suzuki has been investigating the acoustic quality of selected locations and creating corresponding topographies. His intensive involvement with the phenomena of pulse and echo led him to develop his own instruments in the 1970s. One of these is the spiral echo instrument Analapos. It consists of a coil spring and two iron cylinders that function as resonating chambers, and is played with the voice or by hand. Starting from the 90s, his soundwalk project, oto-date, which means, respectively, “sound” and “point” in Japanese, finds listening points in the city, and playfully invites the audience to stop and listen carefully at given points on the map. Suzuki has been also active in the improvised music scenes in different continents, and has collaborated with Takehisa Kosugi, Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Steve Lacy, George Lewis, David Toop, and John Butcher.

Aki Onda is a New York-based artist and composer. He is particularly known for his Cassette Memories — works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by using the cassette Walkman over a span of last quarter-century. He creates compositions, performances, and visual artworks from those sound memories. Onda often performs in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers, visual artists, and choreographers, including Ken Jacobs, Michael Snow, Raha Raissnia, Akio Suzuki, and Takao Kawaguchi. Onda’s work has been presented numerous institutions such as MoMA, The Kitchen, documenta 14, Pompidou Center, Louve Museum, Palais de Tokyo, Bozar, and many others.

Presented by Nonsequitur, with tour assistance from Japan Foundation and SASSAS.

Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda (excerpt) from ISSUE Project Room on Vimeo.

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The Sound Ensemble: Kammermusik

The Sound Ensemble is a vibrant and rising ensemble that is redefining what it means to attend a classical music concert. With music from many different styles and composers they create a welcoming space for the audience to experience and respond to the music of our time. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the performance! At “Kammermusik” you will have a chance to participate in the music making, and experience for yourself what it is like to make music with others. There is nothing to beat it!

Program:

Darius Milhaud Symphonie de Chambre: I. Le Printemps, op. 43
Michael Djupstrom To the Eastern Sea
Darius Milhaud Symphonie de Chambre: II. Pastorale, op. 49
Judd Greenstein At the End of a Really Great Day
Darius Milhaud Symphonie de Chambre; III. Sérénade, op. 71
James Falzone In a World of One Color…The Sound of Wind
Paul Hindemith Kammermusik I

Jesse Myers: The Minimal Piano

Seattle pianist Jesse Myers presents an evening of solo piano music by living American composers, including the premiere of Myers’s work for piano and six-channel soundtrack. The music will focus on important minimalist works for the piano as well as new music featuring piano and electronics.

Myers has a strong interest in exploring the expanded possibilities of the piano. His concerts of John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano have been featured on KingFM’s Second Inversion, Seattle Weekly, The Live Music Project, and were a part of The Stranger’s Best Winter Concerts of 2017. His recent work with the prepared piano has led to tours across the country including artist residencies and guest performances at Cornish College of the Arts, Bowling Green State University, and Lewis University.

Program:

China Gates – John Adams
Mad Rush – Philip Glass
Etude No. 9 – Philip Glass
Hoyt-Schermerhorn – Christopher Cerrone
Orizzonte – Missy Mazzoli
Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos – Missy Mazzoli
Error of My Ways – Jesse Myers
Piano Counterpoint – Steve Reich

Seattle Modern Orchestra: In Time of War

Seattle Modern Orchestra opens its 2017-18 season with a concert featuring American music from the 1970s. Composers George Crumb and Julius Eastman responded to the cultural and political turmoil of the ’70s with works that resonate with today’s conflicts. Crumb described his Black Angels, inspired by the Vietnam war, as a “parable on our troubled contemporary world,” portraying a “voyage of the soul” in three stages: Departure (fall from grace), Absence (spiritual annihilation), and Return (redemption). Eastman viewed his minimalist work Gay Guerrilla as an “organic” work which “glorifies Gay” as a guerrilla – “someone, in any case, that is sacrificing his life for a point of view.”

PROGRAM:

Pre-concert presentation at 7:30 PM with SMO co-Artistic Director Jérémy Jolley. Music starts at 8 PM.

George Crumb – Dream Sequence (Images II) for violin, cello, piano and percussion (1976)
George Crumb – Black Angels (Images I) for electric string quartet (1969)
Julius Eastman – Gay Guerrilla (1979) – Version for 13 strings

John Teske w/ Sean Hamilton: vectorscores

vectorscores is a new series of dynamic compositions by Seattle composer John Teske. The scores are written algorithmically so the works as a whole are crafted but the details are unique for each performance. The project is a continuation of John’s work with graphic scores and alternate notation systems and builds on the practice of algorithmic and generative music of the past six decades.

John has been exploring ways to express complex ideas to musicians given limitations on rehearsal time, funding, and location. With vectorscores, he is using web technology to create scores and parts for musicians that use animation to present musical material, generate and update parts in real-time, and allow a musician’s choices to influence other players’ parts.

vectorscores is iterative and transparent, with a public code repository and the latest progress published to the website. The project is a continual work in progress, with every rehearsal and performance helping the composer further shape the works and clarify notation.

vectorscores is supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Seattle-based composer John Teske writes contemporary concert music and creates site-specific concert experiences. Many of his works utilize graphic elements and alternate notation systems to craft works that maintain an organic feeling. His recent work includes topographies, a series of musical contour maps through which musicians navigate, site-specific performances in Seattle parks, and a series of works for chamber orchestra exploring consciousness and awareness. His music has been performed across the United States, in South America, France, and Russia, and has received support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Jack Straw Foundation, and the City of Seattle. John is also an organizer and curator of new music, including the Seattle Composers’ Salon, a presentation of local composers that facilitates experimentation and discussion.

Sean Hamilton is a percussionist, composer, and improviser whose interests primarily lie in the conjunctions of new music, electroacoustic music, free improvisation, experimental music, and interdisciplinary projects. Sean has served as an artist-in-residence with Leeds Improvised Music and Experimentation (LIME) in Leeds, UK, and has been a featured artist on WKCR-FM New York, WMNF Tampa, WSLR Sarasota, at the Asheville and Orlando Fringe Festivals, the Anxious Sound Series in New Orleans, Art in Odd Places Orlando, and the 2017 SEAMUS National Conference. His playing can be heard on his solo albums LOCI and LOCI // Live on WKCR, and as an ensemble member on albums with the McCormick Percussion Group, the Hamilton-Suarez Duo, the Jamison Williams Trio, and Mechanical Bull.