Alan Cook & friends: Une nuit de trios

Une nuit de trios, the night of the trios, brings together some of the finest improvising musicians from the Seattle creative music scene and beyond for a night of unbridled collaboration and discovery.

Bringing together two of the leading lights in the Seattle creative music scene with a recent transplant to the Pacific NW from Southern California, the Campbell/Cook/Icasiano Percussion Discussion promises to be a rich and varied dialogue drawing on the immense strengths and deep sensibilities of these highly accomplished practitioners of the percussive arts: Greg Campbell, Alan Cook, Chris Icasiano.

Big Sky is a new trio that brings together three supremely gifted musicians, two springing from the state of Montana, whose wide open vistas gives the group its name, and one born in Scotland, but whose growth as a musician was grounded mainly in the rich creative music community of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. The love of the wild and untamed runs through each of their work, and together the heavens will blaze. Scot Ray, slide guitar/effects; Tari Nelson-Zagar, violin; Alan Cook, drums/percussion.

Greg Campbell plays drums, percussion, and French horn in styles ranging from mainstream jazz to freely improvised music to classical to Afro-pop. He has worked with Bill Smith, Stuart Dempster, Matana Roberts, the Tom Baker Quartet, Wayne Horvitz, Stuart Dempster, Stewart Copeland, the Young Composers Collective, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Seattle EXperimental Opera, and the Seattle Percussion Collective, and co-leads the traditional Ghanaian drumming group Anokye Agofomma. He has studied with Dave Holland, Cecil McBee, Joseph Jarman, Bob Moses, Tom Collier, and Michael Crusoe.

Alan Cook brings a dynamic and multifaceted perspective to the creative exploration of the percussive arts, with over 50 years of diverse musical experience which includes performing with Nigerian master drummer Francis Awe’s Talking Drum Ensemble, competing to top international honors with the Misty Isle Pipe Band, ensembles large and small covering music in a wide range of genres, as well as extended experience in solo accompaniment for modern dance and performance art. He has studied and performed with renowned musicians such as Dave Holland, Albert Mangelsdorf, Bobby Bradford, Fred Katz, Lee Konitz, Don Thompson, Ralph Alessi, Vinny Golia, Karl Denson, Kei Akagi, among many others.

Chris Icasiano has quickly established himself as a force in Seattle’s new music and avant-garde jazz scene. He performs regularly in the co-led duo Bad Luck with long-time friend and collaborator, saxophonist Neil Welch, which was recently awarded the 2009 Alternative Jazz Group of the Year by Earshot Jazz. Bad Luck’s self-titled debut album was received with much critical acclaim and has been described as, “…one of the finest Seattle Jazz recordings in years – fresh, assured, mature way beyond it’s players’ ages.” (Peter Monaghan, Earshot Jazz). Chris is a co-founder of the local record label Table & Chairs, an organization which has, for two consecutive years, won the Earshot Jazz award for Concert of the Year in 2012 and 1013. Chris is also a co-founder of the New York Times acclaimed music series The Racer Sessions, a weekly composition and improvisation workshop that provides an alternative space for musicians of all backgrounds to come together and participate in collective improvisation. He is a very active contributor the Seattle music scene and has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.

Tari Nelson-Zagar is a third generation violinist and improvisor whose focus is collaborating with composers, choreographers, and other creative artists. Nelson-Zagar’s involvement with contemporary music began in her late teens when she joined the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra – a freewheeling orchestra led by Kent Nagano and dedicated to performing contemporary music. Tari worked as a professional violinist in orchestras until she left the violin for the contrabass, playing with adventurous jazz and improvised music artists. Tari has lately returned to her home instrument, the violin. Tari maintains an active teaching studio, and engages students to develop excellent technical and musical abilities.

Scot Ray‘s eclectic slide guitar work is informed by his many years as a professional trombonist – from work with Brian Setzer of the Stray Cats (which involved collaborations with Gwen Stefani, Tony Bennett, and Bob Dylan; along with the Grammy awarded recording Vavoom), to pop icons Jason Mraz, Dionne Warwick, Elliot Easton (of The Cars) & Ray Manzarek (of The Doors); from Cuban percussionist Francisco Aguabella to new music pioneers Steuart Liebig, Bill Barrett, Alex Cline, Vinny Golia, & Nels Cline; from Caribbean cruise ships and Buddhist funeral bands to past performances on David Byrne’s Sessions At W. 54th Street, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, The DuMaurier Jazz Festival, and Harmonica Sur Cher France; from soundtracks ‘Stuart Little’, ‘Me, Myself, and Irene’, and ‘Three To Tango’, to a vote as ‘rising star’ from Down Beat Magazine.

Senyawa + Arrington de Dionyso

Senyawa (Jogjakarta, Indonesia) embodies the aural elements of traditional Indonesian music whilst exploring the framework of experimental music practice, pushing the boundaries of both traditions. Their music strikes a perfect balance between their avant-garde influences and cultural heritage to create truly contemporary Indonesian new music.

Their sound is comprised of Rully Shabara’s deft extended vocal techniques punctuating the frenetic sounds of instrument builder, Wukir Suryadi’s modern-primitive instrumentation. Inventions like his handcrafted ‘Bamboo Spear’; a thick stem of bamboo strung up with percussive strips of the animal skin along side steel strings. Amplified it fuses elements of traditional Indonesian instrumentation with garage guitar distortion. Sonically dynamic, the instrument can be rhythmically percussive on one side whilst being melodically bowed and plucked on the other.

They have collaborated and performed with many notable musicians such Yoshida Tatsuya, Otomo Yoshide, Lucas Abela, KK Null, Keiji Haino, Rabih Beiani, Melt Banana, Jon Sass, Damo Suzuki, Jerome Cooper, Oren Ambarchi, David Shea and Kazu Ushihashi. In 2012 they completed a film in collaboration with French filmmaker Vincent Moon. Their next album is due to be released mid 2016 via Morphine Records.

Arrington de Dionyso (Olympia, WA) conjures Utopic Spaces with multiphonic vocal work & minimalist instrumentation. It’s shamanic seance meets rock and roll ecstasy; “TRANCE PUNK” combining traditional ritual trance, electrified experimental approaches, dancehall rhythms, gamelan scales and mystically inspired Indonesian incantations.

Kam Morrill: New Works

Kam Morrill studied composition with Ned Rorem at the Curtis Institute. His music shows its American roots in its emphatic rhythmic drive and its melding of vernacular idioms with the contrapuntal discipline of art music, drawing on models ranging from hymnody and blues to jazz fusion and the minimalist school. Primarily a vocal and operatic composer, he brings his feeling for the singable line to instrumental music as well.

This recital will feature 9 premieres, of works written in Seattle over the past 2 decades. Among the pieces programmed are works for piano, unaccompanied cello, string quartet, piano quartet, and vocal quartet. Participating artists include singers Ryan Bede, Katie Hochman, Kristen Keymont, Brian Minnick, and Katie Stevenson, conductor Roger Nelson, cellist Colin Meek, pianist Nobuko Hasegawa, and the Bella Sala Quartet.

Earshot: A Consecutive Sequence + Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand

Earshot’s Jazz: The 2nd Century program invites Seattle musicians to creatively consider the future of jazz, in any and all of its possibilities. Curated each year by a different “blind jury” from responses to a general call for submissions, the resulting concert series showcases original compositions by Seattle artists on four consecutive Thursday evenings in July.

A Consecutive Sequence
A Consecutive Sequence is a duo on a quest for authenticity, innovation, and connection – a connection with jazz’s history and culture, with audiences, and with the music itself. Comprised of Bryan Lineberry (saxophone) and Dio Jean-Baptiste (drums), the group draws on influences of EDM, hardcore punk, hip-hop, and even heavy metal to craft a visceral, powerful sound.

“With the greatest access ever in history to the vast catalogue of music,” says Lineberry, “it becomes easier for musicians to gravitate towards new territories to be influenced by.” And it’s their ever-expanding draw of influences, reverence of the art form, and dedication that positions A Consecutive Sequence to be a reflection of what is happening in the second century of jazz.

Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand
Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand is Jeffrey Taylor (guitar), John Seman (contrabass), and Mark Ostrowski (drums), a trio that has been performing together for more than five years. Taking its name from the six-fingered blues slide guitarist, the group creates spontaneous compositions rooted in the language of the blues and free jazz. Taylor weaves guitar improvisations like themes through a sermon, fanning the flames of long-time Monktail rhythm section of Seman and Ostrowski. Reverence for the roots of improvised music meets an unbridled passion to push boundaries, making for a propulsive and unpredictable sound.

Northwest New Music Workshop

Northwest New-Music Workshop (NW2) is a workshop created by Simon Henneman and Dick Valentine in the winter of 2016, with the purpose of bringing together Puget Sound area composers and instrumentalists in an evolving, dynamic collaborative environment. NW2 is devoted to creating, refining, rehearsing and performing new music encompassing the greatest possible breadth of idioms and styles. The intention is to grow NW2 continuously over time, as a forum to bridge Seattle’s diverse creative music communities and provide opportunities for individual artists who don’t ordinarily work together to conspire, collaborate, explore, and celebrate.

The first-ever NW2 ensemble consists of five multi-instrumentalists, together capable of supporting compositions for french horn, trumpet, flugelhorn, saxophone, flute, guitar, string bass, percussion and drums. Each of these five artists has composed new works specifically for the workshop ensemble. Additionally, for this first of what we hope to be an on-going series of NW2 concert presentations, new works have been commissioned from two other area composers.

The NW2 July 2016 concert presentation features an all-premiere program of compositions by seven Seattle composers:

Samantha Boshnack
Greg Campbell
Simon Henneman
Sierra Klingele
Pete Leinonen
Dick Valentine
Daniel Webbon

Earshot: ACMD + Hunter Gather

Earshot’s Jazz: The 2nd Century program invites Seattle musicians to creatively consider the future of jazz, in any and all of its possibilities. Curated each year by a different “blind jury” from responses to a general call for submissions, the resulting concert series showcases original compositions by Seattle artists on four consecutive Thursday evenings in July.

ACMD is a collaboration between two composers, saxophonist Ivan Arteaga and digital artist Marcin Pączkowski, with an expanded lineup for live performances to include Greg Sinibaldi on baritone sax and dancer Mariah Davis. This project explores a new and vibrant medium for interaction between movement and sound through the use of electronic music and computer sensors. Arteaga and Sinibaldi bring their jazz and improvising backgrounds into a world of electronic sounds (by way of Pączkowski) and movement for a unique multi-disciplinary approach that celebrates the exploratory and inventive spirit of the art form.

Hunter Gather
Rather than mining the jazz lineage for ways of updating the preexisting tradition, Hunter Gather tries to harness the ethos of how the jazz tradition came into being in the first place. Led by saxophonist/composer Levi Gillis, with Ronan Delisle on electric guitar, Cameron Sharif on keyboard, and Evan Woodle on drums, the group takes aspects of contemporary music and weaves them into arrangements that leave space for improvisation and spontaneous interplay. Drawing from a myriad of genres, including post- and indie rock, Americana, and Afro-Caribbean, Hunter Gather’s music is emotionally captivating, relevant, and universal.

Garek Jon Druss, Pulling Out the Light, God & Vanilla

For our fourth Further Records show we delve deep into the dark and subterranean ambient sound. Pre-sale ticket purchase includes free download of Pulling Out The Light’s Radiant Color cassette released March 28, 2014.

Garek Jon Druss
Garek Jon Druss will perform two new pieces from his forthcoming release on Further records, The Wellspring of Light. These new works were written and developed during an artist in-residence program in Finland and marks a distinct and new chapter in Druss’ solo work.

Garek is a sound and visual artist who creates work to explore the balance between the physical being and the incorporeal, or non-being. His vibrant soundscapes create temporary ambient interactions that examine the human condition and its struggle to understand the ethereal vastness of the spirit. By manipulating frequency, melody, and rhythm, his work confronts an unrevealed inner expanse, simultaneously as a terrifying and uncontrollable happening and as an experience that is in its radical transformative-ness.

Pulling Out The Light
Briana Jones has emerged as one of the city’s most compelling electronic musicians; her long-form, beatless pieces plumb chthonic depths of mood as she extracts bizarre textures from her gear, conjuring fascinating dystopian vistas. There’s a lot of such perilous sci-fi soundtrackage floating around now, but Pulling Out the Light’s ascends to higher planes than most. Watch video.

God And Vanilla
~The ethereal dark ambient project of solo guitarist Richard O’Leary, creates lush tapestries and hauntingly inviting dreamscapes that draw the listener to an otherworldly place where warm colors run together to create beautiful portraits.

Visuals by Killing Frenzy
Leo Mayberry has been composing, coordinating and performing live video for the last 15 years as KillingFrenzy Visuals. Projects have varied from improvisational explorations with Steve Fisk to complicated theater performance with the Degenerate Art Ensemble.

Ensemble Audax: New Music for Old Souls

New Music for Old Souls is a collaborative concert between Ensemble Audax and Seattle composers Marguerite Brown and Sierra Klingele. Showcasing new works for 18th century instruments with contemporary composition practices, the evening promises to open your ears to the possibilities of these unique instruments. Inspired by the natural and cultural independence of the Pacific Northwest, Ensemble Audax presents concerts that give new lenses through which to view history. By performing freely and without apology, we break away from conventions of place and aesthetic.

Earshot: The Arsonists + OverPlay w/ Sister Nader

Earshot’s Jazz: The 2nd Century program invites Seattle musicians to creatively consider the future of jazz, in any and all of its possibilities. Curated each year by a different “blind jury” from responses to a general call for submissions, the resulting concert series showcases original compositions by Seattle artists on four consecutive Thursday evenings in July.

The Arsonists
It all began in 2012, when four friends from Seattle – drummer Max Holmberg, bassist Mat Muntz, pianist Julian Garvue, and tenor saxophonist Xavier Del Castillo – collided with alto saxophonist Patrick Bartley, from Fort Lauderdale. A deep connection within the newly founded quintet was immediately apparent; the band set off on a musical crusade to reintroduce authentic spirit and ecstatic transcendence into their artistic community. This cause is aided by an eclectic mix of sounds and styles, from neo-Caribbean dancehall beats and pseudo-Eurasian melodic exotica to passionate post-jazz wailing and down-home funk-metal grooves. The unified sound emerging from these disparate influences is at once idiosyncratic, organic, and powerful.

OverPlay w/ Sister Nader
Tenor saxophonist Jeremy Shaskus and drummer Randy Doak have teamed up to explore the art of the duo. Drawing on influences from jazz icons including John Coltrane, Sun Ra, and Sonny Rollins to more contemporary artists such as Joe Lovano and even local saxophonist Neil Welch, OverPlay demonstrates versatility in each of their compositions. Whether it’s the use of multi-phonics on a track dedicated (kind of) to Hemingway or classic medley arrangements the duo emphasizes imagination in their explorations of sound.

Shaskus and Doak invite avant artist Sister Nader, on clarinet, for their performance. While the sax-drum duo is the core sound of OverPlay, the addition of the guest, says Shaskus, is to add a bit of a theatrical element, seldom seen in today’s jazz.

Swarm + Stew: Honoring Stuart Dempster on his 80th

Note: If the weather is nice, the show will begin in the Garden area behind the Good Shepherd Center, transitioning to the Chapel around 8 PM; if not, everything will happen in the Chapel beginning at 7:30.

Swarm+Stew, composed/facilitated by Neal Kosaly-Meyer, is an event conceived to honor trombonist, composer and multi-media performer Stuart Dempster two days following his eightieth birthday. The ensemble is comprised of friends, students and colleagues or co-conspirators of Stuart Dempster: Ione, Loren Dempster, Neal Kosaly-Meyer, Pauline Oliveros and Greg Powers. As befits a tribute to Dempster, the score allows for spontaneity, surprise and the unexpected; it encourages deep listening in each moment; it prescribes loving dedication to its auditors and to its inspiration.

Ione is a critically acclaimed author, playwright, poet, educator, and performer-improviser. She is director of the Ministry of Maåt, and artistic director of Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening Institute.

Loren Kiyoshi Dempster, uses a combination of computer, electronics, cello, improvisation, notated scores, to create and perform music. He toured extensively with Merce Cunningham performing Interscape and Biped. A Seattle native and University of Washington graduate, Dempster has worked with many Seattle based artists such as the Degenerate Art Ensemble.

Neal Kosaly-Meyer is a composer and performer based in Seattle. Current projects include his ongoing piano composition Gradus: for Fux, Tesla and Milo the Wrestler, and A Finnegans Wake Project (memorizing and performing each chapter of Joyce’s novel over the course of 17 years).

Pauline Oliveros has influenced American music extensively in her career spanning more than 60 years as a composer, performer, author and philosopher. She pioneered the concept of Deep Listening, her practice based upon principles of improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching and meditation, designed to inspire both trained and untrained musicians to practice the art of listening and responding to environmental conditions in solo and ensemble situations.

Greg Powers is a pioneer in adapting Indian music to the trombone. He is a disciple of the Dagarbhani tradition and has studied with Jeff Lewis, Ustad Farid’uddin Dagar, Uday Bhawalkar, Baha’uddin Dagar and Wasif’uddin Dagar in Seattle and Mumbai. As a Fulbright Fellow to India he studied with Ustad Yunus Hussein Khan in New Delhi.