Seattle Modern Orchestra Benefit

Join us for a special fundraiser concert to support Seattle Modern Orchestra’s 2015-16 Season. Wine and hors d’oeuvre will be served before and following the one-hour concert of music by Reich, Ferneyhough, Trebacz and Tulve. This event also includes a silent auction with several enticing prizes and a few exciting games!

General Admission – students – $20 (includes concert ticket, food & a glass of wine)

General Admission – Adults & Seniors – $40 (includes concert ticket, food & a glass of wine, $20 donation to SMO)

Supporter’s ticket – $85 (includes concert ticket, food & 2 glasses of wine + an SMO DVD, $45 donation to SMO)

Patron + friend ticket – $250 (includes two concert tickets, food & unlimited champagne, an autographed CD of flutist Paul Taub, $100 donation to SMO)

PROGRAM:

Steve Reich – Cello Counterpoint
Rose Bellini, cello

Brian Ferneyhough – Time and Motion Study I
Angelique Poteat, clarinet

Ewa Trebacz – Minotaur for Horn and Surround Sound
Josiah Boothby, horn

Helena Tulve – Abysses for flute solo and ensemble
Paul Taub, flute

Julia Tai, conductor and SMO co-artistic director

Inverted Space: Ferneyhough residency

Inverted Space/the UW Modern Ensemble performs the music of Brian Ferneyhough, Mark Applebaum and Joel-Francois Durand. Brian Ferneyhough’s residency concert will feature his works Fanfare for Klaus Huber, Mort Subite, Adagissimo, Intermedio alla Ciaccona and Flurries. Also on the program is Mark Applebaum’s Ferneyhough ReMix and Fanfare for Brian Ferneyhough. The premier of Joel-Francois Durand’s solo piano piece Enfance will be performed by Laure Struber, as well as the revised edition of Hermetic Definition.

Wally Shoup / Greg Campbell / Greg Kelley

Three experienced Seattle musicians come together to fine tune the art of improvisation. Alto saxist Wally Shoup, trumpeter Greg Kelley, and percussionist Greg Campbell integrate adventurous chops with keen ears and a deep sense of the laminal to create spontaneous coherences that move at the speed of response. This combination of far-ranging brass and woodwind textures, coupled with subtly shifting rhythms will perfectly suit the rich acoustical environment of the Chapel. (photo of Greg Campbell by Daniel Sheehan)

The Westerlies + Robin Holcomb & Peggy Lee

The Westerlies (“prevailing winds from the West to the East”) are a New York based brass quartet comprised of four childhood friends from Seattle, Washington: Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler on trumpet, and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombone. “Skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers” (NPR’s Fresh Air), The Westerlies explore jazz, roots, and chamber music influences to create the rarest of hybrids: music that is both “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous.” (NPR Music) Since their inception in 2011, their music has garnered praise from such diverse perspectives as Bill Frisell, The American Brass Quintet, Radiolab, and Vieux Farka Toure. Equally at home in concert halls and living rooms, The Westerlies navigate a wide array of venues with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along.

Robin Holcomb and Peggy Lee have collaborated since 2006 on a variety of projects composed by Robin Holcomb. Both distinctive composers and fierce improvisers, they have been featured performers at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the PuSH Festival, the Royal Room and the Chapel Performance Space in Seattle. The duo is currently recording their multifaceted repertoire: compositions extended by improvisation, songs and settings of the poetry of Nazim Hikmet. Their music explores a wide territory – from contemporary classical to folk to free jazz and beyond.

(Photo by Sasha Arutyunova​)

Seaver & Witscher | Mark Lewis | RM Francis

Daryl Seaver & Jeff Witscher work & live in Portland, Oregon, where they moved recently from Western Mass. Seaver received a Bachelor’s of Music from the Hartt School of Music & studied mathematics at the Smith Center for Women in Mathematics. She currently works as a software developer & has been recently utilizing computer software to unite her interest in music & mathematics. Witscher is busy running his cleaning company called Vincent’s Expert Cleaners & spends the remainder of his time playing chess. Together they are using computer software along with recorded instruments to reframe their ideas of cleaning & math in a musical context.

Mark Lewis is an electronic musician based out of Portland, Oregon. Since 2004 Mark has been a member of Eye Myths, a duo focused/unfocused on live improvised performance. On the 12th Lewis will present a new piece called Jokers Wild.

RM Francis is a computer musician from Seattle. His work incorporates granular synthesis, spectral processing, algorithmic composition, and image sonification.

31st Seattle Improvised Music Festival

Welcome to the 31st Seattle Improvised Music Festival, taking place on Feb. 4, 5, and 6. This year’s festival takes a slightly different form. As usual, three visiting artists will join an array of local musicians; but with a couple of exceptions, the local improvisers will play multiple times during the weekend. These continued explorations throughout the weekend may expand the sonic worlds of the musicians and listeners. Additionally, there are no solo sets this year; each evening will open with a duo followed by two quartets. All fully improvised, of course.

Carol Genetti is a vocalist, composer and installation artist who currently resides in Chicago. Her work is focused on the interplay between the voice as an expressive musical instrument and its extension into the sound-making realm. She has studied a variety of techniques including Western singing, Hindustani classical voice and Bulgarian folk music. Through these studies and her own explorations, she has developed a personal yet universal palette that is an abstraction of “extended” voice sounds — breaths, overtones, and disconnected textual bits, squeaks, growls, non-verbal tones — sounds that evoke unconscious emotions and human physicality. Genetti has toured throughout the US, Canada, France and Germany and has performed concerts as an improvisational vocalist with a number of like-minded artists.

Matana Roberts is a sound experimentalist, alto saxophonist/clarinetist, composer, and improviser now based in New York City but previously from Chicago’s South Side, where she was an active member of the AACM and formed a trio, Sticks and Stones, with bassist Josh Abrams and drummer Chad Taylor, with whom she regularly performed at the Velvet Lounge. Roberts moved to New York in 2002, initially busking in subways and publishing a zine Fat Ragged, about her experiences. Roberts is the composer of Coin Coin, a multichapter musical work-in-progress exploring themes of history, memory and ancestry. The Jazz Journalists Association selected Roberts as a finalist nominee for the 2008 “Up and Coming Musician of the Year” award.

Leslie Ross resides in Maine. Previously, she was a New York City musician/bassoon builder. Twenty-five years ago she was a member of Trigger, a cello/bassoon/contrabass clarinet trio with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Paul Hoskin devoted to structured improvisation and compositional language. Since then, Leslie has developed a solo world that is beyond remarkable. Trigger returns as a system of computer processing for all parts of her bassoon. She truly looks forward to returning to her acoustic improvised roots

In addition to the Seattle musicians, Los Angeles percussionist Alan Cook plays his first Seattle gig since his recent relocation to Longview, WA. Long active in the southern California creative music community, Alan brings a dynamic and multifaceted perspective to the exploration of the percussive arts. His 40 years of diverse musical experience includes performing with Nigerian master drummer Francis Awe’s Talking Drum Ensemble, competing to top 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 performed with renowned musicians such as Dave Holland, Albert Mangelsdorf, Bobby Bradford, Fred Katz, Lee Konitz, Don Thompson, Ralph Alessi, Vinny Golia, Kei Akagi, among many others.

Tonight’s line-up:

Matana Roberts, alto saxophone + Alan Cook, drums

Leslie Ross, bassoon + Lesli Dalaba, trumpet + Dennis Rea, electric guitar + Jen Gilleran, drums

Carol Genetti, voice + Kate Olson, soprano saxophone + Beth Yip, trombone + John Seman, bass

Presented by Nonsequitur, with support of a Neighborhood & Community Arts grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

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31st Seattle Improvised Music Festival

Welcome to the 31st Seattle Improvised Music Festival, taking place on Feb. 4, 5, and 6. This year’s festival takes a slightly different form. As usual, three visiting artists will join an array of local musicians; but with a couple of exceptions, the local improvisers will play multiple times during the weekend. These continued explorations throughout the weekend may expand the sonic worlds of the musicians and listeners. Additionally, there are no solo sets this year; each evening will open with a duo followed by two quartets. All fully improvised, of course.

Carol Genetti is a vocalist, composer and installation artist who currently resides in Chicago. Her work is focused on the interplay between the voice as an expressive musical instrument and its extension into the sound-making realm. She has studied a variety of techniques including Western singing, Hindustani classical voice and Bulgarian folk music. Through these studies and her own explorations, she has developed a personal yet universal palette that is an abstraction of “extended” voice sounds — breaths, overtones, and disconnected textual bits, squeaks, growls, non-verbal tones — sounds that evoke unconscious emotions and human physicality. Genetti has toured throughout the US, Canada, France and Germany and has performed concerts as an improvisational vocalist with a number of like-minded artists.

Matana Roberts is a sound experimentalist, alto saxophonist/clarinetist, composer, and improviser now based in New York City but previously from Chicago’s South Side, where she was an active member of the AACM and formed a trio, Sticks and Stones, with bassist Josh Abrams and drummer Chad Taylor, with whom she regularly performed at the Velvet Lounge. Roberts moved to New York in 2002, initially busking in subways and publishing a zine Fat Ragged, about her experiences. Roberts is the composer of Coin Coin, a multichapter musical work-in-progress exploring themes of history, memory and ancestry. The Jazz Journalists Association selected Roberts as a finalist nominee for the 2008 “Up and Coming Musician of the Year” award.

Leslie Ross resides in Maine. Previously, she was a New York City musician/bassoon builder. Twenty-five years ago she was a member of Trigger, a cello/bassoon/contrabass clarinet trio with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Paul Hoskin devoted to structured improvisation and compositional language. Since then, Leslie has developed a solo world that is beyond remarkable. Trigger returns as a system of computer processing for all parts of her bassoon. She truly looks forward to returning to her acoustic improvised roots

In addition to the Seattle musicians, Los Angeles percussionist Alan Cook plays his first Seattle gig since his recent relocation to Longview, WA. Long active in the southern California creative music community, Alan brings a dynamic and multifaceted perspective to the exploration of the percussive arts. His 40 years of diverse musical experience includes performing with Nigerian master drummer Francis Awe’s Talking Drum Ensemble, competing to top 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 performed with renowned musicians such as Dave Holland, Albert Mangelsdorf, Bobby Bradford, Fred Katz, Lee Konitz, Don Thompson, Ralph Alessi, Vinny Golia, Kei Akagi, among many others.

Tonight’s line-up:

Carol Genetti, voice + Dennis Rea, electric guitar

Matana Roberts, alto saxophone + Wilson Shook, alto saxophone + Kate Olson, soprano saxophone + Greg Campbell, drums

Leslie Ross, bassoon + Tari Nelson-Zagar, violin + John Seman, bass + Alan Cook, drums

Presented by Nonsequitur, with support of a Neighborhood & Community Arts grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

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31st Seattle Improvised Music Festival

Welcome to the 31st Seattle Improvised Music Festival, taking place on Feb. 4, 5, and 6. This year’s festival takes a slightly different form. As usual, three visiting artists will join an array of local musicians; but with a couple of exceptions, the local improvisers will play multiple times during the weekend. These continued explorations throughout the weekend may expand the sonic worlds of the musicians and listeners. Additionally, there are no solo sets this year; each evening will open with a duo followed by two quartets. All fully improvised, of course.

Carol Genetti is a vocalist, composer and installation artist who currently resides in Chicago. Her work is focused on the interplay between the voice as an expressive musical instrument and its extension into the sound-making realm. She has studied a variety of techniques including Western singing, Hindustani classical voice and Bulgarian folk music. Through these studies and her own explorations, she has developed a personal yet universal palette that is an abstraction of “extended” voice sounds — breaths, overtones, and disconnected textual bits, squeaks, growls, non-verbal tones — sounds that evoke unconscious emotions and human physicality. Genetti has toured throughout the US, Canada, France and Germany and has performed concerts as an improvisational vocalist with a number of like-minded artists.

Matana Roberts is a sound experimentalist, alto saxophonist/clarinetist, composer, and improviser now based in New York City but previously from Chicago’s South Side, where she was an active member of the AACM and formed a trio, Sticks and Stones, with bassist Josh Abrams and drummer Chad Taylor, with whom she regularly performed at the Velvet Lounge. Roberts moved to New York in 2002, initially busking in subways and publishing a zine Fat Ragged, about her experiences. Roberts is the composer of Coin Coin, a multichapter musical work-in-progress exploring themes of history, memory and ancestry. The Jazz Journalists Association selected Roberts as a finalist nominee for the 2008 “Up and Coming Musician of the Year” award.

Leslie Ross resides in Maine. Previously, she was a New York City musician/bassoon builder. Twenty-five years ago she was a member of Trigger, a cello/bassoon/contrabass clarinet trio with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Paul Hoskin devoted to structured improvisation and compositional language. Since then, Leslie has developed a solo world that is beyond remarkable. Trigger returns as a system of computer processing for all parts of her bassoon. She truly looks forward to returning to her acoustic improvised roots

In addition to the Seattle musicians, Los Angeles percussionist Alan Cook plays his first Seattle gig since his recent relocation to Longview, WA. Long active in the southern California creative music community, Alan brings a dynamic and multifaceted perspective to the exploration of the percussive arts. His 40 years of diverse musical experience includes performing with Nigerian master drummer Francis Awe’s Talking Drum Ensemble, competing to top 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 performed with renowned musicians such as Dave Holland, Albert Mangelsdorf, Bobby Bradford, Fred Katz, Lee Konitz, Don Thompson, Ralph Alessi, Vinny Golia, Kei Akagi, among many others.

Tonight’s line-up:

Leslie Ross, bassoon + Paul Hoskin, contrabass clarinet

Carol Genetti, voice + Lesli Dalaba, trumpet + Wilson Shook, alto saxophone + Alan Cook, drums

Matana Roberts, alto saxophone + Tari Nelson-Zagar, violin + Beth Yip, trombone + Jen Gilleran, drums

Presented by Nonsequitur, with support of a Neighborhood & Community Arts grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

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Nineteen Crimes + Red Fable

Jen Gilleran was invited to record with Allison Miller and Gregg Keplinger the week she arrived in Seattle from Costa Rica (before that Denver, before that NYC). It was a powerful and cinematic experience. The Racer Sessions offered her another unique introduction to a community of brilliant improvisers and composers and the band GRID was formed. With over 15 on the roster, GRID performed live to the films of Fritz Lang (Metropolis), Buster Keaton (Cops and Playhouse), Robert Enrico (An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge), Ilya Chaiken (Matchflick), Maya Deren (At Land) and many others at such notable venues as the Northwest Film Forum, Henry Art Gallery, Vermilion, Racer Cafe, The Chapel, Central Cinema, The Royal Room, and the UW Planitarium.

Nineteen Crimes is Gilleran’s latest manifestation of all the images and sounds that swirl in her head and in her garage. This will be the second installment of her trilogy at the Chapel. Joined by one of her favorite drummers, Chris Icasiano, the duo will accompany film and will be followed by the band Red Fable with Rich Hinklin (bass/guitar), Dennis Rea (guitar), and Don Berman (drums.) It promises to be a powerful evening of sound and film in this beautiful space.

Jonas Reinhardt + Panabrite + Monadh

Further Records is excited to produce our first event in conjunction with Wayward Music with a focus on live ambient and experimental electronics.

Jonas Reinhardt
*Inspired in equal measure by the throbbing urbanity of coastal cities, continental European art-rock experimentation, and improvised electronic minimalism, Reinhardt’s music transcends its influences into a wholly unique amalgam.

Panabrite
*Norm Chambers creates worlds of sound that touch on many elements and moods, from more spatially motivated ambient to aspects of cosmic synth, minimalist composition and improvisation.

Monadh
*Jake Muir voices a new generation of found sound artistry confounding ambient field recordings with experimentalist textural processing.