Chris Brokaw + Lori Goldston + Greg Kelley

Guitarist Chris Brokaw, known for his work with Codeine, Come, Thurston Moore, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Rhys Chatham, The Catamites (duo with Sephen O’malley) and many more, meets with cellist Lori Goldston (Black Cat Orchestra, Earth, Nirvana, etc.) and trumpet player Greg Kelley (Nmperign, etc.) for a first-time meeting: solos, duos, and a trio finale. Expect everything from quiet beginnings to savage conclusions.

Chris and Greg are both fairly recent transplants from Boston to Seattle; Lori has been a longtime fixture in the Seattle experimental music scene. East meets West; this is only the beginning.

Popstronauts

Popstronauts is an improvisational duo that seeks to explore the chaos and reality that is life. As individual humans have little control over the events that take place in the world around us, we instead do what we can to fit in and create our own space within the world. The music is non-apologetic free improvisation taking influence from free jazz, Carribbean and African rhythmic forms, electronic noise, and popular music.

Clifford Kimbrel-Dunn is a specialist in extended wind instrument techniques. His musical life has been devoted to pushing the limits of the flute’s capabilities. He has performed throughout the USA, Canada, and Western Europe. His passions include Linux, balanced audio, vegan food, and his beautiful wife and daughter.

A Drummer, a person, a fool,
Dio, the man child.

That is all.
That is all

Dio Jean-Baptiste

Ant’lrd + Panabrite + RM Francis

Three Pacific Northwest artists present an evening of exploratory solo electronic sound performances, ranging from the drifting phonic ecstasies of Portland’s Ant’lrd to Panabrite’s concrète-kosmische hybridizations and the fragmented computer synthesis of RM Francis.

Ant’lrd is the solo collage-ambient, loopidelic cloud of Portland-based multi-instrumentalist, Colin Blanton.

Panabrite is a solo project of Seattle-based Norm Chambers. Emerging from a love of early electronic, concrete and tape music, soundtracks and early new age, Chambers attempts to create worlds of sound that touch on many elements and moods, from more spatially motivated ambient to aspects of minimalist composition and improvisation.

RM Francis is a computer musician living in Seattle. His work incorporates granular synthesis, spectral processing, algorithmic composition, graphical interfaces and image sonification. He has been performing solo since 2011. His most recent releases are Attributed Agency on DRAFT and Recycled Sleep on Agents of Chaos.

(Panabrite photo: Harmony Seiko Shenk)

CANCELLED! [Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda]

Due to bureaucratic lameness at the US embassy in Japan and a typhoon that is likely to result in all flights from Japan being cancelled, we regret to inform you that this show will not happen. Maybe next spring…

Japanese sound artists Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda perform with self-made instruments, analogue tape machines and radios, wood pieces, nails, hammer, and daily objects, by responding to the architecture, acoustics and energy of the performance space. Though they differ in generation and performance practice, Suzuki and Onda have collaborated extensively in recent years and share a deep interest in the relationship between sound and space and explore the possibilities of site-specific happenings. They released their first duo album <em>ma ta ta bi in 2014. Onda and Suzuki perform by utilizing unconventional and self-made instruments including analog cassette Walkmans 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. Each performance will begin with the artists in the middle of the space, surrounded by the audience, before gradually moving throughout the environment as the performance unfolds.

Gregg Belisle-Chi + Carmen Rothwell

Guitarist/composer Gregg Belisle-Chi celebrates the release of his debut album, Tenebrae, for solo guitar and with vocalist Chelsea Crabtree on the Canadian Songlines label.

Currently completing his M.Mus at UW, Gregg Belisle-Chi has performed with a wide range of musicians in Seattle, among them Jim Knapp, Andy Clausen, Bill Frisell (a friend and mentor), Wayne Horvitz and Eyvind Kang, and in a variety of genres (avant-garde, pop/rock, folk, chamber). The vocals are by his wife (their musical collaboration began in 2009). Two years in the making, Tenebrae comes out of Belisle-Chi’s personal relationship to the guitar and his listening to 20th century classical composers such as Bartok and Ligeti, consciously balancing harmonic dissonance with clear melodic line. The music is through-composed, there is no improvisation as such. Words and songwriting are a central focus, with a strong literary influence:

“For this music I drew a lot of inspiration from writers: when it came to composing, I divided up all the elements similarly to how you might a piece of fiction, in terms of form, phrase, structure, characters, development, motifs. All these things sort of relate to one another, in musical and literary terms. More and more I’m attracted to the idea of incorporating songwriting into a jazz/improvising ensemble. I think jazz sort of missed the mark by just taking the Great American Songbook and using the chord progressions as vehicles to improvise over; everything is about the instrumental solo and the virtuosity of the players, but that leaves out the listeners who might want to hear a great story or who appreciate great poetry, anyone who’s attracted to words, which seems like a majority of listeners today.”

Bassist Carmen Rothwell plays what she wants to hear, and she wants you to hear it too. Some of her solo pieces are carefully crafted compositions–methodical utilizations of extended techniques; others are simple melodies dreamed up over long car rides. Others still are improvisations being sculpted as we listen. Carmen has established herself as an active voice in Seattle’s improvised music scene. She performs with many groups around the city (Tyrant Lizard, The Sky is a Suitcase, Wally Shoup Trio + One, Tofte, Ings, and more), and has been developing a unique repertoire of solo bass music. She was voted Earshot Jazz’s 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year.

Seattle Composers’ Salon

The Seattle Composers’ Salon fosters the development, performance and appreciation of new music by regional composers and performers. At bi-monthly, informal presentations, the Salon features finished works, previews, and works in progress. Composers, performers, and audience members gather in a casual setting that allows for experimentation and discussion. Everyone is welcome! This salon features new music by Matthew James Briggs, Michael Owcharuk, Jay Hamilton, and Jeremy Shaskus.

Vance Galloway & Charles Stanyon

Vance Galloway (SEA) and Charles Stanyon (PDX) present Source to Sea: electronic explorations and meditations on the transformation of sound, from the infinitesimal to the infinite.

Vance Galloway and Charles Stanyon return to the Chapel with a compelling new collection of electronic works and electroacoustic improvisations for guitar, modular synthesizer, found Sound, and signal processors. The program will make use of the lovely acoustic properties of the Chapel and will be presented in immersive surround sound. Audience members are encouraged to experience the pieces from any location in the space, exploring the compelling acoustic properties of the venue.

Please join us for an early evening of evocative sound and acoustic meditation.

Vance Galloway is a composer, improviser and Instrument designer based in Seattle Washington. While often recognized for his audio engineering and technical work for influential electronic artists and festivals worldwide, his own artistic output focuses on the direct connection of sound with human psychology and physiology. His work attempts to bypass the linguistic aspects of musical presentation with the aim of directly influencing the listener on a emotive, visceral level.

Charles Stanyan is fascinated by sound. His performances focus on post-consumption aethetics explored via live sampling, audio processing and feedback loops.

S. Eric Scribner: Found Sound + Found Objects = Found Music (and a piano)

S. Eric Scribner, composer; found objects, piano
Keith Eisenbrey, found objects

Sounds, Found is a “garbage piece” for pre-recorded found sound (most of it recorded in August of 2012) and a stage full of found objects as percussion. The piece, in twenty-one short movements, explores the similarities, differences, and connections between the concepts in the continuum of what are commonly called noise, sound, and music. The prerecorded parts and live playing are separate layers that only occasionally connect, adding another layer to the piece’s conceptual framework. And, in addition to all that intellectualizing, it should be a lot of fun.

Keith Eisenbrey will also perform his set of Twenty-Four Preludes for solo piano.

S(teve) Eric Scribner studied composition with Lockrem Johnson. He has lived in Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Japan, with premiers of many of his pieces in each of those places. Many of his recent compositions have been part of an extended series for guided improvisation over pre-recorded sound. These include (The) Nature (of) Sound (an installation with interactive sound, presented at Jack Straw New Media Gallery in 2014), and the day-long StormSound Cycle (for twelve musicians and prerecorded sound). Sounds, Found is shorter, denser, and generally less ambient than these two earlier pieces.

MSHR + Million Mists + LIMITS + RM Francis

Gift Tapes presents an exciting evening of off-kilter, virtual-leaning performances. RM Francis will initiate the evening with an unusual ambient set (at GT’s request!), followed by disquieting interlude of sound and dance from LIMITS (Corrie Befort & Jason E Anderson), the tweaked and clouded warpings of Portland-based Million Mists (Jamie Potter of Brother Raven) and the exceptional performance art-installation/noise band MSHR (Brenna Murphy and Birch Cooper!!) performing with custom electronics & lights!

MSHR is a collaborative project by Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy based in Portland, Oregon. The duo produces installations, sculptures and ritualistic performances that place the human body into a dynamic relationship with sound and light, generating expanded sensory experiences. Their current performance series, titled Resonant Hyper Scape Modulator, revolves around a unique system of light-audio feedback that employs their hand made synthesizers. The duo insert themselves into the system, shifting sculptural sensors to steer the feedback patterns as they explore the hyperscapes of a transhumanist ceremony. MSHR emerged from the 5 person art collective Oregon Painting Society in 2011.

Million Mists is the musical project of Portland resident Jamie Potter. Drawing inspiration from his visual and video art practice, he seeks primarily to create immersive, idiosyncratic sound worlds. Largely improvised, performances often begin as a chaotic effort to reconcile the disparate personalities of an array of sound producing devices, from which narrative passages have the potential to arise. Fleeting moments of harmony are to be savored. Potter also plays with musical groups Bonus and Brother Raven.

LIMITS is a Seattle-based interdisciplinary-performance art hybrid collaboration created by choreographer/dancer Corrie Befort and sound artist/musician Jason E Anderson. The duo draws upon their shared history and involvement with improvisation, film/video art, installation, and activities within the realm of experimental performance. LIMITS uses music venues, art galleries, site-specific and re-purposed locations as platforms to perform scored improvisations intended to generate scenarios that become the basis for new, iterative works of film, installations, audio recordings, and large-scale performances. Employing conceptual, abstract, and narrative methodologies, their efforts investigate psychological experiences of time, perception and memory.

RM Francis is the computer music project of Seattle computer musician Robert Francis. His work incorporates granular synthesis, spectral processing, algorithmic composition, graphical interfaces and image sonification. He has been performing solo since 2011. His most recent releases are Attributed Agency on DRAFT and Recycled Sleep on Agents of Chaos.


Nat Evans + Scott Worthington

Seattle composer Nat Evans and LA-based composer/bassist Scott Worthington present new works for bass, as well as a participatory walking meditation event created by Evans during his time on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014.

Scott Worthington is touring the west coast in support of his solo album on Populist Records released in August 2015. The album, Prism, features his own music for solo bass with electronics and for bass ensemble. On tour, he performs music from the album as well as music by Nat Evans, Brenna Noonan, and Julia Wolfe.

In 2014 Nat Evans spent five months hiking the Pacific Crest Trail collecting field recordings and creating new works. Evans recorded an album of music he wrote on the trail, including field recordings of sounds he encountered during this time in the wilderness. For this event, audience members will be briefly instructed about walking meditation by John Nomura from Seattle Soto Zen, then some of these new works from the album, The Tortoise, will be presented live amidst this contemplative atmosphere.

This event is presented thanks to a grant from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.