“At the request of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton declare myself Emperor.” So began the proclamation by which Joshua Norton, on September 17, 1859, became Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. During his 20-year reign, Norton I abolished Congress, decreed bridges be built between Oakland and San Francisco, enjoyed free passage by rail and ship, printed and used his own money, and corresponded with kings, queens, and presidents. I, Norton is an improvised collage structure that combines conduction (hand cues), graphic scores, and memory-based improvisational structures. It can be performed by any number of people – in this case, a large ensemble of Seattle improvisers. Bay Area composer and percussionist Gino Robair has recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, John Butcher, Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald, and Eugene Chadbourne, and has performed with John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Otomo Yoshihide, Cecil Taylor, Myra Melford, and the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. Gino is one of the “25 innovative percussionists” included in the book Percussion Profiles (SoundWorld, 2001), and Senior Editor at Electronic Musician magazine.
Each month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded organizations and artists present ten concerts of adventurous and experimental music in the gorgeous Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center (which sits on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish people): contemporary/post-classical composition, free improvisation and the outer limits of jazz, electronic/electroacoustic music, new instruments, phonography, sound art, and other innovative musics. Watch a video clip about us on the Seattle Channel.
Location & Contact
In the Chapel Performance Space on the fourth floor of the Good Shepherd Center.
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.
Seattle WA, 98103
(SW corner of 50th & Sunnyside in Wallingford. Nearest Metro bus stops: 62, 44, 26)