Wayward in Limbo #43: Naomi Siegel

Naomi Siegel is a trombonist, improvisor, composer and educator based in Missoula, MT and deeply connected to the Seattle music scene. She has released two albums as a bandleader/composer, is a member of Syrinx Effect, and is a frequent collaborator and freelancer with a variety of groups including Wayne Horvitz’s ensembles. You can find her music on BandCamp and SoundCloud.

“Gestation” is a freely improvised piece exploring and expressing my current experience being 23 weeks pregnant. Inspired by prompts from Pam Englander’s book Birthing from Within, this improvisation is a collage of honoring and owning my pregnancy journey, fears about birth, fantasies about birth, desired support, imagining of birth and delivery, and the beginnings of parenthood with my wife. Recorded on August 5, 2020 using trombone and electronics in my home studio with very little editing, I’m grateful to Wayward Music for the opportunity to document this moment.

(Photo by Rio Chantel)

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of previously unreleased material.