Wayward in Limbo #99: Tom Varner’s Sound Vespers Ensemble

Tom Varner is a composer, French horn player, recording artist, band leader, and teacher, who plays on over 75  recordings, and has 14 recordings of his own as a leader/composer. His recent CD “Nine Surprises” is available at Apple Music.

The Sound Vespers project grew out of a series of concerts at the Good Shepherd Center Chapel combining instrumental improvisers and members of the Seattle Phonographers Union. In August 2019, I assembled a nonet (6 brass, percussion, and 2 phonographers) and recorded a series of improvisations similar to what we had done at the Chapel Space. I hope you enjoy them.

Samantha Boshnack & Greg Kelley, trumpet; Ray Larsen, cornet; Jim Knodle, flugelhorn; Haley Freedlund, trombone; Tom Varner, French horn; Greg Campbell, percussion and tuba; Steve Barsotti & Steve Peters, field recordings/electronics.

Recorded live (no overdubs) at Jack Straw Studios by Steve Ditore. Special thanks to the Jack Straw Cultural Center.

00:00 – Section 2
15:52 – Section 6
30:49 – Section 8
42:18 – Section 9

(photo: Michelle Smith-Lewis)

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.