Earshot: Erika Dohi

Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival

Erika Dohi is a “virtuosic” (NY Times) “barrier-defying” (Mix Magazine) pianist/electronicist who improvises boldly with classical skills, as on her solo debut I, Castorpollux and in Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet. Seattle friend Kate Olson joins her for part of the performance.

Earshot Jazz COVID-19 Policy: For all in-person events, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test taken within 48 hours required for venue entry. Masks required indoors. Chairs will be spaced for social distancing (households may group together). Windows open weather permitting.

Earshot: Tiptons & Correo Aéreo

Co-presented by Earshot Jazz Festival & Nonsequitur.

¿Mujer o Bruja? (Woman or Witch?) is a new multimedia collaboration between the Tiptons Sax Quartet and award-winning Latin American music duo Correo Aéreo (Abel Rocha and Madeleine Sosin, who also conceived and directs the show) and digital artist Jing ‘Jude’ Dai.

Award-winning all-female ensemble the Tiptons Sax Quartet (Amy Denio, Jessica Lurie, Tina Richerson and Sue Orfield on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes, flute, clarinet, piano, accordion, bass guitar, percussion, electronics, voices) is collaborating for the first time with Correo Aéreo (Abel Rocha and Madeleine Sosin on guitar, cuatro, jarana, Venezuelan harp, violin, maracas, quijada, bombo, voices), a multi-instrumental duo recognized internationally for their mastery in interpreting and creating music based on Latin American cultures.  Digital artist Jing ‘Jude’ Dai is orchestrating the visual narrative for the ensemble’s original music and narration.

Inspired by Riane Eisler’s book The Chalice & The Blade and based on the archeological research of Maria Gimbutas and many other scholars, ¿Mujer O Bruja? draws us into rich sonic and visual worlds, looking at the history of feminine cosmology based upon birth, life, death and re-generation, and connected deeply with Nature and our own true nature as nature within the web of life. The project examines the effects of Dominator systems, the Mexican/American border, and includes a surreal cabaret, a story about a Mayan heroine and her bees, and other surprises.

¿Mujer O Bruja? tells an evolutionary myth for our times about the mysteries of transformation and the possibilities of Gylany, or Partnership. Partnership with our living Mother Earth, each other and all beings, our kin in the cosmic web of life.

This project is made possible in part by support from 4Culture, Earshot Jazz, Nonsequitur and Seattle Composers Alliance. We give grateful acknowledgement to Seattle Drum School and to Kenyon Hall for rehearsal space support.

Earshot Jazz COVID-19 Policy: For all in-person events, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test taken within 48 hours required for venue entry. Masks required indoors. Chairs will be spaced for social distancing (households may group together). Windows open weather permitting.

Earshot: Tiptons & Correo Aéreo

Co-presented by Earshot Jazz Festival & Nonsequitur.

¿Mujer o Bruja? (Woman or Witch?) is a new multimedia collaboration between the Tiptons Sax Quartet and award-winning Latin American music duo Correo Aéreo (Abel Rocha and Madeleine Sosin, who also conceived and directs the show) and digital artist Jing ‘Jude’ Dai.

Award-winning all-female ensemble the Tiptons Sax Quartet (Amy Denio, Jessica Lurie, Tina Richerson and Sue Orfield on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes, flute, clarinet, piano, accordion, bass guitar, percussion, electronics, voices) is collaborating for the first time with Correo Aéreo (Abel Rocha and Madeleine Sosin on guitar, cuatro, jarana, Venezuelan harp, violin, maracas, quijada, bombo, voices), a multi-instrumental duo recognized internationally for their mastery in interpreting and creating music based on Latin American cultures.  Digital artist Jing ‘Jude’ Dai is orchestrating the visual narrative for the ensemble’s original music and narration.

Inspired by Riane Eisler’s book The Chalice & The Blade and based on the archeological research of Maria Gimbutas and many other scholars, ¿Mujer O Bruja? draws us into rich sonic and visual worlds, looking at the history of feminine cosmology based upon birth, life, death and re-generation, and connected deeply with Nature and our own true nature as nature within the web of life. The project examines the effects of Dominator systems, the Mexican/American border, and includes a surreal cabaret, a story about a Mayan heroine and her bees, and other surprises.

¿Mujer O Bruja? tells an evolutionary myth for our times about the mysteries of transformation and the possibilities of Gylany, or Partnership. Partnership with our living Mother Earth, each other and all beings, our kin in the cosmic web of life.

This project is made possible in part by support from 4Culture, Earshot Jazz, Nonsequitur and Seattle Composers Alliance. We give grateful acknowledgement to Seattle Drum School and to Kenyon Hall for rehearsal space support.

Earshot Jazz COVID-19 Policy: For all in-person events, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test taken within 48 hours required for venue entry. Masks required indoors. Chairs will be spaced for social distancing (households may group together). Windows open weather permitting.

CSTMR, Dave Abramson/Lori Goldston, Amelia Coulter/Noel Kennon

CSTMR, is the defiant free-improv duo of guitarist Tom Scully and drummer Casey Adams. They will present an audio-video extrapolation, improvising in conjunction with extended footage from their sound-film The Endless Responsibility of Looking at My Face, which premieres Oct. 20th as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.  


Stalwarts and champions of Seattle experimental music, drummer Dave Abramson (Diminished Men, Climax Golden Twins, Telescoping) and cellist Lori Goldston (solo, Earth, Torben Ulrich) will continue their deep listening duo explorations.

Trombonist and electro-acoustic agitator Amelia Coulter will be joined by Noel Kennon on viola and assorted sounds.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: Following current mandates from King County & WA State public health officials, all audience members at this performance will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status and/or recent negative COVID test result will be required for entry. Additionally, chair seating will be arranged to maintain social distancing; people who live together may group chairs accordingly. Windows will be open, weather permitting. Audience should be aware that some performers will be playing wind instruments.

Earshot: Parker/Drake/Nicholson

Co-presented by Earshot Jazz Festival & Nonsequitiur

Two towering figures of liberating jazz exploration — bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake, who have collaborated with generations of innovators — with poetry and dance from Patricia Nicholson Parker.

Earshot Jazz COVID-19 Policy: For all in-person events, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test taken within 48 hours required for venue entry. Masks required indoors. Chairs will be spaced for social distancing (households may group together). Windows open weather permitting.

r beny / Leandrul / What We Talk About

Doors: 7:30 / Music: 8:00

Basement State presents r beny, Leandrul, and What We Talk About for an immersive evening of textural ambient soundscapes and melodic waves of sound. Interludes and Ambience: Planar Drift. Live Visuals: Former.

r beny is an ambient electronics project from Northern California-based musician Austin Cairns. It is an outlet for the processing of the volatile conditions of emotion and nature, primarily expressed through the use of synthesizers, samplers, and other electronic instruments. His most recent release, we grow in a gleam, is a 20-minute long deep listening experience self-released on BandCamp in April 2021.

Leandrul is Crosby Morgan, a folk artist and electronic music producer currently based in Seattle. She writes, produces, and performs her original songs, relying heavily on the vocal textures she creates, along with her poignant lyrics over a deeply melodic palette of synths and real instruments. Her latest release from March 2021, Psychosis of Dreams, is a chronological aural journey through her personal experience with mental illness. Crosby plans to release her next album, Exiled From Earth, in mid 2022.

Seattle-based What We Talk About utilizes synthesizers of all sorts to conjure up hazy illusions of past light and time. Drawing heavily upon his waking dream state, What We Talk About aims to create a space in which to bask in the golden aura of what we can no longer have. He is a co-founder of Basement State.

Basement State is a Seattle-based live electronic music collective that curates in-person and online events where resident artists and guests perform LIVE original music across an array of electronic genres. Their first compilation release, Vol. I, was released on cassette and in digital form in August 2021. 

SAFER SPACE: We do not tolerate actions or displays of sexism, bigotry, racism, transphobia, homophobia, misogyny, and ableism. Any form of harassment will involve immediate removal from the show and a lifetime ban from future Basement State events. 

PHONE /TALKING: Out of respect for performers and other attendees, please silence and avoid using phones and minimize all conversations with other guests during performances.

COVID-19 Protocols: To help ensure the health and safety of those in attendance and vulnerable populations in our community, we will be requiring proof of vaccination and a mask for entry (can be a vaccination card or photo of vaccination card). A face mask covering your nose and mouth must be worn while in the building. You will be asked to leave without refund if these rules are not followed. Additionally, we will be limiting attendance to help provide space for social distancing. Because of this, we HIGHLY recommend purchasing a pre-sale ticket to guarantee admission. 

Skyros Quartet + arx duo: Bows & Mallets

A daring program by the arx duo and Skyros Quartet mixes rhythm and melody in an intricate and beautiful tapestry. New works commissioned by the ensembles are featured alongside other wonderful pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries. Featuring new works from Michael Laurello and Christopher James Dietz, the combination of string quartet and percussion is powerful and unique.

Founded in 2011, Seattle’s Skyros Quartet (Sarah Pizzichemi, Brandon Vance, Justin Kurys, and Willie Braun) brings a bright and inventive style to the stage, having concertized extensively on multiple continents. Entering their eleventh season together, they have been heard at some of the most prestigious venues and music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School (Aspen, Colorado), Seattle Chamber Music Society (Seattle), Deer Valley Music Festival (Park City, Utah), the Sunflower Music Festival (Topeka, Kansas), Quartet Fest at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society (Ontario, Canada), and at the University of British Columbia concert series (Vancouver, Canada). Skyros has also performed on tour in Xi’an and Hangzhou, China. In 2019, Skyros had the honor of giving the West Coast premiere of the newly composed Piano Quintet by Philip Glass with concert pianist and commissioner Paul Barnes. In 2017, Skyros, along with cellist Eric Wilson (Emerson String Quartet emeritus), gave the Canadian premiere of Mikołaj Górecki’s Elegy for Cello and String Quartet at the University of British Columbia.

Mari Yoshinaga and Garrett Arney are the artistic force behind arx duo. Their mission is to forge new connections and artistic pathways, or “arcs,” through percussion chamber music. They are dedicated to expanding percussion chamber music by commissioning new creative works, educating and inspiring young artists, and inviting audiences across the globe to engage with new and vibrant musical experiences. Thriving on collaborative artistic experiences, arx has worked with countless composers, chamber ensembles, community ensembles, and symphony orchestras to bring new percussion music to life. They have premiered, performed, or taught new pieces for percussion instruments across the United States, in Japan, the UK, Canada and Ghana. Committed to inspiring the next generation of creative artists, their non-profit Arx Music Association seeks to provide musical opportunities for early career, student, and avocational musicians. They have served as guest teachers or artists in residence at universities and conservatories across the US, and currently serve on the faculty of the Curtis Young Artists Summer Program.

Time Is Not Enough: Celebrating Ashley Pær Svn

A celebration of the life and works of Ashley Pær Svn. 

Doors at 7:30, music starts at 8 PM. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Please join us as we grieve, rejoice and share gratitude for Ashley Pær Svn. Ashley Svn’s contributions to the experimental music in the Northwest have ranged in scale from the individual level as solo performer (Paintings for Animals, HOM) to the community level as festival director (Seattle Occultural Music Festival). Ashley is also known as a beloved bandmate and collaborator in projects such as New Red Sun and Thee Source of Fawnation.  

We are those who are survived by Ashley Svn, and have had the rare privilege to collaborate with this short-lived brilliance. We come together as an ensemble to create sound and movement in tribute to our beloved community member.  

Joy Von Spain, vox + piano; Jackie An, violin + effects & Helen Thorsen, dance; Michaud Savage, guitar + effects & Vanessa Skantze, dance; Celadon, percussion + effects &  Briana Jones, dance

This event will be live-streamed through Zoom.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: Following current mandates from King County & WA State public health officials, all audience members will be required to wear masks. Additionally, proof of vaccination is required to attend. Chairs will be arranged to maintain social distancing (people who live together may group chairs accordingly). Windows will be open, weather permitting.

Libby Gray & Julie Ives: Reflections

Libby Gray, flute, and Julie Ives, piano, present a recital of music chosen to reflect the turmoil and grace of the human experience during the recent pandemic. Featuring music from Sofia Gubaidulina, Cathy Collinge Herrera, Charles Ives, Allison Loggins-Hull, Joseph Schwantner, William Grant Still, and Toru Takemitsu, this program presents meditations on nature and the African American experience from a broad spectrum of 20th and 21st century composers.

Libby Gray is a versatile and experienced performer and teacher of the flute.  She has held Principal Flute positions in the Fort Collins Symphony and the South Dakota Symphony, and has played with the Colorado Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony and other orchestras in the west. She is currently co-principal flute of Philharmonia Northwest and performs with the Seattle Wind Symphony. She holds a Master’s of Music from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), and a Bachelor’s of Music Performance from the University of Washington. She teaches the flute at Kirkland Academy of Music and Performance.

A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, Julie Ives is known for her dynamic performances of new and contemporary music for solo piano and chamber ensemble, including numerous premiers of new work by local composers. Julie maintains a busy teaching studio, with students throughout Central and South Seattle.

Donations will be gratefully accepted via cash, check, PayPal or Venmo.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: Following current mandates from King County & WA State public health officials, all audience members at this performance will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, chair seating will be arranged to maintain social distancing; people who live together may group chairs accordingly. Windows will be open, weather permitting.

What Is Man and What Is Guitar? Keith Rowe

What Is Man and What Is Guitar?, a short film about iconic abstract musician Keith Rowe (U.K., France), directed by Bob Burnett and Seattle-area musician Alan F. Jones, is presented in its first Seattle screening.

“…one of the best films about a musician I’ve seen. ” — Sasha Frere-Jones

Keith Rowe has spent a lifetime exploring the relationship between sound and physical objects through what can only be loosely described as the guitar. What Is Man And What Is Guitar? Keith Rowe is a short film that probes the thinking of Keith Rowe and the fascinating way he approaches art, the guitar and himself.

The film documents passages of Rowe’s ongoing journey, from playing jazz through early years of poverty in Britain, to exploring the unexplored with the ensemble AMM, to his groundbreaking solo, duo and ensemble work from beneath the small umbrella of fringe music. Across six decades, Rowe’s body of work has functioned as a signal for the parameters, signposts, and permissions for the unorthodox in improvised music.

On this occasion the film will be presented by sound designer and co-director Alan F. Jones, and Rowe’s biographer Brian Olewnick, author of The Room Extended. Includes short featurettes with Oren Ambarchi and Sandy Ewen, surrounding Rowe’s influence. A 30-minute Q&A will follow.

Alan F. Jones (Dallas, TX, 1971) is a Washington-based audio engineer, performing musician, and composer. He owns and operates Laminal Audio, where in addition to mastering and production he works frequently as a sound designer and supervising post audio for film. Jones is a member of the Seattle-based ensembles, ‘what’ and Telescoping, favoring pedal steel and lap steel guitar in performance. He also runs the Marginal Frequency record label. Jones resides in Tracyton, WA.

Brian Olewnick is a new music writer and visual artist. He helped run the avant-garde jazz loft Environ from 1976-1980 and was eventually seduced into writing about contemporary music in various forms from jazz to modern classical, free improvisation and beyond. He has written for All Music Guide, The Wire, Time-Out New York and other publications in addition to his blog, Just Outside, one of the principal sites for analysis of new music, where he has published over 2,000 reviews since 2006. He has given talks on the craft of writing about contemporary music in Philadelphia, Västerås, Sweden and Sokołowska, Poland. He lives with his wife Betsy Wallin, in Kinderhook, New York.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: Following current mandates from King County & WA State public health officials, all audience members at this performance will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, chair seating will be arranged to maintain social distancing; people who live together may group chairs accordingly. Windows will be open, weather permitting.