Wayward in Limbo #126: Jesse Canterbury

Jesse Canterbury (clarinet) has played and composed new music for years, focusing mainly on improvised music, avant-jazz, and new chamber music.

Like every musician I know, I have sorely missed being able to make and hear music with real live people in the same room during the past 18 months or so. At the same time, there are many things about music-making that are solitary in nature — practicing, composing, studying, and to some extent, listening — so that staying at home doesn’t mean you stop making music.

This half-hour’s worth of layered clarinet sounds is my effort at exploring some new (for me) “solo” territory. There are muffled screaming solos, Feldman-esque colorings, and even some poetry. Working at this material went a long way towards sustaining my sanity while muddling through the anxieties of the latter half of 2020 and the first couple months of 2021.

From Home

(0:00) 1. How Do We Spell Shadow?
(2:48) 2. Interlude
(3:55) 3. Encounter
i. Bons mots
ii. Turgid Fustian
iii. Admirable Bolete
iv. Forest Paterfamilias
(10:30) 4. Shimmer
(13:20) 5. Fog
(18:18) 6. Still
(27:22) 7. Fight and Flight

Recorded October 2020 to May 2021, by Jesse Canterbury in Shoreline, Washington.

All material © 2021 Jesse Canterbury (ASCAP), except text for Encounter, from “Woodland Trail-Troll Berserker Devil-Bear,” by David Guterson, from the book Turn Around Time, published by Mountaineers Books, Seattle. © 2019 by David Guterson. Used by kind permission of the author.

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.

Wayward in Limbo #125: Jackie An

Jackie An (she/they) was born and raised on the unceded land of the Pueblos (Albuquerque, New Mexico). Now residing on the ancestral lands of the Duwamish (Seattle, Washington), Jackie accompanies their audience through the themes of life, death, horror and delight through the lyrical voice of the violin. Textures created through a collection of guitar pedals are used to evoke subconscious imagery and create an interlocking auditory narrative. @circadies

In Encouragement of Impermanence (Chapel, 2021)

This piece can be used as a guided meditation on grief. As my life unfolds before me, my personhood as a neurodivergent, Korean American demifemme expands. This expansion has asked of me to engage in an ongoing process of grief in order to grow into wholeness and belonging. I have had to revisit past memories with a more generous gaze in order to become ready to let go of old beliefs and survival strategies that serve to objectify myself and others. I wanted to braid the most important life-saving strands of my life for the first time in an improvised session: Meditation, addiction recovery and music. It is my hope that this piece can be of service to you in a time of transition, change or loss.

(Photo: Steven Miller @ smiller555)

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.

Wayward in Limbo #124: John Teske

Seattle-based composer John Teske writes contemporary concert music for soloists, chamber groups, chamber orchestra, and “any ensemble”. John’s music has been performed across the Americas, as well as in France and Russia, and has been supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Jack Straw Foundation, and the City of Seattle. (photo: Amelia Apfel)

intonations is a suite of graphic scores based on dark intonations and dreams. Written for “any ensemble” and generated algorithmically, the scores and ensemble are unique for each performance. In this recording: Greg Campbell, percussion; Haley Freedlund, trombone; Noel Kennon, viola; John Teske, double bass; Neil Welch, saxophone. Mastered by Bill Levey.

(00:00) swell
(08:37) ad;sr
(15:02) prelude
(20:10) trashfire

(23:28) intonations

  • threadshift
  • by the fucking neck
  • bone flute
  • mauler
  • libera me
  • brain slap
  • klaxon wail
  • papercut butterflies
  • blood on the hearth
  • death rattle

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.

Wayward in Limbo #123: Sovan

Sovan is a collaboration between Tomo Nakayama and Jeramy Koepping.

This recording is a combination of ambient electronic loops, live improvised acoustic piano and electric guitar, cassette tape manipulation, and field recordings collected in our neighborhood of West Seattle. Though we live only a mile or so apart, we created this piece separately in our homes, as neither of us were vaccinated at the time. The aim was, in a way, to soundtrack the daily walks we would take around our neighborhoods, in the woods at Schmitz Preserve Park, on the beaches in Alki, the industrial hum of Harbor Island, the peaceful solitude of the Seattle Chinese Garden.

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.

Wayward in Limbo #122: Eric Muhs

Eric Muhs builds instruments, records, and produces from his Invisible Music studio in Ballard. A physics and astronomy teacher and founder of community radio station KBFG 107.3, he’s been active in music since 1980, pushing boundaries across structured and improvised music. He’s played for a decade with a traditional Hawaiian band, Na Hilahila Boys, and released 3 albums during quarantine, including Frontera Dogs, a collaboration with poet and professor Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs. (Listen on SoundCloud and BandCamp)

I received the invitation to create a piece for the Wayward in Limbo series in the middle of a gigantic cross-continent road trip to see my mother and brother on the East Coast, the first time in nearly two years. The geography of my upcoming drive back west to Seattle suggested an organizing structure: the piece would open with toes in the Atlantic Ocean, and end at the Pacific, with a poem at each end by my partner Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs (she came east, but flew home while I drove). In between, sounds from the road: waterfalls, the slapping rhythm of highways, snoring, a midwest thunderstorm, the lucky find of a coffee shop in Kansas, the wind through tall grass prairie. For many years, I’ve traveled with a ukelele, to Europe, to Central America, to Africa, and I record new on-site improvised pieces wherever I go. When I got back to my studio I recorded some additional music – lately I’ve been working on ukelele electronic dreamscapes in 8-channel stereo – and built out a four-dimensional sonic narrative that crosses the continent.

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.

Wayward in Limbo #121: Robin Holcomb

Robin Holcomb plays the piano, sings, writes, and records music. Following Sundanese Gamelan study, sharecropping tobacco, and several crucial years in the Lower East Side music community, she has lived and created music in Seattle since 1989. She is currently composing a piece for The Philadelphia Orchestra.

These thirteen solo piano pieces were written, developed, invented, and recorded in my home studio during the coronavirus pandemic. I was worried that they would all sound the same. As it turns out, they have nothing and everything to do with each other. Deep thanks for the opportunity to be a part of this series, and to everyone for listening.

(00:00) 6.20.21
(03:08) 8.9.20
(09:33) Wayward 1
(13:20) 7.18.19.21
(15:18) 6.11.20
(19:39) Free
(24:06) Ash Trees Also
(29:07) Hymn
(32:06) Improvisation 1
(34:52) Improvisation 2
(36:37) Improvisation 3
(38:10) Improvisation 4
(40:51) Improvisation 5

(photo: Peter Gannushkin)

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.

Wayward in Limbo #120: Noel Kennon

Noel Kennon is an artist living in Seattle, WA. This work is currently questioning the role and purpose of sounding in society as well as continued research into the actualities of this perception called sound. Inquiries about visiting this year’s installation work -> ‘(tattered drifting)’

This recording is referred to as :

‘ prayer { Monad and the Fantasimon waiting in the garden beside Ophaniel (who is asleep) for their groceries to be delivered by Sisyphus (who is running late). or ‘ at one point – (they needed to rent refrigeration trucks)’ }’

This music is composed of the following materials { chimes (made from scrap metal), viola, filtered white noise, and several open windows }. In observation of the sound of that which is not struck. This activity is dedicated to the willow tree I befriended that has now been replaced with a construction site for high-rise condos.

(photo: Katrina Wolfe)

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.

Wayward in Limbo #119: Ewa Trębacz, w/ Leanna Keith & Josiah Boothby

Ewa Trębacz (pronounced Eva Trembatch) is a Polish-American composer, an interdisciplinary artist and a violinist-in-disguise. Exploring the unique interaction between the musician and their acoustic environment, she often uses space as a catalyst for improvisation, working through Ambisonic recording sessions in acoustically inspiring spaces. Listen on SoundCloud.

A freelance flutist, artist, improviser, and composer, Leanna Keith delights in creating sound experiences that make audiences laugh, cry, and say: “I didn’t know the flute could do that!” Her performance artworks have focused on cultural connection and the breaking of audience/performer boundaries. Support on Patreon.

Josiah Boothby is a versatile hornist devoted to new music, with a particular focus on improvisation and creative collaboration with composers and other artists. When he’s not playing his horn or teaching, Josiah can be found hiking and climbing around the Pacific Northwest, blues dancing, or staying in to engage in kitchen alchemy.

The Tower of Broken Mirrors

Josiah Boothby, French horn; Leanna Keith, flutes; Ewa Trębacz, violin & electronics

The soundscape emerged from our collective hallucinations at the CT3 cooling tower at Satsop Nuclear Plant. We improvised in the space and the tower sang along, adding its lovely echoes.

Some of the electronic sounds were played back live in the tower with a small 360 loudspeaker – as we improvised to pre-composed phrases. Later Ewa mixed in more electronics for more flavor, and blended it all together. All of the sounds were recorded, processed and mixed in Ambisonics (by Ewa), the version presented here is a binaural mix.

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.

Wayward in Limbo #118: Joshua Kohl

Joshua Kohl is a composer, sound designer, conductor, musician and co directs Degenerate Art Ensemble, a Seattle based, globe trotting performance company. His primary focus is music for the moving image; dance, film, installation. He is deeply honored to have his work included among so many incredible musicians in the Wayward in Limbo series.

1: Snapshot Spring 2021

I don’t know what this work is about, but I can tell you what was on my mind while working on it. Among my Asian and Asian American friends and family I sense a pervasive sorrow, anger, fear, and fed-up-ness in the air at this moment. A real sense of not being safe. I think about all of the times I have seen friends hurt when those around them overlook things that shouldn’t be overlooked. I think of all of the hurt that has gone unexpressed. I think of all of the moments of darkness and swallowed resentment. It surrounds my heart-mind in a thick gray cloud. “It is going to be ok, we’ve got your back”. But history… This back-getting hasn’t really materialized like it should have. We are now on the cusp of re-emergence from the strangest and most sobering year in my personal memory and I really don’t want things to go back to how they were before. They really weren’t great. A year of rude awakenings. I don’t want the coming year to be one of forgettings. This is not too much for us to handle. We have peered into our toxic mess like we have never before. Let us look again and look again. Let the shock of it all cool down to the point that we can actually open our hearts to it and move forward with determination and integrity. Sending love, courage, and strength to all of you out there in these unfolding future days. This track was made using electronics, sound libraries, home-made instruments, an autoharp, and a few bottles of other secret sauce.

2: Skeleton Flower Audio Sketchbook

This track is a string of sketches from my audio sketchbook for Degenerate Art Ensemble’s Skeleton Flower performance. These are things that were never used, or morphed into other things. Just stuff that I liked and hung on to for some reason or another.

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.

Wayward in Limbo #117: Don Berman/D2

Percussionist/composer Don Berman has been a part of the Seattle creative music scene for over thirty years, coming from the Midwest after receiving his musical training at Oberlin College and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he studied with Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame percussionists Michael Rosen and Thomas Siwe. A key Seattle experience was studying free jazz and improvisation with composer/pianist, Alistair “Al” Hood in the late 1990’s.

Since 2017, Don has maintained a strong musical partnership with composer/multi-instrumentalist Dick Valentine (saxophones, flutes, electronics), meeting weekly to discuss, compose, and play original music. This performance presents Don and Dick’s duo, D2, performing four original pieces:

(00:00) 1. And the Elephant (Berman)
(07:45) 2. Simplest Possible (Valentine)
(17:01) 3. One For Milford (Valentine/Berman)
(24:05) 4. Take 19 (Berman)

THIS CONCERT IS DEDICATED TO MILFORD GRAVES

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.