Marina Albero & Luis Gallo

Marina Albero and Luis Gallo are truly captivating performers from Spain. Albero’s piano and hammered dulcimer playing is an absolute celebration of life, her spirited performances are intelligent, uplifting, and delightfully engrossing. Luis is a creative flamenco player and composer who engages with the audience through his accurate rhythm and passionate phrasing. Together they have crafted a unique repertoire of original and traditional sounds along with some jazz, Latin and flamenco standards. The evening will be lively, it will be heartfelt.

Based in Seattle since 2015, pianist, composer, and educator Marina Albero deftly draws on a lifetime of music tradition, from her native Barcelona in classical and early music as well as flamenco, to Cuba and Son Cubano, to American jazz. Her celebrated triple album A Life Soundtrack contains an all-improvised volume called Agua of solo and duos with Hans Teuber as well as originals and jazz standards. Albero was the recipient of Earshot’s Golden Ear Award as Emerging Artist of 2018 and she has been awarded as best instrumentalist and best record of 2019. In 2020 she started The Quarantine Sessions as a space for female artists to share and perform together during pandemic times; this initiative has been recently awarded with a Golden Ear “Community in Action” award. In 2021 she was the resident Artist at the Earshot Jazz Festival where she presented four different concerts that received a great and warm response by the audience and critics. She has performed and recorded with renowned national and international artists such as Chano Dominguez, Jeff Johnson, Thomas Marriot, Ganesh Rajagopalan, Thomas Marriot, Charlie Porter, D’Vonne Lewis, Rizzo, Glen Velez, L’Arpeggiata, Carlos Saura and many others. Albero is currently piano professor at Cornish College of the Arts and adjunct faculty at Western Washington University.

Luis Gallo is a Spanish musician, composer and producer based in Madrid, Spain. As an educator, Luis has conducted guitar workshops worldwide since 2010. Due to his conservatory musical background, and emphasis in flamenco and jazz education, he has been involved in a myriad of presentations of flamenco music. These performances include his work as a solo musician for family-oriented music projects and TV shows (X Factor, MTV Select, and TVE’s Club Pizzicato), as well as recorded and live appearances or University guitar workshops. Luis is a specialist in working with musicians from many different musical genres. He brings his unique flamenco-jazz guitar performance skills to diverse music styles, from classical to Indian folk music, playing on some of the most renowned international music stages, and in festivals around the world. Because of his specialized talent, Luis Gallo has worked for famous, eclectic artists such as Ara Malikian, The London Royal Opera House Orchestra, Raimundo Amador and Vasko Vassilev among others.

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. Windows will be open, weather permitting. Given the constantly changing nature of the pandemic, all events are subject to cancellation on short notice. Check back here on the day of the show for updated info.

Unity Garnish / Bit Graves / EAMS. CANCELED!

DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT THE CURRENT SURGE IN COVID-19, THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED. WATCH FOR RESCHEDULE DATE.

Unity Garnish is the electronic music duo comprised of Derek Blackstone and Sam Klickner. Unity Garnish is perfect. Unity Garnish plugs the body into machine. Unity Garnish is set over the maintenance of an audio aura which offers an out to the entrepreneur, and an in to the saved. Duckling, their debut mixtape, is available via Mercy Clinic.

Bit Graves is an experimental electronic chamber duo that explores the shifting boundaries between the physical universe and the digital multiverse. Their music takes the form of dense drone landscapes which range in character from ambient to abrasive. By blending the coarse, unpredictable voltages of plain circuitry with the rigid, precise calculation of digital programming, they depict sonic worlds which are both organic and artificial.

EAMS. is an experiment in the live sculpting of sound & sight born from a love of modular synthesis, sampling, live improvisation, and reactive visualization. Venue and atmosphere greatly influence each performance, rendering diverse results ranging from breathy cinematic waves of leisure to late night fast car beats.

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. Windows will be open, weather permitting.

Neal Kosaly-Meyer: Finnegans Wake by James Joyce, Part 1, Chapter 8

Composer Neal Kosaly-Meyer’s ongoing Finnegans Wake project is an unprecedented undertaking: to commit to memory and perform all of James Joyce’s final novel, one chapter per year over seventeen years, with acute attention to the work’s musical detail. Meticulous attention has also been given to the presentation, including liturgical and theatrical elements, and unique approaches to lighting and sound, all deeply informed by the singular language and vision of Finnegans Wake. The striking personality of the Chapel Performance Space itself provides a perfect, and quite Joycean, setting for these performances.

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. Windows will be open, weather permitting.

Steven Damouni & Emerald Lessley

Join pianist Steven Damouni and soprano Emerald Lessley for their Nightmare Before Christmas Concert, featuring pieces light on Christmas cheer and heavy on extended techniques. This dynamic duo of best friends will perform George Crumb’s evocative song cycle, Apparition, Elliot Carter’s Night Fantasies for solo pianoand Luciano Berio’s groundbreaking work for solo voice, Sequenza III.

Dr. Steven Damouni is an active performer of both contemporary and traditional repertoires. He holds a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance, a Masters of Art in Music from Washington State University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Washington. He has won numerous regional and state competitions and is equally at ease as a chamber musician. In 2015 he participated in New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice where he performed the Concord Sonata of Charles Ives in masterclasses and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Highly sought after performer, instructor, and clinician, Dr. Emerald Lessley began performing and studying music at a young age. She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Washington in 2017. Emerald’s favorite operatic roles have included, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Suor Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Belisa in the U.S. premiere of Maderna’s opera Don Perlimplìn. In addition to traditional operatic repertoire, Emerald is an active performer of new music, premiering new works in both the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Lessley is a full-time music faculty member at Olympic College in Bremerton, WA.

Lori Goldston & Susie Kozawa

Cellist and composer Lori Goldston returns to the Chapel for an evening of solos for amplified and acoustic cello, and duos with sound artist Susie Kozawa.

Lori Goldston has performed prolifically throughout the Pacific Northwest for decades, and tours throughout the US, Mexico, Canada, Australia and Europe. Her work is emotionally charged and nuanced, drawing connections between far-flung idioms, and exploring timbral thresholds of her instrument. 

She collaborates with a wide range of composers, actors, film makers, bands, writers and choreographers, including Earth, Nirvana, Jessika Kenney, Eyvind Kang, Mark Mitchell, Duane Linklater, Stuart Dempster, Vanessa Renwick, Lynn Shelton, Embryo, Jim Fletcher, Lonnie Holley, Steve Von Till, Ellen Fullman, Mirah, and many, many more.

Susie Kozawa, a sound artist, composer and performer, works mostly with sound collages and site-specific installations, in which the gathering of sounds is a primary activity. She explores different acoustic spaces using musical instruments she makes out of found objects, kelp, modified toys and human voice. She is a member of the Seattle Phonographers Union and creates sound design for dance, film and theater productions.

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. Windows will be open, weather permitting.

Joey Largent & Katrina Wolfe: Basaltic Void Dervishes

Joey Largent presents his expanded solo work for ten amplified cymbals as a 3-hour immersive, durational performance in collaboration with movement artists Katrina Wolfe and Kawtee Wolfe, who will join collectively with delicate, continuous, improvised movement throughout. The piece will be performed in near darkness in pairing with hypnotic field recordings captured in the terminal chamber of the continuously dripping Falls Creek Cave. The work is inspired by a composition written in 2018 for Ole’s Cave near Mount St. Helens. 

The work is a continuation of compositions from Largent’s recent site-specific release, Below Diorite Waters (Dragon’s Eye Recordings, 2021), using continuously malleted, closely mic’d cymbals to explore the natural harmonic relationships between cymbals, and to magnify their organic layers of overtones in a sensorially-limited environment. The piece uses no electronic processing, EQ, or effects beyond amplification. 

Those who attend are invited to enter with a dim flashlight or headlamp (putting it out once seated), and are free to come and go at any time, or remain for the entirety of the piece. Seating will be primarily on the floor, with a few chairs for those who need them. All who attend are encouraged to bring floor pillows, blankets and any other items comfortable to them to the space. 

Joey Largent is a composer and performer exploring relationships between sound, environment, and context, focusing on improvised music for dance and long-duration solo and ensemble compositions, often working with just intonation, improvisation, and long, subtle tones that gradually unfold over time. Much of his performance and recording practices are created in or inspired by site-specific, isolated locations in nature. Joey’s compositional style comes from studies in Southeastern European folk music, butoh, improvisation, microtonality, and North Indian classical music. Amongst others, he has studied with Rose Okada, Michael Harrison, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jung Hee Choi, and La Monte Young. Joey’s work seeks to produce deep feeling and experience through sound — one that is strongly immersive, sensitive, and relational to the experience of feeling full presence in an environment, attempting to offer the opportunity to explore the expansive qualities of place, self, and memory through listening alone.

Katrina Wolfe is a movement artist and visual artist, primarily focused on performing and teaching the technique of Motion Awareness (Ma), which she has developed by integrating her experience in Butoh with foundational aspects of Vipassana Meditation. After years of practicing figurative sculpture, Katrina’s visual artwork has shifted to the creation of installations and costumes made from organic and recycled materials, which are a key element of her performances. The practice of Motion Awareness in site-specific, and especially remote, natural locations is an intrinsic part of Katrina’s work, serving as a constant reminder that the human body is simply another aspect of nature. Her work seeks to offer both viewer and practitioner increased awareness of the universality of impermanence, resulting in the cultivation of intention, empathy, and compassion in all aspects of life.

Photo: Joey Largent; Ole’s Cave Entrance, Mount St. Helens

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.

Seattle Phonographers Union

The Seattle Phonographers Union is a collective of sound recordists who have been improvising together with unprocessed field recordings since 2002. Coming from diverse backgrounds (musicians, recording engineers, game designers, etc.), they treat the sounds of the world as raw material for moving and evocative sound collages woven in real time. There will be free SPU CDs for all who attend.

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.

Garrett Fisher/GraceANN Cummings: Blueprints for Solo Piano

Pianist GraceANN Cummings premieres Garrett Fisher’s Blueprints for Solo Piano, a technically demanding set of works based on Fisher’s unique collaborative approach to music-making.

Garrett Fisher has created more than a dozen opera-theatre productions in the US and Europe that have “combined elements of opera, dance, Indian raga, Japanese Noh theater and more into fusions that have both a ritualistic intensity and an improvisatory freedom…a groundbreaking hybrid…a strong, unified and strikingly individual utterance of unambiguous beauty” (The New York Times).

Up until now Fisher has mainly created opera-theater productions, most recently BLOOD MOON produced by Beth Morrison Projects at the NYC’s Prototype Festival. These piano pieces are the first ones he’s written for any solo instrument. In his opera scores he weaves in “blueprints” – improvisatory frameworks – that guide the performer to discover their own unique interpretation and infuse their own authentic voice into the very fabric of the production. This freedom is foreign to most western musicians, and requires great trust and extensive practice. With these pieces for piano, Fisher has stepped out of the world of theater and entirely into the world of sound.

GraceANN Cummings is a pianist known for her concerts and CDs that take listeners INSIDE the MUSIC which she has been presenting throughout the United States since 1994. Her repertoire in these concerts spans the centuries since Bach to premiere performances by living composers, designed to give audiences a deeper listening experience with the relationship of silence that moves amidst the 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.

Neil Welch

Celebrating the release of saxophonist/composer Neil Welch’s new album the ink around it, with 3 unique performers: Nat Evans (gongs/stringed instruments for improviser), Neil Welch (solo sax), and the composition Concepción Picciotto (for 11 member ensemble).

Tonight’s music will explore the vibrant, lush abundance of the natural world and the human interference within the biodiversity that threatens our one, beautiful earth-home. The event will feature three sonic episodes, including: composer Nat Evans (gongs/stringed instruments for improviser) to open, Neil Welch (solo sax) performing Puhpowee, and an 11-piece ensemble performing Concepción Picciotto, a long-form work dedicated to a homeless peace activist who worked for nuclear disarmament.

The word Puhpowee comes from the Potawatomi Native American language, and translates as “the force which causes mushrooms to push up from the earth overnight.” I try to take the listener through my sonic interpretation of the fungi bursting forth, spreading their spores, living and dying. Throughout the piece, the listener will hear multiphonic bursts of color that signify Puhpowee, interspersed by quarter note melodic passages, representing the fungi mycelium with their hyphae threads connecting the mushroom bursts. A heavy ostinato enters mid-way through the piece, representing the beasts that trample the ground, most forcefully that of the human.

Concepción Picciotto is titled, composed and dedicated to the homeless peace activist who lived on the street in front of the White House from 1981-2016. She held what is thought to be the longest continuous protest in world history, working to raise awareness of endless US-driven wars, with a particular focus on nuclear disarmament. This 26+ minute work is scored for saxophone section, string quartet, rhythm section and mezzo soprano vocalist, featuring a stellar lineup of Seattle’s top-tier creative musicians. It is a work exploring myriad territory, from ethereal soundscapes to driving jazz rhythms, percussive undulations and more. It was inspired by her life and written in her memory.

Marcin Pączkowski – conductor
Danielle Reutter-Harrah, mezzo-soprano voice and soloist
Kate Olson, soprano sax
Jacob Zimmerman – alto sax
Neil Welch – tenor sax / soloist
Peter Daniel – baritone sax
Janna Webbon, violin
Heather Bentley, viola
Ebony Miranda, cello
Abbey Blackwell, bass
Christopher Icasiano, drums, cymbals, metal objects

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.

Young Scientist + Marc Barreca

Young Scientist, Seattle’s pioneer electronic music group, formed in the 1970’s, emerges from the laboratory for an evening of immersive modular electronic music — with Marc Barreca, celebrating the release of his latest CD, The Empty Bridge.

Young Scientist was formed in Seattle in the mid-1970’s by James Husted, Roland Barker and Marc Barreca, performing for several years with analog synths, tape loops and keyboards. Following re-releases of 1970s material on the German labels Bureau B and Vinyl on Demand, the group has reunited for performances with Marc and James joining forces for this Chapel evening of evolving, transportive electronics.

Marc Barreca, veteran Seattle electronic music composer, will be performing electro-acoustic loop-based compositions with modular synthesizer synths and samplers. He has been making electronic music in Seattle since the mid-1970s, releasing a number of projects over the years on the Hawaii-based Palace of Lights label. His most recent releases include the solo CDs The Empty Bridge, From the Gray and the Green, and Shadow Aesthetics, two CDs with Steve Peters and K. Leimer as Three Point Circle, a vinyl collaboration with K. Leimer, Chains of Being on the Spanish label, Abstrakce Records, and a vinyl release on Scissor Tail Records, The Sleeper Wakes.

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.