Caballito Negro & Left Edge Percussion CANCELLED

WE ARE SORRY TO REPORT THAT DUE TO PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS REGARDING THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Caballito Negro and Left Edge Percussion perform The Stone Tapestry, Jeff Herriott’s epic, shape-shifting work for flute and percussion soloists with percussion quartet. The Stone Tapestry weaves together myths about origins, life cycles, and the significance of change. Composed for flute and percussion soloists and percussion quartet, employing a myriad of flutes, percussion, electronics, and video, the piece traces the path of just a few stones, from discovery to disappearance, in a ritualistic performance. Guest artist Bonnie Whiting and the UW Graduate Percussion Quartet will open the concert with music by Elena Rykova for amplified tabletop. Seattle-based percussionist Jenny Gray will also perform her solo version of John Cage’s Forever and Sunsmell.

Southern Oregon-based duo Caballito Negro is known for its creative and compelling performances, generating a fearless, ecstatic blend of modern and traditional aesthetics. Multi-flutist Tessa Brinckman and multi-percussionist Terry Longshore draw their name (“dark little horse”) from Federico García Lorca’s poem, Canción de Jinete (1860). Heralded for their “wildly personal, intercultural, modern music…vivid, expressive music that could be performed anywhere” (Oregon Arts Watch), they collaborate with visionary artists, using an arsenal of instruments. Their first recording, the EP Songlines (2016), featuring the music of William Kraft, David P. Jones and Ivan Trevino, was praised for its “absolutely gorgeous tone (and) understated virtuosity” (Joshua Cheek) and being “expertly produced and played” (NFA Quarterly).

Left Edge Percussion is a contemporary percussion group in residence at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, led by artistic director Terry Longshore. The group tours and performs throughout the Northwest and actively collaborates on innovative projects with composers and artists of various media. The members of the group have been featured around the globe at prestigious festivals, competitions, conferences, and workshops and bring a diverse array of influences and collective energy to the ensemble.

Bloom Offering, Cruel Diagonals, Dialing In CANCELLED

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A collection of sounds and expressions across the experimental electronic spectrum.

Dialing In is comprised of one Reita Piecuch, one turntable, some tape loops, and a whole lot of etcetera. She is going to attempt to play this show without excessive volume.

Bloom Offering is the synth-wave / blighted electronic project of Seattle’s Nicole Carr. Carr has steadily honed her abilities in sculpting sharply cold electronics and declarative vocals set upon propulsive spines of whipcrack snares and throttled kick drums. – Jim Haynes

Megan Mitchell composes unsettling, ethereal music under the alias, Cruel Diagonals. A jazz and classically trained vocalist, Mitchell performs and creates in numerous capacities, with a particular focus on multimedia expressions of texture and juxtaposed environmental tensions.

Azimuth CANCELLED

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Azimuth presents a program of sonic science fiction, imagining new and inviting musical spaces that blur boundaries between humans and machines, composers and performers. The program will feature original works for piano, electric guitar, electric bass, and bassoon that explore new ways of interfacing with instruments. These works place heavy emphasis on collaborative composing and performing techniques, often using two or more performers on the same instrument. The program also features a new work by composer/cellist Peter Tracy.

The members of Azimuth are current graduate students at the University of Washington School of music: Tristan Greeno, Sandesh Nagaraj, Ryan Carraher, and Jay Rauch.

Sound Sky Trio + Ronan Delisle CANCELLED

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Sound Sky Trio is a forward-thinking jazz ensemble led by Seattle-based drummer Micah Ritchie and Chicago-based horn man Addison Jordan, playing music that resonates with people for today but in a traditional jazz tenor saxophone trio format. Inspired by a shared passion for similar artists in many different genres and honest friendship, Ritchie and Jordan conceptualized the group in 2018 while in college at the University of North Texas. Since then, they have performed around the Dallas area at venues and events such as the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, the Greenhouse, and Backyard on Bell. The focus of the group is to portray each member’s unique perspective and individuality through original compositions, unique arrangements of standards, and improvisation. In May 2019, they recorded their debut EP Sound Sky Trio at Panhandle Studios in Denton, TX.

Guitarist Ronan Delisle’s acoustic trio, Thorn, draws on the energy of Seattle’s thriving improvised music scene to blend various threads of American roots music with their singular take on free improvised music. Joining Delisle are Ray Larsen on trumpet and Tony Lefaive on double bass.

Falzone / Miller / Whiting CANCELLED

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After performing together in multiple configurations over the years, 3 of the Pacific Northwest’s most intrepid improvisers – Vancouver pianist Lisa Cay Miller, Seattle percussionist Bonnie Whiting, and Seattle clarinetist James Falzone – come together for a night of improvised solos, duos, and trios.

“If the new improvisational movement means to convey the spirit of jazz without reiterating its stylistic clichés, then Vancouver-based pianist Lisa Miller deserves to be considered one of its leading lights.”
– J.D. Considine, The Globe and Mail

“As a fidgety political journalist with the attention span of a fruit fly, I would ordinarily have been happy with a show half as long, but Whiting’s stellar performance kept me mesmerized.” – Erica Barnett, PubliCola, (Seattle alternative news source)

“One of the top genre-crossing reedmen in the country, Falzone’s expertise and curiosity allow him to stretch from traditional to modern in both classical music and jazz, with forays into folk and liturgical music as well. Some artists like to blast through the walls that separate genres. Falzone turns them into putty and lets each side seep through to the other.” Neil Tesser, Examiner

35th Seattle Improvised Music Festival #4 CANCELLED

We are very disappointed to report that due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have decided to postpone this year’s Seattle Improvised Music Festival. We hope to make it happen in September, so stay tuned for more info as things solidify. Thank you.

SIMF continues with featured artist Joe McPhee. (NOTE: Opening night is 3/11 at Gallery 1412, closing night is 3/15 at Cafe Racer. Full festival schedule here.)

• Quartet: Marina Albero (piano), Thomas Campbell (drums), Pete Leinonen (bass), Sam Newsome (sax)
• Trio: Laurel Evers (clarinet), James Falzone (clarinet), Ben Goldberg (clarinet)
• Featured: Joe McPhee (sax) – solo and/or with others TBA

Tonight’s featured visiting artist is the great free jazz legend Joe McPhee. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician, he is currently a member of Trio X, Survival Unit III and has collaborated with Pauline Oliveros, Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker, Raymond Boni, The Thing, Trespass Trio, and Universal Indians among many others. With a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 100 recordings, he continues to tour internationally, forge new connections and reach for music’s outer limits.

35th Seattle Improvised Music Festival: Dance + Music CANCELLED

We are very disappointed to report that due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have decided to postpone this year’s Seattle Improvised Music Festival. We hope to make it happen in September, so stay tuned for more info as things solidify. Thank you.

SIMF continues with our annual Dance + Music matinee. In the past few years, the Saturday afternoon dance/music showcase has consistently been the most popular event of the festival. This year’s curator Lorraine Lau is joined by dancers Elby Brosch, Hendri Walujo, Fox Whitney, and others TBA + musicians Marina Albero (piano/psaltery), Christopher Icasiano (drums), Leanna Keith (flutes), and others TBA.

(NOTE: Opening night is 3/11 at Gallery 1412, closing night is 3/15 at Cafe Racer. Full festival schedule here.)

35th Seattle Improvised Music Festival: SAND: Sessions in Drone CANCELLED

We are very disappointed to report that due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have decided to postpone this year’s Seattle Improvised Music Festival. We hope to make it happen in September, so stay tuned for more info as things solidify. Thank you.

Come drone with us at Seattle’s sound sanctuary, the Chapel Performance Space. SAND is a meditative, community-based drone session that brings people together through shared space and sound. Be sure to bring your voice and/or instrument that can be used for sustained tones in a group setting. Listeners are also loved and welcome! If you wish to participate, please arrive at 11:30 AM for a brief orientation. Conceived and facilitated by saxophonist Bryan Lineberry.

35th Seattle Improvised Music Festival #3 CANCELLED

We are very disappointed to report that due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have decided to postpone this year’s Seattle Improvised Music Festival. We hope to make it happen in September, so stay tuned for more info as things solidify. Thank you.

SIMF continues with featured artist Sam Newsome. (NOTE: Opening night is 3/11 at Gallery 1412, closing night is 3/15 at Cafe Racer. Full festival schedule here.)

• Trio: Rebekah Ko (percussion), Leanna Keith (flute), Dick Valentine (flutes, sax)
• Quartet: Galin Hebert (drums), Andrew Jones (bass), Jim Knodle (trumpet), Joe McPhee (sax)
• Featured: Sam Newsome (sax) – solo and/or with others TBA

Tonight’s featured visiting artist is New York-based Sam Newsome, who often works in the medium of solo saxophone using a palette of extended techniques, and using tube extensions that significantly change the timbre of the instrument as well as extends the soprano’s range by an octave or two. Newsome has released seven critically acclaimed solo CDs, and his various honors include a NYFA Fellowship for Music Composition, a New Music USA Grant, and The Alpert/Ragdale Prize in Music Composition. In addition to his solo work, Newsome leads a trio with Hilliard Greene and Reggie Nicholson, is a frequent collaborator with drummer Andrew Cyrille, vocalist Fay Victor, and tours regularly with “Pepperland”, a music and dance work by Mark Morris and Ethan Iverson that pays tribute to The Beatles. He is an associate professor of music at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University.

35th Seattle Improvised Music Festival #2 CANCELLED

We are very disappointed to report that due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have decided to postpone this year’s Seattle Improvised Music Festival. We hope to make it happen in September, so stay tuned for more info as things solidify. Thank you.

SIMF continues with featured artist Ben Goldberg. (NOTE: Opening night is 3/11 at Gallery 1412, closing night is 3/15 at Cafe Racer. Full festival schedule here.)

• Quartet: Thomas Campbell (drums), Andrew Jones (bass), Dick Valentine (flutes, sax), Tamara Zenobia (voice)
• Quintet: Laurel Evers (clarinet), Rebekah Ko (percussion), Pete Leinonen (bass), Crow Nishimura (voice), Dana Reason (piano)
• Featured: Ben Goldberg (clarinet) – solo and/or with others TBA

Tonight’s featured visiting artist is Bay Area clarinetist Ben Goldberg. “One of the most vibrant, flexible, and inventive clarinetists in jazz and improvised music” (Downbeat), he was named #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in the Downbeat Critics Poll in both 2011 and 2013. Founder of the New Klezmer Trio, Ben leads or co-leads multiple groups including The Out Louds, Invisible Guy, Unfold Ordinary Mind, and the Ben Goldberg Trio with Greg Cohen and Kenny Wollesen. He is a member of the avant-chamber jazz ensemble Tin Hat, plays in a duo with pianist Myra Melford as well as in her Be Bread ensemble, Nels Cline’s New Monastery, and Clarinet Thing.