Byron Westbrook + N Chambers CANCELLED


Byron Westbrook will present Surface Variants, a long-form composition exploring the idea of the “sonic afterimage.” Drawing influence from the polyptych paintings of Blinky Palermo and their cumulative effect on color perception, this work takes a similar approach with sound. It presents a series of audio “scenes,” where the imprinting of contrasting sound in each consecutive episode influences the next via the listener’s memory. The piece is constructed from both analog and digital synthesizer, fake and real field recordings, tape manipulations, occasionally animated via binaural audio techniques to produce holographic-like phenomena. Surface Variants approaches sound as texture, ornament, structure, document, color, object, gesture, and fabricated space, inviting the audience to listen as an active participant in the work.

Opening set by N Chambers.

Byron Westbrook is an artist and composer based in Los Angeles. He works with both music performance and installation formats, with a focus on architectural qualities of sound and the potential for audio to generate visual and social spaces. Westbrook’s work has been shown at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), ICA London, Cafe OTO (London), MoMA PS1, Fridman Gallery, Abrons Arts Center, Pioneer Works, Ambient Church, Experimental Intermedia Foundation (NY), MaerzMusik Festival (Berlin), Desert Daze Festival, Human Resources (Los Angeles), the LAB (San Francisco), Disjecta (Portland, OR), Instants Chavires Art Space (Paris), Fylkingen (Stockholm), O’ (Milan), Suoni Popolo, Akousma Festival (Montreal) among others. He has recorded releases with Umor Rex, Root Strata, Hands in the Dark and Psychic Troubles, and his debut LP Precipice was named by Pitchfork as #4 best experimental release of 2015. Westbrook has been in residence at Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Banff Centre for the Arts, ISSUE Project Room, Clocktower Gallery, Diapason Gallery, Wassaic Project and EMS Stockholm and has recently been faculty with Pratt Institute’s Graduate Fine Arts Dept, Columbia University Sound Arts MFA, and International Center of Photography’s New Media Narratives program.

Emerging from a love of early electronics, concrete/tape music, soundtracks and early new age, N Chambers creates worlds of sound that touch on many elements and moods, from spatially motivated ambient to aspects of minimalist composition and improvisation. Chambers utilizes an array of synthesizer equipment to achieve his sounds, in addition to field sounds and occasional acoustic elements.

Michaud Savage

Snapping the line against a wayward plot is a collection of chamber works centering on Michaud Savage’s experience as a fourth generation Seattle-ite and his unique relationship to the Good Shepherd Center.

Michaud Savage is an American artist and performer. As a composer, his work includes compositions for chamber ensembles, orchestra, electronics, Max/MSP, and performance art. Tracing the fault-lines of genre, medium, and contemporary society, his influences reach across a spectrum of musical styles, from early to contemporary classical, jazz, pop, tango, rock, blues, Latin folkloric musics, and sound art.

Michaud frequently performs solo and is sometimes joined by the Ancient Present, a modern music ensemble. On this occasion he will be joined by Jordan Voelker, violin; Alex Guy, violin and auxiliary instruments; Heather Bentley, viola and electronics; Rose Bellini, cello; Ross Gilliland, contrabass; Carl Marti Germain, live electronics and auxiliary instruments.

Presented by Nonsequitur.

Listen to a recording of this concert on BandCamp.

Seattle Composers’ Salon

An evening of music and discussion with Seattle composers:

Keith Eisenbrey
Doug Palmer
Sheila Bristow
Mariza Costa-Cabral
Jeremiah Lawson

Hosted by Keith Eisenbrey

The Seattle Composers’ Salon fosters the development, performance and appreciation of new music by regional composers and performers. At bi-monthly, informal presentations, the Salon features finished works, previews, and works in progress. Composers, performers, and audience members gather in a casual setting that allows for experimentation and discussion.

Communion 2020

A night of solo guitar performance by Seattle guitarist Daniel McManus (under the name Project Metamorphosis) and Bill Horist, with projected visuals by Leo Mayberry.

Project Metamorphosis features meditative reflections on solo guitar, developing narrative themes through the use of loops and structured improvisation. Described as “a series of guitar explorations that form a cosmic emotionalism not quite ambient music and not quite progressive rock,” the music flows between minimalist drone to richly layered melodies.

Seattle-based guitarist Bill Horist delivers an idiosyncratic and richly emotive take on the world’s most ubiquitous instrument. He has played on dozens of records and has performed throughout North and Central America, Europe and Japan; collaborating with numerous leading lights in a beguiling range of genres. Perhaps best known for his prepared guitar treatments, his work is widely regarded alongside masters like Fred Frith and Keith Rowe. He has cultivated a unique voice in a number of styles in the realms of, jazz, rock, folk, and experimental music.

Unit Structures + Dennis Rea

Unit Structures is an avant garde group inspired by the music of Cecil Taylor.

Kenny Mandell (saxophone): long-time veteran of the Seattle jazz and improvising community. Very influenced by Cecil Taylor and Jimmy Lyons and wanted to honor their great musical contributions.

Schraepfer Harvey (drums) is primarily a self taught percussionist greatly influenced by the master Dutch drummer, Han Benink.

Luther Norman (piano) is a classically trained pianist, originally from Kansas City. Luther has been a world traveler and has performed in Japan, Germany, and many other far away places.

Seattle guitarist Dennis Rea (Moraine, LAND, Iron Kim Style, etc.) performs a rare solo set on acoustic and electric guitars, comprising original works, sonic exploration, and interpretations of traditional music from Central Asia. Over the years, Dennis has has worked with the likes of Hector Zazou, Han Bennink, Nik Turner (Hawkwind) and many others, and has performed throughout the U.S. and in China, Russia, Tuva, Germany, the UK, Taiwan, and Mexico.

Carl Stone & Robert Millis

Famed sampling electronic computer music pioneer Carl Stone makes a rare appearance in the Northwest on the heels of the Unseen Worlds label’s recent two releases (Electronic Music from the 70s-90s), both of which made the Best of 2019 lists of The Wire, Pitchfork, Bandcamp, Artforum and others. Robert Millis, Sublime Frequencies miscreant and Climax Golden Twin, makes a slightly less rare Northwest appearance. Stone and Millis met in Tokyo where Millis was on a residency researching the first recorded sounds from Asia. Stone will unveil new sample-based work for computer and Millis will be playing prepared Victrola and guitar. They will play solo and as a duo.

Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as “the king of sampling” and “one of the best composers living in (the USA) today.” He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. Recordings of his music have been released on New Albion, CBS Sony, Toshiba-EMI, EAM Discs, Wizard Records, Trigram, t:me recordings, New Tone/Robi Droli, Unseen Worlds and various other labels. He has performed throughout the world and is currently on the faculty of the Department of Media Engineering at Chukyo University in Japan.

Robert Millis: Sublime Frequencies, rmillis, Climax Golden Twins, Indian Talking Machine, Idol Ko Si, AFCGT, Victrola Favorites, Documenta14, Session 9 OST, Fulbright Scholar, Paris to Calcutta: Men and Music on the Desert Road… “Some people can sum up their lives on a business card; Robert Millis needs a whole deck, full sized, both faces of each playing card, and you’re still liable to miss something while he shuffles. Filmmaker, photographer, guerrilla ethnographer, collector and sharer of 78 RPM records, weaver of multi-layered ambiences, improviser, annotator, jokester, traveler…” Bill Meyer, Dusted

Seattle Modern Orchestra: Berio’s Sequenzas

SMO players and guests perform a concert of Luciano Berio’s Sequenzas, featuring flutist Sarah Pyle, harpist Sophie Baird-Daniel, soprano Maria Mannisto, pianist Cristina Valdes, oboist Bhavani Kotha, violinist Micheal Lim, and clarinetist Angelique Poteat.

Luciano Berio’s fourteen Sequenzas span more than forty years, an essential catalogue of twentieth century performance. Each work is an astonishing exploration of the experimental potential of modern instruments, and places Olympian demands on the performer. In this concert of seven Sequenzas, witness incredible feats of musical athleticism that push the boundaries of virtuosity and possibility.

Sequenza I for flute (1958, rev. 1992) | Sarah Pyle, flute
Sequenza II for harp (1963) | Sophie Baird-Daniel, harp
Sequenza III for voice (1965) | Maria Männistö, soprano
Sequenza IV for piano (1965) | Cristina Valdés, piano
Sequenza VII for oboe (1969) | Bhavani Kotha, oboe
Sequenza VIII for violin (1976) | Michael Lim, violin
Sequenza IX for clarinet (1980) | Angelique Poteat, clarinet


Jim Knapp’s unique ensemble of chamber-strings, symphonic harp,+ jazz-inflected guitar & bass in its 10th year — old favorites plus new versions of Moonlight, Seven Up-Then Down, and a precocious March Waltz.

Two Trios + a Duo

An evening of improvised and arranged music, including sound, dance, and live drawing.

CASCADIA TRIO | Neil Welch (sax), Greg Campbell (percussion), and a special guest TBA. A fiery avant jazz trio, Cascadia performs original pieces composed by each member, deep listening free improvs, and imaginative reinterpretations of a Scott Joplin rag and a cowboy song.

Band Practice | Noel Kennon (sound), Christin Call (performance). A dance/viola duo exploring emotion in movement over a sonic floor of burning sand. In their ongoing improvisational practice they are influenced by classical and avant-garde forms of art-making, compositional theory, visual art, and books they happen to be reading.

MILLER-ADAMS-SCULLY TRIO | Miller-Adams-Scully Trio: Gregg Miller (sax), Casey Adams (percussion), Tom Scully (electric guitar). This improvising, avant trio, born out of the Racer Sessions, produces original music by means of close listening and parallel play. The trio will be joined by visual artist Anjali Grant who will project her live drawings.

The Westerlies & Robin Holcomb

Seattle-bred, Brooklyn-based brass quartet The Westerlies return home to present the second annual Westerlies Fest, a multi-day music festival featuring Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye, Celisse Henderson, Robin Holcomb, and Troy Osaki. Westerlies Fest will include evening performances, an all-day open-to-the-public creative music jamboree, and workshops in local schools, including a residency in Highline Public Schools. The performances will take place over four evenings, each with a different guest artist and The Westerlies. Every performance will feature exclusive, one-off collaborations, showcasing the cutting edge of genre-defying contemporary music. The Westerlies created Westerlies Fest to make a meaningful contribution to the rich musical ecosystem that raised them by engaging local students, highlighting local talent, and facilitating explosive collaborations between artists from Seattle and beyond.

Friday evening’s performance features Seattle-based pianist, composer, and songwriter Robin Holcomb. Says The New Yorker, “Attempt to define her music if you care to, but Holcomb has defied strict categorizations since her emergence on New York’s downtown scene, more than thirty years ago. Now living in the Pacific Northwest, this fascinatingly eclectic pianist, composer, and singer has few qualms about mingling folk, jazz, chamber music, and points between and beyond in arresting original music.” Holcomb will perform a variety of her music, including compositions for solo piano and original songs for piano and voice. The Westerlies will delve into a wide swath of their repertoire, including original compositions and arrangements of songs by Ellington, Ives, and more. Their set will feature their new arrangement of Holcomb’s Wherein Lies The Good, the title track of The Westerlies’ forthcoming new album.