Triptet & Anne La Berge

Triptet is a meeting of minds and spontaneous electrical impulses between Michael Monhart (saxophones and percussion), Tom Baker (guitars and effects), and Greg Campbell (percussion and cheap electronics). Amsterdam-based Anne La Berge’s passion for the extremes in both composed and improvised music has led her to storytelling and sound art as her sources of musical inspiration. Her music gathers the elements on which her reputation is based: ferocious and far-reaching virtuosity, microtonal textures and melodies, and her unique array of percussive flute techniques, all combined with interactive electronic processing and text.

This show will bring together these musicians in various groupings and as a quartet for an evening of sound and recalibration for returning to this new, strange world in which we find ourselves. It was January 10, 2020 when Triptet did their last live show, which also included Anne La Berge, and was also at the Chapel Performance Space. It is only appropriate our next live show will again be with Anne at the Chapel.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: Following the current mandate from WA State public health officials, all audience members at this performance will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, seating will be arranged to maintain social distancing; people who live together may group chairs accordingly. Audience should be aware that some performers will be playing wind instruments.

Joey Largent and Katrina Wolfe: Dreams of the Forty Whales of the Harmonic Reed System

Joey Largent joins his quartet, Glacial Time Communion, in presenting a new, long-duration composition for four re-tuned reed boxes in collaboration with interdisciplinary artist Katrina Wolfe, who will perform her subtle and intricate choreography with the composition. 

For the piece, three shruti boxes and one harmonium have been re-tuned by hand into just intonation using the first seven primes (2-17) with each box carrying its own sonic attributes in pairing with a graphic score. The result is a 90-minute hypnotic, fully-acoustic composition of delicate movement, gradual sonic shifts over time, pure intervallic relationships, and exposures of unique and changing natural harmonics.

Glacial Time Communion is:

Danielle Quenell – 7-limit shruti box
Taehyung Kim – 17-limit shruti box
Kaliane Van – 7-limit shruti box
Joey Largent – 7-limit harmonium, voice, composition
Katrina Wolfe – movement, handmade costume, choreography

The performance will be held under warm, dim light on an installation of rugs. Seating will be primarily on the floor, with chairs arranged for those who would like them. Listeners are encouraged to bring blankets, cushions and items comfortable to them to the space.

The composition is dedicated to Michael Harrison, for all his support, guidance, and inspiration in the early conception of this project; to La Monte, for his innovative beauty in J.I. that shared with us this music in a prophetic capacity; and to the sentient goliaths of our oceans, for their continued existence, wisdom, and altruism– may we humans learn to live more in their image. 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: Following current recommendations 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. Those seated on the floor are responsible for distancing themselves accordingly. Audience should be aware that some performers will be singing.

Seattle Phonographers Union + Tom Varner’s Sound Vespers

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. In recent years they’ve expanded their approach to collaborating with improvising musicians.

Tom Varner is a renowned French horn player in the jazz lineage, whose ongoing series of Sound Vespers concerts and recordings have enlisted members of the Phonographers Union to play in combination with large improvising ensembles of brass and percussion.

Tonight’s performance will feature one set by the Phonographers Union, and one set featuring a small subset of SPU playing with Varner’s group (Tom Varner, Samantha Boshnack, Jim Knodle, Ray Larson, and Greg Campbell).

There will be free SPU CDs for all who attend! Copies of the SPU vinyl LP will also be available for sale.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: Following current recommendations 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, seating will be arranged to maintain social distancing; people who live together may group chairs accordingly. Audience should be aware that some performers will be playing wind instruments.

Eric Barber & friends

RE-EMERGING: An evening of improvisations and connection


Please join saxophonist Eric Barber (ex-Seattle, now in Los Angeles) as the beautiful Chapel at Good Shepherd Center reopens! This night will celebrate friendship, resilience, and hope through small and large group improvisations featuring some of Seattle’s finest improvising musicians.

Eric Barber – saxophones
Heather Bentley – viola
Samantha Boshnack – trumpet 
Greg Campbell – tuba, percussion
Jesse Canterbury – clarinets
Stephen Fandrich – piano
PK – bass
Aniela Perry – cello
Byron Vannoy – drum set
Tom Varner – French Horn

Wayward in Limbo #134: Carol J. Levin & Susie Kozawa

Carol J. Levin has established a unique niche as Seattle’s improvising harpist, playing with small and large ensembles including CHA, Levitation, Christian Pincock’s Scrambler, Beth Fleenor’s Blindfold Ensemble, Spontanea, Women’s Rockin Blues, and Steve Treseler’s Game Symphony Workshop. Carol’s music is full of surprises with styles varying from beautiful melodic lines to challenging and experimental tangents with electronic effects and loops, often incorporating percussion and instruments from other cultures. She has recorded with CHA (Remembering Backward) and Spontanea (Flow, Chromasonic, Quintaphonic) on Right Brain Records.

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. Susie was featured in Wayward in Limbo #42.

Carol and Susie reconnected recently playing in an outdoor Flowerpot Music ensemble on Make Music Day 2021. They both find joy in exploring sounds from strings, sticks, toys and random resonant objects, and are thrilled to emerge from pandemic isolation to record an improvised duo in the Chapel.

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 #133: Jonathan Way

Jonathan Way plays field recordings with the Seattle Phonographers Union and graphic scores with Eye Music, translates Japanese, and films eastern cottontails.

Forest Floors is made of textural improvisations with wild plants recorded in July 2021 at three locations from Seattle into the North Cascades. All recordings were made with a portable Edirol recorder using built-in mics and are presented in three mixes with no processing, effects or EQ adjustments.

(00:00) Above Duwamish Head in the Clarmar woods – 108 ft elev.
horsetail & thimbleberry
blackberry & coltsfoot
knotweed & twinberry honeysuckle

(16:00) Above Ruby Arm west of Panther Cr – 2,000 ft elev.
pipsissewa & starflower
bracken fern & serviceberry
devil’s club & cascade oregon grape

(20:10) South slopes of Crooked Bum above the Bridge Cr drainage – 5,300–5,600 ft elev.
red elderberry & alpine goldenrod
sitka alder & lady fern
subalpine fir & mountain teaberry
devil’s club & trailing black currant
{ hermit thrush & distant bear – in memory of Amy M (1970–2020) & Kyle T (1970–2021) }

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 #132: Torch

Torch is a new music quartet dedicated to pushing the boundaries of new music, improvisation, and genre. “Torch” is a reference to Tomas Mann’s aesthetic mantra proclaiming, “Art is the sacred torch that must shed its merciful light into all life’s terrible depths.” The Torch Collective is a project of Common Tone Arts, a non-profit organization inspiring positive change for our diverse world through arts education and creative music.

This program consists of three premieres:

Lightbearer (2021), by Nansi Caroll

Hearing Troublesome Creek (2021), by Bonnie Whiting

Three Dances (2020), by Ed Castro
1 – Vitrics
2 – Vocalise
3 – Deconstructed Merengue

Performed by the Torch Quartet: Brian Kai Chin, trumpet; Eric Likkel, clarinet; Bonnie Whiting, vibes & percussion; Steve Schermer, bass.

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 #131: Lu Evers Trio

After seven years as a rock bassist and singer, Lu Evers switched to reeds, and began studying jazz with Al Hood’s Workshop in Seattle, 1974. Then they joined a spinoff group, Holus Bolus, and dove deeper into composition. Over the next two decades they led several small groups, including a celebrated quintet featuring Jim Knodle and Jack Endino, continuing focus on free jazz compositions and ideas from rock, blues and Eastern European folk sources. While in New York in the early 2000s, Lu performed with Willie Davis, Victor Prieto, the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, and an original trio with Nick Russo and Debbie Kennedy. Since that time there has been an even stronger focus on original material. Lu (clarinet) is joined here by Amy Denio (accordion) and Matty Noble (fiddle).

Red Leaf was inspired by a trip to Vancouver, B.C., to attend a concert by the Art Ensemble of Chicago. It was not only that great group, but the vibrant Vancouver Jazz Society that helped to spawn these ideas. This pared down version is designed especially for this trio. Mood is the central component, with melodic drifts swirling, thick dissonant clusters from the accordion, and a blend of middle eastern and jazz lines.

Crawdad Pool is a hard folksy funk drawing from Perry Robinson’s early work. In this case, we develop ideas from the melody alone, with no parts written. The title refers to an activity of my youth, catching crawdads with my bare hand.

The third piece, Eve 6, was created nearly out of thin air after re-watching an episode of The X Files. The performance of Harriet Harris was transfixing, and this title was her character’s name. Long, patient lines from the clarinet and the fiddle, with minor second harmonies, are supported with extreme minimalism from the accordion. The patience and minimalism continues into an open-ended group improvisation. The tension and release, exhibited so piercingly by Ms. Harris’ performance, is being illustrated and honored here.

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 #130: Ben McAllister

I’m Ben McAllister, a composer and guitarist based in Seattle. I’ve played with a string of boundary-pushing groups including Medicine Hat, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Wizard Prison, C’mon C’mon and Tuktu. I co-host the Articulations podcast w/Joshua Kohl. I’m the founder of the Guitar Cult, my current focus, a 7-piece electric guitar group interpreting my pieces. I’m an obsessive journaler and recordist, and have contributed to somewhere north of 30 releases to date, including my Karl-Ove-Knausgård-inspired My Sounds sound journal series, released through Bandcamp.

I am so happy and humbled to be part of the Wayward In Limbo series, right as we’re getting back out of our caves. Thank you all for sharing. Like a lot of us, Covid focus time has healed me in surprising ways, helped me focus my signal where I want it to go, and reminded me of the kind of life I want to live. These pieces are all explorations with guitar sound from this last immersive year – some guitar trios, some explorations w/Paul Vo’s Wond (a variation on the E-bow), and a piece of software I’ve been working on for years which I’ve named the Circular 4-track. I love playing my guitar. RIP EVH.

  1. Call (0:00)
  2. Index Study – Pulses (2:05)
  3. Bach BMV 358 (2:34)
  4. Index Study – Respiration (5:05)
  5. Carmina Chromatico (Orlando DiLasso, from Prophetiae Sibyllarum) (7:06)
  6. Index Study – What happens when the beat drops (9:38)
  7. Land Bridge Approach (11:08)
  8. Piano Smells Ok (18:27)
  9. The Rock (22:05)
  10. Ascending Injected (26:27)
  11. Mandala Drafts (35:29)

More detail is available here.

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 #129: Kyte Mika

Kyte Mika is a pianist/composer born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and based in Seattle for the last 6 years. By combining techniques and influences from post classical, ambient and progressive electronica genres, Kyte weaves together intimate and engaging stories through sound. You are welcome to help support Kyte by donations through Venmo: @flyakyte

These are some solo piano selections from Kyte’s upcoming project called “Mend”. Most of these were written during the pandemic, a couple others pieced together slowly from the last 10 years. The final versions will include some chamber/instrumental accompaniments and electronic treatments.

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.