Seattle Phonographers Union – a collective of artists improvising with unprocessed field recordings – perform one of their infrequent “ambient” sets, with group members dispersed around the space and playing through an array of individual sound systems. Even more unusual, tonight they break one of their own rules and are joined by instrumentalists Greg Kelley (trumpet) and Tom Varner (French horn).
“State of Mind”: the Skyos Quartet, Rose Gear, and Michaud Savage perform new works by Susan Maughlin Wood and Michaud Savage.
Susan Maughlin Wood premiers her Coastal Fire Suite which was conceived, composed and arranged post-November 8, 2016. “We live in a purple, bruised State of Mind, and the heartland is wherever the heart is.”
Susan Maughlin Wood is an independently contracting composer for media and concert music. She holds a Master of Music in Film Composition degree from Pacific NW Film Scoring Program and serves as President of the Seattle Composers Alliance. Constantly bridging the distance between conceiving, learning and doing, Susan has produced diverse, award-winning material from short film (Spectratta, awarded Best Music Video and Best Cinematography from wide ranging film festivals) to hybrid electronic atmospheric interludes (UW choral concert Embracing the Journey) to the award-winning string quartet Mirasteros, as well as casual video games and ever-present passion projects.
Michau Savage presents a continuation of the inquiry of his Departures Suite, meditations on elements once liminal and now fixed. “These pieces are composed and arranged from late-Summer 2016 to the end of year. This is my State of Mind, as of late.”
Composer, guitarist and performer Michaud Savage is a working musician based in Seattle, WA. As a solo and ensemble guitarist, Michaud is comfortable working in a wide spectrum of musical styles. As a composer, his work includes compositions for chamber ensembles, orchestra, electronics, Max/MSP, and performance art. In addition to solo performance, Michaud regularly plays in a tango duo with Mirta Wymerszberg, is half of Duo Michma, leads The Ancient Present- a chamber orchestra performing new works- and is an auxilary member of Correo Aereo. Michaud studied at the Cornish College of the Arts and at The Evergreen State College, which included an emphasis in Consciousness Studies and Music.
Further presents an evening of live electronic music featuring NYC artist Jonas Reinhardt and local synth maestro Norm Chambers (Panabrite) along with the visual talent of Leo Mayberry. We are excited to produce our first event in 2017 in conjunction with Wayward Music with a focus on live electronics. Pre-sale tickets include a download of Jonas Reinhardt’s 2015 album Palace Savant.
Inspired in equal measure by the throbbing urbanity of coastal cities, continental European art-rock experimentation, and improvised electronic minimalism, Jonas Reinhardt’s music transcends its influences into a wholly unique amalgam.
Norm Chambers creates worlds of sound that touch on many elements and moods, from more spatially motivated ambient to aspects of cosmic synth, minimalist composition and improvisation.
Leo Mayberry has been composing, coordinating and performing live video for the last 15 years as Killing Frenzy Visuals. Projects have varied from improvisational explorations with Steve Fisk to complicated theater performance with the Degenerate Art Ensemble.
The Sound Ensemble is a flexible and diverse group of professional musicians who believe in the power of music to create community, entertain and transform lives. They bring the music they love to society’s gathering places, providing potent musical experiences for our community through inspired performance.
The musical landscape is perpetually in flux. Think of all the various bands that have been popular throughout your life. Just as life didn’t end after Y2K, composition of exciting and poignant music didn’t die with Brahms or Stravinsky. During this concert we will share with you music that we find rich with beauty that has been composed in the years following 2000. Just as in the mainstream music industry there are a wide variety of genres, here we will perform music from a number of different “schools” of composition:
Sarah Bassingthwaighte Premiere
Sean Osborn 12-4-6 (2005)
Marcin Paczkowski Deep Decline (2015)
Greg Dixon Premiere
Daron Hagen Chamber Symphony (2003)
An evening of music and discussion with Seattle composers:
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. Everyone is welcome!
An evening of abstract instrumental music featuring Daniel Menche, Cameron Shafii, and Project Metamorphosis.
In a genre known for its randomness and chaotic structure, Daniel Menche has established himself as a musician with an uncharacteristic sense of focus and determination. Rather than creating “noise,” he strives for order and cohesiveness. Aural intensity is not a representation of confusion or the chaotic, but a concerted effort to provoke and stimulate the listeners imagination by generating intensely powerful sounds and music. Characterized as both extremely loud and patiently subtle, as both sonically intense and emotionally powerful, Daniel Menche’s performances are works which realize their own sonic presence, entities that give form to an emotional rawness with highly textural and dominating sounds.
Cameron Shafii is a San Francisco-based producer practicing generative and systems music. His compositions are inflected with software processes involving spectral analysis, convolution, recombination, file handling, and stochastic elements. His works do not impose upon the listener any temporal scheme – ‘engagement/disengagement’ in Greimassian terms – refusing to form what we call a narrative tension. But his music has kinetic movements and climaxes; a functional exploration of sounds that range from microscopic and minimal, to macro and maximal. Shafii has remixed, reprocessed and produced compositions for Anòmia and Farmacia901. Currently, he is working in conjunction with Scald Rougish (Chris Douglas) for a forthcoming collaborative release. He runs the Ge-stell label.
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” (Foreign Accents PDX), the music flows between minimalist drone to richly layered melodies.
International new music violinist Karen Bentley Pollick returns to Seattle after recent performances at the Music of Changes festival in Klaipeda, Lithuania and SPECTRUMNYC with a diverse program fusing music and videos from Lithuania, France, Lebanon, Israel and America. To celebrate the interplay between light and dark during the longest night of the year, the visuals will evolve from black and white diptychs and grey scale pen and ink drawings, to a kaleidoscope of abstract colors, desert and Martian landscapes, and cityscapes in Beirut and Vilnius.
Ethereal Baltic harmonies haunt Žibuoklė Martinaitytė’s Serenity Diptychs. Israeli spectral composer Ayal Adler contributes Contrasts in Time, an intense interaction of colors – both in sight and sound. In Cluck Old Hen Variations, David A. Jaffe merges Paganini with bluegrass fiddling style. Dominique de Williencourt’s soulfully evocative Mont Ararat simulates a duo of duduks on scordatura viola. Hooked to the Silver Screen by Daniel Felsenfeld is an homage to David Bowie’s Life on Mars, with the plaintive viola solo mirroring the meanderings of Rover questing for a mate. Randall Woolf’s thought provoking music is featured in the film Beirut is a House of Many Rooms. Brian Moon’s lamentation Duetto con Bobik features the vocals of Karen’s beloved, yet deceased beagle merged with camerawork by her current hound dog Fella on the cobblestones of Vilnius. (Complete program notes are here.)
For several years now Bentley Pollick has shared her time between Vilnius and Evergreen, Colorado, pursuing an active career as a soloist and chamber musician, as well as producing various projects in the U.S. and elsewhere. Her unabating thirst for new music, “keen sense for gleaning quality in experimental music and giving these scores their rightful due” (Michael Huebner, Birmingham News) characterizes Bentley Pollick as a highly gifted and creative performer, equally adroit on the violin and viola. Being open to new experiences and social life, she may frequently be seen attending diverse cultural events and collaborating with various artists from across disciplines. In Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity, she covers a wide range of imaginative interactions between imagery and music.
Composer Neal Kosaly-Meyer has embarked upon a 17-year project to learn and perform each chapter of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake from memory, and with acute attention to the musical detail of this remarkable text.
For the third year Kosaly-Meyer is presenting a series of performances of the Wake chapters worked up thus far. The culminating show this year will be the first performance of Chapter 3 in December at Chapel Performance Space. This presentation of Finnegans Wake Part I, Chapter 3 is formal, theatrical, even liturgical, exploiting the acoustics and evocative qualities of the Chapel, supported by minimal but thoughtfully designed sets, props, lighting and sound.
A Finnegans Wake Project proceeds from the conviction that Finnegans Wake is best experienced and understood when read or heard aloud, and that such reading and hearing will best occur if the text has been learned by heart, and rehearsed with care, in the same way a musician prepares a complex piece of music for performance.
Briggan Krauss is an internationally recognized saxophonist with a signature sound and unique technical approach to the instrument. But his music took a dramatic turn about five years ago when he became obsessed with playing the guitar, which has completely changed the way he thinks about and approaches music; it has even had a surprising and dramatic influence on his saxophone playing.
This new quartet project represents an important milestone in Briggan’s work, formally putting his guitar and alto saxophone playing together for the first time in the same musical context and to explore how these very different instruments can coalesce and share the same orbit in his work. He likens taking up a completely new and completely different instrument to planting a seed: “It’s as if one’s main instrument is a flower; planting a new seed next to it will not only give you a new flower but it will make the first flower bigger and even more beautiful.”
Krauss will be joined in this performance by some of Seattle’s most interesting improvisers: keyboardist and longtime collaborator Wayne Horvitz, clarinetist Beth Fleenor, and percussionist Greg Campbell.
Presented by Nonsequitur.
Brooks Tran, pianist of Inverted Space and Parnassus Project, presents works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Morton Feldman, George Crumb, and Yiğit Kolat.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Brooks Tran began playing the piano at the age of seven. He continued his musical studies at the University of Washington where he worked with Patricia Michaelian and Craig Sheppard. Tran has performed throughout the United States as well as on the air, and has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, UW Symphony, UW Wind Ensemble, Seattle Youth Symphony, and Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, among others. Always an adventurous collaborator, he performs regularly with chamber partners and has worked with internationally acclaimed groups, including the Emerson String Quartet, Claremont Trio, Cuarteto Casals, and members of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. He has also shared the stage with innovative dance groups from around the world, including Compagnie Marie Chouinard of Montreal, and the Ballet du Grand Théåtre de Genève. Tran is a strong proponent of contemporary music, giving Seattle premieres of Luigi Nono’s …sofferte onde serene… and George Crumb’s Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik, as well as works by local up-and-coming composers, and is a core member of Inverted Space. In addition to performing, Tran is the co-founder and artistic director of Parnassus Project, a chamber collective dedicated to performing in alternative venues and providing a fresh take on the classical music experience. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral of Musical Arts, studying with Craig Sheppard, and maintains a private teaching studio.