Earshot: Bad Luck w/ dancer Lorraine Lau + Frank Kohl Trio + Citizens Band

Earshot’s juried series, Jazz: The Second Century, presents Seattle artists, selected by a peer panel, performing original work, in a concert setting. From the core of this series – a question about the expansion of conventions of jazz – one might expect a tendency to grandiose re-invention. Instead, the series is a current, subtle, perhaps refreshing, un-sentimental look at our local engagement with this diffuse, vibrant art form.

Bad Luck – the duo of Neil Welch (saxophone/electronics), and Chris Icasiano (drums) – perform collaborative composition R.B.G. with dancer Lorraine Lau. Originally debuting as the Ballard Jazz Walk in April 2015, R.B.G. is a flexible work meant to fully interpret the room it is performed in, with some elements carefully choreographed, while others arise spontaneously through improvisation. A carefully constructed landscape where sound and physical motion ring in equal measure through a room.

Guitarist Frank Kohl, originally from New York State, learned music in his high school jazz band, got inspired at clubs in New York City, studied at Berklee in Boston, and returned to New York City as a professional, recording his first CD, Reform, with bassist Michael Moore in 1981. Kohl migrated to the Bay Area in 1983 and joined a band called Warmth, led by vibraphonist Don McCaslin. Then he met his Seattle-born wife, and they moved to the Pacific Northwest. After a 10-year hiatus, Kohl’s creative flame has been rekindled, and he is ready to ignite Seattle audiences with his incendiary guitar playing. Masterful technique, with solos filled with breath and emotion.

Citizens Band is Ivan Arteaga (reeds), Chris Icasiano (drums), and Jeff Johnson (bass). This new group focuses on playing original jazz pieces with room for lots of improvisation and spontaneity. Continuing the tradition of pushing improvisation forward.

Substrata 1.5 – concert #3 + workshop

Substrata 1.5 is the fifth (and possibly final?) edition of Seattle’s intimate sound & visual art weekend curated by composer Rafael Anton Irisarri and co-presented with Nonsequitur. Each showcase is curated to distinctly portray different takes of the potency of minimalism, varying between weighty combinations of tonalities used to sculpt atmospheric ambiance, or powerful dynamic structures made up of the subtlest filigree of sonic building materials.

Substrata’s third and final night will be another one of polychromous variations from the evolving field of electro-acoustic music in its intersection with chamber music, improvisation and non-rock forms. Dismantling the synthesizer & piano’s central role in popular music for larger, more expansive frontiers. Each of the evening’s performers taking on the binate role of explorer and cartographer to these territories referencing familiar purlieus, yet deviating into realms entirely their own. They will be our guides to spaces of pellucid composition and microscopic sound renderings, through passages of recondite timbral ambiguity, melodic rapture and buffeting tumult.

Will Call & Doors – 6:30 pm
Tiny Vipers – 7:00 pm
Panabrite – 7:30 pm
Rachel Grimes (featuring Loscil) – 8:30 pm
Shuttle358 + Paul Clipson – 9:20 pm

Continuous Music: A piano workshop by Lubomyr Melnyk
Saturday, July 18, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Composer/pianist Lubomyr Melnyk will conduct a 3-hour workshop for pianists at all levels of ability. During the workshop, you’ll learn to develop strength in your fingers and improve your agility and mental control. Afterward, Lubomyr will focus on his “continuous music” style. Here you will learn the art of playing different patterns simultaneously in each hand and discover the wonderful possibilities of this piano technique Lubomyr has pioneered since the 1970s.

Strictly limited to 15 participants. Tickets are $65 and available here. Non-refundable. Please do not purchase if you are not fully committed to attend. Workshop agenda and schedule to be communicated via email.

Substrata 1.5 – concert #2

Substrata 1.5 is the fifth (and possibly final?) edition of Seattle’s intimate sound & visual art weekend curated by composer Rafael Anton Irisarri and co-presented with Nonsequitur. Each showcase is curated to distinctly portray different takes of the potency of minimalism, varying between weighty combinations of tonalities used to sculpt atmospheric ambiance, or powerful dynamic structures made up of the subtlest filigree of sonic building materials.

Substrata’s second night plays host to three artists as stylistically varied in their approaches as the sound sources and the materials used to construct them. Each of them internationally recognized in their own right, over decades of work all three composers have established themselves as masters working within their respective form. From the meditative electronic fringes of sound-art to the bewildering cascade of 20th-century Continuous Music to the re-purposing of classical instrumentation to the milieu of underground rock. Journeying the states of hypnotic untethered repetition, dynamic counterpoint and the exudation of tonalities and sympathetic resonances.

Will Call – 7:00 pm
Doors – 7:30 pm
Mary Lattimore – 7:45 pm
Lubomyr Melnyk – 8:30 pm
Taylor Deupree – 9:20 pm

Substrata 1.5 – concert #1

Substrata 1.5 is the fifth (and possibly final?) edition of Seattle’s intimate sound & visual art weekend curated by composer Rafael Anton Irisarri and co-presented with Nonsequitur. Each showcase is curated to distinctly portray different takes of the potency of minimalism, varying between weighty combinations of tonalities used to sculpt atmospheric ambiance, or powerful dynamic structures made up of the subtlest filigree of sonic building materials.

The inaugural evening of this year’s Substrata is as far ranging in its forms as in the approaches employed in creating them. Spanning the spaces between software sound sculpting and acoustic fingerpicking, it is a night of great variance and broad stylistic references. From progressive branches of the songwriting continuance, to chamber music describing a formalistic dialog between natural patternwork and the piano, to tapestries of electro-acoustic sound design and rhythm structures. The three artists touching on multitudinous points throughout the last century of modern music, the only constant their transcending of collocation and the constraints of singular genre concerns.

Will Call – 7:00 pm
Doors – 7:30 pm
Tara Jane O’Neil – 7:45 pm
Rauelsson – 8:30 pm
bvdub + Leo Mayberry – 9:20 pm

A Consecutive Sequence + Austin Larkin

A Consecutive Sequence is the pursuit of drummer Dio Jean-Baptiste and alto saxophonist Bryan Lineberry’s urge to combine their appetites for good feelings and destruction with a spiritual cleansing. Jean-Baptiste takes heavy influence from EDM, hip-hop, math metal, and the avant-garde to become, as one musician described, a “freaky drummer.” Lineberry draws from the likes of John Coltrane and Archie Shepp with an emphasis on evolving sonic textures to leave a deep emotional impression.

They inject simple and thoughtful musical ideas into loosely improvised formats to bridge the gap between the uncharted and the inescapably enjoyable. The ideas and inspiration range from drone to hardcore and whatever feels good in between. The constant through the group’s performances is a high level of energy and enthusiasm that shows no value for physical restraint.

Austin Larkin Austin Larkin is a sound organizer residing in and out of Seattle. His work includes violin exploration, physical medium manipulation, sound worlds, and calligraphic composing. Notable past performances include a cafe in Fes, beside a waterfall in the Rif Valley, a backyard in Ein Kerem, and under the Arco de Triunfo while a member of Barcelona’s homeless community.

Seattle Composers’ Salon

An evening of music and discussion with Seattle composers:

Keith Eisenbrey
Kam Morrill
Nadya Kadrevis
S. Eric Scribner

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!

Earshot: Triptet + Bloom

Earshot’s juried series, Jazz: The Second Century, presents Seattle artists, selected by a peer panel, performing original work, in a concert setting. From the core of this series – a question about the expansion of conventions of jazz – one might expect a tendency to grandiose re-invention. Instead, the series is a current, subtle, perhaps refreshing, un-sentimental look at our local engagement with this diffuse, vibrant art form.

Triptet features Tom Baker on guitar, Greg Campbell on drums, and Michael Monhart on saxophone. “In our music we seek to integrate interactive electronics into the continuity of the jazz tradition,” the trio says. “Our use of electronics and computer music programming came to us slowly and organically, growing naturally out of playing together on our respective instruments – guitar, percussion and saxophone.” Integrating interactive electronics into the continuity of the jazz tradition.

Bloom is a new, acoustic quartet led by trumpeter/composer Brennan Carter, with Levi Gillis on tenor sax, Mark Hunter on bass, and Jarred Katz on drums. Their aesthetic is characterized by rich and earthy timbres, playing off of and highlighting each individual’s musical personality. A program that is equally as dark and mysterious as it is lush and charming.

Brad Anderson & Greg Weber

Brad Anderson (Noisegasm, Coreena) plays keyboard-based electronica with keyboard lines that range from beguiling to horrific and a wide range of abstract sound textures. Individual tracks can go from a delicate whisper to an all out noise assault. Multiple layers of computer-generated textures create a psychedelic atmosphere that may leave listeners untethered to reality.

Greg Weber is one half of the electronic duo Noisegasm. As a solo artist he concentrates on ambient soundscapes. He sometimes performs under the name Goldenrod. Reverb-drenched pianos, swirling electronics, radio static, and bass drones create a texture that draws the listener in with its beauty yet leaves them with a sense of menace and foreboding.

Earshot Jazz: Julia Hülsmann Trio

Berlin-based Julia Hülsmann began playing piano at the age of 11, and formed her first band at 16. Renowned for her pristine technique and a breadth of creative influences ranging from Thelonious Monk to Emily Dickinson, Hülsmann is gaining international attention through two new records for Munich’s respected ECM label. On this rare North American tour, she is accompanied by bassist Robert Landfermann and drummer Heinrich Köbberling. Watch video.

Presented by Earshot Jazz.

Earshot Jazz: Giulia Valle Trio

Barcelona-bred bassist Giulia Valle brings a unique musicianship to the contemporary scene with her compositions and playing. Her trio presents a lineup of great maturity, in which the interplay among the musicians is the common denominator. The project includes Marco Mezquida on piano and David Xirgu on drums, and features new compositions as well as “revisited” topics Valle has introduced on previous recordings. Listen on YouTube.

Presented by Earshot Jazz, with support from the Institut Ramon Llull, the Spanish Society of Authors Composers & Publishers, Spain Arts & Culture, and Spain/USA Foundation.