Inverted Space Ensemble: Carter + Zorn

Inverted Space Ensemble presents the music of Elliott Carter and John Zorn. Featured on the program is Elliott Carter’s Shard (1997) and Triple Duo (1983). From John Zorn, his passagen (2011) (dedicated to Elliott Carter), bateau ivry (2011), and the West Coast premiere of obscure objects of desire (2016).

Menzies + Stilwell + Chambers

An evening of solo electronic and electroacoustic works with New York City’s Roarke Menzies and Portland’s Samson Stilwell making their Seattle debuts, along with Seattle’s own Norm Chambers.

Roarke Menzies is a New York City-based artist and composer who uses his voice, mouth and body, along with audio hardware, software and field recordings, to create electronic and electroacoustic sound works. His music has been described by The New Yorker as “a layered electronic throb, coming and going, always enhancing but never overpowering.” Menzies is releasing his fourth solo recording, Breath’s Length, on his own Coup de Glotte label in June 2017.

Samson Stilwell is a Portland, OR based sound artist and musician. He works with modular synthesizers, field recordings, and software to create electroacoustic compositions that explore the liminality or between spaces of language and sound, physicality and interiority. His first album, Signals, is out on Sounds et al (May 2017).

Emerging from a love of early electronics, concrete/tape music, soundtracks and early new age, Norm 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.

Cursive: As It Fell Upon a Day

Cursive, a modern chamber ensemble specializing in performing hidden gems of modern classical music with a modular ensemble, is proud to present its season closer, As It Fell Upon A Day. Inspired by the joy and action of Spring and Summer, this unique program combines flute, clarinet, viola, voice and piano in distinct combinations to perform widely varied works themed around love and animals. The program features scarcely heard works by big name composers such as Copland, Stravinsky and Takemitsu, as well as lesser-known names such as Matyas Seiber and Netty Simons, and is capped by a new commissioned work by the Yale-based newcomer Anteo Fabris, Elles sont disparus dans le haze.

The players include flutist Colleen McElroy, founder of the Emissary Quartet; clarinetist Mary Kantor of the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra; violist Tricia Wu of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra; and vocalist, pianist and group founder Peter Nelson-King of Brass Band Northwest.

Seattle Modern Orch. w/ Carol Robinson

For its season finale concert, Seattle Modern Orchestra collaborates with Paris-based clarinetist Carol Robinson in a program centered around Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi. Robinson worked closely with this enigmatic composer on his works. She will premiere a new work by SMO co-artistic director Jérémy Jolley, and celebrate the 90th birthday of renowned Seattle clarinetist/composer William O. “Bill” Smith. Program:

Interview with Carol Robinson at 7:30 PM, music starts at 8 PM
William O. Smith, Rites
Giacinto Scelsi, Ko-Lho
Giacinto Scelsi, Kya
Jeremy Jolley, Archipel… en résonnant à Venise…

Kaley Lane Eaton: Lily

Kaley Lane Eaton presents Lily, an electroacoustic “opera” for voice, live electronic processing and sensors, violas, saxophone, electric harp, piano, choreography, and projected imagery with an original libretto by Felicia Klingenberg. 

Lily explores the psyche and heart of Lily Isabel Bunny, Eaton’s great-grandmother, an orphan who fled England at the start of WWI in 1915, alone, 25, female. She took a ship to Montreal and then a train, which she rode to the end of the railroad, arriving at Cascade Tunnel east of Everett, WA. 

Through terrifying, vast electronic soundscapes, intimate instrumental meditations, eerie and intertwining spoken words, and raw melodies that span the range of Eaton’s classical and jazz vocal inflections, this piece imagines Lily’s grief, exhaustion, joy, and transformation. With Klingenberg’s text, full of transcendent clarity and soul, along with the superb skill of some of Seattle’s best performers and improvisers, we invite you in to the enormously complicated experience of migration that unites our species.

 Kaley Lane Eaton, voice, electronics; 
Heather Bentley, viola; 
Gwen Franz, viola
; Steve Treseler, saxophones and clarinets; 
Carol Levin, electric harp
; Wei Yang, piano
; Karin Stevens, choreography; 
Rian Souleles, projected images

Kaley Lane Eaton is a composer and vocalist currently based in Seattle, WA. Her work has been performed across the US and internationally, in venues ranging from Hong Kong concert halls, to the streets of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Seattle’s Live Music Project calls Eaton’s work “startling,” “intriguing” and “enjoyable … fresh, thoughtful and, importantly in the nova music area, pleasant on first hearing.” With a background as a multi-genre vocalist, instrumentalist, and teacher, Eaton’s work crosses genre boundaries, exploring how the voice, body, and unconscious world of the performer can provide musical data through electronics and improvisation. In Spring of 2017, Eaton will be an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with master artist Derek Bermel.

In addition to her life as a performer and creator, Eaton is a seasoned teaching artist and arts education activist, having taught in socially conscious music programs around the US. She has developed and taught courses at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Associate Composer program, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, Boston Public Schools, Watertown Children’s Theatre (Boston), Arts Corps (Seattle), Creative Music Adventures (Seattle), and the University of Washington (Seattle).

Eaton is currently a DMA candidate in composition at the University of Washington and is a Teaching Artist with the Seattle Symphony.

Photo by Arthur Allen (instragram: @moviemensch)

Funded by 4Culture’s Tech Specific Program


Remy Morritt

Remy Morritt presents a recital given for the University of Washington School of Music. An up-and-coming drummer in the Seattle jazz and improvised scene and a student of Cuong Vu, Ted Poor and Greg Sinibaldi, Remy presents original contemporary jazz music and improvisations in the first performance of a collection entitled The Ant. This performance will feature Remy Morritt on drums, Alex Oliverio on electric guitar, Daniel Salka on keyboards, and Mark Hunter on electric bass.

Alumni Alchemy: UW Alumni Composers & Guests

Please join University of Washington Alumni composers and friends for two consecutive evenings of electroacoustic music, video and performance. The program will be different on each night, and will include works by Linda Antas and her colleague from Montana State University Jason Bolte, Tom Baker, Sarah Bassingthwaighte, Donald Craig, Ryan M. Hare, Ben McAllister, Douglas Niemela, Joshua Parmenter, and Ewa Trębacz with Josiah Boothby (French horn).

Tonight’s program:

Ryan M. Hare
Glaurung for solo horn
Josiah Boothby – horn

Ryan M. Hare
Harkening for solo bassoon
Ryan M. Hare – bassoon

Linda Antas
Meru: Tracing Earth for flute and live electronics
Linda Antas – flute

Joshua Parmenter
new work for cello and live electronics
Josh Parmenter – cello

Jason Bolte
Jason Bolte – modular synthesizer with fixed media

Ben McAllister
Mandalas for 11 electric guitars
Ambrose Nortness, Jake Savin, Cassidy Williams, John Featherstone, Jacqui Gilroy, Joshua Kohl, Matt Wainwright,
Don Craig, Brian Heaney, Bob Crow, Eric Amrine – electric guitar

Alumni Alchemy: UW Alumni Composers & Guests

Please join University of Washington Alumni composers and friends for two consecutive evenings of electroacoustic music, video and performance. The program will be different on each night, and will include works by Linda Antas and her colleague from Montana State University Jason Bolte, Tom BakerSarah Bassingthwaighte, Donald Craig, Ryan M. Hare, Ben McAllister, Douglas Niemela, Joshua Parmenter, and Ewa Trębacz with Josiah Boothby (French horn).

Tonight’s program:

Tom Baker
amplified violin and cello with electronics
Ebony Miranda – cello
Lily Shababi – violin

Sarah Bassingthwaighte
Night of the Poets
for soprano, flute and guitar
Stacey Mastrian – soprano
Sarah Bassingthwaighte – flute
Mark Hilliard Wilson – guitar
(The Ecco Chamber Ensemble)

Donald Craig
Musings of a Geometer
video and sound solo performance

Ewa Trębacz
soprano and horn duo, surround sound and video
Maria Männistö – soprano
Josiah Boothby – horn

Donald Craig and Douglas Niemela
video and sound duo performance

Sound of Late

A phone, a stapler, an old shoe: our lives are built out of innumerable layers of everyday objects and moments. In an evening of electroacoustic chamber works, Sound of Late plays the music of composer Missy Mazzoli, including her transformative Magic with Everyday Objects. Local composers respond with their own interpretations that incorporate found objects, electronics, and acoustic instruments.

Gamelan Pacifica: Lou Harrison at 100 Years: The Seattle Connection

Gamelan Pacifica honors the centenary of the great American composer Lou Harrison, widely considered one of America’s most original musical innovators. This rare chance to experience a live performance of Harrison’s works for gamelan and percussion will feature Gamelan Pacifica, Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet, and special guests Jennifer Caine Provine (violin), Heather Bentley (viola), Paul Taub (flute), Bonnie Whiting (percussion), Maria Scherer Wilson, cello.

Featured pieces: Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra and Threnody for Carlos Chavez for viola and gamelan.

Gamelan Pacifica celebrates a long history of involvement with Harrison and his music, dating back to 1980 when the group first gave a concert of his music for gamelan during his residency at Cornish College of the Arts. More recently, their recording Scenes from Cavafy (2010) includes premiere recordings of major works by Harrison, including Concerto for Piano and Javanese Gamelan and A Soedjatmoko Set. Their most recent recording, Nourishment (2015), includes Harrison’s Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Gamelan.

Image: Lou Harrison, by Betty Freeman