Yesod

YESOD is a meeting of Middle Eastern and Middle Western musical influences where pure musical impulses flux between sound explorations and accessible improvisational hooks. Dynamic and bold percussion mix with intricate intertwining stringed instruments creating a foundation for voice, violin, clarinet and other melodic instrumental experimentation. YESOD is William Wolford (multi-instrumentalist/strings player) and Ahmad Yousefbeigi (Kurdish and multi-instrumental percussionist) with special guests Costică Usanu on violin and Amy Denio on bass, vocals, clarinet. (watch a video)

After our musical performance John Murphy, Artistic Director of The Cabiri will be discussing the ethnographic direction of Ezid, a performance happening in June in collaboration with YESOD, including the influences on this work that came from his recent travels in Iraq living with Kurdish Yezidi refugees of the Sinkjar massacre. There will also be a short performance of dancing that will hint of the direction of the show and the essences of the characters. (watch a video)

Frank Clayton & Greg Campbell

Frank Clayton (bass) and Greg Campbell (drums, percussion) present an evening of structured improvisations in which players will move toward and away from composed material. The ensemble will also feature Gregg Belisle-Chi (guitar), Julio Lopez (violin), and Lori Goldston (cello).

Inverted Space: Stockhausen’s Stimmung

Inverted Space performs Karlheinz Stockhausen‘s Stimmung, a 70-minute meditation for 6 amplified voices. Stockhausen composed this work after spending a few weeks exploring Mayan ruins in Mexico, and found inspiration for Stimmung in the stark architecture and rituals that were conducted therein. Stimmung features a recounting of ancient gods, and some of Stockhausen’s own German poetry, all set to a single chord mimicking the overtones of throat singing. A work rarely performed, this sonic meditation inspired countless compositions after.

This performance is part of Inverted Space Ensemble’s “Long Piece Fest”, a festival celebrating contemporary music that is…really long.

Sarah Kolat, Kaley Lane Eaton, Ashley Biehl, Joseph Muriello, Elliot Kraber and Jeff Bowen, voices

FHTAGN

FHTAGN is an experimental, spatial music collective with a rotating membership of more than 20 participants from various musical disciplines, including members of Stalebirth, Uneasy Chairs, Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, Cabana, The Colour Out of Space, Sickletree, Moon Dial, and many others. Employing elements of chance-operations, free improvisation, polytonality, atonality and alternative conducting techniques, FHTAGN seeks to deliver a massively immersive musical experience in the traditions of Charles Ives, John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

For this performance, FHTAGN will surround the audience from every corner of the chapel, providing sounds from a wide range of instruments, acoustic and electric, playing both in unison and smaller combinations for a unique, open exchange of musical ideas and sensibilities.

Seattle Composers’ Salon

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. Tonight’s featured Seattle composers: Michael Owcharuk, Matthew James Briggs, Jessi Harvey, Ian McKnight.

Machinations Musical, Divers & Sundry

Machinations Musical, Divers & Sundry ​is an evening of experimental music and performance, featuring new works by ​Donald Craig, Inmi Lee, Douglas Niemela, Joshua Parmenter, Anna Stachurska, and Ewa Trębacz. The composers/artists will play a dual role this evening, not only being the authors of their works, but their performers as well.

Donald Craig will be present ​3 Short Improvisations ​for his new 19-­tone equal temperament electric guitar.

Inmi Lee’s ​Inflection, Cadence, Rhythm, Pain​ will be an experimental vocal performance with real-­time sound processing and kinetic sculpture.

Composer Joshua Parmenter will perform his new work ​Passacaglia ​for cello and electronics.

Long­time collaborators Josiah Boothby and Ewa Trębacz will perform ​Iriviskia, a violin­-horn duo with computer-­realized surround sound.

Composer Anna Stachurska with flutist Daria Binkowski will present Anna’s work isolated-­disintegrated ​for flute and live electronics.

Finally, Douglas Niemela and Donald Craig’s collaborative project ​Twitity Twixt Audity​ will be a duo improvisation of sound (Niemela) and video (Craig).

All artists share one thing in common: they are all graduates or current students of the University of Washington, either at the School of Music or at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS).

WA Composers Forum: Transport Series

Washington Composers Forum present Giacomo Fiore, Rocco DiPietro and Cristina Valdes in a concert of recent music for piano, electric guitar, and electroacoustic media.

Italian-born guitarist Giacomo Fiore is a major proponent of contemporary music for classical and electric guitar. At the Chapel he will focus on electric guitar and effects, presenting works by Eve Beglarian, Christian Wolff, Nick Didkovsky, Anthony Porter, and Larry Polansky. The San Francisco-based musician is presently touring in support of his recent album iv: american electric guitars, a project funded by New Music USA.

The first half of the program will present works by Columbus, OH composer and pianist Rocco DiPietro. A student of Bruno Maderna and Lukas Foss who has written for the Kronos Quartet, DiPietro describes himself as a social composer who moonlights as a social worker, and his music often embraces community issues. Joining DiPietro in performance will be Seattle’s excellent pianist and new music specialist Cristina Valdes.

Jeff Bowen: Turbulent Fields

Composer Jeff Bowen and members of the UW’s Inverted Space Ensemble present new works for chamber ensemble:

what will sound (has already sounded) (2014) for violin and electronics, inspired by the art of William Kentridge and performed by violinist Luke Fitzpatrick; and Pan, Sinking (2015) for steelpan and 10 instruments, featuring David Aarons on the steelpan. Also on the program are Stalasso II (2013) for flute, violin, cello, piano; Turbulent Field (2012) with Jamael Smith on bassoon and Sophie Baird-Daniel on harp; and a String Quartet (2012).

NEW EXPANSE | VOL. I

A diverse and engaging evening of active listening and presentation that moves beyond the typical live concert or lecture to offer the public a new space that is educational, current, and refreshing. This event brings together different artists and speakers who create significant content and dialog through their work.

The inaugural event features Garek Jon Druss performing a guided sonic meditation for architecture and the psychological plane, a new work composed specifically for the Chapel Performance Space. We will also be joined by the literary force William Kiesel, publisher of Ouroboros Press, who will be speaking on the language of birds. Daniel Salo is a member of A Story of Rats, the Saint Genet theater company, and Joy Wants Eternity. Tonight he will perform a short original work for piano from his upcoming release Playing Piano Naked in the Dark.

Read the Stranger’s interview with Garek Druss about this event.

Dennis Rea: Live at the Forbidden City

Longtime Seattle musician Dennis Rea celebrates the republication of his book Live at the Forbidden City: Musical Encounters in China and Taiwan with a reading plus a musical performance of Asian-themed works by his group Moraine with special guest Stuart Dempster. (A sliding scale donation at the door includes a copy of the book.)

Now available in a newly updated Blue Ear Books edition, Live at the Forbidden City offers a singular look at the rapidly evolving Chinese popular music scene, as seen through the eyes of one of the first progressive Western musicians to perform extensively in both China and Taiwan. In the 1980s and 90s, American musician and author Dennis Rea was an unofficial musical ambassador to the East, playing more than 100 concerts in venues ranging from sports arenas to illicit underground nightclubs to TV broadcasts viewed by millions of Chinese – frequently under bizarre circumstances and the constant threat of harassment by Communist Party authorities. Spiced with informative reflections on Chinese music and culture, Live at the Forbidden City interweaves vivid, often comical depictions of Rea’s musical adventures with an insider’s look at China’s emergent rock music phenomenon, richly descriptive tales of travels in China’s ethnic minority regions, and the first detailed English-language eyewitness account of the violent civil uprising that broke out in the city of Chengdu at the same time as the world-shaking events at Tiananmen Square.

“The adventures of an accidental musical ambassador… Vivid and informative, expressing appreciation grounded in experience.” — Kirkus Discoveries