Listening to Open Space

Nonsequitur, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and Seattle Parks & Recreation Dept. present the Seattle Phonographers Union in three weekend events as part of the Put the Arts in Parks program.

The Seattle Phonographers Union is a collective of artists from multiple disciplines who improvise using only field recordings of sounds they gather in the world, presented without electronic manipulation. This weekend, members of the group will perform three free concerts in three different parks, using only sounds previously collected in Seattle City parks.

Before each performance, group members will lead community participants in a guided Silent Soundwalk workshop. Open to all ages, though please note that the workshop will require 30 minutes of silence.

Saturday, August 27 @ Salmon Bay Park in Ballard
5-6 PM listening walk workshop, 6-7 PM performance

Sunday, August 28 @ Pritchard Island Beach Park (wetlands trail amphitheater) near Rainier Valley/Dunlap
11 AM-12 PM listening walk workshop, 12-1 PM performance

Sunday, August 28 @ Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park
6-7 PM listening walk workshop, 7-8 PM performance

When in Boston…

You probably know that Nonsequitur sponsors the Wayward Music Series at the Good Shepherd Center Chapel in Seattle. But what you probably do not know is that we also help support a similar venue in the Boston area. Outpost 186 in Cambridge is run by our long-time compadre Rob Chalfen. It’s a smaller space, but their programming is somewhat akin to ours, with a heavy emphasis on jazz and improvised music, along with poetry, film, and the occasional art exhibit. So if you happen to be going out that way, check it out and tell Rob we sent you.

Index of Women Composers

Some of you may recall that on our old site there was a link to a list of women who make innovative music and sound art. It was kind of clunky and incomplete, and it went away when we moved to this new site.

After many months, we are happy to roll out a new and improved index of women composers and sound artists. Names are arranged alphabetically within multiple categories. All names link directly to the artist’s site or, if they don’t have one, to the most informative secondary site we could find.

We hope this resource makes it easier for listeners to find new artists they will enjoy, and for other presenters and curators to book female artists.

UPDATE! As of December 24, 2015, Many Many Women is in the competent hands of Megan Mitchell, a DJ and electronic music aficionado who has volunteered for us on occasion and is currently studying for her MLS with a specialty in audio archiving. We are confident that the site will continue to evolve and thrive under her guidance.