Concerts

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Sahba Sizdahkhani

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Iranian multi-instrumentalist Sahba Sizdahkhani serves as a unique crossroad of East meets West. Inspired heavily by 1960’s free-jazz and Persian Traditional Music, he constantly channels the fire-energy and longing for connectivity that these two stormy histories represent. Sahba has recorded with artists on the imprints of Dischord Records, Southern Lord, and Drag City, and has …

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Janet Feder & Fred Frith

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Denver-based prepared guitarist and composer Janet Feder and legendary British guitar wiz Fred Frith finally get around to celebrating their 2006 duo recording Ironic Universe here in Seattle. Come for the incredibly lovely compositions, stay for the wildly inventive improvisational interplay. Presented by Nonsequitur.

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Thea Farhadian & Ewa Trębacz

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Thea Farhadian is a composer based in San Francisco and Berlin. She comes from the background of new contemporary music and works primarily with free improvisation, and live electronic processing. Her solo work integrates extended techniques, microtonality, and sound-based material in what Touching Extremes calls “..fumes of disassembled harmony and dissonant refractions.” Tectonic Shifts, released …

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Laraaji

Recognized as a new age visionary sound artist, Laraaji performs new music with modified electric zither/harp, voice, kalimba, and electronics. The music tends toward celestial, trance inducing, uplifting. He is accompanied by longtime collaborator healing sound musician Arji OceAnanda, who shares her heart space through a variety of gentle percussion and electronic instruments. Laraaji’s classic …

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Chris Brown: Six Primes

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Six Primes (2014), for piano in 13-limit just intonation is a suite of six pieces that use the six prime numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, and 13 to govern both the tuning and rhythmic structure of the music, including the harmony and rhythmic subdivisions. The piano is re-tuned in a just intonation in which …

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Zachary James Watkins

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Bay Area composer Zachary James Watkins (half of the duo Black Spirituals) is joined by outstanding Seattle musicians – guitarists Tom Baker & Satchel Henneman, violinists Austin Larkin & Tari Nelson-Zagar, violist Heather Bentley, bassist Darth Nielsen, and trombonist Greg Powers – for an evening of compositions exploring site specificity and just intonation, among other …

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Drone Cinema Film Festival

$5 – $15 donation at the door

The Drone Cinema Film Festival, now in its third year, showcases cutting-edge, minimalist works of ethereal beauty that bring sonic drones into the visual realm. This year’s festival, whose theme is GOLD, takes place again Vrijplaats in Leiden, Netherlands, as well as at the Good Shepherd Center Chapel in Seattle. Drone Cinema draws its inspiration …

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Feb. 2, 3, 4 – 32nd Seattle Improvised Music Festival

$5 - $15 donation at the door

The 32nd annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival takes place on Feb. 2, 3, and 4 at the Good Shepherd Center Chapel, presented by Nonsequitur with support of a Neighborhood & Community Arts grant from City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Doors open at 7:30, music starts at 8 PM. Nearly all of this …

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Seattle Phonographers Union + Musicians

$5 – $15 donation at the door

The Seattle Phonographers Union is a collective of sound artists coming together from diverse creative backgrounds to improvise with unprocessed field recordings. Always looking for new modes of presentation, this is their first concert improvising with other instrumentalists, including Tom Varner (French horn) and others TBA. Instead of the usual “wall of laptops” all plugged …

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Briggan Krauss String & Reed Quartet

$5 – $15 donation at the door

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 …

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Wayne Horvitz: Factotum: Music of Work and Place

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Part I: Factotum: Music of Work and Place – For Piano and Voice Maria Mannisto – Soprano: Cristina Valdes- Piano In remembrance of the centennial of the Everett Massacre, the first half of the evening will feature selected songs from Smokestack Arias. Additional works will include songs from Joe Hill, Me gustas cuando callas (with …

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Musica Elettronica Viva

In the spring of 1966, in Rome, a handful of artists laid the foundations of a free improvisation group where everything is allowed. Fifty years later, three founding members keep searching for the unheard. In the history of improvised music, MUSICA ELETTRONICA VIVA is up there, on the ladder of importance, with AMM and the …

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Renée Baker & Musicians

Renée Baker is a violinist/violist, composer, and improviser who has been at the extreme forefront of creative/avant garde music. She has performed and recorded with Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Strings, Karl E. H. Seigfried’s New Quartet and Galaxy String Quartet, the David Boykin Expanse, Orbert Davis, George Lewis, Mwata Bowden, the Great Black Music Ensemble, …

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Jeff Greinke & Friends

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Composer Jeff Greinke is considered one of the pioneers of dark ambient music. His seminal vinyl release Cities in Fog broke new ground in 1985. 18 solo albums and 7 collaborative works later, with extensive touring throughout the US and Europe, as well as in Canada, Mexico, and China, he returns to Seattle with his …

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Spill + Bad Luck

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Spill is the Berlin-based duo of Magda Mayas on piano and clavinet and Tony Buck on drums / percussion, formed in 2003. Releasing their 3rd album this year, Tony and Magda have been playing all over Europe, the USA, Australia and Lebanon. Tony Buck is regarded as one of Australia’s most creative and adventurous exports, …

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