Concerts

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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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Listening to Open Space #3

Nonsequitur & City of 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 …

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Listening to Open Space #2

All Events Are Free

Nonsequitur & City of 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 …

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Listening to Open Space #1

All Events Are Free

Nonsequitur & City of 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 …

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Rebecca Gates + The Murkies

$5 – $15 donation at the door

In 2005, Rebecca Gates collaborated with sound artist Jane Phibrick to create Southwest Harbor Songline, an audio piece describing the coast of Maine. Since then Gates has composed and performed her Horizon Line Scores series in Joshua Tree, CA, Mount Hood National Forest, and Sedona, AZ. Horizon Line Scores allow landscape to determine the proscenium …

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Senyawa + Arrington de Dionyso

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Senyawa (Jogjakarta, Indonesia) embodies the aural elements of traditional Indonesian music whilst exploring the framework of experimental music practice, pushing the boundaries of both traditions. Their music strikes a perfect balance between their avant-garde influences and cultural heritage to create truly contemporary Indonesian new music. Their sound is comprised of Rully Shabara’s deft extended vocal …

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Tender Buttons + Syrinx Effect

$5 – $15 donation at the door

The SF Bay Area’s Tender Buttons (Tania Chen, piano/electronics/toys; Gino Robair, modular electronics; Tom Djll, modular/circuit-bent electronics) rewinds classic electronic musics in a swarm of devices and languages, composed in the moment via a shared esthetic of severe improvisational methods. Friendly spirits Fluxus, WDR, Cage, On-U and Kling Klang are never far away. “Hope in …

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Erin Jorgensen

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Artist/musician Erin Jorgensen creates a sound world that is part yoga nidra, part punk rock. Inspired in part by Laurie Anderson, death metal, JS Bach, and late-night airwaves, her music conjures up a musical palette with lots of space for the listener to fill in the blanks. Using a five-octave marimba, both acoustic and amplified, …

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Rempis / Johnston / Ochs

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Dave Rempis, Alto Saxophone
 / Darren Johnston, Trumpet
 / Larry Ochs, Tenor and Sopranino Saxophones “Horn-only ensembles tend to fall into two categories: either they take a figure-and-ground approach, with one or more players acting as a de facto rhythm section, or they turn into free- for-all blowouts. This trio’s music is like improvised carpentry, …

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David A. Jaffe: The Space Between Us

In The Space Between Us, violinists, violists and cellists surround the audience while robotic percussion instruments created by renowned Seattle artist Trimpin are played remotely via the Radiodrum, a 3D percussive controller, performed by soloist Andrew Schloss. The music literally hangs in the air, activating 18 robotic orchestra chimes, along with robotic piano (Disklavier), xylophones …

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Lori Freedman + Seth Josel

$5 – $15 donation at the door

The brilliant Canadian clarinetist Lori Freedman performs THE VIRTUOSITY OF EXCESS, a solo concert of music for bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet. The title is a quote from the French composer Raphaël Cendo, referring to the exploration (and sometimes exploitation) of the beauty of extremes. The program is about 50 minutes in duration and features …

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31st Seattle Improvised Music Festival, Feb. 4-6

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Welcome to the 31st Seattle Improvised Music Festival, taking place on Feb. 4, 5, and 6. This year’s festival takes a slightly different form. As usual, three visiting artists will join an array of local musicians; but with a couple of exceptions, the local improvisers will play multiple times during the weekend. These continued explorations …

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