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Listening to Open Space #1

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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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Carol Robinson

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Paris-based composer and clarinetist Carol Robinson has a multifaceted musical life. Equally at ease in the classical and experimental realms, she performs in major festivals and concert halls the world over (Wien Modern, RomaEuropa, MaerzMusik, Huddersfield, Archipel, Musica, Festival d’Automne, Musica Contemporanea, etc.). In addition to working closely with composers, she pursues the new in …

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Paul Taub: New Works for Flute & Ensemble

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Venerable Seattle flutist, professor at Cornish, and Seattle Chamber Players member Paul Taub is one of Seattle’s best-known proponents of contemporary music, prominent nationally and internationally through his work with the Seattle Chamber Players. For this independent project, he has invited five composers to write new chamber works to be performed by some of Seattle’s …

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Judy Dunaway + Susie Kozawa & Esther Sugai

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Judy Dunaway performs avant-garde compositions and free improvisations on amplified latex balloons played as musical instruments. She is known internationally as a “virtuoso of the balloon.” She plays a variety of shapes and sizes of balloon instruments, each with it’s own special qualities, pushing the extremes of both pitch range and artistic limits. Her large …

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Akiyama/Eubanks/Kahn/Nakamura

Tetuzi Akiyama (guitar), Bryan Eubanks (saxophone, electronics), Jason Kahn (drums, percussion) and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixing board) fuse free improvisation, noise, experimental electronics and the uncategorizable in a fresh and vibrant approach to group playing and spontaneous music creation. Tetuzi Akiyama is one of Japan’s most active experimental guitarists. He manages to successfully bridge many …

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Tomeka Reid / Nicole Mitchell / Mike Reed

$5 – $15 online/at the door

After 15 years of collaborations in a variety of ensemble contexts, the all-star trio of Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Mike Reed come together to celebrate their long-term relationship and their common cultural and aesthetic threads. All are members of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and served on the organization’s executive board …

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Rafael Toral + Bill Horist

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Portuguese artist Rafael Toral plays electronic music as a jazz musician would play his instrument, applying jazz discipline and working practices to his abstract electronics. The result is truly evolutionary music, once described as “a brand of electronic music far more visceral and emotive than that of his cerebral peers.” Melodic without notes, rhythmic without …

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