Concerts

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TORCH

$5 – $15 donation at the door

“Art is the sacred torch that must shed its merciful light into all life’s terrible depths.” – Thomas Mann TORCH is Eric Likkel, clarinets; Brian Chin, trumpets; Brady Millard-Kish, bass; Ben Tomas, vibes and percussion. Poised between progressive jazz, post-rock, and contemporary classical music, the quartet’s original compositions are a playful juxtaposition amidst our heady …

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30th Seattle Improvised Music Festival

$5 – $15 donation at the door

To celebrate its 30th festival, the beginning points of Seattle’s creative improvised music will be featured — a sample, to highlight the growth and expansion of creative music in Seattle: cellist Lori Goldston; clarinetist Paul Hoskin; guitarists Sue Ann Harkey and Dave Knott; harpists Carol Levin and Monica Schley; instrument builder/finder Susie Kozawa; percussionists Greg …

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The Ballad of Ishtar

Thursday, January 22 Friday, January 23 Saturday, January 24 General seating, doors open at 7:30 The Ballad of Ishtar is an electro-acoustic, semi-improvised opera that responds to our world-wide rape culture crisis. Its contemporary language is shaped by its particular musician creators, whose backgrounds all include improvisation and composition. Featuring singer/clarinetist Beth Fleenor in the …

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People. Make. Awesome. 3: Sound + Video

$5 – $15 donation at the door

The Frank Agency and Nonsequitur have joined forces to present People. Make. Awesome. — a three-part series of pairings rooted in sound, curated by Beth Fleenor. The theory: give people a place to make awesome, and they will. Each event features three pairings of stellar, highly individualistic artists, given opportunity to communicate freely. Tonight: Sound …

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People. Make. Awesome. #2

$5 – $15 donation at the door

The Frank Agency and Nonsequitur have joined forces to present People. Make. Awesome. — a three-part series of pairings rooted in sound, curated by Beth Fleenor. The theory: give people a place to make awesome, and they will. Each event features three pairings of stellar, highly individualistic artists, given opportunity to communicate freely. Tonight: Sound …

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Kim Myhr + Stephen Fandrich

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Kim Myhr is an active voice of the creative music scene in Norway, both as a composer and as a guitarist, with frequent performances throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and the Americas. Myhr’s first solo record, All Your Limbs Singing – “A delirious love letter to the 12-string acoustic guitar,” WIRE Magazine – explores the acoustic …

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Robinson/Wooley play Radigue/Dufour

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Clarinetist Carol Robinson and trumpeter Nate Wooley give American and world premiere performances of new works by iconoclastic French composers Eliane Radigue and Denis Dufour. The program opens with Dufour’s fascinating Cinq forms d’appel for bass clarinet and trumpet, and continues with Radigue’s OCCAM XVI for solo bass clarinet, OCCAM X for solo trumpet, and …

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William O. Smith: Compositions & Improvisations

William O. (Bill) Smith advanced classical clarinet technique and at the same time mastered a deliciously swinging style in his 55-year collaboration with Dave Brubeck to become one of the world’s great clarinetists. He performs his captivating compositions and improvisations solo and with longtime friends: trombone master Stuart Dempster and clarinetist Jesse Canterbury. The program …

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Pamela Z

$5 – $15 suggested donation at the door

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the …

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Susan Alcorn + Wally Shoup

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One of the world’s premiere musical innovators on her instrument, Baltimore-based Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country and western swing music. Known among steel guitarists for her virtuosity and authenticity in a traditional context, Alcorn first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands. Soon …

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People. Make. Awesome.

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Nonsequitur and The Frank Agency join forces to present People. Make. Awesome. — a three-part series of pairings rooted in sound curated by Beth Fleenor. The August performance will feature three sonic duo pairings, to be announced at the event. A night of stellar, highly individualistic artists, given opportunity to communicate freely. Each duo set …

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Rene Barge & Gustavo Matamoros

$5 – $15 suggested donation at the door

Visiting from Miami, Gustavo Matamoros and Rene Barge perform Chapel, an evening-length immersive composition for 6 channels, akin to the sonic explorations they create (along with David Dunn) in the context of Frozen Music Ensemble presentations. The sound world will consist of recorded sounds manufactured by the duo through the manipulation of objects at Audiotheque’s …

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Substrata: Caminiti + Vainio + Mamiffer

For its final night, Substrata Festival is a meeting of far-ranging extremes, embracing harsh ascetic minimalism, spaces of unmoored weightlessness, and the massive and physically terrestrial. Beyond notions of passive ornamental embellishment, the night’s performers are all sculptors of ambient sonic narrative created from the colluvium of sound’s rawest materials. The methodologies varying from the …

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Substrata: Xtro + Holtkamp + Hultgren

Substrata’s second night plays host to the evolving field of electro-acoustic composition in its intersection with fringe pop, folk, improvisation and non-rock forms. Dismantling both the synthesizer and the electric guitar’s central roles and showmanship in rock music for a larger lexicon of expressive frontiers, theirs is a more variegated and polychromatic realization of these …

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Substrata: Kowalski + Kent + Guentner

The inaugural evening of Substrata 1.4 presents a showcase of sound as intimated space. Encompassing the broadest spectrum of instrumentation, from acoustic strings to electric analog hardware to synthesis and pure software application. This spectrum of tools and technique representing a diapason of approaches to guide the listener into auditory perambulations of notional, phantasmal scapes. …

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