Concerts

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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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Steve Peters: Canções Profundas (Deep Songs)

Canções Profundas (Deep Songs) is a new evening-length work by Seattle composer Steve Peters. Inspired by research into his family history in the Azores, this evocative sonic poem explores themes of migration, diaspora, memory, identity and emotional/cultural ties to place. A chain of nine volcanic islands in the mid-Atlantic, the Azores are an isolated region …

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Steve Peters: Canções Profundas (Deep Songs)

$5 – $15 donation at the door

Canções Profundas (Deep Songs) is a new evening-length work by Seattle composer Steve Peters. Inspired by research into his family history in the Azores, this evocative sonic poem explores themes of migration, diaspora, memory, identity and emotional/cultural ties to place. A chain of nine volcanic islands in the mid-Atlantic, the Azores are an isolated region …

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Paul Hoskin Benefit

Veteran Seattle improviser and concert organizer Paul Hoskin is currently in the hospital with very serious ailments. He had planned to play a duo concert tonight with Arrington De Dionyso, so instead we are organizing a benefit concert to help him out, with many members of Seattle’s improvised music community participating. All artist fees and …

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Substrata Festival 1.5, July 16 – 18

Substrata 1.5 is the fifth (and possibly final?) edition of Seattle’s intimate sound & visual art weekend curated by composer Rafael Anton Irisarri and co-presented with Nonsequitur. Each showcase is curated to distinctly portray different takes of the potency of minimalism, varying between weighty combinations of tonalities used to sculpt atmospheric ambiance, or powerful dynamic …

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Colleen + Hanna Benn

Will call 7 PM, doors 7:30 SOLD OUT!

Colleen is the alias of French musician Cécile Schott. Over the course of five albums, she has consistently reinvented herself by taking acoustic instruments out of their usual context and pushing the boundaries of their playability, with compositions ranging from the mysterious and contemplative to kinetic and playful. For this concert she’ll be playing the …

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Stella Haze | Pulling Out the Light | Raica

$5 – $15 suggested donation at the door

An evening of electronic music by three Seattle-based artists. Stella Haze (Cristin Miller) is a writer and musician based in Seattle. Her work emerges from involvement with the improvised and experimental music communities, along with formal training in classical piano, voice and composition. Over the last decade she has performed with a variety of artists …

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R. Andrew Lee, piano: Randy Gibson

$5 – $15 suggested donation at the door

Pianist R. Andrew Lee is one of the foremost interpreters of minimal music, for which he has garnered wide critical acclaim. He has been described as having “consistently impressive solo releases… asserting a vision of musical Minimalism far broader than the limited patch that abused term usually signifies.” (Steve Smith, New York Times). Time Out …

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R. Andrew Lee, piano: Shepard, Knight, Evans

$5 – $15 suggested donation at the door

Pianist R. Andrew Lee is one of the foremost interpreters of minimal music, for which he has garnered wide critical acclaim. He has been described as having “consistently impressive solo releases… asserting a vision of musical Minimalism far broader than the limited patch that abused term usually signifies.” (Steve Smith, New York Times). Time Out …

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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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