Concerts

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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

$5 – $15 donation at the door

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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Thollem McDonas w/ Campbell + Kikuchi

$5 – $15 suggested donation at the door

The remarkably diverse and perpetually touring pianist Thollem McDonas lands at the Chapel for contrasting sets joined by two of Seattle’s finest percussionists, an electric piano set with Greg Campbell and an acoustic piano set with Paul Kikuchi. “A fresh, disciplined avant-pianist with an attractively extreme viewpoint” (LA Weekly), Thollem McDonas is a peripatetic pianist/keyboardist, …

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Andrea Parkins + Zeena Parkins

Cousins Andrea Parkins (accordion, electronics) and Zeena Parkins (harp, electronics) meet up on the west coast for an evening of improvised solos and duets. Presented by Nonsequitur. Andrea Parkins is a composer, sound/installation artist and electroacoustic musician who engages with interactive electronics as a compositional/performative process, and explores strategies related to Fluxus’ ordered, yet ephemeral …

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Mark Hosler + Noel Brass, Jr.

Negativland founding member Mark Hosler takes a break from his band duties to perform solo for the first time ever in his 33 years of making music. Using various homemade one­-of­-a­-kind electronic noise-making devices (including two of Negativland’s original “Boopers”), he creates an engaging and musical soundscape performance. Designed to create a non­linear dynamic “living” …

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Doug Wieselman + Syrinx Effect

$5 - $15 sliding scale

Doug Wieselman has been an integral part of a number of different and occasionally overlapping musical worlds – from playing in New York’s “downtown scene” of the 1980s and 1990s – notably with Anthony Coleman, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Butch Morris, Marc Ribot, Eyvind Kang, Bill Frisell, Lounge Lizards; to composing and arranging for theater …

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Tom Baker: Deeply Lodged

$5 - $15 sliding scale

Presented by Nonsequitur. Composer Tom Baker premiers three recent chamber works: Invisible Cities (2011) is loosely based on stories by Italo Calvino, found in his novella of the same name, wherein Marco Polo describes to Kublai Kahn the fantastical, magical and improbable cities in his vast kingdom. The Seattle premiere is performed by the Corigliano …

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Pincushioned

$5 - $15 (Sliding Scale)

pincushioned is the invention/fabrication of Arizona-based duo Barry Moon (Baz) and Doug Nottingham (Dug). Since 2007 they have been working from a remote/suburban desert bunker melding digital sounds and images with their analog counterparts – beating drums, destroying guitars, spinning dials, sliding faders, writing software, building instruments and projecting bizarre imagery. These garbage-pickers of music …

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29th Seattle Improvised Music Festival

$5 - $15 (Sliding Scale)

presented by Seattle Improvised Music and Nonsequitur, with assistance from City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. The Seattle Improvised Music Festival returns for its 29th year, bringing esteemed visiting artists and talented local musicians together for three nights of freely improvised music representing an array of approaches and sensibilities. This year’s out-of-town guests …

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