Concerts

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Girma Yifrashewa + Amy Rubin

$5 - $15 (Sliding Scale)

Presented by Nonsequitur & Unseen Worlds. Girma Yifrashewa is Ethiopia’s most famous living pianist and composer. Using traditional tunes as a foundation, Yifrashewa’s compositions combine the ecstasy of Ethiopian harmony with the grandeur of virtuoso piano technique into an effortlessly enjoyable, heady mixture. Born in 1967, Yifrashewa’s life in music began at a tender age …

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Stuart Dempster & Dennis Rea: Double Tanabata Birthdays!

$5 - $15 (Sliding Scale)

Seattle composers Stuart Dempster and Dennis Rea celebrate their shared birthday that falls on July 7, which is also Tanabata, a Japanese festival that celebrates the only day of the year when two lovers cross the Milky Way to meet. (Although this concert is on the 6th, it will already be Tanabata in Japan.) Dempster …

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East-West Collective + Harth/Mueller duo

Presented by Nonsequitur, Earshot Jazz, & Polestar. Tonight’s double bill begins with the duo of German saxophonist/multimedia artist Alfred 23 Harth and the Vancouver-based, German 5-string bass player Torsten Mueller, both of whom have illustrious histories of collaboration with a host of international improvisers. The East-West Collective is a trans-national collaboration exploring the intersection of …

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French-American Peace Quartet

Presented by Nonsequitur & Earshot Jazz. The cultural threads connecting France, New Orleans, and New York are explored by this ensemble, featuring a new suite of music by 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award recipient William Parker. The powerful and elastic duo of bassist Parker and drummer Hamid Drake teams up with the venerable New …

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Leslie Ross

$5 - $15 (Sliding Scale)

NYC-based bassoonist and instrument builder Leslie Ross performs a series of pieces for micro-amplified bassoon and quadraphonic speakers, with/without laptop. Working with fifteen microphones placed directly on the tone holes of the bassoon, the signals are directed to four or more speakers around a room, while the acoustic instrument remains a presence. This set up …

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Spontaneous Conduction: Butch Morris Tribute

$5 - $15 (Sliding Scale)

Presented by Nonsequitur (photos: Daniel Sheehan/EyeShotJazz) This tribute to the brilliant Butch Morris, who passed away earlier this year, features two of his closest friends and musical colleagues – Wayne Horvitz (Seattle) and JA Deane (New Mexico) – using the conduction techniques developed and pioneered by Morris with the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble. Employing …

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Rinus van Alebeek + Paris Hurley

$5 - $15 (Sliding Scale)

Dutch artist Rinus van Alebeek (Berlin) is a writer, lo-fi sound artist, and Director of Staaltape, the cassette offshoot of esteemed label Staaplaat. Paris Hurley (Seattle) is known primarily as a violinist (Degenerate Art Ensemble, Jherek Bischoff, Kultur Shock) and increasingly as a dancer and performance artist. Tonight they each present work for multiple cassette …

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Carver Audain + Rafael Anton Irisarri

$5 - $15 (Sliding Scale)

Presented by Nonsequitur. New York-based composer Carver Audain creates immersive sound environments using digital signal processing and editing techniques on a variety of environmental and instrumental recordings. His recent works continue to explore harmonic structures comprised of slowly shifting sound fields that merge and transform within their physical surroundings. Tonight he presents three works:   …

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Seattle Improvised Music Festival

$5 - $15 (Sliding Scale)

Presented by Seattle Improvised Music and Nonsequitur. The longest running improvised music festival in North America celebrates its 28th year, presenting a series of four concerts over three days. This year, festival organizers Gust Burns, Paul Hoskin, and Greg Campbell have made a concerted effort to broaden the Seattle aspect of the festival, bringing together …

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Amy Denio & Friends: Mythunderstandings

$5 - $15 (Sliding Scale)

Presented by Nonsequitur, supported in part by 4Culture.  This work-in-progress presentation features dialog with the audience after each performance. Seattle’s omni-musical treasure Amy Denio collaborates with the Tiptons Saxophone Quartet & Drums, Coast Salish storyteller and Native American flutist Paul “Che oke ten” Wagner, visual artist Aric Mayer, and director Lisa Halpern. This award-winning creative …

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Amy Denio & Friends: Mythunderstandings

$5 - $15 (Sliding Scale)

Presented by Nonsequitur, supported in part by 4Culture.  This work-in-progress presentation features dialog with the audience after each performance. Seattle’s omni-musical treasure Amy Denio collaborates with the Tiptons Saxophone Quartet & Drums, Coast Salish storyteller and Native American flutist Paul “Che oke ten” Wagner, visual artist Aric Mayer, and director Lisa Halpern. This award-winning creative …

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Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night + Party!

FREE!

6:30 PM meet up/prep 7:00 PM procession 8:00 PM party Presented by Seattle Composers’ Salon, Nonsequitur, and Joshua Parmenter. Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night is a free outdoor participatory sound sculpture of many individual parts, recorded on cassettes, CDs and MP3s, and played through a roving swarm of boomboxes carried through city streets every December. People …

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Eyvind Kang: Time Medicine

$5 - $15 (Sliding Scale)

(photo: Daniel Sheehan/ Eyeshotjazz.com) Genre-defying violist/composer Eyvind Kang presents new work with an ensemble of local greats: Stuart Dempster, trombone, percussion; Ahmad Yousefbeigi, Greg Campbell, and Dave Abramson, percussion; Moriah Neils, double bass; Taina Karr, oboe, English horn; Mary Riles, cello; Paul “Che Oke Ten” Wagner, Native flute. In the writing of musical time, every …

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Polarity Taskmasters + Magda Mayas

$5 - $15 (Sliding Scale)

Video samples here, here, and here. Flutist/vocalist Emily Hay, pianist Motoko Honda, and percussionist Brad Dutz are all major players in the Los Angeles experimental/improvised music scene. As the trio Polarity Taskmasters they create abstract experimental soundscapes through intense improvised ensemble interaction combined with electronic effects, jazz idioms, extended classical techniques, primal vocals, and stories …

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Rova Saxophone Quartet

$5 - $15 (Sliding Scale)

For over 30 years,  Rova Saxophone Quartet has explored the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation, creating exciting, genre-bending music that challenges and inspires. Founded in 1978 and inspired by a broad spectrum of musical influences – from Ives, Varese, Messiaen, Xenakis, and Feldman to Art Ensemble of Chicago, Coltrane, Braxton, Lacy, Taylor, Sun Ra …

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