History

1989

Nonsequitur was founded by Jonathan Scheuer and Steve Peters, who met in the early 1980s at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where they also worked for KAOS-fm and OP Magazine. The project began as a record label based in Santa Fé, New Mexico, publishing over thirty releases in nine years.

1992

Began distributing older releases and books by artists associated with our projects, along with related recordings and publications.

1993

The Nonsequitur Music Gallery opened in a storefront in downtown Albuquerque. The front half of the space was used to exhibit artwork by composers and sound artists, or by visual artists who had a connection to sound and music. We also began producing occasional concerts at the Outpost Performance Space.

1998

We ceased releasing new CD titles and sold our existing catalog and inventory to O.O. Discs, which has since gone out of business; what remains of our catalog is available from Pogus Productions.  We then shifted our focus to presenting concerts and installations, solidifying our relationship with Outpost and making use of other venues when appropriate.

2004

Nonsequitur moved to Seattle, presenting monthly events in various rented spaces, often in collaboration with other like-minded organizations.

2007

Recognizing the need for an affordable, mid-sized venue dedicated to adventurous music, Nonsequitur signed a long-term lease to use the Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center ten nights per month. The Wayward Music Series was initiated to share this amazing resource at a subsidized rate with other like-minded artists and organizations. This unusual cooperative model has proven to fill a vital need for affordable space to present uncompromising non-commercial music.

2008

Nonsequitur was honored with a Mayor’s Arts Award.

2009

Earshot Jazz recognized our “tremendous contribution to Seattle’s creative jazz scene,” for which we received their Golden Ear Award.

2014

Nonsequitur celebrates 25 years of supporting innovative artists.

Artists Presented

  • January 22-24:  Heather Belntley et al: The Ballad of Ishtar
  • February 5-7:  30th Seattle Improvised Music Festival
  • March 13:  Torch
  • April 17 & 18:  R. Andrew Lee
  • May 22:  Stella Haze + Pulling Out the Light + Raica
  • June 13:  Colleen + Hanna Benn
  • July 16:  Substrata Festival 1.5: Tara Jane O’Neil, Rauelsson, bv dub + Leo Mayberry
  • July 17:  Substrata Festival 1.5: Mary Lattimore, Lubomyr Melnyk, Taylor Deupree
  • July 18:  Substrata Festival 1.5: Tiny Vipers, Panabrite, Rachel Grimes, Shuttle 358 + Paul Clipson
  • July 31:  Paul Hoskin Benefit
  • September 25 & 26:  Steve Peters: Canções Profundas (Deep Songs)
  • October 2:  Rafael Toral + Bill Horist
  • October 23:  Nicole Mitchell/Mike Reed/Tomeka Reid
  • October 30:  Tetuzi Akiyama/Bryan Eubanks/Jason Kahn/Toshi Nakamura
  • November 14:  Judy Dunaway + Esther Sugai
  • November 20:  Paul Taub
  • December 5:  Carol Robinson
  • January 10:  Wayne Horvitz: “Music in Other Rooms (55 Redux)”
  • January 25:  Michael Bisio & Matthew Shipp
  • January 31:  Elizabeth A. Baker
  • February 6-8:  29th Seattle Improvised Music Festival
  • February 22:  Pincushioned
  • March 1:  Tom Baker: “Deeply Lodged”
  • April 13:  Doug Wieselman + Syrinx Effect
  • April 17:  Mark Hosler + Noel Brass Jr.
  • May 8:  Andrea Parkins + Zeena Parkins
  • June 7:  Thollem McDonas, Paul Kikuchi, Greg Campbell
  • July 6:  Stuart Dempster/Dennis Rea
  • July 17:  Substrata Festival 1.4: Gregg Kowalsky, Julia Kent, Markus Guentner
  • July 18:  Substrata Festival 1.4: Sanso Xtro, Koen Holtkamp, Carls Hultgren
  • July 19:  Substrata Festival 1.4: Evan Caminiti, Mika Vainio, Mamiffer
  • August 9:  Rene Barge & Gustavo Matamoros
  • August 21:  People. Make. Awesome. 1: Amy Denio, Randall Dunn, Stephen Fandrich, Beth Fleenor, Trey Gunn, Alex Guy
  • September 7:  Vance Galloway + Charles Stanyon
  • September 20:  Susan Alcorn + Wally Shoup
  • October 10:  Pamela Z
  • October 18:  William O. Smith
  • November 13:  Carol Robinson + Nate Wooley
  • November 8:  Kim Myhr + Stephen Fandrich
  • November 13:  People. Make. Awesome. 2: Chris Credit, Michael Owcharuk, Hanna Benn, et al
  • December 11:  People. Make. Awesome. 3: Samantha Boshnack, Sumi Tonooka, Jessica Lurie, Bill Horist, Jason Goessl, et al
  • January 18-19:  Tiptons Saxophone Quartet: “Mythunderstandings”
  • February 7-9:  28th Seattle Improvised Music Festival
  • March 9:  Carver Audain + Rafael Anton Irisarri
  • March 14:  Rinus van Alebeek + Paris Hurley
  • May 11:  Butch Morris Tribute: Wayne Horvitz/JA Deane/Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
  • June 6:  Leslie Ross
  • June 20:  French-American Peace Quartet (William Parker/Hamid Drake/Kidd Jordan/François Tusques)
  • June 22:  East-West Collective (Larry Ochs/Miya Masaoka/Didier Petit/Sylvain Kassap/Xu Fengxai) + Alfred 23 Harth/Torsten Müller
  • July 6:  Stuart Dempster/Dennis Rea
  • July 18:  Substrata Festival 1.3: Ethernet, The Sight Below, Yagya
  • July 19:  Substrata Festival 1.3: Ken Camden, Sean Curley, Grouper, Noveller
  • July 20:  Substrata Festival 1.3: Kim Cascone, Jacaszek, Christina Vantzou
  • July 26:  Girma Yifrashewa + Amy Rubin
  • August 3:  Gretchen Yanover + Paul Rucker
  • August 24:  David Dunn
  • September 7:  Vance Galloway + Charles Stanyon
  • September 20:  Matthew Ostrowski/Doug Theriault + Gyre (Michael Shannon/David Stanford/Carl Lierman)
  • October 19:  Byron Au Yong: “Welladay Welladay”
  • October 26:  Earshot Jazz Fest: B’shnorkestra + Beth Fleenor’s Workshop Ensemble
  • November 2:  Earshot Jazz Fest: Paul Kikuchi: “Bat of No Bird Island”
  • November 16:  R. Andrew Lee: Dennis Johnson’s “November”
  • February 8-11:  27th Seattle Improvised Music Festival
  • February 25:  Adam Tendler: John Cage’s “Sonatas & Interludes”
  • March 3:  Electro-Gals: Christi Denton + Briana Marela + Heather Perkins
  • March 16:  Magma Fest: Angelina Baldoz/Samantha Boshnack/Lesli Dalaba + Byron Au Yong/Tari Nelson-Zagar/Paul Rucker + Beth Fleenor/Paul Hoskin/Jenny Ziefel + Stuart Dempster/Paul Kikuchi/Susie Kozawa
  • April 14:  Steve Peters w/ local ensemble: Gavin Bryars’ “The Sinking of the Titanic”
  • May 12:  Novi_sad
  • June 2:  Chris Cochrane + Climax Golden Twins
  • July 7:  Fred Schaeffer Sturm: music of Federico Ibarra
  • August 3:  Substrata Festival 1.2: Lawrence English, Daniel Menche, Scanner
  • August 5:  Substrata Festival 1.2: Tim Hecker, Loscil, Panamerican, Widesky
  • August 25:  Cat Lamb + Bryan Eubanks
  • September 20:  ROVA Saxophone Quartet
  • September 22:  Polarity Taskmasters (Emily Hay/Motoko Honda/Brad Dutz) + Magda Mayas
  • October 10:  Eyvind Kang & Friends: “Time Medicine”
  • November 21:  Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night”
  • January 21:  Empty Cage Quartet (Jason Mears/Kris Tiner/Paul Kikuchi/Ivan Johnson) + Sun Ra Tribute
  • January 22:  Operation ID + Dana Reason
  • February 9-12:  26th Seattle Improvised Music Festival
  • February 18:  Frances-Marie Uitti
  • April 22:  Steve Barsotti & Paul Kikuchi
  • June 10:  Jim Haynes + Brendan Murray + Steven M. Miller
  • September 30:  Eric Barber + Trio Commando (Wayne Horvitz/Samantha Boshnack/Beth Fleenor)
  • October 8:  Jarrad Powell
  • October 15:  Earshot Jazz Fest: Craig Taborn + Gust Burns; Cornish Poncho Hall, Seattle
  • November 5:  Earshot Jazz Fest: Malcolm Goldstein w/ local ensemble
  • December 10:  Tiptons Saxophone Quartet
  • December 21:  Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night”
  • January 9:  Amy Denio + Beth Fleenor
  • January 22:  Is That Jazz? Fest: Sunship + Sun Ra Tribute
  • January 23:  Is That Jazz? Fest: Bill Smith Trio + Threat of Beauty
  • January 29:  Is That Jazz? Fest: Bad Luck + Vertigo
  • January 30:  Is That Jazz? Fest: Tom Baker Quartet + Cuong Vu Trio
  • February 11:  25th Seattle Improvised Music Festival
  • March 2:  Lubomyr Melnyk
  • March 13:  Crepuscule Trio (Ken Kawamura/Anthony Shadduck/Alan Cook) + Vertigo
  • March 19:  Karen Bentley Pollick
  • April 2:  Zachary James Watkins/Tiffany Lin/Ranjit Bhatnagar
  • April 9:  Gebhard Ullman Trio + JA Deane
  • April 23:  Peter Garland w/ local ensemble
  • April 24:  Peter Garland solo piano
  • May 1:  May Day! New Music Marathon
  • May 8:  Shelley Hirsch
  • May 14:  Anna Homler & Friends
  • May 28:  Jessika Kenney w/ Eyvind Kang, Parvaneh Daneshvar, Dawn Clement
  • June 12:  Dana Reason + Lisa Cay Miller
  • July 1:  Robert Rich
  • August 14:  Joe McPhee
  • August 20-21:  Michael Pisaro w/ local ensemble
  • August 27:  Ruth Serrão
  • September 2:  Climax Golden Twins + Bill Horist + Vance Galloway
  • September24:  Foday Musa Suso
  • October 16:  Earshot Jazz Fest: Eugene Chadbourne + MURAL (Kim Myhr/Ingar Zach/Jim Denley)
  • October 28:  Earshot Jazz Fest: Matana Roberts w/ local ensemble
  • November 17:  Cristina Valdes
  • December 17:  Julian Priester Quartet
  • January 7:  Kristen Loree/Jack Ox
  • January 24:  Lung Tree (Eric Glick Rieman/Lesli Dalaba/Stuart Dempster)
  • February 12:  Ana Cervantes
  • February 13-14:  24th Seattle Improvised Music Festival
  • March 19:  Yvonne Lee
  • April 25:  Fred Frith
  • May 8:  Sarah Cahill: A Sweeter Music
  • May 15:  Olivia Block w/ local ensemble
  • May 23:  Deep Listening Band
  • June 11:  Harold Budd/Keith Lowe
  • June 25:  Novi_sad + Colin Andrew Sheffield
  • July 25:  Richard Lerman + Susie Kozawa
  • September 26:  Steve Peters: 50th Birthday Concert
  • October 15:  Richard Craig
  • October 22:  Rachel Grimes + Gretchen Yanover
  • October 24:  Earhot Jazz Fest: Phantom Orchard (Zeena Parkins/Ikue Mori) + Peggy Lee/Saadet Türköz
  • November 21:  John Luther Adams w/ Cristina Valdes & Steven Schick
  • January 31:  Illusion of Safety
  • February 9:  23rd Seattle Improvised Music Festival
  • March 1:  Frederic Rzewski
  • March 7:  Amy Rubin & Friends in Motion
  • April 12:  Gavin Borchert
  • April 18:  Stephen Drury
  • May 9:  Seth Nehil/Matt Marble + Corey Fuller
  • June 10:  Larry Karush + Dawn Clement
  • June 28:  Wayne Horvitz & Gravitas
  • July 12:  Seattle Circle
  • July 26:  Michael Gendreau
  • August 8:  Dennis Rea & Friends
  • August 22:  Carl Stone
  • September 12:  Robin Holcomb
  • October 4:  Annea Lockwood + Ruth Anderson w/ local ensemble
  • October 8-10:  Seattle Latin American Music Festival (SLAM)
  • October 17-18:  Garrett Fisher Ensemble
  • October 22:  Earshot Jazz Fest: Marilyn Crispell + Paul Lytton/Nate Wooley
  • January 27:  Jeph Jerman & Animist Orchestra
  • February 1:  Camilla Hannan & TARAB + Dale Lloyd
  • February 12:  22nd Seattle Improvised Music Festival
  • February 25:  Henry Brant/Seattle Chamber Playerse
  • March 17:  Microscores Project (Johnny Chang/Jessica Catron)
  • April 20:  Colin Andrew Sheffield/James Eck Rippie + Atlatl (Phil Hendricks) + Rebreather (Alex Keller/Christopher DeLaurenti)
  • May 24:  Vladislav Delay + Loscil + Son of Rose + Seattle Phonographers Union
  • June 22:  Doug Haire
  • June 23:  However (Torben Ulrich/Angelina Baldoz/Lori Goldston/Jaison Scott)
  • July 21:  Festival of Wayward Music
  • July 22:  Festival of Wayward Music
  • July13:  Matt Shoemaker + Francisco López
  • July 10:  Lisa Moore
  • September 22:  Gamelan Pacifica
  • September 27-28:  Seattle Latin American Music Festival aka SLAM
  • September 23:  Decibel Fest: Olaf Bender + Pixel + Kangding Ray; Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle
  • October 18:  Andrea Parkins + Rob Angus/Lesli Dalaba
  • October 20:  Earshot Jazz Fest: Gino Robair’s “I, Norton”
  • October 30:  Malcolm Goldstein
  • November 1:  Alexei Pliousnine
  • November 2:  Earshot Jazz Fest: Iva Bittová
  • December 5:  Alison Knowles/Jessica Higgins/Joshua Selman
  • December 7:  Katsura Yamauchi + Arrington de Dionyso
  • December 12:  Paul Rucker/Isaac Marshall/Neil Gitkind/Bill Horist/Erik Anderson
  • December 22:  Jhababa + Eric Lanzillotta
  • February 8-12:  21st Seattle Improvised Music Festival
  • February 10:  Di Terra (Alberto Braida/Fabrizio Spera/Lisle Ellis)
  • March 10:  MAD Trio: Alan Lechusza/Carolyn Lechusza/Mark Weaver
  • March 11:  Degenerate Art Ensemble
  • April 22:  Mei Han/Randy Raine-Reusch
  • May 14:  Seattle Chamber Players/Tomoko Mukaiyama
  • June 23-25:  Oly Festival of Experimental Musics: Maher Shala Hash Baz
  • July 6:  Fred Lonberg-Holm/Torsten Müller/Michael Zerang
  • September 16:  Decibel Fest: Richard Chartier + Taylor Deupree + Yann Novak + Son of Rose
  • October 23:  Earshot Jazz Fest: Matthew Shipp + Gust Burns
  • October 29:  Earshot Jazz Fest: Stuart Dempster 70th Birthday Tribute 11/3 Earshot Jazz Fest: Annette Peacock + Eric Barber Chamber Quartet
  • February 5:  Lori Freedman + Tom Swafford
  • February 12:  Sylvia Smith Percussion Duo/Dale Speicher
  • April 27:  John Butcher + Chris Cogburn/Dave Dove
  • June 16:  Jeph Jerman/Paul Hoskin
  • August 30:  Veryan Weston
  • September 8:  Thomas Lehn & Marcus Schmickler
  • October 2-3:  Keith Rowe/Gust Burns/Jeffrey Allport/Gregory Reynolds/Leif Sundstrom
  • October 21:  Nate Wooley + Lyn Goeringer
  • October 28:  Earshot Jazz Fest: Wally Shoup/Nels Cline/Greg Campbell
  • November 3:  Earshot Jazz Fest: Robin Holcomb/Wayne Horvitz
  • November 6:  Earshot Jazz Fest: Seattle Chamber Players/Wayne Horvitz/Bill Smith/Stuart Dempster/Trimpin/Julian Priester/Eyvind Kang/Peggy Lee/Dylan van der Schyff
  • January 17:  Stephen Scott’s Bowed Piano Ensemble
  • March 11:  Viv Corringham + Steve Barsotti
  • May 7:  John Butcher + Gino Robair
  • July 29-31:  Ellen Fullman
  • September 3:  Chris Mann
  • October 16:  Bob Ostertag/Pierre Hébert
  • November 20:  Joëlle Léandre/Phillip Greenlief
  • January 24:  Mephista (Susie Ibarra/Sylvie Courvoisier/Ikue Mori)
  • January 25:  i2o (David Stout/Gareth Davis)
  • February 22:  Margaret Leng Tan
  • March 1:  Keith Rowe + Djalma Primordial Science (Jeff Gburek/Ephia)
  • March 15:  Carl Stone
  • April 19:  Malcolm Goldstein w/ Out of Context
  • June 1-30:  Aether Fest, international radio art festival
  • June 8:  Robert Rich
  • October 11:  Panaiotis
  • November 8:  Stuart Dempster
  • December 13:  Jeff Greinke
  • February 16:  Ana Cervantes
  • March 9:  Dana Reason
  • April 6:  Shoko Hikage/Ryuko Mizutani
  • May 4:  Susan Alcorn + Chas Smith
  • August 17:  CK Barlow + Steven M. Miller
  • September 20:  Frank Abbinanti
  • October 11:  Bernhard Günter + Jeph Jerman + Steve Peters
  • October 12:  Bernhard Günter + Steve Roden + Günter/Jerman/Peters/Roden
  • November 16:  Toshimaru Nakamura/Sean Meehan
  • November 23:  Rick Cox + Michael Jon Fink
  • January 12:  Aki Takahashi
  • February 3:  Stuart Sherman
  • February 17:  Claudio Calmens
  • March 10:  Philip Gelb
  • April 14:  Marsha Tallerico
  • April 21:  Santa Fé Intl. Electro-acoustic Music Festival: Chris Brown + Maggi Payne
  • April 27:  Alvin Curran
  • May 12:  Smash & Teeny (Sarah Peebles/Nilan Perera)
  • June 22:  California Ear Unit
  • September 21:  LINKS Ensemble
  • October 27:  Nicolas Collins/Peter Cusack
  • November 17:  Fred Frith
  • December 15:  Jane Rigler
  • January 22:  Fred Schaeffer Sturm/Rita Mosiman
  • February 17:  Jack Wright/Bhob Rainey
  • March 24:  John White: Piano Miniatures
  • April 21:  Santa Fé Intl. Electro-acoustic Music Festival: Annea Lockwood
  • April 22:  Santa Fé Intl. Electro-acoustic Music Festival: Laetitia Sonami + John Bischoff
  • May 26:  Harold Budd/Jon Gibson
  • June 10:  Makiko Sakurai
  • July 23:  Olivia Block + Francisco López
  • November 11:  Chris Cutler/Thomas Dimuzio
  • November 18:  Gamelan Encantada
  • December 2:  Lê Quan Ninh + JA Deane & Colleen Mulvihill
  • January 16:  Kristen Loree/John Bartlit
  • February 6:  Brenda Hutchinson
  • February21:  Joseph Weber memorial concert
  • April 10:  Chris Cochrane + Jefferson Voorhees
  • April 24:  Santa Fé Intl. Electro-acoustic Music Festival: David Behrman
  • May 29:  Sean G. Meehan + Jefferson Voorhees
  • June 19:  Chris Brown + Mike Berry
  • June 11-12:  Robin Holcomb
  • July 15:  JA Deane + Steve Peters
  • October 10:  nmperign
  • November 20:  Amy Denio + Protuberance
  • December 11:  Peter Gordon & Joan LaBarbara
  • January 9:  LaDonna Smith + Trio Palladium
  • February 21:  Steven M. Miller/Steve Peters
  • March 7:  Christopher Shultis + Daniel Davis
  • April 10:  Butch Morris w/ Out of Context
  • May 2:  Annie Gosfield/Roger Kleier;
  • June 6:  Ellen Band
  • September 11-12:  Lane Lucas: “Faith”
  • October 17:  Sarah Cahill
  • November 14-15:  Pauline Oliveros
  • December 1:  Kaffe Matthews
  • December 5:  Kristen Loree/John Bartlit
  • December 18:  Matt Ingalls/Mike Berry
  • February 25:  Gustavo Matamoros
  • July 15:  Anna Homler/Steve Peters/Steve Roden
  • November 5:  David Dunn/Steve Peters/Christopher Shultis
  • February 18:  Elodie Lauten: “The Gaia Cycle”
  • June 18:  Pauline Oliveros & Friends: Jerry Hunt tribute
  • July 21:  Tom Djll + Tom Guralnick
  • August 27:  Peter van Riper
  • February 19:  Jeff Greinke + Steve Peters
  • March 22:  Paul Hoskin/Steve Peters
  • August 6:  Francisco López/Steve Peters
  • October 1 – 4:  New Music Across America Festival (Albuquerque)