[This series was originally called SOUNDbox. Pardon our re-branding in the wake of a Cease & Desist notice from the San Francisco Symphony, which has a trademark on the name.]
Nonsequitur is pleased to start off 2022 with the introduction of NonSeq, a new artist-led curator series aimed at positively stimulating the local music scene with visionary and generative live performances.
For NonSeq, Nonsequitur co-founder and Director Steve Peters hands over curation of our concerts to a team of four celebrated local artists who will take over programming of twelve events in 2022. Pianist Marina Albero, polymath/writer and Seattle Star founder Omar Willey, guitarist Carlos Snaider, and flautist Leanna Keith will each curate three concerts apiece in the coming year. All of them have a unique presence in the Seattle creative community, and bring a wealth of collective knowledge and experience to the project.
NonSeq aims to center the artistry of a rising tide of musical experimentalism in the region and beyond, emphasizing the need for new, disruptive voices, greater representation of the array of creative musical endeavors in our cultural institutions, and an expansive vision for artistic embeddedness in our society. These concerts will reflect a wide range of musical ideas from experimental musicians near and far, and will allow audiences the opportunity to dialogue with the performers through curator-facilitated Q&A’s.
Among others, NonSeq is thrilled to present diverse voices like Dakota Camacho, indigenous multi-disciplinary artist/researcher; Elisa Thorn, experimental harpist, composer, and vocalist; as well as a return visit by Cornish graduate, composer and guitarist Tristan Gianola. We’ll post info in Upcoming Concerts as more artists and dates are confirmed.
NonSeq performances will occur once monthly beginning in January, with an added “Curators’ Concert” on January 29 featuring Albero, Willey, Snaider, and Keith along with new Nonsequitur board member Heather Bentley, kicking off the year with an evening of solo and group improvisation, celebrating the diversity of musical values and shared commitment to listening and spontaneous creation.
The COVID-19 pandemic is, of course, casting a large and looming shadow on all of our grand plans. We intend to abide by any new mandates or restrictions from government or public health agencies. While we are hoping for the best, we know that these events may be canceled at any time due to the constantly evolving situation. It is always a good idea to check this web site and the Wayward Music site for updated info regarding cancellations.
Read a nice article about NonSeq by Thomas May in the Seattle Times.