Archive | July 2012

FRANKLY MONDAYS TONIGHT 7/30 – Royal Room

Frankly Mondays (can be awesome)

July 30 – 8pm

Royal Room

5000 Rainier Ave

The Stephen Parris Farewell show…

Frankly Mondays features a very special evening of merriment with the Monktail Creative Music Concern. Guitarist Stephen Parris, a principle organ in MCMC’s core body, is leaving Seattle….to send him on his way in style, the collective will come together and do what they do best – have a giant sonic party.

The event begins with Special O.P.S joined by special guests Beth Fleenor & Italian guitarist Dario Elia, and finishes out with the flagship big band Non Grata.

Information: http://theroyalroomseattle.com/index.php

PLY TONIGHT 7/27 – NEW SOUNDS

Michael Owhcharuk’s PLY takes over Egan’s tonight, performing music from the pianists 2011 Tune-a-Day project. Featuring 12 works from the 365 generated – performed by Beth Fleenor (clarinet), Paul Kemmish (bass) & Max Wood (drums). Tonight the band is going electric for the first time, checking out some new possibilities as they continue to unearth this music.

Here’s a recording of the acoustic version of the group at the Royal Room last month: http://kennedy-williams.net/scoobiesnax/2012/06/ply-the-royal-room/

(special thanks to Steve Kennedy Williams for documenting/archiving)

Friday, July 27 – 9pm / Egan’s Ballard Jam House

 

KULTUR SHOCK’S LATEST – TALES OF GRANDPA GURU, VOL. 1 – NOW AVAILABLE

The latest record from Balkan punk legends Kultur Shock, featuring Paris Hurley (violin, voice), is now available!!!

TALES OF GRANDPA GURU, VOL. 1

Please support the sustainability of artists doing their jobs by purchasing, if you can. Enjoy!

more information: http://kulturshock.bandcamp.com/album/tales-of-grandpa-guru-vol-1

*Cover art by TICO TIKULIN

OWCHARUK’S PLY at EGAN’S 7/27

Michael Owcharuk’s PLY

with Beth Fleenor (clarinet), Paul Kemmish (bass) & Max Wood (drums)

PLY is a new quartet performing music from Owcharuk’s 2011-2012 Tune A Day project, where he wrote a tune every single day for the year. For this show, the quartet will be going electric to create more sonic mayhem. Good times.

Friday, July 27

Egan’s Ballard Jam House

1707 NW Market Street

Information: http://owcharukmusic.com/

STEPHEN PARRIS FAREWELL SHOW 7/30

Join us for Frankly Mondays this coming Monday, July 29 to bid farewell to one of the Frank Agency’s favorite guitarists/composers. Featuring an evening of music from the Monktail Creative Music Concern, with very special guests. let’s gather to send this artist off to the next chapter, with a BIG loving Seattle good-bye.

more about the artist

Guitarist and composer STEPHEN PARRIS has been a vital figure in Seattle’s Monktail Creative Music Concern for over a decade as a member of the ensembles Special O.P.S., Non Grata, The Monktail Raymond Scott Orchestra, Shit Orange Horsey, Hunt & Peck, and Rusty Nail if you remember that one. He is also an active member of Gamelan Pacifica, the Heaney-Parris-Rea Guitar Threesome, and a couple of kick ass bar bands. Recent recordings where Stephen can be heard include “Lou Harrison: Scenes From Cavafy” on New World Records, and “Arm Me” By Special O.P.S. on Monktail Records. Radically different albums, but both rather enjoyable in their own way. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Cornish College of the Arts.

Frankly Mondays (can be awesome)

July 30 – 8pm

Royal Room

5000 Rainier AVe

Information: http://theroyalroomseattle.com/index.php

WHY ARTS EDUCATION IS A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE

Posted by Anthony Brandt for ArtsBlog.

“Access to arts education is one of the civil rights issues of our time….Creativity is not a specialized gift. Rather, it is an underlying mechanism of our mental lives. Our brains are constantly choosing:  automate or mediate? Do I want the same answer every time or do I want options and novelty?……Because mediation is so extensive in human cognition, our thinking is truly an art form. Without training and practice in both facets of our intelligence, we diminish our brain function.”

> read entire article:
http://blog.artsusa.org/2012/03/15/its-about-freedom-of-thought-why-arts-education-is-a-civil-rights-issue/

FRANKLY MONDAY 7/30 features MONKTAIL’S NON GRATA, O.P.S + DARIO ELIA, and STEPHEN PARRIS FAREWELL SHOW

Frankly Mondays features a very special evening of merriment with the Monktail Creative Music Concern. Guitarist Stephen Parris, a principle organ in MCMC’s core body, is leaving Seattle….to send him on his way in style, the collective will come together and do what they do best – have a giant sonic party.

The event begins with Special O.P.S joined by special guests Beth Fleenor & Italian guitarist Dario Elia, and finishes out with the flagship big band Non Grata.

More about the artists

SPECIAL O.P.S. (Ostrowski-Parris-Seman) is a free improvisation commando unit replete with dark regalia, sonic hand grenades and a warped sense of humor. Their performances draw influence from contemporary chamber composition, small group jazz improvisation, electronic experimentalism, dark metal, droll wit and sonic shenanigans from the subtle to the scabrous. It’s black noise and white noise. It’s cross-genre pollination boiled in ammonia, cured in bleach, dipped in battery acid and ignited with the American flag. It’s a damn good time.

As musician, singer, composer and producer, DARIO ELIA is an important part of the experimental/improv scene in Italy. His music has been often compared to David Sylvian, Nick Cave, Mike Patton, Brian Eno and Robert Fripp. He has a huge number of active collaborations with many international musicians and sound artists. In the last two years, he has extensively toured Italy, Russia, Spain, Serbia, Thailand and Japan.

BETH FLEENOR (clarinets/vocal percussion) harbors a strong love for variety and all forms of sonic manipulation, a flexibility that has allowed her to move freely through genres including, but not limited to, jazz, rock, classical, contemporary chamber, Slavic & American folk, metal, punk, ambient, surf and noise. Her work has been heard in live music, recordings, theater, performance art, installations, modern dance, and film, appearing in concert halls, clubs, prisons, schools, festivals, theaters, streets and galleries. Currently she can found performing with Crystal Beth, Figeater, Owcharuk’s PLY, Sam Boshnack Quintet,, Double Yoko, Tango Ahora!, Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble, and Seattle Conduction Band.

Frankly Mondays (can be awesome)

July 30 – 8pm

Royal Room

5000 Rainier AVe

Information: http://theroyalroomseattle.com/index.php

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HORVITZ’S SEATTLE CONDUCTION BAND at ROYAL ROOM TONIGHT

Seattle Conduction Band plays its final show of the summer at the Royal Room this evening. Led by Wayne Horvitz, the band features Beth Fleenor, Samantha Boshnack, and other fine fixtures of the Seattle music community including Steve Moore, Geoff Harper, Craig Flory, Naomi Seigel, Kate Olson, and more.

Monday, July 16 – 8pm

Royal Room

5000 Rainier Ave S

Information: www.theroyalroomseattle.com

SAM BOSHNACK PLAYING WITH THAO + THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN

Trumpeter Samantha Boshnack will be joining THAO with the GET DOWN STAY DOWN for two shows this weekend:

Friday, July 13 – LA

Saturday, July 14 – Pasadena

More info: http://thaomusic.com/