Monday, October 29 – 8pm
Beth Fleenor: Workshop Ensemble (WE)
[this incarnation: BF + Kate Olson / Michele Khazak / Brian Bermudez / Sam Boshnack / Mike Owcharuk / Paul Kemmish / Evan Flory Barnes / Greg Campbell / Adam Kozie]
WE are a dynamic onslaught of Seattle’s creative voices presenting Fleenor’s works for Blindfolded Ensemble, and other exploratory scores. For this show, WE will present different aspects of the blindfolded work as well as perform the 2011 conduction work SILT, originally commission by the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble and UMAMI Performance.
(video from WE blindfolded performance last August)
(excerpt of SILT as performed by SJCE)
Also on the bill: Sugarpants, performing high energy music for soprano sax, upright bass and drums. [Kate Olson / Paul Kemmish / Tom Zgonc]
Tuesday, October 23 – 7:30pm
The outstanding trumpeter and emerging composer Samantha Boshnack presents her riveting work with a large ensemble. Opening: rising regional sax star, Neil Welch, a driving performer in the tradition of Coltrane and other adventurers, performs solo.
$14 general/$12 Earshot members & seniors/$7 students
Tuesday, October 23 – 9pm
608 NW 65th st N
Beth Fleenor’s Figeater presents their chimeric concoction of jazz, rock and other sounds from the avant universe. [conFIGuration: POWER FIG with Jeff Huston (guitar), Paul Kemmish (bass), Tom Zgonc (drums)]
“Clarinetist/composer Beth Fleenor bases her cargo-cult band on the arrival of unhinged, uncorked, unkempt provocations from a small, raucous band of collaborators. Expect some wailin’, some keening, and some siren-singing too.”- Earshot Jazz
Mako Sica, featuring former members of Rope – dark, atmospheric, ECM Flavored doom surf with notes of Eighties industrial bands like Psychic TV and Einstruzende Neubauten. Ethnographic chanting and twin Caspar Broetzman style guitars pealing over lush, pulsing drums.
Bill Horist brings his original recipe prepared guitar improvisation.
Bobby Previte’s Voodoo Orchestra West
The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
|Bobby Previte hoto by Daniel Sheehan|
New York-based drummer Bobby Previte first brought his transcriptions of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew-era psychedelia to NYC’s Knitting Factory with the weekly Voodoo Orchestra 15 years ago. Now Davis’ seductively brooding electric music is resurrected with a cast of seasoned Seattle pros:
Saxophones Neil Welch, Kate Olson, bass clarinet Beth Fleenor, French horn Tom Varner, electric bass Keith Lowe, string bass Geoff Harper, Fender Rhodes Ryan Burns, keys Wayne Horvitz, B-3 organ Joe Doria, electric guitar Tim Young and percussion Jeff Busch.
Under Previte’s direction from the drums, the pieces often progress at differently than what Davis devotees are accustomed to. His Voodoo Orchestra West conjures the source material’s spirit and atmosphere; they play as themselves in Davis’ court, rather than simply emulating the sidemen on the original records. That allows a freedom to uncover their own starts, stops and melodies.
Opening this performance is the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, a conduction group led by Wayne Horvitz, featuring many of the same musicians as the Voodoo Orchestra: drums Bobby Previte, saxophones Greg Sinibaldi, Neil Welch, Kate Olson, bass clarinet Beth Fleenor, trumpets Al Keith, Samantha Boshnack, Steve O’Brien, trombones Naomi Siege, Jacob Herring, French horn Tom Varner, string bass Geoff Harper and piano Ryan Burns.
|Wayne Horvitz photo by Daniel Sheehan|
The Royal Room Collective operates around a unique system of instant arranging fueled by musical symbols that Horvitz newly created specifically for this music.
Monday, October 29 – 8pm
[Kate Olson / Paul Kemmish / Tom Zgonc]
Beth Fleenor: Workshop Ensemble (WE)
[Kate Olson / Michele Khazak / Brian Bermudez / Sam Boshnack / Mike Owcharuk / Paul Kemmish / Evan Flory Barnes / Greg Campbell / Adam Kozie]
Frankly Mondays October features Sugarpants, performing high energy music for soprano sax, upright bass and drums, alongside Beth Fleenor’s new Workshop Ensemble (WE). WE are a dynamic onslaught of Seattle’s creative voices presenting Fleenor’s works for Blindfolded Ensemble, and other exploratory scores. For this show, WE will present different aspects of the blindfolded work as well as perform the 2011 conduction work SILT, originally commission by the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble and UMAMI Performance.
Joe Doria (Hammond B3)
Wayne Horvitz (keyboards)
Bobby Previte (drums)
Tim Young (guitar)
Friday, October 19, 8pm
below the Starline Social Club, Oakland CA
Saturday, October 20, 9pm
Venti’s Cafe and Taphouse, Salem OR
Sunday, October 21, 9pm
The Goodfoot, Portland OR
Wednesday, October 24, 8:30pm
The Royal Room, Seattle WA
Members’ Opening Reception: Mw [Moment Magnitude]
Mw [Moment Magnitude] is an ambitious cross-platform project of visual art, performance, production, rehearsal, specially commissioned artworks, music, dance, literary events, design, and arts engagement programs showcasing exceptional artistic practice in Seattle. It will be on view from October 13, 2012 to January 20, 2013 at the Frye Art Museum.
Among the distinguished Seattle-based artists participating in Mw [Moment Magnitude] are (in alphabetical order): Leo Saul Berk, Jherek Bischoff, The Black Constellation (Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes), Samantha Boshnack, Rebecca Brown, Matt Browning, Cris Bruch, Jason Conger / The Four Hoarse Men / Interrupture / Kjell Hansen, Anne Fenton, Evan Flory-Barnes, Wynne Greenwood, Tad Hirsch, Eyvind Kang, Robb Kunz, LILIENTHAL | ZAMORA, Jeffry Mitchell, Charles Mudede, The People’s Grand Opera, Perfume Genius, Charlie Schuck, Buster Simpson, Vis-à-Vis Society, and zoe | juniper.
Conceived by a curatorial collective of artists, musicians, writers, and curators–Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, Joshua Kohl, Ryan Mitchell, Doug Nufer, and Yoko Ott—Mw [Moment Magnitude] takes its name from the scale used by seismologists to measure the size of earthquakes in terms of energy released.
LEAD BUNNY – HEDREEN GALLERY
October 11, 12, 13 & 14, 2012
Suggested Donation: $8 general / free to students
October 1 – 31, 2012
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 1:30-6pm
LEAD BUNNY will consolidate Paige Barnes’ ongoing exploration of the themes of conflict and reconciliation. The project is about the contradictory experiences human beings have when trying to connect, and how they understand themselves and their relationship with the Other.
PERFORMANCE: Animator Stefan Gruber with sound composer Rosten Woo creates “lead bunnies” – creatures that fill up with lead, and then leak it. The rabbits create the emotional subtext of the work giving insight to the choreography by Paige Barnes and performed by Paige Barnes, Vincent Cuny, Alice Gosti, Paris Hurley, Nadia Losonsky and Pol Rosenthal. Found sounds recorded by Julian Martlew and Paige Barnes alongside live sonorous vocal compositions by Paris Hurley and Bob Barraza transform the audio landscape. Jme Frank’s costumes reflect a battle for balance: a contrast of blue and white collar uniforms mixed with a hint of sci-fi and a dash of urban tribal influence implies a modern day armed warrior. Masks by Ret Harrison cover the faces to express anonymity. A total of fifteen artists are involved in the creation of LEAD BUNNY, an individual’s journey of undergoing change in the face of conflict without breaking.
MEDIA EXHIBIT: The five media station exhibit reveals LEAD BUNNY’s creative process. Documentary filmmaker Aileen Imperial filmed extensively the rehearsals and creative brainstorm sessions, and conducted interviews with the choreographer and collaborators. Once inside the gallery, the spectator will be able to interact with the different media stations illuminating what is involved in making a collaborative dance based project: the inspiration, the discipline, the dedication, the obsession — the drama inside of the creative process.