Archive | November 2012

JHEREK BISCHOFF ORCHESTRA RESIDENCY IN SEATTLE

“Called a “pop polymath” (The New York Times), a “Seattle phenom” (The New Yorker), and “the missing link between the sombre undertones of Ennio Morricone and the unpredictability of John Cale” (NME), Jherek Bischoff is equal parts composer, producer, performer, and film-scoring professional. In his thirty odd years, he has played in numerous bands and musical configurations, including Parenthetical Girls, Xiu Xiu, The Degenerate Art Ensemble, The Dead Science, Amanda “Fucking” Palmer, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. His recent album, Composed (Brassland, 2012), is a meticulously arranged, multi-track album of nine orchestral pieces featuring guest vocalists such as David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, Mirah, Craig Wedren, Zac Pennington, and more.”

Featuring Beth Fleenor (clarinet) and Paris Hurley (concermaster/violin), the Jherek Bischoff Orchestra will be featured at the Moore Theater, December 1, and in open rehearsals as part of the Mw: Moment Magnitude exhibit at the Frye Art Museum.

Thursday, November 29, NOON
listen to the Jherek Bischoff small ensemble LIVE on KEXP 90.3

Thursday, November 29, 3-7 pm
open rehearsal at Frye Art Museum

Friday, November 30 , 1-5 pm
open rehearsal at Frye Art Museum

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Doors – 7 pm / Show – 8 pm
The Moore Theatre
1932 Second Avenue

Buy tickets to the Moore show: http://stgpresents.org/tickets/alphabetical/eventdetail/216/-/jherek-bischoff

Learn more about the open rehearsals at the Fyre: http://fryemuseum.org/momentmagnitude/artist/jherek_bischoff

Learn more about Jherek and his adventures growing up on a sailboat around the world: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/composed-pop/Content?oid=15389252

 

 

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VISIONS OF BOBBY PREVITE’S ELECTRIC VOODOO ORCHESTRA (WEST)

This past October at the Earshot Jazz Festival….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.

Photos by Daniel Sheehan

See Gallery: http://eyeshotjazz.com/category/drummer/

VISIONS OF ROYAL ROOM COLLECTIVE MUSIC ENSEMBLE AT EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL

Wayne Horvitz: Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble at the Earshot Jazz Festival (October 2012)

photos by Daniel Sheehan

See full gallery: http://eyeshotjazz.com/the-royal-room-collective-music-ensemble/

FRANKLY MONDAYS 11/26: CRYSTAL BETH & THE BOOM BOOM BAND / THE GRACE IN LETTING GO

The Grace in Letting Go
[Michele Khazak / Lalo Bello / Adam Kessler]

Crystal Beth* & the Boom Boom Band
[Beth Fleenor / Michael Owcharuk / Paul Kemmish / Olli Klomp]

Monday, November 26 – 8pm
Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S
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CRYSTAL BETH* & THE BOOM BOOM BAND
With the reflexes of a mongoose and the swagger of a leftist John Wayne, Crystal Beth brings her personal brand of ritual purge-pop-punk-hop trance psychedelia to the Royal Room.
Expect intense currents of bethnic chanting, propelled by the ferocious beating of the Boom Boom…*Crystal Beth is a psychoactive stimulant that increases alertness, concentration, and energy, and in high doses, can induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem, and increase libido.

THE GRACE IN LETTING GO
(real time catharsis)
bring it with you, let it go
Sometimes it hurts, which just might get you high; fear wraps its skinny fingers around your throat — but then when it lets go, you start to float. Your sights are razor sharp, until the horizon where it all gets muddled. Sometimes you’re a stone, sometimes you’re a puddle. Humility your greatest vanity and vanity your greatest shame. Sometimes there’s pleasure and sometimes there’s pain — and sometimes you don’t know; but there’s always grace in letting it go.

ABOUT THE EVENT
The Frank Agency has teamed up with the Royal Room to highlight Frank artists & affiliates in a monthly sonic presentation. A split bill the last Monday of each month features a range of projects, artists, ideas & perspectives. Taking advantage of the “project room” nature of Columbia City’s new space, you can expect that the sounds will be ever changing monthly, while the level of quality, expressiveness, and exploration stays invigorating. Listen, talk with artists, commune…Frankly Mondays, can be awesome…

EPIC HISTORICAL ROCK PLAY THESE STREETS NEEDS YOU IN THE FINAL HOUR!

UPDATED NEWS NEWS NEWS: THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FUNDED – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

From the artists:

“We have $9k more to raise by Friday at midnight or risk not collecting on any of it. Devil- meet- details.
If you have 5 minutes and a few bucks and have ever loved hearing a woman kick out the jams, then please consider joining our rocking brigade sharing the music and stories of Seattle rockers- the ones that you didn’t see all over your television but the ones who will be all over our play.”

These Streets is an unconventional theatrical play and history project, inspired by women rock musicians in Seattle during the infamous “grunge” years. Spearheaded by rock guitarist, Gretta Harley (faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts, and guitarist who played in several bands during the era) and Sarah Rudinoff (Actress, Writer and Stranger Genius Award Winner), These Streets is inspired by over 35 interviews conducted with and about the many women rockers who were integral to the Seattle music scene but have been overshadowed by the familiar bands and retrospectives.

This original piece of theatre is not a documentary, but a gritty, funny and powerful fictional story with characters that represent an amalgam of the real women rockers upon which it is based. The show is filled with music from that era, as well as a few new original songs (by Harley and Rudinoff’s We Are Golden), all played and sung by the characters and a live band.

> learn more about These Streets

NY TIMES: WHY LISTENING IS SO MUCH MORE THAN HEARING

“Listening is a skill that we’re in danger of losing in a world of digital distraction and information overload….
And yet we dare not lose it. Because listening tunes our brain to the patterns of our environment faster than any other sense, and paying attention to the nonvisual parts of our world feeds into everything……..“You never listen” is not just the complaint of a problematic relationship, it has also become an epidemic in a world that is exchanging convenience for content, speed for meaning. The richness of life doesn’t lie in the loudness and the beat, but in the timbres and the variations that you can discern if you simply pay attention.” > read more

By SETH S. HOROWITZ
Published: November 9, 2012

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/11/opinion/sunday/why-listening-is-so-much-more-than-hearing.html

11/12 MICHAEL OWCHARUK’S PLY AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Monday, November 12 – 8pm
Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S

Michael Owcharuk’s PLY joins Gravity and Poontet at the Royal Room. PLY is Michael Owcharuk (piano), Beth Fleenor (clarinet), Paul Kemmish (bass), Max Wood (drums), performing instrumental music laced with improvisation, heavily influenced by rock, pop,  jazz, and experimental sounds. Features 12 of Owhcharuk’s compositions from his 2011 Tune A Day project, where he created a new work every day for the entire year.

> listen to PLY

> learn more about Michael Owcharuk