Jessica Lurie (tenor sax / voice)
Beth Fleenor (clarinet / voice)
Samantha Boshnack (trumpet)
Amy Denio (alto sax / voice)
Tina Richardson (bari sax)
Andy Coe (guitar)
Evan Flory Barnes (bass)
Olli Klomp (drums)
photo by Krk Nordenstrom
The End Ensemble: music by Michael Owcharuk
Beth Fleenor – clarinet
Cynthia Mullis – alto sax
Brian Bermudez – bari sax
Samantha Boshnack – trumpet
David Marriott – trombone
Michael Owcharuk – keyboards
Michael Catts – electric bass
Max Wood – drums
photo by Steve Kennedy Williams
REGGIE WATTS + THE AMY O’NEAL DANCE CREW / REGGIDENCY: MOVEMENT & MUSIC
San Francisco Comedy Festival
Sunday, Jan 27
Marines’ Memorial Theatre
Choreographer/Performer Amy O’Neal and dancers head to San Francisco to join long-time collaborator Reggie Watts for part 1 of his three-day Reggidency.
Reggie Watts, internationally renowned vocalist/ beatboxer/ musician/ comedian/ improvisor, amazes audiences with his unpredictable performances, which are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and looping pedals. Blending and blurring the lines between comedy and music with his unique lyrical style, LA Weekly calls Reggie “the most wildly inventive new talent of the past five years.”
Amy O’Neal is a Seattle based choreographer, dancer, performer and dance educator. She makes dance centered work for the stage, film, music videos, and special events, sometimes using the name AmyO/tinyrage or Amy O’Neal Dance Crew. Since 2002, she has frequently collaborated with Reggie Watts on live events and music videos.
Information about the Reggidency: http://sfsketchfest.com/x/performers/reggidency-a-reggie-watts-series/
More about Amy O’Neal: http://www.amyoneal.com/about/
This January, in a concert of new works, the Seattle Rock Orchestra premiered Alex Guy’s Suite Delay. Inspired by 70s punk, Alex turned Crystal Beth (aka: Beth Fleenor) loose to explode and spin over three movements with the orchestra.
Suite Delay / Movement 1: Procrastination/Late Night Disturbance
A personal plea from Director/Musician, Beth Fleenor:
“The way things are currently structured in our system there is very little support for mid-career and late-career artists (outside of touring – which in itself is extremely limited – what few support and commissioning programs exist often focus on emerging artists, and if not, have more interest in “multimedia” “multidisciplinary” and “new genre” works than composers/musicians who are dedicated to the sonic art form entirely)…..that leaves legendary musicians – those like Julian Priester who have contributed to the cannon of American music history – in dire straights after a lifetime of dedication, practice, discipline & prolific perseverance. This is not a singular occurrence, but rather an epidemic, happening all around us….if you have the means, please help Julian and his family – myself, my music community, and the world at large would not be the same, without his voice and vision…
Just today I was looking at a friend’s record collection and saw an Abbey Lincoln record Julian played on in 1959 with Max Roach and others…he is a Legend, capital L….and if this is what’s happening to our legends, just think what is happening to everyone else…
There’s one way to change the story: INVEST IN CULTURE….you can change the world right now…
Learn more about Julian’s situation, and lend a hand: http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/please-help-julian-priester/38293
“Ever-inventive pop genius Beck Hansen gave unto the world a pain in the ass last month. Rather than recording his next album himself, the chameleonic songwriter teamed up with McSweeney’s, published the record as sheet music under the title Beck Hansen’s Song Reader and said, “You do it.” You say you can’t read sheet music? Luckily, the folks at the Royal Room put together a group of insanely talented musicians to do it for you. There are a number of concerts this month that will be playing the Song Reader, but this will be the best, featuring a couple of our own geniuses, Skerik and Wayne Horvitz.”
Charged with writing a new work for orchestra inspired by a period of popular music, Samantha Boshnack will present her piece “Shuttle to Nowhere” as part of Seattle Rock Orchestra’s New Works concert.
Boshnack writes: “Shuttle to Nowhere is a piece inspired by 80s music. After spending a lot of time listening to this period of music I drew from musical ideas I felt were prevalent in that time, and incorporated them into my own compositional style. The 80s felt hard to define because so much happened but the themes that influenced me were; synth pads, polyrhythms, funky bass lines, soaring melodies and smooth grooves.”
Also featured on the concert, a new work by Alex Guy (Led to Sea) inspired by 70s punk, featuring guest vocalist Beth Fleenor (aka: Crystal Beth).
Tickets for this event are now sold out.
More information: www.seattlerockorchestra.org
Tickets for the 7 pm set: http://www.strangertickets.com/events/6833338/becks-song-reader-early-set
Tickets for the 9:30pm set: http://www.strangertickets.com/events/6833423/becks-song-reader-late-set
The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave South
Seattle, WA 98118
This summer Beck announced the release of his newest album, “Song Reader”. The catch: Beck doesn’t have any plans to record the music. Instead these 20 new songs will be released only as sheet music. This return to a bygone era creates a completely different relationship between the music, the fans and musicians. As Beck himself said: “It was very presumptuous of me to present songs to people that they had to take the time to learn, but as time went on the idea became more about our relationship with music, the human aspect of it, and about the songs. It was about the songs being a vehicle for the idea.”
While most of us know Beck for his intricate production values and personal style, this project connects us directly to Beck the composer and lyricist. To that end The Royal Room will be presenting an evening of the complete works of “Song Reader” with two sets on January 19th.
With more to follow, confirmed performers include:
Robb Benson (Dept of Energy, The Glass Notes), Julia Massey (Julia Massey & The 5 Finger Discount), Thousands, Skerik (The Dead Kenny G’s, Bandalabra), Maria Mannisto, Andy Coe, Carla Torgerson (The Walkabouts), Jared Cortese (The Jesus Rehab), Robin Holcomb, Michael Stegner, Tekla Waterfield (Blvd Park), Miles and Karina (Nova Devonie and Dave Keenan), Fasten With Pins, Jimmie Herrod, and Johnaye Kendrick.
Andy Coe (guitar)
Steve Moore (trombone/ keyboards)
Eric Eagle (drums)
Beth Fleenor (clarinet)
Alex Guy (viola/ violin)
Luke Bergman (bass)
Wayne Horvitz (musical director, keyboards)