Friday’s super show with Naomi Siegel’s Sunchasers, Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band, and Pigpen (Wayne Horivtz/Briggan Krauss/Mike Stone/Keith Lowe) is now available for listening on the Steve Kennedy Williams audio blog – check it! ALL THREE SETS!
Crystal Beth & The Boom Boom Band
8:30p @ The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Ave. S.
No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.
Sunchasers is the latest project from Seattle-based trombonist and composer Naomi Siegel. Siegel’s music employs deep grooves, folk-like melodies and collective, soulful improvisation. Written while traveling in Senegal, Gambia and Costa Rica over the past several years, her compositions are inspired by a diversity of influences while featuring her own distinct compositional voice. Sunchasers features Geoff Harper on bass, Steven Bell on vibraphone and Thione Diop on percussion.
With the reflexes of a mongoose and the swagger of a leftist John Wayne, Crystal Beth* (aka: Beth Fleenor) spins her own brand of posicore purge-pop-punk-hop: a sweaty trance psychedelic ritual. 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.
Pigpen was the beginning of a long term musical partnership between Wayne Horvitz and alto saxophonist Briggan Krauss. Special projects included collaborations with Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, Santana drummer Michael Shrieve, The Billy Tipton Saxophone Quartet, Bill Frisell, and Seattle icon Skerik. Pigpen has recorded 3 CDs for the Tim Kerr Label, Halfrack (1993), Miss Ann (1994) and Daylight (1997).
“If I had to guess what this was, without looking at the press kit, I would probably say something like, four guys locked into a studio with all this gear, lots of food, LSD, some pot, and a madman with something new to prove. This one’s a keeper!” – Jeff Daniel, Pandemonium
Recorded live at Waid’s November 11, 2013 by Steve Kennedy Williams
Photo by Chris Davis
A non-verbal, image and action based theatre piece imagining the afterlife of Willy Loman from Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”.
“The Salesman is Dead and Gone” is a highly-choreographed, non-verbal, image and action based theatre piece which explores the imagined afterlife of Willy Loman, the central character from Arthur Miller’s classic play “Death of a Salesman.” In creating this work, SPLINTER GROUP hopes to free this iconic character from the original context of Miller’s play, both to see him from a new perspective, as well as to understand his continued relevance.
SPLINTER GROUP’s production begins where the original play leaves off, with the car crash that ends Willy’s life. He finds himself in an indeterminate place where time is irrelevant, and where a second, miniature house that closely resembles his home receives audio transmissions that cause him to re-experience moments from his life. Through these transmissions, he grapples with the ramifications of his choices, trying to make sense of his life and his place in the universe.
SPLINTER GROUP self-produced three workshop performances of this project at Fremont’s “West of Lenin” space in September 2011 to ￼￼ excellent audience and critical response. Our final production will be taking place at the Richard Hugo House on Capitol Hill from December 5th – December 21st.
For Malala- A Jazz Concerto For Piano Trio and Symphony Orchestra
From the Artist: “For Malala is a new musical endeavor inspired by and dedicated to the young Pakistani student activist, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head for her advocacy of educating girls and all children in her home country. Her story has moved me to action by composing a special musical work as a form of musical advocacy. The new work will be premiered and recorded during the 2014-2015 season by the NorthWest Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Anthony Spain, and I will be the piano soloist.
I am sharing this project at an early stage of its development in the hopes you might be interested in supporting the work. If you can support this project in any capacity, together we can make this idea a reality.”
Click here to learn more about the project and for the opportunity to help realize For Malala.