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SUPPORT: PAUL BUDRAITIS/SPLINTER GROUP – THE SALESMAN IS DEAD AND GONE

SPLINTER GROUP: The Salesman is Dead and Gone

by Paul Budraitis

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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.

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SUPPORT: SUMI TONOOKA’S “FOR MALALA”

For Malala- A Jazz Concerto For Piano Trio and Symphony Orchestra

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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.

SJCE COMPOSER CHAT 3: WAYNE HORVITZ

The Seattle Jazz Composer’s Ensemble presents: Composer Chat! SJCE talks with Seattle composers in their environments about music and the music making process. And we have coffee.

Episode 3: We talk with the great composer, pianist, electronic musician, and bandleader: Wayne Horvitz.

Featuring Music composed by Wayne Horvitz

1. Julian’s Ballad – performed by Sweeter Than the Day
2. 55 in Concrete #1 – part of the new project 55: Music and Dance in Concrete
3. Fond Farewell – performed by Gravitas

www.waynehorvitz.net

www.seattlejazzcomposersensemble.com

SJCE COMPOSER CHAT 2: BETH FLEENOR

Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble CoDirector Michael Owcharuk interviews Seattle composer, improvisor, clarinetist, vocalist, and arts advocate Beth Fleenor.

Music on this video is by Beth Fleenor, heard in this order:

1. Push Thru – Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band
2. Crazy Lady – Figeater
3. SILT – Beth Fleenor: Workshop Ensemble

www.bethfleenor.com
www.thefrankagency.org

www.seattlejazzcomposersensemble.com

SJCE COMPOSER CHAT 1: SAMANTHA BOSHNACK

The Seattle Jazz Composer’s Ensemble presents: Composer Chat! SJCE talks with Seattle composers in their environments about music and the music making process. And we have coffee.

Episode 1: featuring composer/trumpeter/band leader Samantha Boshnack

www.boshnackmusic.com

HELP THE TIPTONS PRODUCE A NEW ALBUM

The Tiptons have recorded their 12th CD ‘tiny lower case’ in beautiful ITALY and are working hard to bring it to you this Fall!

While touring in Europe this past March, they passed three jam-packed days at Digitube Studios in Mantova, recording ten brand new original tunes, inviting Italian singer Peppe Voltarelli to join on ‘Amara Terra Mia’, and a Led Zepplin/Carpenters mash-up that must heard to be believed!!

Read more about the project and make a donation / share with your friends: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-the-tiptons-produce-our-new-album-and-provide-tour-support

INVEST IN CULTURE!

AMY O’NEAL NAMED FINALIST FOR 2013 STRANGER GENIUS AWARD IN PERFORMANCE

amy-400“Delicate, wide-eyed girls with mouths that never open are about the only thing you will never find in Amy O’Neal’s dances. Onstage in her first big solo show last fall, when Big Boi and Verdi came together to make sweet musical love, she cranked up the volume, threw up her arms, and shoved her tongue right out of her mouth. A few minutes later, she was on the highest possible clear-plastic stilettos, dancing like ballet’s Cinderella, until she stripped off a layer, grabbed a mic, sang a shrewd version of “Money Changes Everything,” and did an elaborate pole dance that resulted in a seated position with her heels clicking together like Dorothy’s, little neon lights inside the heels flashing with each click. Appearing on giant projection screens throughout the performance were statements and questions she’d written about cultural sampling, sex, gender, power, history, and her influences. She’d published an essay while booty popping.”

Read more about Amy O and other Performance Finalists Zoe Scofield and Pat Graney
http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/2013-performance-genius-award-finalists/Content?oid=16948888

Read more about the Stranger Genius Awards
http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/finalists-for-the-11th-annual-genius-awards/Content?oid=16948137

photo by Kelly O