Events

Bad Jazz, R. Millis, Omake & Johnson

March 6, 2015 7pm
Gallery 1412
1412 18th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Bad Jazz:
Improvised audio weirdness on invented instruments and electronic toys from San Francisco artists Bryan Day, Tania Chen, and Ben Salomon.

R. Millis:
Robert Millis is a founding member of Climax Golden Twins, Messenger Girls Trio, and AFCGT (A Frames and Climax Golden Twins). Solo or in collaboration he has composed soundtracks, worked with choreographers, created sound installations and released numerous CDs and LPs.

Omake & Johnson:
Acousmatic electronica and recontextualized sonic equiliberation by Matt Shoemaker & Dave Knott

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30th Annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival (1st night, Feb 5)

Thursday, February 5th, 8pm  Good Shepherd Center Chapel Performance Space

Really excited to get to play with Bill Nace (electric guitar) and Alex Guy (violin, viola).  The other two sets will be:

Matthew Ostrowski (electronics), Paul Hoskin (contrabass clarinet)

Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet), Angelina Baldoz (trumpet), Greg Powers (trombone), Stuart Dempster (trombone)

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Steve Barsotti & Dave Knott

June 6, 2014|8:00 PM|$5 – $15 suggested donation at the door

Good Shepherd Center Chapel

Well, it’s been a long while of cooped up studying, writing, being all thinky, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to share an evening with Steve Barsotti at the Chapel, Friday June 6th. Steve has been working on an interesting piece using tone generation transduced into a large piece of sheet metal, amplified using microphones to create a 4 way surround sounding event — you will be inside the music. I got a little taste after visiting his studio recently and the sound image that keeps returning is tonal sauna. I was inspired by his compositional idea and it got me to put together an approximately 20m Sound Sanctuary, a special mix of mostly improvised music made by hospitalized children that will be transduced into a monochord. It is certain to be an evening of subdued electro-acoustic music featuring sound transformed by spaces and materials. Please join us!

Steve Barsotti is a Seattle based improviser, sound artist, instrument inventor and educator. His work explores notions of reduced listening through close examinations of easily bypassed sonic details; sounds that can only be heard through contact microphones and amplification or the sonic qualities of materials and objects found in everyday life. He invites the listener to forgo an attempt at literal connections with the sounds and to focus on the sounds in and of themselves. He is an original member of the Seattle Phonographers Union, a group of field recording-wielding improvisers. His two solo CDs, Along These Lines and Say “tin-tah-pee-mic”, contain improvisations with object recordings, location recordings, phonography, and electro-acoustic processing. His album with fellow instrument inventor Eric Leonardson, Rarebit, features improvisations on invented instruments. His work has been described as “quite cinematic and unsettling”, and as “ushering the listener across an ambient divide.”

More about the very special Wayward Music Series held at the Chapel.

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Sunday, February 19

5-9pm
TEATRO DE LA PYSCHOMACHIA
1534 1ST AVE S, SEATTLE

5-15$

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Hollow Earth Radio (click on Listen)

Sunday February 12  8-9:30pm

Jeph Jerman is in town playing the Seattle Improvised Music Festival, giving us the opportunity to make a rare live inculcation of the yes, well… on Garrett Kelly’s Sunday evening Getdown Goblin radio show.
Tune in from 8-9:30pm PST to hear us play.

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Salt Horse

12 Hour Play scored dance & music improvisations

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

6PM (Sat) – 6AM (Sun)

(Audience may arrive and depart at any point during the performance)

Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave., one block north of Yesler

$12 suggested donation – at the door

SaltHorsePerformance.com

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PERFORMERS:

Dancers:

Alia Swersky, Alice Gosti, Beth Graczyk, Corrie Befort, Danielle Hammer, Devin McDermott, Jody Kuehner, Kate Wallich, Mark Haim, Molly Sides, Scott Davis, Shannon Stewart

Musicians:

Angelina Baldoz, Dave Knott, Greg Campbell, Tari Nelson-Zagar

Special guests:

Cherdonna, D.R. Carlson, Jaison Scott, Stuart Dempster and Renko Dempster

Salt Horse presents a non-stop, twelve-hour duration performance from the hours of 6pm-6am.  Featuring an exquisite cast of Seattle dancers and musicians, Salt Horse is utilizing this format to research the effect of duration and exhaustion on time-based improvisational scores that focus on the dynamics of a group – their inherent flux and the infinite potential.   Audience may observe at any point during the twelve hours, and stay as long as they like.  Audience is also encouraged to engage creatively through writing or drawing during the performance and bring cushions/blankets/snacks for greater comfort.

12 Hour Play is co-produced with Tim Summers.

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Sound Meditation

with Dave Knott & Sheri Cohen

Saturday, December 10, 2011
    2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Lotus Yoga; Columbia City, Seattle

In this workshop Dave and Sheri will guide you through listening meditations and sounding exercises to tune you to the subtle sounds around and within. Opening your ears calms your mind, soothes your body and opens your heart—the perfect way to focus and deepen during the hectic holiday season. We will begin with a little movement to prepare our bodies for attentive listening and comfortable sitting. No experience is required.

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Saturday 9-3-2011, 8pm,

Hollow Earth Radio, 21st & Union (Seattle)

Eye Music performs Cornelius Cardew’s “The Tiger’s Mind” live at/on Hollow Earth Radio.  If you can’t make it, stream it.

Michael Shannon will be showing short films during the evening, Kyland Holmes and Garek Druss’ A Story Of Rats are going to play as well.  I’m performing as a second string Tiger in Cardew’s text based score.

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Wandering and Wondering
Seattle Japanese Garden
Saturday, July 30, 2011, 3-6 p.m.
Free with Garden admission

Wander through the Seattle Japanese Garden and wonder at the sights, sounds, and spirits emerging from the landscape. Experience the beauty and tranquility of the Japanese Garden in a unique way. Over a three-hour period, visitors to the garden will encounter dancers and musicians dispersed in surprising locations throughout the garden. Seven dancers and six musicians will transform 13 locales, some hidden, others in plain sight. Inspired by the garden, with all its sensory stimuli, the performers will engage in a spontaneous, minute-by-minute response to all the scents, sounds, sights and sensations of the garden. Visitors are welcome to spend as much time as they wish with each performer.

Curated by Joan Laage and Susie Kozawa

Dancers: Sheri Cohen, Maureen “momo” Freehill, Consuelo Gonzalez, Joan Laage, Lin Lucas, Kaoru Okumura, Douglas Ridings

Musicians: John Bisbee, Dave Knott, Susie Kozawa, Dean Moore, Mike Shannon, Esther Sugai

The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle, WA 98112. Learn more about the Garden at www.seattlejapanesegarden.org or by calling 206-684-4725.

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Sound Meditation with Dave & Sheri

In this Sound Meditation workshop, my sweetie SheriCohen (Yoga instructor, Feldenkrais Practitioner and exquisite mover) and I will guide you through listening meditations and sounding exercises to tune you to the subtle sounds around and within. Opening your ears calms your mind, soothes your body and opens your heart. We will begin with a little gentle movement to prepare our bodies for attentive listening and comfortable sitting. If weather allows, we will do some of our practices outdoors. No experience is required.

Friday, June 17
7 -9 p.m.

$19 / $17 Lotus members

Lotus Yoga, 4860 Rainier Avenue South
206.760.1917, http://www.lotusyoga.biz

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Stuart Dempster & Portable Sanctuary

Friday, May 20, 7:30 p.m.

Portable Sanctuary takes to the Dusty Strings stage for the final Victory Music concert of the Winter/Spring 2011 season. Portable Sanctuary features Seattle icon Stuart Dempster on trombone, conch, didjeridu, and “little instruments,” along with local favorites, the expressive and imaginative Paul Kikuchi, drummer/percussionist/ instrument builder and creator/ founder of Portable Sanctuary, and Bill Horist, guitarist extraordinaire with his copious and evocative “accessories”.  I’ll be offering a short “Stringboard Serenade” as an opener for this unusual night of music at Dusty Strings.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 or $13 for Victory members. More information is available by calling Dusty Strings at 206-634-1662 or (toll free) 866-634-1662. Visit www.victorymusic.org to learn more about Victory Music.

Dusty Strings
3406 Fremont Ave N., Seattle WA 98103
(206) 634-1662 • www.dustystrings.com

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Eye Music

Saturday, January 22    4-6pm

Jack Straw Productions 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle

Eye Music have been selected for a residency in the 2010 Jack Straw Artist Support Program (ASP). The residency gives the ensemble up to 20 hours of studio time with an engineer at Jack Straw Productions at no cost. The ensemble have been using this opportunity to record pieces for a CD release. Among the composers whose works are being recorded are Stephen O’Malley, Malcolm Goldstein, Amy Denio, Mieko Shiomi, David Toop, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Christian Wolff, Stuart Dempster, Michael Shannon and Michael Parsons.

In connection with this residency, Eye Music will be giving a free performance on Saturday January 22nd, 2011 at Jack Straw Productions. The music will begin at 4 PM and include pieces that were recorded during these sessions.  Please see program below:

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EYE MUSIC
Saturday, October 9th, 2010
8 PM

Collins Pub
526 Second Ave.
(same block as the Smith Tower)
http://www.thecollinspub.com/

* Amy Denio – Hap(hand)stance
* Michael Shannon – Hear To There
* Toshi Ichiyanagi – Sapporo
* Michael Shannon – Matrix
* David Toop – Lizard Music

This concert is entirely different from the one at the Chapel Performance Space. The pieces are a text score by English composer and author David Toop, a graphic by Japanese composer Toshi Ichiyanagi, and a piece to be generated randomly just before performance by Eye Music member Michael Shannon. These pieces were chosen to interact with the louder ambiance of a pub environment. This should be a contrast to our usual quiet oriented performances.

Performing at this concert will be Eric Lanzillota, Stuart Dempster, Jay Hamilton, Robert j. Kirkpatrick, Dave Knott, Carl Lierman, Dean Moore, Michael Shannon, David Stanford, Esther Sugai and Jonathan Way. Due to scheduling conflicts Amy Denio and Susie Kozawa are not appearing at this concert.

This concert is curated by Paul Hoskin, one of the founders of the Seattle Improvised Music festival.

Recent press for Eye Music:
http://www.seattleweekly.com/2010-09-15/arts/eye-music-an-ensemble-with-no-patience-for-notes/

http://www.ribexibalba.com/eyemusic/

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EYE MUSIC
Friday, September 17th, 2010
8 PM

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N (corner of 50th, in Wallingford)
http://waywardmusic.blogspot.com/

Read Gavin Borchert’s preview of this performance in the Seattle Weekly.

Performance scores by FLUXUS include Mieko Shiomi, George Brecht and others

Prose pieces by CHRISTIAN WOLFF

The premier of CLIFFORD BURKE’s graphic score “96” with guest appearance by the composer on baritone saxophone

Performing at this concert will be Eric Lanzillota, Jay Hamilton, Robert j. Kirkpatrick, Dave Knott, Susie Kozawa, Carl Lierman, Michael Shannon, David Stanford, Esther Sugai and Jonathan Way. Due to scheduling conflicts Stuart Dempster, Amy Denio and Dean Moore are not appearing at this concert.

Originally formed in August 2006 to perform a student composition by Sune Smedeby, Eye Music has continued to focus on playing graphic scores since that time. Graphic scores are written music compositions that rely on visual information rather than standard notation to convey musical ideas. Often these scores are beautiful to look at just as they are intriguing to play. In addition to graphic scores, Eye Music has also played text scores which consist of verbal instructions for music making. In all cases, the scores used by the ensemble allow for certain amount of openness in interpretation. These are musical pieces selected for the possibilities they inspire. They often require improvisation on the part of each performer because much can be interpreted differently each time a piece is played. However, they maintain a sense of form in one or more areas making the pieces a group activity in reaching a common goal. The openness of these compositions allows Eye Music to draw its membership from a wide range of musical backgrounds, instrumentation, and musical skill. Whenever possible, the ensemble works with guest composers on their pieces to gain a greater appreciation for possible approaches and considerations in performance of these works.

http://www.ribexibalba.com/eyemusic/

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Monday / May 31st / 7:30pm

dk plays the “Sweet Little Guitar Ditties” at a Chill Out Show at the  Folklife Cafe

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March 26, 8pm, all ages

flyer generously provided by local artist James Nielsen

Friday, March 26th / 8PM /

All Ages

Good Shepherd Center Chapel
4649 Sunnyside Ave N

$5-15 suggested donation

CONTACT:

Pearson Wallace-Hoyt

info@somf.info / 425.931.9645

SEATTLE OCCULTURAL MUSIC FUNDRAISER

(10 guitarists, 10 minutes each) Dave Knott, Lori Peterson, Tom Baker, Resistor, Ken Jacobson, Timm Mason, Sky Lynn, Demian Johnston, Mark Schlipper & Crystal Perez.

The 3rd Annual Seattle Occultural Music Festival will be held May 12th-15th and feature performances from The Elemental Chrysalis, A Minority of One, Fauna, Nommo Ogo, Novemthree, EQ Lateral, Dull Knife, Honey Moon Tree, An Exquisite Corpse, Cult of Zir, Dalit, LA Lungs and many more. Visit www.somf.info for details.

5% of all festival & fundraiser donations will be donated to Washington-based not for profit Wolftown, USDA licensed Federal and State Wildlife Education and Wildlife Rehabilitation.  Visit wolftown.org for details.

FUNDRAISER PERFORMERS:
DAVE KNOTT (Animist Orchestra, Messenger Girls Trio, Eye Music)

Solo and group electro and/or acoustic improvisation & composition using natural & artificial materials, original as well as traditional stringed instruments. With particular interests in timbre, listening practice, the tension between utility and aesthetics of music & the forms exposed through exercises in instability.

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LORI PETERSON (LA Lungs)

Peterson is ½ of the experimental duo LA Lungs.  Having already released with a variety of regional labels including Aphonia Recordings, Debacle Records, Isolated Now Waves, they are currently working on a release with Tulsa-based luminaries Digitalis Records.  LA Lungs has also participated in a variety of festivals including the Olympia Experimental Music Festival, Aphonia Fest, Debacle Fest & will be playing May 15th at the Seattle Occultural Music Festival MMX.

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TOM BAKER (Tom Baker Quartet, Triptet, Sun Ra Tribute Band)

Guitarist Tom Baker has been active as a composer, performer and music producer in the Seattle new-music scene since 1994. He is the artistic director of the Seattle Composers’ Salon, and co-founder of the Seattle EXperimental Opera (SEXO). Tom performs on fretted and fretless guitars, and has worked with many innovative musicians, including Stuart Dempster, William O. Smith, Christian Asplund, Chinary Ung, Ellen Fullman, Gino Robair, and Henry Threadgill. He has released two solo albums, two with his quartet (Tom Baker Quartet) and a new album with his band Triptet. Tom has received many awards for his work, including honors from the Seattle Arts Commission, Meet the Composer, Artist Trust, and Jack Straw Productions. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Holland andEngland.

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RESISTOR (Waves, Sweet Chariot, This Blinding Light)

New York guitarist/multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer known as “Resistor”, currently lives in Seattle, primarily performs improvised music in Waves, Pussy Chop Banana, and Resistor vs. Levator. Other projects include drumming for This Blinding Light, Sweet Chariot, aheartlesssolution and playing bass for Supernauty & Mars Accelerator.

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KEN JACOBSON

Ken Jacobson is a multi-instrumentalist and luthier.  He has been building instruments since 1996 and has been part of Seattle’s music community since 2001.  Ken currently works for Dusty Strings in Seattle building folk harps and hammered dulcimers.  He also maintains a shop at home where he designs and builds a variety of acoustic and electric instruments, many of which have microtonal tuning systems.  Ken can be found performing around the Seattle area playing drums/percussion, electric bass, touch guitar, electronics, and his own instrument creations.

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TIMM MASON (Mood Organ, Midday Veil, Eldridge Gravy)

Timm Mason is a multi-instrumental musician based in Seattle, Washington.  He plays bass with Seattle funk juggernaut Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme, lead baritone guitar in psych-rock group Midday Veil, and creates unique audio artifacts as Mood Organ.

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SKY LYNN (Levator, Leda and the Swan)

Lynn is a Seattle-based guitarist, performing in a variety of innovative acts including Levator, Leda and the Swan and Levator vs. Resistor.

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DEMIAN JOHNSTON (Great Falls, Shining Ones, Hemingway)

Demian Johnston has been an active member of the Seattle underground punk, noise & hardcore scene since the 1992.  Bassist and guitarist for a number of bands, he has since broken away to work within a more minimal framework.  He has contributed to a slew of releases in the last several years, including solo work, as half of Hemingway (now Great Falls) & part of the Shining One.  Johnston also runs Dead Accents Records, which has released a variety of experimental luminaries including Kenji Siratori, Mammifer & Oakeater.

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MARK SCHLIPPER (The Luna Moth, Perish the Island)

Schlipper is a guitarist in the Luna Moth & Perish the Island & has release several albums of his solo work.  He is also co-founder of the Cumulus Music Festival.  His work has been described as “…some combination of Ry Cooder and Steve Reich…” and an “…early Francisco Goya with a hint of James Garner.”

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CRYSTAL PEREZ (Mindless Thuggs, Feedback Seed)

Seattle-based noisician Crystal Perez works with heavy textural & melodic elements via guitar, bass & feedback.  She currently plays with Feedback Seed & Mindless Thuggs, is a frequent contributor to esteemed doom project Blue Sabbath Black Cheer & provided sweltering rumble for the now-defunct Dr. Jones.

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Improvised performance as part of Here/Now:  Installment 4

LOCATION: Open Flight Studio (OFS) / 4205 University Way NE / 98105
SEATING: 730-8pm
SHOW: 8-945pm
ENTRY: $8 suggested donation
BEVERAGES: inspired selection of healthy cans and bottles + hot tea
MERCHANDISE: packaged DVDs of past installments

Open Flight Studio is a dance/movement art-based research/development, education, rehearsal and performance space located in the University District.

For the quarterly Here/Now installation series, eight dancers/movement artists and eight musicians/sound artists are enlisted to create an evening of improvised work.

Using chance processes, duets are chosen by audience members and the selected pairs perform an 8 minute piece.

Join us for an inspired evening of surprise collaboration.

(post script)  As it happened, these were the duets pulled out of the hat:

Dancer  + Musician

Aaron Swartzman +  Wilson Shook

Kelly Sullivan +  Dave Knott

Selfick Ng-Simancas +  Mark Collins

Ricki Mason +  Stuart Dempster

Jim Kent +   Christopher DeLaurenti

Ellie Sandstrom +  Christopher Hydinger

Catherine Cabeen +   Greg Powers

Joan Laage +  Izaak Mills

WHAT AN AMAZING EVENT!  GO OPEN FLIGHT – HERE/NOW!!

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Thursday, February 11, 2010;  8pm

Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Ave. Seattle, WA

$9/$6 for members and students

Dave performing Malcolm Goldstein‘s “Yosha’s Morning Song” From Wheelock Mountain as part of an open mic before performance by Cris Cheek.  Fans of unusual vocalization may enjoy this evening of sound poetry.

Cris Cheek is a sound artist, poet, photographer, mixed-media practitioner and interdisciplinary performer. He will perform an evening of “live writing” or “performance writing” works for sound, text, and video. Cheek writes that he “projects video about writing and gets in the way of his projections, tries to read the writing, toys with and enacts ideas of trying to read what we might be seeing and changes what is seen by doing so.” His work, indebted to the history of sound poetry, is highly improvisational and ephemeral. Of the works he will be presenting, the video-text-performance piece “monday morning quarterbacking ‘on’ and ‘off’ gods commons” has appeared on many “best-of” 2009 lists for experimental poetics; as well, he will be presenting other short videos, live sound pieces, and readings from his aclaimed new book “part: short life housing” (The Gig, Toronto, 2009).

(ps), Joe Milutis put my rendering of Goldstein’s “Yosha’s Morning Song” up on youtube.

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SATURDAY DECEMBER 12, 2009


DISSONANT PLANE (in Ballard
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5459 Leary Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98107-4011
(206) 784-5163

SWEET LITTLE GUITAR DITTIES + LISTENING DECK
FREE IN STORE PERFORMANCE

6:00 – 8PM – fingerstyle guitar miniatures, discussion, ready-made stringboard demonstrations

8pm – Breath * Ear * Hand * Mind – participatory card game

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EYE MUSIC will be playing a concert on

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2009

A lovely collection of players, several pieces.. I’ll be doing a vocal solo written by Malcolm Goldstein, “Yosha’s Morning Song,” inspired by the sounds of his son waking up with his voice – as part of this evening of music for graphic notation. Sure to be a lovely evening of visual-audio transduction going on.

CHAPEL PERFORMANCE SPACE at Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N (corner of 50th, in Wallingford)
http://waywardmusic.blogspot.com/

The evening’s program of graphic and text score is:

* Mieko Shiomi “Boundary Music” – a Fluxus piece from the 1960’s

* William Hellerman “Circle Music 1” – a graphic quartet presented in two versions

* Cornelius Cardew “Tiger’s Mind” – pre-Scratch Orchestra scenario for musicians

* Malcolm Goldstein “Yosha’s Morning Song” – from Wheelock Mountain

* Boguslaw Schaffer “Free Form I” – a Polish exploration of symbols, lines, letters, & words

* Greg Bright “Layrinth II” – an aural game of concentration

* Earle Brown “December 1952” – one of the most famous graphic scores from this contemporary of John Cage, Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff

as performed by:

Eric Lanzillotta
Dean Moore
David Stanford
Jonathan Way
Esther Sugai
Amy Denio
Stuart Dempster
Robert Kirkpatrick
Carl Lierman
Dave Knott

on a wide variety of instruments

This is Eye Music’s first full concert in a year and a half, so don’t miss out this rare opportunity to hear these seldom performed innovative works.

Originally formed in August 2006 to perform a student composition by Sune Smedeby, Eye Music has continued to focus on playing graphic scores since that time. Graphic scores are written music compositions that rely on visual information rather than standard notation to convey musical ideas. Often these scores are beautiful to look at just as they are intriguing to play. In addition to graphic scores, Eye Music has also played text scores which consist of verbal instructions for music making. In all cases, the scores used by the ensemble allow for certain amount of openness in interpretation. These are musical pieces selected for the possibilities they inspire. They often require improvisation on the part of each performer because much can be interpreted differently each time a piece is played. However, they maintain a sense of form in one or more areas making the pieces a group activity in reaching a common goal. The openness of these compositions allows Eye Music to draw its membership from a wide range of musical backgrounds, instrumentation, and musical skill. Whenever possible, the ensemble works with guest composers on their pieces to gain a greater appreciation for possible approaches and considerations in performance of these works.

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