May 2017 Salon previews

Patrick O’Keefe

Morning Stroll, a mostly tonal almost-rondo for saxophone quartet

There is an emphasis on quartal intervals and harmonies, some indeterminate and/or poly-tonality, etc., but common practice has not been left very far behind. All in all, it’s pretty typical of my music.

It’s not really programmatic, but you can picture someone with a very short attention span going for a walk—being distracted by anything and everything seen on the walk.

The work will be performed by the Emerald City Saxophone Quartet: Barbara Hubers-Drake, soprano; Molly Pond, alto; Harold Rosenkrans, tenor; Jim Glass, baritone

A computer generated version of this piece, along with other pieces of mine, are on Soundcloud.

Jeremiah Lawson

Guitar Sonata in A major

In 2015 I composed a set of guitar duets I called the Zombie Sonata Rags, where I transformed my favorite themes from the guitar sonatas of Carulli, Diabelli, Giuliani, Matiegka and Sor into the core of rags. Naturally if sonata themes can be transformed into ragtime why shouldn’t ragtime translate into sonata forms? So I’ve been exploring how ragtime can be explored in terms of the developmental procedures and syntax of sonata forms. My recently finished Guitar Sonata in A major is a tribute to the great ragtime composer Scott Joplin.

John Kammerer and Rebekah Ko

new music for marimba + electronics

The piece has at this point evolved to include some percussion elements as well as marimba. The electronics used are sourced largely from vocal samples that are then chopped, pitched and stretched. It is percussive in nature, emphasizing a back and forth hocket-like relationship between the marimba and the electronics, with each part filling in gaps and creating pointillistic gestures that run throughout. Extended techniques on the marimba imitate and compliment the electronic sounds.

John Teske

ad;sr (vectorscores)

I’ll be presenting ad;sr, a work originally for string quartet that was algorithmically generated and captured as a static score. I’ve recreated the score as a “vectorscore”, intended to be a full realization of the work—a generated score for any ensemble and any number of instruments.

vectorscores is a series of new works to be viewed and performed via a lightweight website. The works are algorithmically generated so that each score and performance is unique and customized while still being shaped by the composition’s parameters.

View ad;sr on vectorscores.org

Composers' Salon | Friday, May 5, 2017

An evening of music and discussion with Seattle composers:

  • Patrick O'Keefe
  • Jeremiah Lawson
  • John Kammerer and Rebekah Ko
  • John Teske

Friday, May 5, 2017, 8 pm
Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, 4th Floor
$5–15 suggested donation

March 2017 Salon previews

ComManD

Thaumaturgy

ComManD ensemble presents a composition of music and dance enhanced by technology. Accelerometer information is used to digitally shape and alter acoustic music. Movement, electronics, acoustics and improvisation blend together in both subtle and obvious ways in this work seeking to define it’s own poetics and artistic statement. It’s an attempt to present interdisciplinary work beyond the novelty of what the technology offers— greater than the sum of it’s parts—while simultaneously geeking out on new tech and ideas!

S. Eric Scribner

Tree and Stone

The piece I’ll be playing at the salon is an audience-participation piece called Tree and Stone. Since the piece is aleatory, it would work with another piece at the same time, so I’ll play a preliminary version of The Sherványa Nocturnal Music (share-VAHN-yuh), which relates to my fantasy novel Tond. I’ll hand out the scores and instruments for Tree and Stone and I’ll play the other piece on the piano.

Tond on Amazon
Tree and Stone on Youtube

Blake Degraw

Electronic Quartet for Humans

One of my primary musical interests is in conduction. Over the last few years I’ve been exploring alternative methods of guiding musicians through performances outside of merely waving a hand or baton at them as they read notated music. I will be presenting a piece called Electronic Quartet for Humans, performed on four saxophones, which makes use of pre-recorded audio tracks that the performers listen to through headphones during the performance, guiding their interactions with one another through various aural cues, as well as providing material for them to interpret through mimicry and deep-listening.

Composers' Salon | Friday, March 3, 2017

An evening of music and discussion with Seattle composers:

  • Ivan Arteaga
  • Sheila Bristow
  • Blake Degraw
  • S. Eric Scribner

Friday, March 3, 2017, 8 pm
Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, 4th Floor
$5–15 suggested donation

January 2017 Salon previews

Tom Baker

Three Movements

2017 marks 25 years since the first public performance of a piece of mine called "The Green Guitar" for solo guitar. In that span, I have written many works for solo guitar, including this piece to be performed on the Salon: "Three Movements". This piece is in 3 movements, each of which is a study of a different kind of physical movement: Slalom, Butoh, and R.E.M. It will be premiered by Satchell Henneman, a senior performance major at Cornish College of the Arts.

Andrew Olmstead

Spooky Action

Taking inspiration from comics and musicals, draftsman Elk Paauw and composer Andrew Olmstead combine mediums to tell stories. All sound and art is produced by hand in real time. The combination of music and visual art is intended to communicate more effectively with the audience and in more precise ways. The pace of development is tightly scheduled, but there is some room for improvisation is the thematic material. Spooky Action's short set for the Salon will be a blend of audio-visual portraits, poetry, and theatrical illustrations.

On Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook: @spookyactionart

Nadya Kadrevis

it will be a trio, I'm doing an experiment on the fibonacci sequence along some lyrics I wrote.

essentially we will be improvising without leaving the fib sequence, so for example 112358 translates into aabcea or ggabdg the musician can start on any note they wish but staying in the form, meanwhile phineas will sing lyrics I wrote, musicans will also switch instruments during performance, this is not a collaboration albeit for the musicians improvising within the said constraints.

Jay Hamilton

Impossible Thoughts

This is an opera that will be presented as a live contemporary dance performance with prerecorded music and video projections all working together to tell the story. Music is by me (Jay Hamilton) with choreography in development by Erica Akiko Howard. We are looking for an Art Director. The singers you will hear are Emily Reisser, Sid Law, and me.

The story takes place on another planet, where alien beings have learned that an exploratory space ship from Earth is quickly approaching. These beings look mostly human, but they have wings, communicate telepathically, and have an intelligence superior to that of Homo sapiens. They need to understand who the people of Earth are and what their world is like...and decide whether to help them, or even to make contact at all. Frankly, they aren't impressed with Earthlings' ability to handle the technology they already have...

Meanwhile, the Space Ship Commander has a chronically ill childhood friend back on Earth who she communicates with across the reaches of space. The alien beings listen in on their transmissions.

Composers' Salon | Friday, January 6, 2017

An evening of music and discussion with Seattle composers:

  • Tom Baker
  • Jay Hamilton
  • Nadya Kadrevis
  • Andrew Olmstead

Friday, January 6, 2017, 8 pm
Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, 4th Floor
$5–15 suggested donation