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Composer's Salon: Friday, March 6, 2015

Seattle Composers' Salon
What: An evening of music and discussion with Seattle composers:

Ann Cummings
Jeremiah Lawson
Jeremy Shaskus and Nadya Kadrevis
Clement Reid

When: Friday, March 6, 2015, 8:00 PM

Where: Chapel Performance Space (link), 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, 4th Floor

How Much: $5-15 donation

January 9 Salon preview: Ivan Arteaga, "16 Harvesters, Optimum Saturation"

"I’ll be presenting the first version of a piece entitled '16 Harvesters, Optimum Saturation' for Neijing Ensemble.

My goal for this Salon is to present a particular process I’ve been working with to create pieces over the last few years. Often, generating meaningful and exciting content to begin framing and structuring a piece of a music can be difficult. The way I’ve started approaching this is by improvising textures, ideas and structures with other players. I met with bassist Carmen Rothwell several times to explore a variety of extended technique gestures she uses. In our sessions we developed these ideas further and improvised together. This gave inspiration for mini-forms and improvisational areas—which was my main goal for these initial sessions. Eventually, there was enough material discovered to structure a larger form and score which resembles more of an extended piece of music.

This first form is usually the first and very rough draft of the piece. There are a…

January 9 Salon preview: Neil Welch, "Puhpohwee"

Neil Welch
Puhpohwee, for solo saxophone
"There is a word, 'Puhpohwee,' which in the Potawatomi Native American language translates as 'the force which causes mushrooms to push up through the Earth overnight." In some cultures language serves to illuminate the world rather than simply describe it. These languages express old things, old feelings and archaic values of the land. This solo composition is my reflection on the nature of indigenous language and its influence over our perception of the world. Through this composition I hope to give the listener a richer view of my own world, a view which might otherwise not be possible with my native tongue."


Hear Neil's Puhpohwee and works by Cole Bratcher, Ivan Arteaga, and Matthew James Briggs at the January 9, 2015 Salon. This month's salon will be preceded by a New Music Holiday Party, starting at 6:30pm.