2013 – 2014 Music Series

For more than 30 years, Cornish College of the Arts, through the Cornish Music Series, has presented an annual series of concerts, master classes, clinics, and lecture-demonstrations featuring a wide-range of professional visiting artists and resident faculty.

The series concentrates on presenting living composers, jazz, classical and contemporary chamber music, period instrument performances of Baroque music, and world music traditions from around the globe, with a special focus on showcasing emerging artists as well as artists of international stature new to the Seattle community.

Notable artists presented on the Cornish series over the past thirty years have included Laurie Anderson, Gil Evans, Margaret Leng Tan, Anthony Braxton, Philip Glass, Sheila Jordan, Ralph Towner, Toru Takemitsu, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Meredith Monk, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, Louis Andriessen, Dave Holland, and Vladimir Feltsman.

Next Event

Claire Chase

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Ticket prices for this event are $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 Cornish community (w/ID)

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Flutist Claire Chase, "the young star of the modern flute" (The New Yorker) and a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, celebrates the release of her third solo album, DENSITY, featuring tour de force flute works by Steve Reich, Alvin Lucier, Philip Glass, Marcos Balter, Mario Diaz de Leon, and the seminal 1936 flute solo Density 21.5 by Edgard Varese. Chase performs the entire disc as a 75-minute continuous solo performance in collaboration with the sound designer Levy Lorenzo.

the young star of the modern flute

The New Yorker

Photo: David Michalek

PROGRAM
Steve Reich - Vermont Counterpoint
Alvin Lucier - Almost New York
Marcos Balter - NEW PIECE
Philip Glass - Piece in the Shape of a Square
Mario Diaz de Leon - Luciform
Edgard Varese - Density 21.5

Flutist Claire Chase, a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, is a soloist, collaborative artist, entrepreneur, and activist for new music. Over the past decade she has given world premieres of over 100 new works for flute. Described as a “spectacular flutist” by The New Yorker and a “virtuoso of amazing dexterity and sensitivity” by the Chicago Tribune, Chase has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia; released two critically acclaimed solo albums, Aliento (2010) and Terrestre (2012); she will release her third, Density, featuring works by Varese, Glass, Lucier, Reich, Balter, and Diaz de Leon, in September 2013 on New Focus Recordings. Chase co-founded the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in 2001 and serves as the organization’s Artistic Director and CEO in addition to playing over 50 concerts a year as an ensemble member. In 2013, Chase founded The Pnea Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the flute and its repertoire in the 21st century through commissions, community engagement, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaborations, and advocacy.

www.clairechase.net

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$20 general
$15 seniors
$10 students (with ID)
$10 Cornish community (w/ID)

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Laras Madya

Gamelan Pacifica is joined by vocal ensemble Canzonetta, led by Jessika Kenney, and special guest Javanese musician Heri Purwanto.

Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Gamelan Pacifica

Gamelan Pacifica, directed by Jarrad Powell, is joined by vocal ensemble Canzonetta for this concert featuring choral music from the Javanese tradition, with an emphasis on the wonderful settings of Javanese poetry known as Laras Madya. The concert will feature special guest artist Heri Purwanto, a highly respected teacher and performer from Central Java and master musician of the Javanese gamelan.

Master musician Heri Purwanto comes from a family of musicians in Wonogiri, Central Java. After graduating from the college level academy (Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia) in Surakarta, Central Java, at the top of his class in 2000, he taught gamelan at the University of California-Berkeley, from 2001 to 2004 and directed the Berkeley based ensemble Gamelan Sari Raras. Since returning to Java in 2004, Heri has continued his work as an artist, building and running an arts studio in his community as well as performing as a musician throughout Indonesia and in Singapore.

http://gamelanpacifica.org/

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$20 general
$15 seniors
$10 students (with ID)
$10 Cornish alumni (with ID)
$10 Cornish community (w/ID)

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Choro! Trio Brasileiro with special guests Anat Cohen and Jovino Santos Neto

Blending African polyrhythms and grooves, with European form and harmony while infusing South American indigenous roots music, Trio Brasileiro with special guests Anat Cohen and Jovino Santo Neto, showcase Brazil's boundary breaking style of music called choro. Local band Choroloco will open the concert.

Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Trio Brasileiro Photo by Nacy Adler

Choro or chorinho in Portuguese, translating to “little cry” or “lament”, is a popular style of music born in 19th century Rio de Janeiro Today, this music is a living tradition passed down from musician to musician; it transcends time and outshines boundaries.

Formed in 2011, Trio Brasileiro has already made a name for itself as an ensemble worthy of international attention. Their stunning virtuosity is matched with remarkable musicianship and a deep devotion to the language of music, allowing them to achieve a one-of-a-kind sound that shares equal parts understated subtlety and irresistible groove. But it is their love of the traditional music of Brazil and the connection between brothers – by birth and by bonds of friendship – that create a very rare and profound beauty. Half of the highly regarded Brazilian Choro ensemble, Caraivana, Trio Brasileiro includes the celebrated guitarist and full time member of the award-winning Brasil Guitar Duo, Douglas Lora; one of Brazil’s finest mandolin virtuosos, Dudu Maia, and the amazing percussionist Alexandre Lora. Trio Brasileiro is dedicated to performing the great traditional choro music of Brazil by Jacob do Bandolim, Ernesto Nazareth and others, as well as their own compositions, which are modern reflections of that great traditional musical form. Trio Brasileiro released their first recording, Simples Assim, in 2012. www.triobrasileiro.com

Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Reviewing Anat’s 2008 headlining set with her quartet at the North See Jazz Festival, DownBeat said: “Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group – whooping it up when pianist Jason Lindner followed her clarinet trills on a Latin-flavored number. . . With her dark, curly, shoulder-length hair swaying to the beat as she danced, she was a picture of joy.” Anat has been voted Clarinetist of the Year six years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, as well as 2012’s Multi-Reeds Player of the Year. That’s not to mention her topping of critics and readers polls in DownBeat magazine several years running. Anat has toured the world with her quartet, headlining at the Newport, Umbria, SF Jazz and North Sea jazz festivals as well as at such hallowed clubs as New York’s Village Vanguard. In September 2012, Anzic Records releases her sixth album as a bandleader, Claroscuro. The album ranges from buoyant dances to darkly lyrical ballads, drawing inspiration from New Orleans and New York, Africa and Brazil. In its ebullient, irresistible variety, Claroscuro encapsulates the description Jazz Police offered of Anat in full flight: “She becomes a singer, a poet, a mad scientist, laughing – musically – with the delight of reaching that new place, that new feeling, with each chorus.” www.anatcohen.com

Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer, and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. His personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation, lyrical melodies, and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. Currently, Santos Neto leads his Seattle-based Quinteto and teaches piano and composition at Cornish College of the Arts. He can also be heard around the world as a piano soloist, working with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, and chamber music groups and in collaboration with musicians such as his mentor Hermeto Pascoal, Bill Frisell, Paquito d’Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, David Sanchez, Joe Locke, and Marco Granados. Jovino’s many ensemble and duet recordings include Canto do Rio (2004), Roda Carioca (2006), and Live at Caramoor (2008), which were all nominated for Latin Grammy awards. His latest release is a solo piano recording, Vol. 4 of Adventure Music’s Piano Master Series. His compositions have been performed by the Seattle Symphony, the NDR Big Band in Hamburg, and numerous jazz and chamber music groups. Santos Neto has received commissions by the Cheswatyr Foundation, IAJE, ASCAP, CMA/Doris Duke Foundation, the Jack Straw Foundation, the City of Seattle, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and Meet the Composer. In 2012 he was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and his Quinteto won Best Northwest Acoustic Group in the Golden Ear Awards by Earshot Jazz. He was awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship in Music in 2012. http://www.jovisan.net/

Choroloco is a Seattle based acoustic ensemble of clarinet/flute, 7 string guitar, mandolin and percussion. This group has traversed the wondrous world of Brazilian music since 2008. Choroloco's sound is inspired by the streets of Rio de Janiero, the hot deserts of Brazil's Northeast, the salted air of Ipanema Beach and the Douglas-firs that blanket Western Washington. Choroloco can be seen and heard throughout the Northwest in a variety of venues such as: Tempero do Brasil, The Rialto Theater in Tacoma, Chapel at the Good Shepherd Center, Seattle Center, Couth Buzzard Books, Hales Palladium, Vermillion Art Gallery, La Familia Art Collective and the Greenwood Art Walk. Choroloco has also performed at a variety of festivals such as: NW Folklife, JamFest, First Night in Tacoma, Ethnic Festivals in Olympia and Lacey, Arts-in-Nature Festival at Camp Long, Belltown Founders Day Festival and the Moisture Festival. Choroloco has also been heard on Sonarchy Radio, KEXP, KBCS's "Raízes" and KUOW's “In the Studio” with Dave Beck. In 2012 Choroloco was awarded a music residency at Jackstraw Productions and a GAP grant from Artist Trust to produce their debut album coming out in the summer of 2013. Choroloco's mission is to present choro as a living tradition, drawing on its historical influences as well as bringing our own influences to the music. This music transcends time and outshines boundaries and Choroloco continues to share the wealth of the repertoire through workshop presentations, performances and audience participation based jam sessions. http://www.choroloco.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$20 general
$15 seniors
$10 students (with ID)
$10 Cornish alumni (with ID)
$10 Cornish community (w/ID)

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

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Join us for a masterclass presented by Rushad Eggleston, who stands in the vanguard of the younger generation of virtuosic cellists who are bringing cello into the spotlight.

Photo courtesy of Rushad Eggleston

Rushad Eggleston is a revolutionary cellist, composer, poet-philosopher, and entertainer whose unforgettable performances captivate and inspire all generations and types. He has an intimate knowledge of classical music, jazz, and bluegrass, as well as an infamously infectious sense of rhythm. Eggleston is credited with inventing bluegrass cello, and has singlehandedly spawned a huge revival of cello in roots music. Eggleston won a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston and was nominated for a Grammy award while still studying there—a feat that no other Berklee alum has accomplished. In addition to acting in television commercials for the likes of Mazda, appearing on movie soundtracks and hundreds of studio recordings, Eggleston was also a founding member of the popular alt-bluegrass outfit Crooked Still, legendary stringband Fiddlers 4, and explosive rock trio Tornado Rider. He has performed at renowned venues (including Carnegie Hall) in 48 states and 13 countries, and has taught hundreds of youngsters worldwide.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

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Brazilian jazz pianist and renowned arranger Debora Gurgel presents a masterclass.

Photo: Dani Gurgel

Debora Gurgel is a pianist, flutist, composer, and arranger who composes Brazilian contemporary music, with strong roots in Brazilian popular music and jazz improvisation. She studied with Amilton Godoy and Roberto Sion, and later became a teacher at CLAM, Ibirapuera Auditorium, as well as São Paulo’s Municipal School of Music, where she taught jazz and improvisation for all instruments. She has worked with countless icons of Brazilian music such as Raul de Souza, Filó Machado, Zimbo Trio, Arismar do Espírito Santo, Nico Assumpção, and Vinícius Dorin. Her own albums include UM, Debora Gurgel, Triálogo, and DICA; she has also appeared as a pianist, arranger, composer, and musical director in the albums of Dani Gurgel, Adriana Godoy, Vinícius Calderoni, Tó Brandileone, Conrado Paulino, and many other artists. Gurgel is a member of the team of arrangers of two renowned orchestras in Brazil (Jazz Sinfônica Orchestra and Tom Jobim Orchestra), in which she has written for Richard Bona, Chico Pinheiro, Maurício Einhorn, Claudete Soares, Joyce, Amilton Godoy, Lilian Carmona, and Dona Inah. Currently she plays the piano in the groups Dani & Debora Gurgel Quarteto, Septeto S/A, Conrado Paulino Quarteto, and Lelo Izar Quintet. She regularly performs in theatres and venues specialized in Brazilian Music and Jazz in Brazil, and at International Music Festivals in Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina, Japan, and the United States. Additionally, Gurgel has authored several method books for piano and wind instruments focused on the Brazilian popular music language.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

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Clarinetist Peggy Dees is joined by Peter Mack (piano), Rowena Hammill (cello), and Anne Cady (violin) in a concert featuring works by Brahms and contemporary composer David Maslanka.

Photo courtesy of Peggy Dees


PROGRAM:

Brahms – Clarinet Trio, Op. 114

Maslanka – Eternal Garden

Maslanka – Trio No. 1 (1971, revised 2012)* *(premiere of the revised edition)

Peggy Dees-Moseley has taught at universities across the United States. At the age of 21 she won a position as clarinetist with the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC. She currently teaches at Cornish College of the Arts. Teaching and learning styles are of particular interest to Dees-Moseley, and her articles on university instruction appear in The Clarinet, the journal of the International Clarinet Association. In addition to teaching and performing, she enjoys commissioning new music. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, she holds a Master of Music degree from West Virginia University and a Doctorate of Music in Clarinet Performance from Florida State University. Her teachers include Frank Kowalsky, Richard MacDowell, John Weigland, Robert Marcellus, and Russell Dagon.

Pianist Peter Mack was born in Ireland, where he received his early training from Frank Heneghan at the Dublin College of Music. He subsequently studied at Trinity College, Dublin; at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with Bela Siki; and at the University of Washington, where he earned his doctorate in piano performance. Mack has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Australia and the former Soviet Union. He is the winner of the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists, and Pacific International Piano Competitions. His prize for winning the Sherman-Clay competition included a Steinway grand piano. Mack is well known for his extensive repertoire, having performed twenty-five concertos with orchestras. He is currently Professor of Piano at Cornish College of the Arts. He is equally in demand as a performer, clinician, convention artist, and teacher, and his pupils are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions.

A native of Australia, Rowena Hammill came to the United States to study with Raya Garbousova at Northern Illinois University, and then was assistant to Janos Starker at Indiana University while studying for her master’s degree. While at IU she won the concerto competition and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. For the next four years she served as Professor of Cello at the University of Northern Iowa before moving to Los Angeles in 1989 to take up the same position at California State University, Northridge. In 1990 she joined the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble with which she performed for ten years, eventually as Associate Principal. She was concurrently the Associate Principal Cello of Los Angeles Opera, a position she still holds. In 2008, she moved with her family to Vashon Island in Puget Sound and is now actively performing in the Pacific Northwest, dividing her time between Los Angeles and Seattle. She has toured with I Solisti Veneti, appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Iowa, and won prizes in the Washington International Competition, the Minnesota Young Artist Competition, and the Carmel Music Competition. She has performed at many summer music festivals, including the Bach Aria Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the New Hampshire Music Festival. Hammill has recorded for the Erato, Dorian, and Centaur labels and has also played on hundreds of film and television soundtracks. She is a member of the Odeon Quartet and Trio Pardalote.

Anne Cady is a tenured member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra as well as the Northwest Sinfonietta and recently retired from the Yakima Symphony after 24 years as Concertmaster. Her performance experience includes playing many shows at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, backing up singers such as Natalie Cole, Dianna Ross, and performing on the acclaimed television show Northern Exposure. Cady holds a Bachelor of Arts, Music, from the University of Washington. As an interesting historical note, Calvin Brainerd Cady, Cornish’s director for 25 years, was Anne’s grandfather’s uncle. Anne is happy to be back at Cornish, having last played here at age thirteen with a summer scholarship.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

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Trio Pardalote, pianist Cristina Valdes, and composer Wayne Horvitz perform new works by Horvitz for piano, strings, and electronics.

Photo: Daniel Sheehan

Wayne Horvitz draws from the large body of audio samples recorded at Ft. Worden in Port Townsend for “55- Music and Dance in Concrete” to create a live performance score that uses the material as its foundation. Writing for the phenomenal pianist Cristina Valdes and Trio Parladote, Horvitz has generated a suite of sonically rich and deeply textured compositions. As part of the evening’s program, Mr. Horvitz will also perform improvisations for amplified piano and laptop.

Wayne Horvitz is a composer, pianist, and electronic musician. He has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. He has performed and collaborated with Bill Frisell, Butch Morris, John Zorn, Robin Holcomb, Fred Frith, Julian Priester, Philip Wilson, Michael Shrieve, Bobby Previte, Marty Ehrlich, Skerik, William Parker, Ron Miles, Sara Schoenbeck, Peggy Lee, Steven Bernstein, Briggan Krauss, and Dylan van der Schyff, among others. He has been commissioned by the NEA, Meet the Composer, Kronos String Quartet, Seattle Chamber Players, Mary Flagler Cary Trust, PGAFF, BAM, and others. His collaborators from across the arts include Paul Taylor, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Gus Van Sandt, and Gordon Edelstein. He has produced CDs for performers including Eddie Palmieri, Fontella Bass, Robin Holcomb, and Bill Frisell. He is the 2001 recipient of the Seattle Artist Trust Fellowship, 2003 and 2006 recipient of the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture fellowship, 2002 recipient of the Rockefeller Map Grant for JOE HILL, 16 Actions for Chamber Orchestra, Voices, and Improviser, and 2008 recipient of the NEA American Masterpieces grant for These Hills of Glory for string quartet and improviser. Ensembles include The President, Pigpen, Zony Mash, The HMP Trio, The New York Composers Orchestra, The 4 Plus 1 Ensemble, Sweeter Than the Day, and The Gravitas Quartet.

Committed to both contemporary and standard repertoire, Cristina Valdes is known for presenting innovative concerts with repertoire ranging from Bach to Xenakis. She has performed across four continents and in a multitude of venues, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, Nordstrom Hall, and the Kennedy Center. An avid chamber musician, Valdes has toured extensively with the Bang on a Can “All Stars” and has performed with the Seattle Chamber Players, the Mabou Mines Theater Company, the Parsons Dance Company, Antares, and Trio V. Her festival appearances include the Singapore Arts Festival, the Brisbane Arts Festival, the Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva in Mexico City, the New Music in Miami Festival, the Festival of Arts and Ideas, and the Festival of Contemporary Music in El Salvador, among others. She has also performed with the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. Valdes can be heard on several recordings on the Newport Classics, Albany, and Innova labels. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and SUNY at Stony Brook, and is the recipient of an Arts International Grant, the Thayer Award for the Arts, and an Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music grant.

Trio Pardalote knits time and timelessness together through its interpretations of the chamber music repertoire. The group is devoted to performing not only traditional masterworks of the string trio repertoire but also compositions of the 20th century and has commissioned works by living composers. The trio performs in a range of venues, from concert halls to art galleries, private homes, and classrooms, and has extended the range of its programming through collaboration with other artists. The three members—Victoria Parker, violin, Heather Bentley, viola, and Rowena Hammill, cello—have been celebrated in their own careers as soloists, chamber musicians, principal orchestral players, and improvisers. The trio has taken its name from the pardalote, a tiny, rarely seen Australian songbird that visited Hammill’s mother on her birthday.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

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Direct from Santiago de Cuba, La Familia Valera Miranda is one of the purest exponents of the Cuban musical genre known as son. The group presents a master class while in Seattle for the first time since 2001.

Photo courtesy of La Familia Valera Miranda

La Familia Valera Miranda has been practicing the traditional Cuban music known as son–the style recently popularized by the Buena Vista Social Club albums–for generations. Music is a family affair for these famous musicians. Félix Valera Miranda, founder of the group, sings and plays guitar with his wife, Carmen, on maracas and their sons, Enrique, Raúl, and Ernesto, on cuatro (an eight-string guitar tuned in pairs), bass, and bongos, respectively. In addition to the family are Wilfredo Fuentes on congas and Antonio Rodón on vocals and clave. Although these musicians are world-renowned for their outstanding technical and virtuosic skill, the most important element of La Familia’s musical heritage is the traditional authenticity of its music as well as the purity and eloquent simplicity of its style. La Familia Valera Miranda has helped initiate an explosion of interest in Cuban traditional musical since its debut release in 1982. Since that time, the group has traveled extensively, sharing its music and culture with audiences around the world. lafamiliavaleramiranda.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

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One of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers, Mike Clark, presents a masterclass.

Clark has us salivating at the sight of his drumsticks.

Jazz Times

Photo courtesy of Mike Clark

Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock’s group in the early 1970s. Clark became known as a major innovator through his incisive playing on Hancock’s Thrust album, which garnered him an international cult following. He was born in Sacramento, California, and had the benefit of traveling around the country with his father, a union man for the railroad, who was also a drummer at one time with a great appreciation for music. This allowed the younger Clark to soak up the diverse regional music, which he credits as being an invaluable education. Clark was a prodigy as well, picking up his first sticks at the age of 5 and sitting in with bands in Texas and New Orleans when he was as young as 7. He continued to play in a variety of blues, R&B, organ trios, and jazz bands until his introduction to Herbie Hancock and his recruitment into the Headhunters in 1973. In 1980, Clark did a short but remarkable stint with Brand X, the acclaimed British fusion band founded by Phil Collins. Featured in Downbeat, Musician, International Musician and Recording World, Modern Drummer, JazzTimes, Guitar Player, JAZZIZ Magazine, and numerous jazz history and method books, Clark is a former faculty member of Drummers Collective, and is a popular and busy clinician around the country. His book Funk Drumming: Innovative Grooves & Advanced Concepts, published by Hal Leonard in 2005, is a perennial best seller. Clark currently has endorsement deals with DW Drums, Istanbul Cymbals, Evans Drum heads, Prologix cases and Vic Firth sticks. http://www.mikeclarkmusic.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

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The Claudia Quintet—John Hollenbeck (drummer and composer), Chris Speed (clarinet/tenor saxophone), Red Wierenga (accordion/piano), Chris Tordini (bass), and Matt Moran (vibraphone)—has walked a unique path through contemporary jazz since their founding in the late '90s. The quintet returns to Seattle with driving rhythms, quirky melodies, and stunning virtuosity.

Photo courtesy of The Claudia Quintet

The Claudia Quintet has walked a unique path in contemporary jazz since their founding in the late 1990s. Unlike most jazz ensembles where the particular musicians may come and go, drummer, composer and leader John Hollenbeck always wanted Claudia to be a 'band' with a sound not only determined by the compositions and the instrumentation, but with the actual players who perform the music. This concept is why Claudia has had an immediately identifiable sound since its inception. In that sound, the exceptional artistry and individuality of each musician is skillfully revealed throughout Hollenbeck's original compositions. Formed by Hollenbeck in 1997, this New York City ensemble’s sound continues to explore the edge without alienating the mainstream, proving that genre-defying music can be for everyone. The Claudia Quintet has amazed audiences from Alabama to the Amazon. Their singular sound has inspired dancing hippie girls at a New Mexico noise festival, the avant-garde cognoscenti in the concert halls of Vienna and Sao Paolo, and a generation of young musicians worldwide. In the course of the thousands of miles they have traveled together and hundreds of concerts they’ve played, the Claudia Quintet has evolved and grown, developing a dynamic live sound based on trust and spontaneity. They bring this powerful energy into the studio, where they record the old-fashioned way, live, playing as a band. http://claudiaquintet.com

Co-presented by
Earshot Jazz Festival

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

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Award-winning vocalist and recording artist Inga Swearingen presents a masterclass.

Inga has a gorgeous voice, very fresh and evocative and note-perfect, and that’s the sort of person you want to sing harmony to…

Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

Photo: Barry Goyette

Inspired by songs from all over the world with a special nod towards American jazz standards, Inga Swearingen blends her influences into a beautiful juxtaposition of styles and emotions. Whether putting her personal stamp on a standard or combining the understated grooves of bossa nova with Swedish folk melodies, Swearingen captivates her audience with her gift of joyful melodic invention. Following her love of music, she studied voice and eventually earned her master’s in choral conducting from Florida State University. During that time, she received her first invitation to appear on Garrison Keillor’s renowned radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, an opportunity that led to over a dozen appearances on the show. Swearingen has also won first place and audience award at the Montreux Jazz Festival Shure Vocal Competition and been featured as a soloist in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and she continues to be a top seller on CDBaby. She teaches voice and improvisation both privately and at Cuesta College in California. ingaswearingen.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

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World-renowned saxophonist Ken Vandermark and extented-technique trumpeter Nate Wooley present a masterclass.

Nate Wooley. Photo: Peter Gannushkin

Born in Warwick, Rhode Island, Ken Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of 16. Since graduating with a degree in Film and Communications from McGill University during the spring of 1986, his primary creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and has worked continuously from the early 1990s onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, recording in a large array of contexts with many internationally renowned musicians. In 1998, Vandermark was included among Downbeat Magazine’s "25 For The Future," a group of the most significant improvising musicians under the age of 40. He has since been selected as a MacArthur Fellow (1999) and Artist-in-Residence for the Chicago Jazz Festival (2012). He was named among the "Musicians Of The Year" by All About Jazz (2004) and one of “40 Cultural Heroes” by Time Out Chicago (2008). His current activity includes work with Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, Side A, Lean Left, Fire Room, the DKV Trio, and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy. More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North America, and Japan, and his concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed, both at home and abroad. In addition to the tenor sax, he also plays the bass and Bb clarinet, and baritone saxophone.

Nate Wooley was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, where he began playing trumpet professionally at the age of 13 with his father, a big band saxophonist. He moved to New York in 2001, and has since become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes. He has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, and has collaborated with Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson. Wooley’s solo playing has often been cited as being part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet. His work has been featured at the SWR JazzNow stage at Donaueschingen; the WRO Media Art Biennale in Poland; the Kongsberg, North Sea, Music Unlimited, and Copenhagen Jazz Festivals; and the New York New Darmstadt Festivals. In 2011, he was an artist-in-residence at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn and Cafe Oto in London, England. In 2013, he will perform at the Walker Art Center as a featured solo artist. Wooley is the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music and the editor-in-chief of its online quarterly journal Sound American, both of which are dedicated to broadening the definition of American music. He also runs Pleasure of the Text, which releases music by composers of experimental music at the beginnings of their careers in rough and ready mediums.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

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World-renowned Ken Vandermark, whose vanguard saxophone earned a 1999 MacArthur Fellowship, performs improvised works with Nate Wooley, an extended-technique trumpeter on the booming Brooklyn improv scene.

Nate Wooley. Photo: Peter Gannushkin

Born in Warwick, Rhode Island, Ken Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of 16. Since graduating with a degree in Film and Communications from McGill University during the spring of 1986, his primary creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and has worked continuously from the early 1990s onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, recording in a large array of contexts with many internationally renowned musicians. In 1998, Vandermark was included among Downbeat Magazine’s "25 For The Future," a group of the most significant improvising musicians under the age of 40. He has since been selected as a MacArthur Fellow (1999) and Artist-in-Residence for the Chicago Jazz Festival (2012). He was named among the "Musicians Of The Year" by All About Jazz (2004) and one of “40 Cultural Heroes” by Time Out Chicago (2008). His current activity includes work with Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, Side A, Lean Left, Fire Room, the DKV Trio, and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy. More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North America, and Japan, and his concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed, both at home and abroad. In addition to the tenor sax, he also plays the bass and Bb clarinet, and baritone saxophone.

Nate Wooley was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, where he began playing trumpet professionally at the age of 13 with his father, a big band saxophonist. He moved to New York in 2001, and has since become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes. He has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, and has collaborated with Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson. Wooley’s solo playing has often been cited as being part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet. His work has been featured at the SWR JazzNow stage at Donaueschingen; the WRO Media Art Biennale in Poland; the Kongsberg, North Sea, Music Unlimited, and Copenhagen Jazz Festivals; and the New York New Darmstadt Festivals. In 2011, he was an artist-in-residence at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn and Cafe Oto in London, England. In 2013, he will perform at the Walker Art Center as a featured solo artist. Wooley is the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music and the editor-in-chief of its online quarterly journal Sound American, both of which are dedicated to broadening the definition of American music. He also runs Pleasure of the Text, which releases music by composers of experimental music at the beginnings of their careers in rough and ready mediums.

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

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As the recent Time Travel and Be Still recordings show, the new ensemble of the ever-exploring trumpeter Dave Douglas - Jon Irabagon (tenor saxophone), Bobby Avey (piano), Linda Oh (bass), and Rudy Royston (drums) - delivers transporting, lyrical, and hard-swinging jazz renditions of melodies old and new. Also on the bill: The Westerlies

Dave Douglas Photo: Austin Nelson


Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, and educator from New York City. His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland Award, and two Grammy nominations. Douglas has developed his work for several unique ensembles with whom he’s currently active, including his new quintet; Keystone, an electric sextet; and Sound Prints Quintet, co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano. Dave Douglas Quintet released its debut recording, Be Still, in September 2012 with singer Aoife O’Donovan, the first time Douglas has featured a vocalist on a recording. The follow-up to that critically acclaimed recording, Time Travel, released April 2013. Since 2005, Douglas has operated his own record label, Greenleaf Music, releasing his own recordings as well as albums by other artists in the jazz idiom. Through his artist-friendly approach and innovative practices, he continues to prove himself a pioneer in new music marketing and delivery methods for the jazz world and among artist-run labels. Douglas has held several posts as an educator and impresario. From 2002 to 2012, he served as Artistic Director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at The Banff Centre in Canada. He is a co-founder and director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2012. In 2013, he begins his second year as International Jazz Artist in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London and launches his own jazz workshop, dedicated to enriching the musical experiences of younger players. www.davedouglas.com

The Westerlies are a New York based brass quartet comprised of four friends from Seattle, Washington. They stretch the limits of conventional chamber music by emphasizing original composition and improvisation, to create music that resides in the ever-narrowing gap between contemporary classical composition, jazz influenced improvisation, and North American folk music. In addition to their own performances, The Westerlies have collaborated on projects with vocalists, live electronic performers, and an assortment of other instrumentalists. By bringing these collaborations to non-traditional venues and audiences unfamiliar with experimental music, The Westerlies seek to present chamber music as an organic and dynamic means of artistic expression in the twenty-first century. http://www.westerliesmusic.com

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

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Three seasoned innovators join forces to examine the trio work of Joe Henderson: Chris Speed (sax/clarinet, Human Feel), Dave King (drums, The Bad Plus), and Chris Tordini (bass, Jean-Michel Pilc Trio). Opening for the Trio is the "hard-edged and audacious" (NY Jazz Record) duo of drummer Chris Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch.

Chris Speed Photo: Michael Hoefner

Chris Speed is a composer, clarinetist, and saxophonist living in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in the Seattle area and later moved to Boston, where he studied at New England Conservatory. By 1992, after a short tour with the Artie Shaw Band, Speed moved to New York City to work with Tim Berne’s Bloodcount. Throughout the nineties, his formidable improvisational approach on both tenor saxophone and clarinet contributed to other pioneering bands. Speed is a founding member of Jim Black’s Alas No Axis and John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet; his own bands include Human Feel, yeah NO, Trio Iffy, Pachora, The Clarinets, and his latest project, Endangered Blood, which was featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts.” Speed was the recipient of a NEA composition grant in 1993, and in 2004 was the guest soloist at the Copenhagen International Jazz Festival, working with more than ten different cutting-edge Danish bands. DownBeat magazine named him the Rising Star Clarinetist for the years 2004, 2005, and 2006. In April of 2006 he launched Skirl Records, a label dedicated to Brooklyn-based creative music, now with 21 releases. Current projects include work with Craig Taborn, Michael Formanek, Dave King, and Banda de los Muertos, NYC’s only Banda band. The New York Times called Speed “one of the principal figures in a dynamic left-of-center jazz/improv scene in the city,” and he maintains a busy career of touring, recording, performing, composing, practicing, and teaching.

Dave King is one of the most celebrated drummers in modern jazz. His contributions to the Minneapolis and New York jazz scenes are incalculable, and his imagination and boundless enthusiasm behind (and around) the drum set are singular and stunning. King can be seen regularly with Happy Apple, The Bad Plus, the Dave King Trucking Company, Halloween Alaska, Buffalo Collision, Gang Font, and others.

Christopher Tordini is a bassist in the New York City music scene, where he performs with established jazz icons as well as a diverse range of emerging musicians. He has toured and recorded with Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory for over 4 years, and has also played and recorded in bands led by other artists such as Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt, Ari Hoening, Steve Lehman, Jim Black, Andrew D’Angelo, and the Becca Stevens Band. Tordini is also a collaborator in projects led by drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey and trombonist/composer Michael Dessen.

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

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Two-time Grammy nominee, drummer and composer Dafnis Prieto and multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum present a masterclass.

Dafnis Prieto. Photo: Henry Lopez

Dafnis Prieto’s arrival in the United States from Cuba in 1999 has been compared to an asteroid hitting New York. Indeed, within a short period of time, Prieto’s revolutionary drumming techniques had a powerful impact on the Latin and jazz music scenes, both locally and internationally. Various awards include the 2011 MacArthur Fellowship, 2006 Up & Coming Musician of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association, a 2007 Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album for Absolute Quintet, and a 2007 Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Also a gifted educator, Prieto is a member of the NYU music faculty and has conducted numerous master classes, clinics, and workshops. He has worked in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Chico and Arturo O’Farrill, Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project, Jane Bunnett, D.D. Jackson, Edward Simon, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdez, Claudia Acuña, Roy Hargrove, Don Byron, and Andrew Hill, among others. He has performed at many national and international music festivals as a sideman and as a bandleader. Prieto is the founder of the independent record company Dafnison Music. As a composer, he has created music for dance, film, chamber ensembles, and, most notably, for his own bands, ranging from duets to his Small Big Band and including the groups featured in his five acclaimed recordings as a leader: About the Monks, Absolute Quintet, Taking the Soul for a Walk, Si o Si Quartet—Live at Jazz Standard, and Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio.

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

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Two-time Grammy nominee Dafnis Prieto articulates his vision as a bandleader, drummer, and composer with his Si o Si Quartet, including Peter Apfelbaum (saxophone/melodica/caxixi), Manuel Valera (piano), and Charles Flores (bass).

Dafnis Prieto Photo: Henry Lopez

Dafnis Prieto’s arrival in the United States from Cuba in 1999 has been compared to an asteroid hitting New York. Indeed, within a short period of time, Prieto’s revolutionary drumming techniques had a powerful impact on the Latin and jazz music scenes, both locally and internationally. Various awards include the 2011 MacArthur Fellowship, 2006 Up & Coming Musician of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association, a 2007 Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album for Absolute Quintet, and a 2007 Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Also a gifted educator, Prieto is a member of the NYU music faculty and has conducted numerous master classes, clinics, and workshops. He has worked in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Chico and Arturo O’Farrill, Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project, Jane Bunnett, D.D. Jackson, Edward Simon, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdez, Claudia Acuña, Roy Hargrove, Don Byron, and Andrew Hill, among others. He has performed at many national and international music festivals as a sideman and as a bandleader. Prieto is the founder of the independent record company Dafnison Music. As a composer, he has created music for dance, film, chamber ensembles, and, most notably, for his own bands, ranging from duets to his Small Big Band and including the groups featured in his five acclaimed recordings as a leader: About the Monks, Absolute Quintet, Taking the Soul for a Walk, Si o Si Quartet—Live at Jazz Standard, and Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio. www.dafnisonmusic.com

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Earshot Jazz Festival.

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

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Gregg Kallor, an extraordinary pianist and recipient of an Aaron Copland Award for composition, presents a masterclass.

A pianist and composer who deftly balances modern-classical and jazz-inspired impulses in his handsomely constructed, approachable and engaging works.

Time Out New York

Photo courtesy of Gregg Kallor

In 2007, Gregg Kallor made his New York concert debut in Carnegie Hall—a performance that featured the world premiere of acclaimed song-cycles "Exhilaration" and "Yeats Songs", sung by mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala, and a rich program of solo works that showcased his versatility and fresh approach to the piano recital. Kallor's most recent Carnegie Hall concert in 2011 featured "A Single Noon", a musical tableau of New York life told through a combination of composed music and improvisation, and also included music by Béla Bartók, Chick Corea, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Henry Mancini, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Stravinsky, and Louise Talma. A recipient of an Aaron Copland Award for composition, Kallor composed a concerto for piano and orchestra during his time at the home of the late eminent American composer, integrating improvisation into the second movement. His first album, There's a Rhythm, features his jazz trio with bassist Chris Van Voorst Van Beest and drummer Kendrick Scott. The Hartford Courant praised Kallor’s ability to “carry a poetic mood right to the edge of sorrow, always sounding lyrical and moving." His second album, Exhilaration, features song-settings of poems by Emily Dickinson, William Butler Yeats, Christina Rossetti, and Herschel Garfein, sung by mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala. Opera News wrote: "Kallor knows how to make these words sing, and Zabala gives perfect flight to them." Kallor has also recently written several new chamber music pieces, further developing the combination of composition and improvisation in his music.

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Friday, October 25, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

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Nicole Mitchell, "the most important jazz flutist of her generation" (All About Jazz), draws from gospel, African percussion, and other elements to create a thrilling extension of jazz. With Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Joshua Abrams (bass), and Frank Rosaly (drums).

Photo courtesy of Nicole Mitchell

A creative flutist, composer, and bandleader, Nicole Mitchell has been repeatedly named “Top Flutist 2010” by DownBeat magazine’s critics poll and “Jazz Flutist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association. The founder of the critically acclaimed Black Earth Ensemble and Black Earth Strings, Mitchell is a composer whose works reach across sound worlds, integrating new ideas with moments in the legacy of jazz, gospel, pop, and African percussion to create a fascinating synthesis of “postmodern jazz.” She has performed with creative luminaries such as George Lewis, Miya Masaoka, Lori Freedman, and James Newton, and has also worked on projects with Anthony Braxton, Ed Wilkerson, David Boykin, and Rob Mazurek. The first woman president of Chicago’s groundbreaking Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Mitchell works to raise respect and integrity for the improvised flute, to contribute her innovative voice to the jazz legacy, and to continue the bold and exciting directions that the AACM has charted for decades. As an educator, Mitchell has conducted residencies at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of New Mexico, Cal State University Fullerton, and Guelph University, among others. As a composer, she has received fellowships from Chamber Music America and the Illinois Arts Council and has been commissioned by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Ravinia Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Mitchell is currently on the faculty of the University of California at Irvine. http://nicolemitchell.com

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Earshot Jazz Festival

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

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LINE UP CHANGE- Classically trained in Romania, pianist Lucian Ban, increasingly recognized for his modernist jazz, teams with stellar saxophonist Jorge Sylvester.

Lucian Ban Photo: Minodora Tibrea

Lucian Ban is originally from Romania, where he grew up listening to both traditional and classical music. He studied composition at the Bucharest Music Academy while leading his own jazz groups, and notes that his approach to improvisation has been influenced by Romanian modern classical composers. Desire to get closer to the source of jazz brought him to the United States, and his ensembles have included many of New York’s finest players. Ban leads the super group ELEVATION, the ASYMMETRY Quartet, and The TUBA PROJECT. He co-leads with renowned bassist John Hebert the acclaimed project “Enesco Re-Imagined,” an ensemble that presents a radical reinterpretation of 20th-century classical genius George Enesco. Ban has released nine critically acclaimed albums as a leader for American and European labels. He performs and tours regularly with his projects and as a sideman in New York jazz clubs and European Festivals, and between 2002 and 2005 was a member of The BMI Composers Jazz Workshop. Ban also wrote music for more than 20 theater and dance productions, and has been nominated twice for Best European Jazz Musician by the Hans Koller Foundation. Lucian Ban has received his degree in Contemporary Jazz Composition and Arranging from New School University in New York, and he also holds a degree in Philosophy from Bucharest University.

A unique innovator in the idiom of creative music, Jorge Sylvester's sound is reminiscent of another time in jazz history when artists like Dolphy and Ornette were exploding on the scene and experimenting with concepts that would ultimately revolutionize music at large. A throwback to the future, Sylvester has been on the edge of that scene since 1980 when he first came to New York City. His blend of African Caribbean rhythms with new music is what gives Sylvester his distinguished voice. An impressive composer and arranger, his music moves, entices and stirs the imagination. Born in Colon, Panama Sylvester attended the Panama Conservatory of Music and the University of Panama. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music from the State University of New York College of New Paltz in 1981.

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Earshot Jazz Festival

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

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Composer Darcy James Argue, a five-time winner of the DownBeat critics poll and credited with "making big band cool again" (Time Out New York) presents a masterclass.

For a wholly original take on big band's past, present and future, look to Darcy James Argue.

Seth Colter Walls - Newsweek

Photo: Ben Anaman

Active in New York with his 18-piece ensemble Secret Society since 2005, Vancouver native Darcy James Argue first gained international recognition with his widely acclaimed 2009 debut, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), which appeared on over 100 best-of-the-year lists, earned Grammy and Juno nominations, and quickly made him one of the most talked-about musicians in jazz. In addition to appearances at venues ranging from jazz and rock clubs to such prestigious theaters as the Bimhuis, Merkin Hall, and the Kennedy Center, the group has also performed at the Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver Jazz Festivals, the Ecstatic Music Festival, the London Jazz Festival, the Moers Festival, New York’s Winter Jazzfest, the Newport Jazz Festival, and Brazil’s BMW Jazz Festival. Argue premiered his latest project, Brooklyn Babylon, an innovative multimedia collaboration with graphic artist Danijel Zezelj, over the course of four nights at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in 2011, and has recorded the music for a 2013 release. Argue’s awards include the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop Charlie Parker Composition Prize and SOCAN’s Hagood Hardy Award. He has received commissions from the Danish Radio Big Band, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, the West Point Jazz Knights, the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, the Jazz Gallery, the Manhattan New Music Project, and the Jerome Foundation, as well as grants and fellowships from New Music USA, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. www.secretsocietymusic.org

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

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Brooklyn-based composer Darcy James Argue, a five-time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll, is credited with "making big band cool again" (Time Out New York). He leads the Cornish Contemporary Big Band in a concert of his compositions.

For a wholly original take on big band's past, present and future, look to Darcy James Argue.

Seth Colter Walls - Newsweek

Photo: Ben Anaman

Active in New York with his 18-piece ensemble Secret Society since 2005, Vancouver native Darcy James Argue first gained international recognition with his widely acclaimed 2009 debut, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), which appeared on over 100 best-of-the-year lists, earned Grammy and Juno nominations, and quickly made him one of the most talked-about musicians in jazz. In addition to appearances at venues ranging from jazz and rock clubs to such prestigious theaters as the Bimhuis, Merkin Hall, and the Kennedy Center, the group has also performed at the Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver Jazz Festivals, the Ecstatic Music Festival, the London Jazz Festival, the Moers Festival, New York’s Winter Jazzfest, the Newport Jazz Festival, and Brazil’s BMW Jazz Festival. Argue premiered his latest project, Brooklyn Babylon, an innovative multimedia collaboration with graphic artist Danijel Zezelj, over the course of four nights at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in 2011, and has recorded the music for a 2013 release. Argue’s awards include the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop Charlie Parker Composition Prize and SOCAN’s Hagood Hardy Award. He has received commissions from the Danish Radio Big Band, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, the West Point Jazz Knights, the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, the Jazz Gallery, the Manhattan New Music Project, and the Jerome Foundation, as well as grants and fellowships from New Music USA, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. www.secretsocietymusic.org

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Earshot Jazz Festival

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

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Drawing well-deserved attention far from its Portland/Seattle roots, Kora Band – Andrew Oliver (piano), Kane Mathis (kora/guitar), Chad McCullough (trumpet), Brady Millard-Kish (bass), and Mark DiFlorio (drums) – combines elements of jazz and West African music.

Kora Band Photo: Steve Korn

In 2007, Portland-based pianist Andrew Oliver was participating in the U.S. State Department’s Rhythm Road program, which sends bands abroad as cultural ambassadors of the United States. While in Senegal he encountered a kora, a traditional 21-string harp of the West African Mandinka people. Much to his surprise, the instrument blended very well into a jazz context. The unexpected success of this collaboration inspired Oliver to dive deeper into the relationship between jazz and West African music upon his return along with Mark DiFlorio, the drummer from that tour. His exploration eventually led to the founding of the Kora Band, featuring atypical instrumentation that highlights Kane Mathis, one of the most accomplished American kora players. The group was rounded out with Seattle trumpeter Chad McCullough and bassist Brady Millard-Kish. The band performs original compositions as well as covers of traditional and contemporary West African repertoire, providing uplifting and unique music that reflects the increasing globalization of today’s world. In 2009, the ensemble released its debut album, Just 4 U, which Seattle Weekly said was “one of the better world-music releases to come out of the Northwest all year.” Their second album, Cascades, reached No. 12 on the U.S. World Music Airplay charts and No. 22 on the JazzWeek Radio Charts the following year. Most recently, the band was awarded a New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America to commission, debut, and record a new concert-length piece of music to further explore the unique integration of these two musical styles and the roots of jazz in West Africa. www.koraband.com

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Earshot Jazz Festival

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

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Clarinetist Matthias Müller demonstrates "Sabre," his much talked about electronically enhanced bass clarinet and performs with bassoon virtuoso Martin Kuuskmann in this masterclass.

Photo courtesy of Matthias Mueller and Martin Kuuskmann


Matthias Müller received broad musical training at the Conservatoire in Basel where his most important teachers were Hans Rudolf Stalder and Jürg Wyttenbach. Since 1996 Müller has lived in Zurich and is Professor for Clarinet at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). He has gained a reputation as a versatile artist and is active as an interpreter, composer and teacher. The center of his creative approach remains the universal aspect of music itself, and he constantly attempts to integrate corollary aspects of other areas of artistic endeavor. Concerning the interpretation of the clarinet repertoire, he seeks to adopt an approach that unifies works envincing a similitude of styles. He has performed as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, as well as a chamber musician in various formations. Müller is a former member of the Collegium Novum Zurich. As a composer he has followed a line of development that might be termed the “Aesthetics of the Second Modernism’ and attempts time and time again to follow through in an interdisciplinary way. Along with his works of music theatre and for orchestra, his oeuvre encompasses many pieces of chamber music and electronic music, too. He is presently Artistic Director of ‘ensemble zero’. Müller lives with his wife, the flautist Magda Schwerzmann and his three children on the Forch near Zurich.

Estonian born bassoon virtuoso, Martin Kuuskmann is a commanding force bent on redefining the bassoon as a top caliber solo instrument. His charismatic and entertaining performances throughout the world have earned him repute as one of the leading instrumentalists around and in 2007 he received a Grammy Nomination for his recording of David Chesky’s bassoon concerto. Kuuskmann’s ambitions to explore contemporary music have led to the premieres of eight new bassoon concerti to date written exclusively for him by leading composers of our time. A highly sought-after chamber musician, Kuuskmann is a founding member and solo bassoonist of the Grammy nominated Absolute Ensemble, whom he has been a frequent soloist in Michael Daugherty’s virtuosic and madcap concerto, "Dead Elvis". Kuuskmann has appeared as a guest solo principal bassoonist with the Seoul Philharmonic and was the solo principal bassoonist of the Nordic Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2001. While living in New York City he appeared regularly as principal bassoon with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the St. Luke’s, “Miss Saigon” on Broadway. He has appeared as soloist in the New York Philharmonic series, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Macao Orchestra, Nordic Symphony Orchestra, Grazioso Chamber Orchestra of the Hungarian National Philharmonic, Riga Sinfonietta, Absolute Ensemble, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Norrlandsoperan in Sweden, among many others Kuuskmann received degrees at Manhattan School of Music and Yale University School of Music. His mentors include Stephen Maxym, Frank Morelli, Rufus Olivier, Vernon Read and Ilmar Aasmets. As a highly in demand teacher, Kuuskmann is a frequent guest with lectures and master classes in major conservatories and universities around the world. Kuuskmann conducts master classes and is the woodwind coach with the Baltic Youth Philharmonic at the Usedom Music Festival in Germany at the invitation of Kristjan Järvi. He is a former member of the New York Lyric Chamber Music Society, where he premiered numerous solo chamber works and conducted educational projects. Kuuskmann is a faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Contemporary Performance Program in New York City and is the director of the Fusion Program at the Blaine Jazz Festival for Teens in Washington State. Martin Kuuskmann makes his home in the Seattle area with his wife and their three children.

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

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Kneebody, an electric quintet widely recognized as one of the most unique ensembles in jazz, presents a masterclass.

Photo: Paulifornia.com

By combining sophisticated compositions and virtuosic improvising, the Grammy-nominated Kneebody has created a diverse, loyal fan base in the United States and Europe. Founded in 2001, Kneebody has built upon an impressive array of individual resumes and conservatory training to create a truly singular voice within the instrumental world. In 2005 Kneebody released their self-titled debut album on Dave Douglas’s Greenleaf Music label. In 2007 they followed up with Low Electrical Worker on the Colortone label. A collection of 13 original songs, Low Electrical Worker was hailed by saxophonist Joshua Redman as one of his “favorite albums of 2007.” In the spring of 2009, Kneebody and vocalist Theo Bleckmann released 12 Songs of Charles Ives on the Winter & Winter label and received a Grammy nomination in the classical crossover category. Kneebody is currently touring in support of their third studio album, You Can Have Your Moment, also on the Winter & Winter label. www.kneebody.com

Adam Benjamin, a founding member of Kneebody, is a Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed pianist, keyboardist, composer, and writer based in Los Angeles, who was recognized as a Rising Star in Jazz in DownBeat magazine’s critics’ and readers’ polls for two years running. While his unmistakable sound crosses stylistic boundaries and challenges traditional notions of jazz, he maintains a humble and humorous approach that connects him with audiences worldwide. . His latest solo piano album, Alphabets and Consequences (f.Boo Records, 2010), is a unique series of improvised miniatures that transform familiar jazz and folk melodies into quirky impressionist etudes bursting with both humor and gravity. This follows Long Gone (Kind of Blue, 2008) and his renowned 2007 self-release It’s a Standard, Standard, Standard, Standard World, which captures 37 jazz standards through the lens of Garageband 1.0 technology. He has also toured and recorded extensively with Dave Douglas’s electric band, Keystone., in addition to performing, collaborating, and touring with artists as varied as Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, So Percussion, Joshua Redman, and Beck; he has contributed to many film scores as well, including co-writing the score to John Krasinski’s 2009 adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. He has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the North Sea Jazz Festival, and has been a guest lecturer and faculty member at Stanford University, the Banff International Jazz Workshop, CalArts, the University of Southern California, and the School for Improvisational Music.

Born in Vancouver and raised in Los Angeles, Ben Wendel was educated at the Eastman School of Music in New York. Since graduating he has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, composer, and producer. Recent highlights include multiple domestic and international tours with such artists as Cuban drumming legend Ignacio Berroa, Thelonius Monk Piano Competition winner Tigran Hamasyan, electronica artist Daedelus, and hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg; he has also played with Todd Sickafoose, Otmaro Ruiz, Taylor Eigsti, and Gerald Clayton. Wendel is a founding member of Kneebody. In addition to playing saxophone and bassoon, he also doubles on the piano. As a composer he has scored multiple films, received an ASCAP Jazz Composer Award, and recently received the Chamber Music America New Works Grant; he was also a winner in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition. In the summer of 2007, Wendel was honored to work with conductor Kent Nagano in producing a series of concerts for the Festspiele Plus in Munich, Germany. He currently produces a performing arts series at The Edye in Santa Monica, California. His first solo album, Simple Song, was released on Sunnyside Records in March 2009. Wendel is currently an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies at University of Southern California.

Kaveh Rastegar plays bass and writes music. In the years since moving from Rochester, New York, by way of Denver, by way of Montreal, Rastegar has enjoyed success playing music in the greater Los Angeles area while living in Highland Park, California. In addition to being a founding member of Kneebody, he is also a member of the Seattle-based power trio THRUSTER! featuring Timothy Young and Matt Chamberlain, and a founding member of the 70-piece hip-hop orchestra Dakah. Rastegar has also been heard playing with Chewy Puma, Small Medium and Large, The Ditty Bops, Colin Hay, Luciano Ligabue, Cee Lo, Jesca Hoop, Nels Cline, Sam Sparro, Esthero, Antibalas Afro Beat Orchestra, Joshua Radin, Melissa Ferrick, guitarist Arik Marshall, Keaton Simons, Greg Kurstin’s Action Figure Party, The Calling, Dave Fiuczynski, Carla Bozulich, and Wayne Horvitz. He is endorsed by Aguilar Amplification. Rastegar’s artwork is featured on most of Kneebody’s posters, flyers, and t-shirts.

Nate Wood graduated from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with jazz luminaries Charlie Haden and Joe Labarbara. After graduating he toured the world many times over with pop/rock band The Calling. When he came home he made his first solo album, Reliving. The record is truly self-made, featuring Wood’s compositions as well as his vocals, engineering/production, and performance of all the instruments. Lately Wood has been using his talents on guitar, drums, and bass with Maverick recording artist Keaton Simons.

Shane Endsley resides in Brooklyn, New York, where he is steadily building his reputation as one of the most unique voices on the trumpet today. DownBeat magazine named him one of the top 25 trumpeters of his generation in 2007. A truly modern and dynamic musician, he can be found on recordings by artists ranging from modern instrumentalists Steve Coleman, Dave Binney, and Donny McCaslin to folk and rock icons like Ani DiFranco, Erin McKeown, and Pearl Jam. Endsley is an accomplished drummer and composer who is constantly expanding his musical vocabulary with the rich experiences offered by New York. He dove into the intricate ornamental style of the Balkan brass bands with the powerhouse 10-piece group Slavic Soul Party and is now venturing into the lilting rhythms of Brazilian forro and maracatu with Scott Kettner of Nation Beat and Maracatu New York.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

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Kneebody, a “resolutely un-pindownable band” (Nate Chinen, New York Times), melds urban genres, from electro-pop to punk-rock to hip-hop, into its own signature sound: keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel, bassist Kaveh Rastegar, and drummer Nate Wood.

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Kneebody is an electric quintet widely recognized as one of the most unique ensembles in jazz. By combining sophisticated compositions and virtuosic improvising, the Grammy-nominated group has created a diverse, loyal fan base in the United States and Europe. Founded in 2001, Kneebody has built upon an impressive array of individual resumes and conservatory training to create a truly singular voice within the instrumental world. In 2005 Kneebody released their self-titled debut album on Dave Douglas’s Greenleaf Music label. In 2007 they followed up with Low Electrical Worker on the Colortone label. A collection of 13 original songs, Low Electrical Worker was hailed by saxophonist Joshua Redman as one of his “favorite albums of 2007.” In the spring of 2009, Kneebody and vocalist Theo Bleckmann released 12 Songs of Charles Ives on the Winter & Winter label and received a Grammy nomination in the classical crossover category. Kneebody is currently touring in support of their third studio album, You Can Have Your Moment, also on the Winter & Winter label. www.kneebody.com

Adam Benjamin, a founding member of Kneebody, is a Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed pianist, keyboardist, composer, and writer based in Los Angeles, who was recognized as a Rising Star in Jazz in DownBeat magazine’s critics’ and readers’ polls for two years running. While his unmistakable sound crosses stylistic boundaries and challenges traditional notions of jazz, he maintains a humble and humorous approach that connects him with audiences worldwide. His latest solo piano album, Alphabets and Consequences (f.Boo Records, 2010), is a unique series of improvised miniatures that transform familiar jazz and folk melodies into quirky impressionist etudes bursting with both humor and gravity. This follows Long Gone (Kind of Blue, 2008) and his renowned 2007 self-release It’s a Standard, Standard, Standard, Standard World, which captures 37 jazz standards through the lens of Garageband 1.0 technology. He has also toured and recorded extensively with Dave Douglas’s electric band, Keystone, in addition to performing, collaborating, and touring with artists as varied as Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, So Percussion, Joshua Redman, and Beck; he has contributed to many film scores as well, including co-writing the score to John Krasinski’s 2009 adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. He has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the North Sea Jazz Festival, and has been a guest lecturer and faculty member at Stanford University, the Banff International Jazz Workshop, CalArts, the University of Southern California, and the School for Improvisational Music.

Born in Vancouver and raised in Los Angeles, Ben Wendel was educated at the Eastman School of Music in New York. Since graduating he has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, composer, and producer. Recent highlights include multiple domestic and international tours with such artists as Cuban drumming legend Ignacio Berroa, Thelonius Monk Piano Competition winner Tigran Hamasyan, electronica artist Daedelus, and hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg; he has also played with Todd Sickafoose, Otmaro Ruiz, Taylor Eigsti, and Gerald Clayton. Wendel is a founding member of Kneebody. In addition to playing saxophone and bassoon, he also doubles on the piano. As a composer he has scored multiple films, received an ASCAP Jazz Composer Award, and recently received the Chamber Music America New Works Grant; he was also a winner in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition. In the summer of 2007, Wendel was honored to work with conductor Kent Nagano in producing a series of concerts for the Festspiele Plus in Munich, Germany. He currently produces a performing arts series at The Edye in Santa Monica, California. His first solo album, Simple Song, was released on Sunnyside Records in March 2009. Wendel is currently an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies at University of Southern California.

Kaveh Rastegar plays bass and writes music. In the years since moving from Rochester, New York, by way of Denver, by way of Montreal, Rastegar has enjoyed success playing music in the greater Los Angeles area while living in Highland Park, California. In addition to being a founding member of Kneebody, he is also a member of the Seattle-based power trio THRUSTER! featuring Timothy Young and Matt Chamberlain, and a founding member of the 70-piece hip-hop orchestra Dakah. Rastegar has also been heard playing with Chewy Puma, Small Medium and Large, The Ditty Bops, Colin Hay, Luciano Ligabue, Cee Lo, Jesca Hoop, Nels Cline, Sam Sparro, Esthero, Antibalas Afro Beat Orchestra, Joshua Radin, Melissa Ferrick, guitarist Arik Marshall, Keaton Simons, Greg Kurstin’s Action Figure Party, The Calling, Dave Fiuczynski, Carla Bozulich, and Wayne Horvitz. He is endorsed by Aguilar Amplification. Rastegar’s artwork is featured on most of Kneebody’s posters, flyers, and t-shirts.

Nate Wood graduated from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with jazz luminaries Charlie Haden and Joe Labarbara. After graduating he toured the world many times over with pop/rock band The Calling. When he came home he made his first solo album, Reliving. The record is truly self-made, featuring Wood’s compositions as well as his vocals, engineering/production, and performance of all the instruments. Lately Wood has been using his talents on guitar, drums, and bass with Maverick recording artist Keaton Simons.

Shane Endsley resides in Brooklyn, New York, where he is steadily building his reputation as one of the most unique voices on the trumpet today. DownBeat magazine named him one of the top 25 trumpeters of his generation in 2007. A truly modern and dynamic musician, he can be found on recordings by artists ranging from modern instrumentalists Steve Coleman, Dave Binney, and Donny McCaslin to folk and rock icons like Ani DiFranco, Erin McKeown, and Pearl Jam. Endsley is an accomplished drummer and composer who is constantly expanding his musical vocabulary with the rich experiences offered by New York. He dove into the intricate ornamental style of the Balkan brass bands with the powerhouse 10-piece group Slavic Soul Party and is now venturing into the lilting rhythms of Brazilian forro and maracatu with Scott Kettner of Nation Beat and Maracatu New York.

Co-presented by
Earshot Jazz Festival

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

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Highly acclaimed young composer Missy Mazzoli presents a masterclass as part of her residency at Cornish.

Mazzoli is a star of the indie classical world, walking the uneasy ground between the avant garde and rock with a style that’s ethereal and hypnotic yet often wary and brooding.

New York Music Daily

Photo: Stephen S. Taylor

Recently deemed “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York), Missy Mazzoli writes music that has been performed all over the world. Mazzoli is Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera, and Music Theatre-Group. From 2007 to 2010 she was Executive Director of the MATA Festival in New York City, an organization dedicated to promoting the work of young composers, and this fall she will join the Mannes College of Music Composition faculty. The 2013/14 season will include many exciting projects, among them a new work commissioned by Carnegie Hall for her band Victoire, Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche, and vocalists Mellissa Hughes, Martha Cluver, and Virginia Warnken. Recent projects include the critically acclaimed sold-out premiere of her first opera, Song from the Uproar; the Carnegie Hall premiere of You Know Me From Here, a string quartet commissioned for the Kronos Quartet; premieres of new works commissioned by the Detroit Symphony; and scores to accompany films by Alice Guy Blaché, commissioned by the Whitney Museum of Art. Mazzoli’s ensemble Victoire has also been touring extensively, recently performing at the M.A.D.E. Festival in Sweden, the C3 Festival in Berlin, and across Europe with The National, My Brightest Diamond, and many others. Mazzoli is the recipient of four ASCAP Young Composer Awards, a Fulbright Grant to the Netherlands, the Detroit Symphony’s Elaine Lebenbom Award, and grants from the Jerome Foundation, the American Music Center, and the Barlow Endowment. She attended the Yale School of Music, the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, and Boston University. www.missymazzoli.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

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Soprano Natalie Lerch, baritone Robert Wade, and pianist Guinevere Saenger explore the world of Alice in Wonderland through music and theatre.

Photo: Michelle Smith-Lewis


Natalie Lerch holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, as well as a Master of Music degree from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. As Professor of Voice at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, she teaches Musical Theatre Workshop; English, Italian, French and German Diction for Singers; and voice lessons to voice and theatre majors. She has performed professionally with Spotlight Dinner Theatre, Columbus Light Opera, The Reality Theatre, Opera!Columbus, The Norman Luboff Touring Choir, and Divalycious, a soprano quartet. Lerch has performed “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” by Samuel Barber with the Port Angeles Symphony and the Ohio University Orchestra, and Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4” with the Seattle Philharmonic. During a trip to Brazil, she performed jazz standards, as well as a jazz version of Un bel di vedremo” from Madama Butterfly, with the Jazz Ensemble at the Federal University of Rio. She also participated in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in Orvieto, Italy; performed with The Jazz Police at the Tacoma Jazz Festival; and has sung under the direction of Brian Kay with the Berkshire Choral Festival. In 2010, Lerch presented an evening of opera for solo soprano on the Cornish Music Series, performing Judith Weir’s King Harald’s Saga, and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine, in collaboration with Daniel Wilson and Adam Stern. She has sung in master classes and weeklong workshops with Renee Fleming and Julianne Baird. Upcoming performances include Ravel’s “Shéhérazade” with the Seattle Philharmonic in January 2014.

Robert Wade has been singing for most of his life and finds joy in every note. His experience includes every possible scenario of singing and song from the three-table dive to the 1,000-seat performance halls regionally, nationally, and internationally. He studied with James Pruss for several years. Among his favorites performances are “The Poet” from Kismet and the “Duruflé Requiem.” Wade currently sings with The Esoterics in Seattle, Washington.

Pianist Guinevere Saenger believes in the integration of all forms of art, which is reflected in her body of performance work that includes improvisational harpsichord and piano for various forms of dance, involving a wide range of classical and contemporary chamber music, as well as Scottish Traditional music at folk festivals (most notably Northwest Folklife in Seattle). She has performed with ensembles such as the Calarts Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Allan Vogel, the New Century Players under Mark Menzies, and is a performing member of Music On Argyle, a New Music composer/performer collective based out of Hollywood, California. Saenger has presented solo and chamber music in venues up and down the West Coast; internationally in Rellingen, Germany; Weyregg, Austria; and most recently Victoria, British Columbia. Her teachers include Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Bernadene Blaha, and Vicki Ray; she has participated in master classes with Jörg Demus, Margo Garrett, and Ann Baltz, among others. Saenger holds the Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts, and has served as Staff Accompanist for the Department of Voice at Cornish College of the Arts for the last two years. When she needs to unwind, Saenger dances Scottish Country Dance, the elegant yet exuberant traditional ballroom dance of Scotland.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

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Performing compositions by Jim Knapp and guest composers, Scrape is a stellar 17-piece string orchestra comprised of top professional players with a sense of adventure. Join us for the release concert of their new cd, Approaching Vyones!

Art by Eli Vokounova


Scrape debuted in 2010 under the direction of composer Jim Knapp and composer/violist Eyvind Kang. The orchestra, comprising violins, violas, cellos, bass, harp and electric guitar, is fueled by the creative energies of some of Seattle's finest instrumentalists and improvisers and led by Concertmaster Heather Bentley. Since its inception, Scrape has collaborated and performed with such luminary artists as vocalists Jessika Kenney, Jay Clayton, and guitarist Bill Frisell.

Most 17 member groups would choose to have a conductor, but Scrape made the decision early on to rely on chamber music skills to develop a natural sense of ensemble through a combination of eye contact, breathing together and musical ESP. Without a drummer, every member of the orchestra becomes a de facto time keeper. Musical scores evolve in consultation with the always-present composers during the rehearsal process. Their organic and collective approach to rehearsing and performing gives the group a flexibility of timing, cohesion of sound and commonality of purpose that resonate deeply with listeners.

Scrape’s highly anticipated debut album Approaching Vyones consists mostly of original music by Jim Knapp and is performed by the adventurous Scrape musicians. One track "Naomi", is Scrape’s adaptation of a piece by Bill Frisell. The album will be released on the Origin Classical label with CD art and the liner notes designed by Steve Griggs.

Jim Knapp, co-composer of Scrape, director of the Jim Knapp Orchestra, trumpet player, composer, and teacher, was born in Chicago and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Composition from the University of Illinois. He has served as director of The Composers and Improvisers Orchestra, and has led various small jazz groups. After developing the Jazz Program at Cornish College, he continues to teach there with the academic rank of Professor. Knapp has received a National Endowment for the Arts "Jazz Composition Fellowship," a Seattle Arts Commission "Individual Artist Music Composition" grant, a "Special Projects Music Composition" award from the King County Arts Commission, and support from Meet the Composer and Artist Trust. In 2006, he was honored by Cornish College of the Arts for “35 Years of Jazz.” In 2007, he was inducted into the Earshot Hall of Fame and in 2010 received the “Certificate of Excellence in Teaching” for 2009-2010 from Cornish College of the Arts. He has recorded as a composer and/or performer on the ECM, A-Records, Origin, Pony Boy, Seabreeze, Flying Fish, Catalyst, and Mode record labels. The Jim Knapp Orchestra won the Earshot Best Acoustic Jazz Group award in 1995 and its album, Things For Now, received the Earshot Jazz Record Of The Year award in 1999. Knapp’s music has been recorded on albums by Kelly Johnson, Mark Taylor, Steve Korn, The Jazz Members Big Band, Henry Franklin, and Steve Treseler.

Scrape Concertmaster Heather Bentley (violin and viola) is passionately involved with numerous projects in the Seattle area. With her chamber ensemble, Trio Pardalote (Victoria Parker, violin, and Rowena Hammill, cello), she runs a collaborative, roving chamber music series called Club Shostakovich, which is in the midst of the 15 quartet Shostakovich cycle. As a founder of SCAMP (Seattle Collaborative Artisanal Music Project), she is co-creating a contemporary opera about the Babylonian goddess of sex and war, Ishtar, with Seattle artists Beth Fleenor, Paris Hurley, Evan Flory-Barnes, Trey Gunn, and William Hayes. She also can be found serving as Principal Viola for the Northwest Sinfonietta. Heather is Artist-in-Residence at Seattle’s Lakeside School, where she teaches a studio of violinists and violists, and runs their chamber music program. She was Director of the Westside Chamber Program at the Seattle Conservatory of Music from 2001 to 2009 and was Conductor of the Northwest School Chamber Orchestra from 2000 to 2008.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

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The Finlandia Foundation's National Performer of the Year 2013, Marja Kaisla, presents a solo piano recital of works by Sibelius, Englund, Chopin and Liszt.

Photo courtesy of Marja Kaisla

Program
Sibelius: Nocturne, Romance, Caprice
Englund: Introduzione e Toccata
Liszt: Sonetto del Petrarca #104
Chopin: Selected Preludes op. 28
Sibelius: Valse Triste, Finlandia

Born in Helsinki, Finland, Marja Kaisla began piano studies at age three and made her public debut at age five. An avid chamber musician, recitalist, and orchestra soloist, she has performed in Europe, the former Soviet Union, and extensively in the United States. Kaisla received her musical education in piano performance at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, in Switzerland with Gyorgy Sebok, and in Philadelphia with Susan Starr. Since moving to the United States in 1987 she has enjoyed an active concert career on stage and in radio, television, and major motion pictures while being an advocate for the importance of music education. For years she was the owner and director of the Delaware Valley Conservatory of Music, and she is the co-founder of the Philadelphia Foundation for World Music and Arts, a non-profit organization which advocates music education and cultural tolerance. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2005 as the pianist of Trio Excelsior, with whom she has toured extensively around the United States. She was also a member of a unique quartet of four pianos, Piano4, with whom she has performed over a hundred concerts in the United States. Kaisla is a recording artist, and she appears as a pianist in the M. Night Shyamalan film The Village. www.marjakaisla.org

Co-presented by
Finlandia Foundation

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Monday, November 25, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

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The Finlandia Foundation's National Performer of the Year 2013, Marja Kaisla, presents a masterclass.

Photo courtesy of Marja Kaisla

Born in Helsinki, Finland, Marja Kaisla began piano studies at age three and made her public debut at age five. An avid chamber musician, recitalist, and orchestra soloist, she has performed in Europe, the former Soviet Union, and extensively in the United States. Kaisla received her musical education in piano performance at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, in Switzerland with Gyorgy Sebok, and in Philadelphia with Susan Starr. Since moving to the United States in 1987 she has enjoyed an active concert career on stage and in radio, television, and major motion pictures while being an advocate for the importance of music education. For years she was the owner and director of the Delaware Valley Conservatory of Music, and she is the co-founder of the Philadelphia Foundation for World Music and Arts, a non-profit organization which advocates music education and cultural tolerance. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2005 as the pianist of Trio Excelsior, with whom she has toured extensively around the United States. She was also a member of a unique quartet of four pianos, Piano4, with whom she has performed over a hundred concerts in the United States. Kaisla is a recording artist, and she appears as a pianist in the M. Night Shyamalan film The Village. www.marjakaisla.org

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

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Featuring Seattle’s renowned gamelan ensemble, Gamelan Pacifica, with vocalist Jessika Kenney and four of today’s Baroque music specialists Linda Tsatsanis (voice), Nathan Whittaker (cello), Janet See (flute), and Byron Schenkman (harpsichord), Bach-Gamel explores the similarities between music of the European Baroque and Javanese Gamelan.

Photo courtesy of Gamelan Pacifica


The name Bach is synonymous with Baroque music, while the word “gamel,” which means “to hammer” in Javanese, is the root word for the fascinating orchestral music known as gamelan. There are a number of surprising similarities between Baroque music from Europe and the Southeast Asian tradition of Javanese Gamelan. This concert will juxtapose these two traditions, revealing elements of contact, nearness, similitude, and symmetry, be they of musical features (rhythmic structure, melodic flow, timbral qualities, stylized improvisation) or simply atmospheric feel. In the far background of this, one might sense the elusive “universals” of musical expression.

Byron Schenkman has recorded more than 30 albums of 17th- and 18th-century repertoire, including recordings on historical instruments from the National Music Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He received the Erwin Bodky Award from the Cambridge Society for Early Music. Schenkman made his New York recital debut on modern piano in 2009, and his playing was described in The New York Times as "sparkling," "elegant," and "insightful." He is a member of the new period instrument ensemble Gut Reaction and has been a featured guest with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, the Daedalus Quartet, the Northwest Sinfonietta, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. He also appears frequently in recital with violinist Ingrid Matthews, with whom he co-founded the Seattle Baroque Orchestra in 1994. Schenkman is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and received his master's degree with honors in performance from the Indiana University School of Music. He currently teaches at Seattle University and Cornish College of the Arts. In 2012, he also served as guest lecturer in harpsichord and fortepiano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Janet See is one of today’s outstanding performers on Baroque and classical flute. For over 30 years she has performed as a soloist, in chamber music, and in orchestras throughout North America and Europe. See lived in London for 12 years, where she played principal flute for Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s two orchestras, with whom she recorded the complete Mozart Operas and Beethoven Symphonies as well as numerous other discs. She also played principal flute for The Taverner Players, conducted by Andrew Parrott. In North America, See plays principal flute and has recorded Vivaldi and Mozart Concertos with Philharmonia Baroque under Nicholas McGegan. She also performs frequently with the Portland Baroque Orchestra and as guest soloist with chamber music ensembles throughout the United States and Canada. Among her highly acclaimed recordings are the Vivaldi Concertos and the complete Bach Flute Sonatas, both recorded on the Harmonia Mundi label. Other labels she has recorded on include DG Archive, EMI, Erato, Hyperion, and Phantom Partner. See is on the Early Music Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts and is an active, enthusiastic teacher of early flutes and also interpreting the nuance and language of Baroque and classical music on modern flute. She received her degree at Oberlin Conservatory, training with Robert Willoughby; her post-graduate training was with Frans Vester in The Hague. See is a qualified teacher of the F. M. Alexander Technique, having trained in London with Walter Carrington.

Hailed as “ravishing” (The New York Times) and possessing “sheer vocal proficiency, a bright, flexible voice, big but controlled, shaded with plentiful color” (The Boston Globe), Canadian soprano Linda Tsatsanis enjoys an active and diverse career. Tsatsanis' versatile voice makes her equally comfortable on the opera stage and concert hall while being able to sing intimate renaissance song or world-premiere performances. Tsatsanis has appeared as soloist with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Auburn Symphony, Pacific Musicworks, Orchestra Seattle, Helios Opera, and Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and has been presented by the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, San Francisco Early Music Society, and Magnolia Baroque Festival. Tsatsanis holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Indiana University. She has a solo album with Origin Classical, And I Remain: Three Love Stories, described as a “seductive recital of the darker sides of 17th-century love” (Gramophone), and can also be heard on recordings by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Naxos.

Cellist Nathan Whittaker enjoys a unique and diverse career as a concert soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, teacher, and historical cello specialist. He served as the Principal Cellist of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and Columbus Symphony as well Associate Principal Cellist with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Whittaker has performed in various music festivals throughout North America and Europe. He has enjoyed performing with various chamber ensembles across the country and is a founding member of the Seattle-based Op. 20 String Quartet. Currently, he is a member and featured soloist of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra and the Seattle Baroque Soloists, and performs regularly with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and Portland Baroque Orchestra. As a member of Plaine & Easie, an Elizabethan-era quartet, he won the Grand “Unicorn” Prize in the 2009 EMA Medieval and Renaissance Competition in New York City. Whittaker has served on the faculty of the Indiana University String Academy and was the founding lecturer for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic “Behind the Scenes” series. Nathan Whittaker earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cello performance from Indiana University; he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in 2012 with Toby Saks at the University of Washington. His private instructors have included Helga Winold, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Stanley Ritchie, Toby Saks and Peter Wiley. He can be heard on CBC and NPR, has recorded with the Harmonia and ATMA Classique labels, and is featured on the debut recording of the Seattle Baroque Soloists.

Originally formed in 1980, Gamelan Pacifica has a reputation for creating diverse productions that merge traditional and contemporary musical forms with dance, theater, puppetry, and visual media. The ensemble has been a guest performer at the Smithsonian Institution's Festival of Indonesia, the New Music across America Festival, the Vancouver New Music Society, On the Boards, and the Walker Art Center. In the Northwest, it performs regularly and has appeared at venues including the University of Washington, Seattle University, Town Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, the Seattle Art Museum, Evergreen State College, Centrum, and the Bumbershoot Festival. Some of the most notable artists of Indonesia have been guests of the group, including Sutrisno Hartana, Wayan Sinti, and Didik Nini Thowok. Gamelan Pacifica's album Trance Gong (O. O. Discs) has received international acclaim. The ensemble is directed by noted composer and Cornish College of the Arts Professor Jarrad Powell; the current performers are Maggie Brown, Michael Dorrity, Stephen Frandrich, Ted Gill, Jessika Kenney, Joe Kinzer, Deena Manis, Anna McDermott, Richard Robinson, Jared Rosenacker, Stephanie Shadbolt, Jesse Snyder, Christina Sunardi, and Astrid Vinje. Gamelan Pacifica is a respected non-profit arts organization that supports various programs and special projects relating to music and dance, with an emphasis on cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration. It has been the recipient of numerous grants, including support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Arts International, and is currently supported in part by sustaining funds from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and 4Culture.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

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Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein presents a masterclass alongside drummer Matt Jorgensen and bassist Chuck Deardorf.

Photo courtesy of Peter Bernstein


Peter Bernstein is known for his clean, warm guitar tone and his lyrical melodic lines. He first studied jazz at Rutgers University where his teachers included Ted Dunbar and Kenny Barron, then completed his degree at The New School University, where he met and studied with his primary mentor, the legendary guitarist Jim Hall. Starting in 1990, Hall and Bernstein began performing as a duo to great acclaim. Since then, Bernstein has played with numerous jazz artists including Joshua Redman, Melvin Rhyne, Diana Krall, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart, Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Roy Hargrove, Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Smith, Eric Alexander, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Mike LeDonne. In 2008, Bernstein joined The Blue Note 7, a septet formed in honor of the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records. With that group he has recorded one album, Mosaic, and toured the U.S. and Europe. Bernstein can currently be heard as a member of the Sonny Rollins Quintet.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

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Concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine presents a masterclass.

Rachel Barton Pine really may be the most charismatic, the most virtuosic, and the most compelling American violinist of her generation.

All Music Guide

Photo by Andrew Eccles


Celebrated as a great interpreter of classical works, Rachel Barton Pine’s performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction across an extensive repertoire. Audiences are thrilled by her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.

Pine has appeared as a soloist with many of North America’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago, Montreal, Atlanta, San Diego, Baltimore, St. Louis and Dallas Symphonies; Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonics, and the Philadelphia and Louisville Orchestras. Overseas, she has performed with the Vienna, New Zealand, Iceland and Budapest Symphonies; the Royal Scottish and Belgian National Orchestras; the Mozarteum, Scottish and Israel Chamber Orchestras; the Royal, Calgary and Russian Philharmonics, and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie.

Pine is an avid performer of baroque, renaissance and medieval music on baroque violin, viola d’amore, renaissance violin, and rebec. She regularly performs and records with John Mark Rozendaal and David Schrader as the period instrument ensemble Trio Settecento. A fan of rock and heavy metal since her pre-teens, Pine’s ability to see the connecting threads between classical and rock music makes her the perfect bridge between generations of music fans. Hailed as an artistic ambassador, she often visits rock radio stations and rock clubs to perform her own arrangements of rock and metal songs followed by classical pieces to illustrate how the two genres share a similar intensity and compositional complexity, and to help draw new listeners to classical music. She has created an innovative orchestral initiative aimed at drawing new audience members titled “Shredding with the Symphony” which features pieces by Van Halen, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Metallica as well as Bruch, Berlioz and Shostakovich.

A Chicago native, Pine began violin studies at age three and made her professional debut four years later at age seven with the Chicago String Ensemble. Her principal teachers were Roland and Almita Vamos and she has also studied with Ruben Gonzalez, Werner Scholz, Elmira Darvarova and several early music specialists. Pine resides in Chicago with her husband and daughter. She performs on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the “ex-Soldat,” on generous loan from her patron.

Co-presented by
Early Music Guild

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

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Renowned Dutch drummer Han Bennink, a pioneer in jazz and improvised music since the 1960s is known as much for his deep rhythmic feel as his ability to coax music out of chairs, floors and random objects. Bennink is joined in this masterclass by violinist and violist Mary Oliver, a vital member of diverse European music scenes.

Photo courtesy of Han Bennink


Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Han Bennink was born in Zaandam near Amsterdam in 1942. His first percussion instrument was a kitchen chair. Later his father, an orchestra percussionist, supplied him with a more conventional outfit, but Han never lost his taste for coaxing sounds from unlikely objects he finds backstage at concerts. He is still very fond of playing chairs.
In Holland in the 1960s, Bennink was quickly recognized as an uncommonly versatile drummer. As a hard swinger in the tradition of his hero Kenny Clarke, he accompanied touring American jazz stars, including Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, Wes Montgomery, Johnny Griffin, Eric Dolphy and Dexter Gordon. At the same time, Bennink participated in the creation of a European improvised music which began to evolve a new identity, apart from its jazz roots. With fellow Dutch pioneers, pianist Misha Mengelberg and saxophonist Willem Breuker, he founded the musicians collective Instant Composers Pool in 1967. Bennink anchored various bands led by Mengelberg or Breuker, and appeared in their comic music-theater productions.

Hennink has collaborated saxophonists John Tchicai and Peter Broetzmann, guitarist Derek Bailey and pianist Fred van Hove, South African bassist Harry Miller, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, trombonists Roswell Rudd and George Lewis, and big-bandleaders Sean Bergin and Andy Sheppard.
From 1988 to'98 Bennink's main vehicle was Clusone 3, with saxophonist and clarinetist Michael Moore and cellist Ernst Reijseger, a band noted for its free-wheeling mix of swinging jazz standards, wide-open improvising, and tender ballads.
Nowadays he is frequently heard with tenor saxophonist Tobias Delius's quartet and in a trio with pianist/keyboardist Cor Fuhler and bassist Wilbert de Joode, and he still collaborates occasionally with jazz luminaries such as Johnny Griffin, Von Freeman and Ray Anderson.
A conspicuous feature of Bennink's musical life since the 1960s is the spontaneous duo concert with musicians of many nationalities and musical inclinations; in the '90s he recorded in duo with among others pianists Mengelberg, Irene Schweizer and Myra Melford, guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, trumpeter Dave Douglas and tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin. Since 2008 Han Bennink has his own Han Bennink Trio consisting of Han Bennink, Joachim Badenhorst on clarinet and Simon Toldam on piano. www.hanbennink.com (excerpted from a bio by Kevin Whitehead)

Mary Oliver was born in La Jolla, California, and studied at San Francisco State University (Bachelor of Music), Mills College (Master of Fine Arts) and the University of California, San Diego where she received her Ph.D in 1993 for her research in the theory and practice of improvised music. Her work as a soloist encompasses both composed and improvised contemporary music; she has premiered works by among others, Richard Barrett, John Cage, Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough, Joëlle Léandre, Liza Lim, George E. Lewis, Richard Teitelbaum and Iannis Xenakis. Oliver has worked alongside improvising musicians such as Ab Baars, Han Bennink, Cor Fuhler, Tristan Honsinger, Joëlle Léandre, George E. Lewis, Misha Mengelberg and Rozemarie Heggen. As a soloist and ensemble player she has performed in numerous international festivals including the Darmstädter Feriendurse für neue Musik (stipendiaten prize), Donaueschinger Muziektage 2002, October Meeting (Amsterdam), Jazz Marathon (Groningen), DuMaurier Vancouver and Toronto Jazz Festivals, Ars Electronica (Linz), Ars Musica (Brussels), June-in-Buffalo (New York), London Musicians Collective Festival, Copenhagen, European Cultural Festival, Angelica Festival (Bologna), Perth Festival, Brisbane Biennial, SpielArt (Munich), Münchener Biennale and Zürich Tage für Neue Musik, Salzburger Festspiele and Maertz Musik festspiel in Berlin. For the past twelve years she has been based in Amsterdam where she has worked locally and internationally with various ensembles such as Instant Composer’s Pool, Magpie Music and Dance Company, Scapino Ballet, Nieuw Ensemble, Elision Ensemble (Australia), Ensemble Köln, MAE and Xenakis Ensemble. Currently she teaches at the Hogeschol voor Kunst, Utrecht and a member of Instant Composer’s Pool, Ammü (with Han Bennink, Johanna Varner, cello and Christofer Varner – trombone) and Magpie Music Dance Company. Current projects include a duo with contrabassist Rozemarie Heggen, the 6th Room with light designer Ellen Knops and dancer Michael Schumacher, Trio! With clarinetist François Houle and contrabassist Torsten Muller and a duo with Johanna Varner.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

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Harpsichordist Byron Schenkman and Baroque violinist Ingrid Matthews perform a program of virtuosic music by Giovanni Battista Fontana, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Isabella Leonarda, Bartolomeo de Selma y Salaverde, Domenico Scarlatti, and Francesco Veracini.

Photo: Will Austin Photography


Byron Schenkman has recorded more than thirty albums of 17th- and 18th-century repertoire, including recordings on historical instruments from the National Music Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He received the Erwin Bodky Award from the Cambridge Society for Early Music. Schenkman made his New York recital debut on modern piano in 2009, and his playing was described in The New York Times as "sparkling," "elegant," and "insightful." He is a member of the new period instrument ensemble Gut Reaction and has been a featured guest with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, the Daedalus Quartet, the Northwest Sinfonietta, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. He also appears frequently in recital with violinist Ingrid Matthews Olson, with whom he co-founded the Seattle Baroque Orchestra in 1994. Schenkman is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and received his master's degree with honors in performance from the Indiana University School of Music. He currently teaches at Seattle University and Cornish College of the Arts. In 2012 he also served as guest lecturer in harpsichord and fortepiano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Ingrid Matthews served as Music Director of Seattle Baroque Orchestra from its inception in 1994 until 2013, and is well-established as one of today’s most respected Baroque violinists. Since winning first prize in the prestigious Erwin Bodky International Competition for Early Music in 1989, she has performed extensively around the world, appearing as soloist, guest director, or concertmaster with many of today's leading early music ensembles, including the New York Collegium, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Musica Angelica (Los Angeles), New Trinity Baroque (Atlanta), the Bach Sinfonia (Washington DC), and many others. Among the most-recorded Baroque violinists of her generation, Matthews has won international critical acclaim for a discography that ranges from the earliest solo violin repertoire through the great Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach. This recording was described as “the finest complete set of these works I have heard” by the reviewer for Third Ear's Classical Music Listening Companion. Matthews is on the faculty of the Cornish College of the Arts, and in 2011 and 2012 was engaged to lead Oberlin College's new Baroque Orchestra program. She taught Baroque violin at UCLA from 1998 to 2002, and has held teaching residencies at Indiana University, the University of Washington, the University of Toronto, and at many of the leading early music workshops. Matthews is a graduate of Indiana University, where she studied with Josef Gingold and Stanley Ritchie.

http://ingridmatthews.com/
http://byronschenkman.com/

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

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Credited as “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble,” (NPR), the adventurous Brooklyn Rider presents a masterclass.

Brooklyn Rider stands out for its consistent refinement, globe- spanning stylistic range, do-it-yourself gumption and integration of standard repertory works into the mix.

New York Times

Photo by Sarah Small


Praised for its “stunningly imaginative” performances (Lucid Culture), the adventurous, intrepid string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that attracts legions of fans and draws critical acclaim from classical, world, and rock critics. In 2003, violinist Johnny Gandelsman launched In A Circle Records in 2008 with the release of Brooklyn Rider's eclectic debut recording, Passport, followed by Dominant Curve in 2010, and Seven Steps in 2012. The first two albums made NPR’s year-end round-ups Best Classical CDs of 2008 and 50 Favorite Albums of 2010, and the third has already been chosen as an NPR listener favorite. The musicians have worked with such composers as Derek Bermel, Lisa Bielawa, Ljova, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, Jenny Scheinman, and Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky. A collaboration with Kayhan Kalhor resulted in the critically acclaimed 2008 recording Silent City, selected by Rhapsody.com as one of World Music’s Best Albums of the Decade. With a longstanding participation in Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, they have performed throughout the world, recorded three albums for Sony Classical, and have taken part in educational initiatives, family concerts, museum residencies, and media broadcasts. A public radio favorite, Brooklyn Rider has been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, All Songs Considered, Deceptive Cadence, and All Things Considered, WNYC's Soundcheck, and American Public Media’s Performance Today, as well as NY1 News TV in New York City.

www.brooklynrider.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

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Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Gary Versace (piano), Drew Gress (bass) and Nasheet Waits (drums) present a masterclass.

Alessi’s tone conveys a rounded luminescence, like the moon in full phase...

New York Times

Photo courtesy of Ralph Alessi


Ralph Alessi, son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone, was born in San Francisco. After pursuing degrees in jazz trumpet and bass at CalArts—having studied under the legendary Charlie Haden—he lit out for New York, where he swiftly became a ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. He's been a frequent collaborator with such notable musicians as Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine, and Dafnis Prieto. Alessi has recorded seven albums of original compositions, which draw on everything from post-bop to neo-classical. Jazz Times named his debut album, This Against That, one of the ten best recordings of 2002 and, in 2010, Alessi released Cognitive Dissonance, which received a four-4 star review from DownBeat Magazine and was included in The New Republic’s top ten list of records of 2011. In 2013, Alessi will release two records: a quartet recording on ECM Rrecords featuring Jason Moran and a duo record on CAM Jazz with Fred Hersch.

As an educator, Alessi has been a member of the faculty of the Eastman School of Music and is currently the founder and director of the School for Improvisational Music, a non-profit entity currently holding improvisational music workshops in Brooklyn. Since 2002, he has been on the jazz faculty at New York University.

www.ralphalessi.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

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Trumpeter Ralph Alessi's "unstoppably inventive" (New York Times) ensemble featuring Gary Versace (piano), Drew Gress (bass), and Nasheet Waits (drums) stop by Cornish on their tour of the west coast.

Alessi’s tone conveys a rounded luminescence, like the moon in full phase...

New York Times

Photo courtesy of Palph Alessi


Ralph Alessi, son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone, was born in San Francisco. After pursuing degrees in jazz trumpet and bass at CalArts—having studied under the legendary Charlie Haden—he lit out for New York, where he swiftly became a ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. He's been a frequent collaborator with such notable musicians as Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine, and Dafnis Prieto. Alessi has recorded seven albums of original compositions, which draw on everything from post-bop to neo-classical. Jazz Times named his debut album, This Against That, one of the ten best recordings of 2002 and, in 2010, Alessi released Cognitive Dissonance, which received a four-4 star review from DownBeat Magazine and was included in The New Republic’s top ten list of records of 2011. In 2013, Alessi will release two records: a quartet recording on ECM Rrecords featuring Jason Moran and a duo record on CAM Jazz with Fred Hersch.

As an educator, Alessi has been a member of the faculty of the Eastman School of Music and is currently the founder and director of the School for Improvisational Music, a non-profit entity currently holding improvisational music workshops in Brooklyn. Since 2002, he has been on the jazz faculty at New York University.

www.ralphalessi.com

Co-presented by
Earshot Jazz

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

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With repertoire spanning the last 600 years of choral music, sacred and secular, popular and obscure, in many different languages, Canzonetta sings music that still begs to be sung.

Photo courtesy of Canzonetta

Members: Miriam Espeseth (Soprano)*, Debra Defotis (Soprano), Kris Bryan (Soprano), Lori Hardow (Alto), Pam Chang-Rice (Alto)*, Carol Berndt (Alto)*, Nelson Wong (Tenor)*, Ben Rider (Tenor), Roger Nelson (Tenor, Baritone), Pat Rice (Baritone)*, Kit Adams (Bass)*, Dennis Defotis (Bass), * Founding Members

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

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Stalwart NYC saxophonist and clarinetist Marty Ehrlich leads the Cornish Contemporary Big Band in a concert of his compositions.

It would be hard to conceive of a player who sounds less like anyone else and more like he's speaking directly through his horn than Marty Ehrlich.

James Hale, DownBeat

Photo: Bryan Murray

Marty Ehrlich is celebrating 30 years in the nexus of creative music centered in New York City. He began his musical career in St. Louis, MO while in high school, performing and recording with the Human Arts Ensemble. He graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with honors in 1977, where his teachers included George Russell, Jaki Byard, Joseph Allard, and Gunther Schuller. Since that time, he has made 25 recordings of his compositions for ensembles ranging is size from duo to jazz orchestra. These groups include his Emergency Peace Ensemble, Traveler’s Tales Group, Rites Quartet, and the Marty Ehrlich Sextet. He has recorded a CD length work for 26 musicians entitled “The Long View”, and has two acclaimed recordings in Tzadik’s Radical Jewish Culture series. A multi-instrumentalist, passionate about improvisation and interpretation, he has performed with a who’s who of contemporary composers including Muhal Richard Abrams, Ray Anderson, Anthony Braxton, John Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser, Michael Formanek, Don Grolnick, Chico Hamilton, Julius Hemphill, Andrew Hill, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Leroy Jenkins, Myra Melford, James Newton, Bobby Previte, Leo Smith and John Zorn. He appears on over 100 recordings with these and other composers. Ehrlich has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the BBC Symphony, the New York City Opera, Lincoln Center Chamber Society, and other classical ensembles. He is currently presenting a concert program for 12 musicians entitled “Julius Hemphill: A Composer Portrait”. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition, the Peter Ivers Visiting Artist Residency at Harvard University, composition grants from Chamber Music America and NYFA, Clarinetist of the Year from the Jazz Journalist Association, and a Distinguished Alumni award form NEC. He is currently Associate Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Music at Hampshire College.
http://www.martyehrlich.com/

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

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Drummer Brian Blade, one of the most distinctive and versatile future legends of jazz, presents a masterclass with the Fellowship project, a co-operative musical environment with the great composer and arranger Jon Cowherd on piano, Melvin Butler and Myron Walden on saxes, and Christopher Thomas on bass.

Brian Blade Photo courtesy of the artist.

Louisiana-born, Brian Blade grew up in Shreveport, then New Orleans, where he distilled the unique drumming styles and musical heritage of the nation's spiritual underbelly into a powerfully swinging percussive trademark. Nurtured under the watchful eyes of Ellis Marsalis and New Orleans Dixie-drum masters Johnny Vidacovich and Herlin Riley, Blade learned to find his 'knit in the blanket' of sounds and styles. From albums and tours with Joshua Redman and Kenny Garrett, to recent recordings with Bob Dylan (Time Out Of Mind), Emmylou Harris (Wrecking Ball), Daniel Lanois (Sling Blade) and hero Joni Mitchell, Brian has shown deep musical instincts and a phenomenal gift for playing music texturally -- both thick and thin -- on the drums. His evolution continues on his astounding, highly acclaimed Blue Note debut, Brian Blade Fellowship. The line-up of Fellowship, Brian's band, is as potent as its leader's musical skills: Jon Cowherd, piano and Wurlitzer, Christopher Thomas on bass, Melvin Butler, tenor and soprano sax, Myron Walden, alto sax, Jeff Parker, guitar; and Dave Easley, pedal steel guitar. This self-titled album was produced by Daniel Lanois who also guested on the album playing mando-guitar and Fender Mustang guitar; Mark Howard recorded and mixed at The Teatro in Oxnard, California. Brian Blade makes music that exists beyond borders. Spirituality, sensitivity, honesty, loyalty, all these traits feed the theme of the Brian Blade Fellowship. "I want the music to be a fellowship. That's what you want from the world as a whole. I want the music to project that kind of togetherness. This ideal of fellowship is something I grew up with. I just want to extend the good memories." ...source: Hopper Management.com

http://www.brianblade.com/

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

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World-class jazz pianist and composer Kenny Werner presents a masterclass.

Perfection, 360 degrees of soul and science in one human being. My kind of musician.

Quincy Jones

Photo courtesy of Kenny Werner

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Kenny Werner began playing and performing at a young age, first recording on television at the age of 11. Although he studied classical piano as a child, he enjoyed playing anything he heard on the radio. He attended the Manhattan School of Music as a classical piano major and Berklee School of Music where he sought tutelage of the renowned piano teacher Madame Chaloff. Werner’s longstanding musical partnerships include a 14 year run with the Kenny Werner Trio (drummer Tom Rainey and bassist Ratzo Harris) that began in 1981, a duo with Toots Thielemans, the legendary harmonica player beginning in the 90’s and for the last twenty years he has played with and arranged for Betty Buckley, a Broadway legend. He also has had a nearly forty-year friendship and musical collaboration with Joe Lovano. In 2000, Kenny formed a trio with Ari Hoenig on drums and Johannes Weidenmueller on bass. They played nearly a decade together and released three albums, with Kenny acting as composer, arranger, and pianist. Lawn Chair Society, featuring Chris Potter, Dave Douglas, Scott Colley, and Brian Blade, received critical acclaim for its fusion of electro and acoustic elements. For several years now he has also toured with his quintet featuring David Sanchez on sax, the legendary trumpet player Randy Brecker, Antonio Sanchez on drums and Scott Colley on bass. Werner has written many original compositions featuring trios and other small group configurations, but in the mid 1980’s, he became the pianist for the Mel Lewis Orchestra (currently known as the Village Vanguard Orchestra). Challenged by Mel and Bob Brookmeyer to write for the band, he produced his first compositions and arrangements for jazz orchestra, consequently leading him to write for the major bands in Europe including the Cologne, Danish, and Stockholm Jazz Orchestras, The Umo Jazz Orchestra of Finland and several times as the guest composer and soloist with the Metropole Orchestra of Holland. He released two CDs with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. Werner has had many commissions to write for large ensembles such as jazz orchestras, full orchestras and most recently, wind ensemble, choir and string quartet as featured on his latest CD, No Beginning, No End. Werner’s groundbreaking work on improvisation, Effortless Mastery – Liberating the Master Musician Within, was published in 1996. Using his life experiences as a microscope into the artist’s mind, Effortless Mastery is a guide to distill the emotional, spiritual, and psychological aspects of an artist’s life. Werner continues to teach and give clinics in the United States and abroad. He is currently an Artist-in-Residence at New York University. Werner was awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his seminal work, No Beginning No End, a musical journey exploring tragedy and loss, death and transition, and the path from one lifetime to the next. Utilizing over 70 musicians, the album is an expansive composition featuring Joe Lovano, Judy Silvano, Wind Ensemble, Choir and String Quartet. Kenny Werner’s influence is unsurpassed. He has impacted an entire generation of musicians and artists. Despite his creative output, Kenny is still focused on the music. “I am still more and more aware of the true purpose of the music and the people who play it: to heal and unite the planet.”

http://kennywerner.com/

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

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Seattle Modern Orchestra is pleased to introduce to Seattle French cellist extraordinaire Séverine Ballon performing solo cello works and alongside of SMO by quintessential composers of our century such as Helmut Lachenmann, James Dillon, Liza Lim, Sofia Gubaidulina and Iannis Xenakis. Join us to discover the cello’s new identity in the 21st century performed by one of the most innovative performers!

Séverine Ballon Photo: Roselyne Titaud 2009

PROGRAM
Helmut Lachenmann – Pression for cello solo (1969) (10”)
James Dillon – Parjanya-Vata for cello solo (1980) (12”)
Liza Lim – Invisibility for cello solo (2009) (10”)
Sofia Gubaidulina – Detto II for cello and ensemble (1972) (15”)
Iannis Xenakis – Epicycles for cello and ensemble (1989)

Led by Co-Artistic Directors Julia Tai and Jeremy Jolley, the Seattle Modern Orchestra is dedicated to presenting musical masterpieces of the 20th and 21st centuries in both traditional and innovative, unconventional venues. The Orchestra's mission is to provide Seattle audiences with live performances of the best in contemporary chamber and orchestral music that’s been seldom, if ever, performed in Seattle until now. The Seattle Modern Orchestra is also committed to developing radio talks, lectures, and other forms of outreach in an accessible and inviting format, all designed to expand the listener's appreciation and awareness of the music of today.

Séverine Ballon studied cello at the Hochschulen für Musik in Berlin and Lübeck with Joseph Schwab and Troels Svane. She also studied contemporary cello technique with Siegfried Palm, Lukas Fels and Rohan de Saram. She was a participant in the International Ensemble Modern Academy (2004-2005) and was a solo cellist in the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra (2006-2007) before deciding to specialize in contemporary music performance. Ms. Ballon is a member of the ensembles ELISION (Australia), Ensemble Sillages and multilatérale (Paris) and works regularly with such ensembles as Klangforum Wien, musikFabrik (Cologne), Ictus, Ensemble Inytercontemporain… In 2008-2009, she was at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart) for a six-month residency. She attaches particular importance to working directly with composers (Helmut Lachenmann, Liza Lim, James Dillon, Jonathan Harvey…) and has premiered several solo works (Liza Lim, Erik Ulman, Stefano Bulfon, Alex Sigman). She recently collaborated with composer David Coll on his multimedia work 68 at IRCAM, and on an installation project with photographer Evi Keller. She regularly performs in a duo with electronic artist Sébastien Roux. Séverine Ballon was the prize-winner of the 2004 international contemporary music performance competition Gioia del Colle (Italy) and of the Marie-Luise Imbusch Foundation.

http://www.seattlemodernorchestra.org/
http://www.severineballon.com/

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Monday, February 24, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

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French cellist Séverine Ballon presents a masterclass.

Photo by Roselyne Titaud


Séverine Ballon studied cello at the Hochschulen für Musik in Berlin and Lübeck with Joseph Schwab and Troels Svane. She also studied contemporary cello technique with Siegfried Palm, Lukas Fels and Rohan de Saram. She was a participant in the International Ensemble Modern Academy (2004-2005) and was a solo cellist in the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra (2006-2007) before deciding to specialize in contemporary music performance. Ms. Ballon is a member of the ensembles ELISION (Australia), Ensemble Sillages and multilatérale (Paris) and works regularly with such ensembles as Klangforum Wien, musikFabrik (Cologne), Ictus, Ensemble Inytercontemporain… In 2008-2009, she was at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart) for a six-month residency. She attaches particular importance to working directly with composers (Helmut Lachenmann, Liza Lim, James Dillon, Jonathan Harvey…) and has premiered several solo works (Liza Lim, Erik Ulman, Stefano Bulfon, Alex Sigman). She recently collaborated with composer David Coll on his multimedia work 68 at IRCAM, and on an installation project with photographer Evi Keller. She regularly performs in a duo with electronic artist Sébastien Roux. Séverine Ballon was the prize-winner of the 2004 international contemporary music performance competition Gioia del Colle (Italy) and of the Marie-Luise Imbusch Foundation.

http://www.severineballon.com/

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

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Jazz guitarist, composer and Cornish alum (’88) Brad Shepik presents a masterclass.

Photo by C. Mardok

Guitarist/composer/educator and Cornish alum (’88) Brad Shepik was born in Walla, Walla WA and raised in Seattle. He appears on more than 60 recordings and has performed and recorded with Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Dave Douglas' Tiny Belll Trio, Yuri Yunakov's Bulgarian Wedding Band, Pachora, Paradox Trio, Jay Clayton, Combo Nuvo and others. He has also performed with Carla Bley's Escalator Over the Hill, Bob Brookmeyer, Simon Shaheen, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra and was a a member of Joey Baron's Killer Joey from 2000-2009. Shepik has recorded eight albums as a leader and since 1995 his ensembles have performed at major festivals and clubs across Europe and North America including The North Sea Jazz Festival, Garda Jazz Festival, Cologne Biennale Jazz Festival, Toulouse Jazz Festival, Bell Atlantic Festival, Verizon, Earshot, Langnau Jazz Festival, Groningen, Salzburg, Jerezbi, Cadiz, Sevilla, American Guitar Festival, Leeds, Cork, Brussels, Edgefest and others. He has also been a founding member of several “collective” ensembles and contributed compositons to the sax/guitar/drums trio BABKAS, and the Balkan and World influenced groups Pachora, Lingua Franca and Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio. In addition to guitar Shepik has performed on the Bulgarian tambura and the Turkish saz frequently in those groups. His current activities include solo guitar concerts as well as leading quartet and a trio. Shepik has recently recorded a forthcoming duet album with vibraphonist Tom Beckham. As a sideman he is touring with Paradox Trio, Jamie Baum, Combo Nuvo, George Schuller and Arthur Kell. He currently teaches at New York University and New England Conservatory.

http://www.bradshepik.com/

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

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Jazz guitarist, composer and Cornish alum (’88) Brad Shepik performs with Cornish faculty members Chuck Deardorf (bass) and Mark Ivester (drums).

Photo by C. Mardok

Guitarist/composer/educator and Cornish alum (’88) Brad Shepik was born in Walla, Walla WA and raised in Seattle. He appears on more than 60 recordings and has performed and recorded with Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Dave Douglas' Tiny Belll Trio, Yuri Yunakov's Bulgarian Wedding Band, Pachora, Paradox Trio, Jay Clayton, Combo Nuvo and others. He has also performed with Carla Bley's Escalator Over the Hill, Bob Brookmeyer, Simon Shaheen, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra and was a a member of Joey Baron's Killer Joey from 2000-2009. Shepik has recorded eight albums as a leader and since 1995 his ensembles have performed at major festivals and clubs across Europe and North America including The North Sea Jazz Festival, Garda Jazz Festival, Cologne Biennale Jazz Festival, Toulouse Jazz Festival, Bell Atlantic Festival, Verizon, Earshot, Langnau Jazz Festival, Groningen, Salzburg, Jerezbi, Cadiz, Sevilla, American Guitar Festival, Leeds, Cork, Brussels, Edgefest and others. He has also been a founding member of several “collective” ensembles and contributed compositons to the sax/guitar/drums trio BABKAS, and the Balkan and World influenced groups Pachora, Lingua Franca and Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio. In addition to guitar Shepik has performed on the Bulgarian tambura and the Turkish saz frequently in those groups. His current activities include solo guitar concerts as well as leading quartet and a trio. Shepik has recently recorded a forthcoming duet album with vibraphonist Tom Beckham. As a sideman he is touring with Paradox Trio, Jamie Baum, Combo Nuvo, George Schuller and Arthur Kell. He currently teaches at New York University and New England Conservatory.

http://www.bradshepik.com/

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

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Renowned viola da gambist Wieland Kuijken presents a masterclass.

Born in 1938 in Dilbeek near Brussels, Wieland Kuijken’s early training included a focus on both the cello and piano at the Municipal Conservatoire in Bruges. He concluded his formal studies in 1962 with an award of the Higher Certificate in cello from the Royal Conservatoire in Brussels. While studying, he developed a special interest in the performance of old music on historical instruments (something considered to be revolutionary) and at the age of eighteen, began to teach himself the viola da gamba. Kuijken’s professional career began in 1959 when he joined the Brussels Alariusensemble. Playing with this ensemble until 1972, he supplemented his activities by working with the Ensemble Musique Nouvelle, an ensemble active in the performance of avant-garde music thoughout Europe. Through the years, Kuijken has established a solidly based international career through numerous concerts and recordings with his brothers Sigiswald (violin) and Barthold (flute) as well as with Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord), Frans Bruggen (recorder), and Alfred Deller. Since 1971, he has taught gamba at the Conservatoires of the Hague and Brussels and has served frequently on the juries of international competitions held in cities such as Bruges, Paris, Boston, and Utrecht. Kuijken is a founding member of La Petite Bande and has, since 1987, been cellist with the Kuijken String Quartet. Since 1988, he has appeared regularly as conductor with the Collegium Europae, giving concerts and making recordings in Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Kuijken frequently performs the complete suites for cello solo by J. S. Bach and - together with Jan Vermeulen - the sonatas and variations for cello and piano by L. von Beethoven.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

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Poised between progressive jazz, post-rock, and contemporary classical music, the quartet's original compositions are a playful juxtaposition amidst their heady intellects and their groove-craving souls. With Brady Millard-Kish (bass), Ben Thomas (vibes | percussion), Eric Likkel (clarinets), and Brian Chin (trumpets).

Photo courtesy of Torch


Trumpeter, Brian Chin, is quickly becoming recognized as one of the exciting players in America today. An international soloist and advocate for new music, Chin has commissioned and premiered many new works and is the creator of the Universal Language Project. Co-founder of the early music ensemble, the Seattle Trumpet Consort, Chin also performs frequently on baroque trumpet, serves as Principal Trumpet for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, performs for the Seattle Symphony and Opera Orchestra and teaches full-time at Seattle Pacific University. www.chinmusik.com

Eric Likkel is an active woodwind player in the Seattle area, featured locally on the radio and on stage with Origin Records jazz recording artists, the Earshot Jazz Festival, Ballard Jazz Walk, Lynden Music Festival, Valse Café Orchestra, Smiling Scandinavians, and in chamber music concerts with the Haberton String Quartet and the Chamber Dance Company at the University of Washington. He was a feature soloist with the Federal Way Symphony, February 2011. Before relocating to Seattle in 1996, Likkel worked regionally throughout the midwest, a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory, performing with Cedar Point Live Shows, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, Ernie Krivda’s Fat Tuesday Big Band in Cleveland, and as a member of the American/European Rome Festival Orchestra in Italy.

Brady Millard-Kish grew up in Michigan, where he studied with Peter Dominguez and Rodney Whitaker while earning a B.A. in classical double bass performance at Michigan State University. A graduate fellowship then took him south to the world-renowned University of New Orleans jazz studies program, where he studied under greats like Ellis Marsalis and Harold Battiste. During the five years he spent in New Orleans as a full-time musician, Brady was a founding member of the critically acclaimed jazz ensemble “Quintology.” In addition to his work in the jazz idiom, he also performed and recorded with members of Soul Asylum, G. Love and Special Sauce, Blind Melon, and Galactic, among others. Now a resident of Seattle, Brady performs regularly with leading members of the city's jazz, blues, and African music communities, leads his own band called Downright, and offers private bass instruction (www.seattlebass.com).

Ben Thomas earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion from the University of Washington in addition to degrees from Swarthmore College and the University of Michigan. Thomas plays bandoneon and leads the Seattle-based tango quartet, Tangabrazo. He also performs regularly as a sideman as a vibist with the Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto and Chris Stover's More Zero. Thomas has written for jazz, classical, Latin jazz, modern dance, and theater and has four CDs of original compositions available on the Origin Records label including his most recent, Yet What Is Any Ocean.... He performs throughout the country, teaches music theory and history at Highline Community College and teaches vibraphone and percussion at Cornish College of the Arts.
http://www.malletman.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

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Seattle International Piano Competition winner Hee Sung Jang presents a solo concert of works by Haydn, Ravel, Gershwin, and Rachmaninoff.

Photo courtesy of Hee Sung Jang

PROGRAM
F. J. Haydn – Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI:20
M. Ravel – Valses nobles et sentimentales
Wild-Gershwin– Virtuoso Etude
Somebody Loves Me
Embraceable You
I Got Rhythm

S. Rachmaninoff – Sonata No.2 in Bb Minor, Op.36 (Revised version)
Allegro agitato
Lento
Allegro molto

Pianist Hee Sung Jang, born in Korea, received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in piano performance from Seoul National University, where she studied with Soo-Jung Shin. She obtained her degrees with an ‘Award of Honor’ by presenting a thesis ‘A Study on the Literary Effects of E. T. A. Hoffmann in Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op.16’. She furthered her studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor working with Arthur Greene, earning a master’s degree with high distinction. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed at prestigious venues in her native country, such as the Seoul National University, Mozart Concert Hall, as well as the Ewon Cultural Center and Chugye University of Arts. International performances include the Wiener Summer Music Festival in Austria, the Worthing Theatre in the United Kingdom, Puigcerda Summer Music Festival in Spain, Kuenstlerhaus in Munich, Germany, Steinway Hall in Texas and the Good-shepherd Church in New York. Additionally, she has played in master classes given by renowned artists such as John Perry, Oxana Yablonskaya, Hae-Sun Paik and Barry Snyder. Her recent chamber recital in 2013 is awarded the best chamber music concert of the year 2012-2013 at the University of Texas, Austin. She won the first prize at the Seattle International Piano Competition as well as prizes in the 5 Towns Piano Competition in New York, the American Protégé Competition as well as the Bradshaw and Buono Piano Competition. Recently, she performed the Mozart Concerto No. 20 in D Minor with the New York Concert Artists Symphony Orchestra as part of their “Evenings of Piano Concerti” season. She also had her “Debut Recital” with great success in Munich, German in 2013. Highlights this season will include recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York and at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree as a student of Anton Nel at the University of Texas at Austin, where she recently received an ‘Outside-Achievement Student Award’.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Monday, March 31, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

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One of the brilliant rising stars in jazz, bassist Linda Oh with her Sun Pictures (2013) quartet including Matt Stevens on guitar, Ben Wendel (of Kneebody) on saxophone and Justin Brown on drums, present a masterclass.

Linda Oh Photo by Vincent Soyez


Born in Malaysia, raised in, Perth, Western Australia, Linda Oh started classical piano at age four and took up clarinet at eleven and bassoon at thirteen. At fifteen, Oh dabbled on electric bass playing jazz in the high-school and community big-bands while playing a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2002 she was accepted into the W.A Academy of Performing Arts and started taking lessons on double-bass. She finished at W.A.A.P.A, receiving first-class honours and In 2005 she received the Bob Wyllie Scholarship awarded to the best graduation recitalist and the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) Scholarship. She was also a recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award 2008, and composes for film – participating int he BMI 2010 Film Composing Workshop. Oh received an honorary mention at the 2009 Thelonious Monk Semi-Finals and received the 2010 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the year. She came 2nd at the BASS2010 competition in Berlin. Oh now lives in New-York City after completing her Masters at the Manhattan School of Music (now teaching bass in the precollege division). She has performed with the likes of Steve Wilson, Kenny Barron, Dave Douglas, Kevin Hayes and Cyrus Chestnut. Her self-released debut album Entry featuring Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet and Obed Calvaire on drums had a good reception. Her second album Initial Here released May 22nd, 2012 on Dave Douglas’ Greenleaf Music label featuring Dayna Stephens (tenor sax), Fabian Almazan (piano), Rudy Royston (drums) and guest Jen Shyu (vocals). She is also working on a jazz quartet with string quartet concept “Concert in the Dark” where the musicians play with specific movements throughout the audience with very minimal lighting to enhance the listening experience and create a spatial surround sound effect. On her third CD, Sun Pictures Oh offers a set of musical postcards from her travels across the country and around the world.
www.lindaohmusic.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

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Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto leads his Quinteto—with Chuck Deardorf (bass), Mark Ivester (drums), Ben Thomas (vibraphone), and Jeff Busch (percussion) with special guest vocalist Johnaye Kendrick—through his original compositions in a range of Brazilian styles.

Photo: Luz Grob dos Santos

Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer, and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. His personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation, lyrical melodies, and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. Currently, Santos Neto leads his Seattle-based Quinteto and teaches piano and composition at Cornish College of the Arts. He can also be heard around the world as a piano soloist, working with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, and chamber music groups and in collaboration with musicians such as his mentor Hermeto Pascoal, Bill Frisell, Paquito d’Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, David Sanchez, Joe Locke, and Marco Granados. Jovino’s many ensemble and duet recordings include Canto do Rio (2004), Roda Carioca (2006), and Live at Caramoor (2008), which were all nominated for Latin Grammy awards. His latest release is a solo piano recording, Vol. 4 of Adventure Music’s Piano Master Series. His compositions have been performed by the Seattle Symphony, the NDR Big Band in Hamburg, and numerous jazz and chamber music groups. Santos Neto has received commissions by the Cheswatyr Foundation, IAJE, ASCAP, CMA/Doris Duke Foundation, the Jack Straw Foundation, the City of Seattle, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and Meet the Composer. In 2012 he was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and his Quinteto won Best Northwest Acoustic Group in the Golden Ear Awards by Earshot Jazz. He was awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship in Music in 2012.

http://www.jovisan.net/

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

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Percussionist Ahmad Yousefbeigi demonstrates the folk music of his native Kurdistan and the delicate, lyrical rhythms of Persian classical music in this masterclass.

Ahmad Yousefbeigi is an inspired and sought-after Kurdish Iranian percussionist. Born in Sanadaj, Iran, his passion for rhythm was fostered by the musical nature of the Kurdish community life and his brother's guidance. At the age of twelve he began formal study of Tonbak and Daf. In 2003 Yousefbeigi formed Kamand, a traditional Persian classical and Kurdish folk ensemble for which he was the lead singer and percussionist. For three years - 2006, 2008 and 2009 - he produced, organized and performed with Kamand and other artists to create a two hour music and dance concert called Norooz, a celebration commemorating the Iranian New Year and the first day of Spring at Town Hall Seattle. Yoursefbeigi's versatility, love of cultural exchange and collaboration has since led him to perform with many musicians and bands outside of traditional Iranian and Kurdish music including the Seattle based Balkan band Kafana Republik, improvisational ensemble YESOD, Middle Eastern band Shoruk, pan-Middle Eastern ensemble Mashriq, the Seattle Peace Choir, South American folk band Sin Fronteras, and Azeri band the Araz Ensemble. He has studied the Persian classical singing repertoire called Pish-Radif with Dr. Houssein Omoumi, master ney player and currently teaches Daf, Tonbak, and Kurdish line dancing.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

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Multi-talented percussionist, vocalist and composer Navin Chettri explores Indo-Jazz rhythms in this masterclass.

Navin Chettri is a percussionist, vocalist, composer and the founder & artistic director of The Kathmandu Jazz Festival. He was born and raised in the hills of Darjeeling, India, a region inhabited by people of Nepalese origin. Learning tabla and entering singing competitions from the age of 4, Chettri was greatly influenced by Nepali folkloric music, Indian classical music, and western music as a student in Mount Hermon School, Darjeeling. After moving to Kathmandu, Nepal with his band Cadenza, he encountered travelers and musicians form Africa, Europe and America that exposed them to jazz, and Chettri found his true passion in this creative realm of music. Chettri's band Cadenza, released albums Don’t Mind if We Do in 2000, Jazz at Patan in 2002 and Groove for Shiva in 2005. These recordings received critical recognition in Nepal and around the world. His latest CD Back to the Roots was released in February 2014 with high anticipation and enthusiasm from the fans and the press.

Chettri has shared the stage with numerous musicians from around the world coming from various styles of music including Sting (England), Jamie Baum, Dario Eskenazi (USA), Natalie Williams (England), Jesse Van Ruller, Mike Delferro (Netherlands), Max Lolo, (Benin), Catia and Carlos Werneck (Brazil), Afro Dizzi Act, Don Borrows (Australia), Yunior Canberra, Xiomora Laugart and Steve Barrios (Cuba) Ari Hoenig, Ben Stivers, Claudia Quintet (USA), Manu Koch, Eliane Amherd, Beat Kasteli, (Switzerland). Chettri travelled to Ghana during June 2010 with Professor Barry Bilderback for a research project focusing on traditional Ghanaian drumming and dance which enhanced is love even more for West African music and since has been incorporating the african sound in all his music. He experiments with musicians from different backgrounds blending sounds from around the world and composing music for various ensembles and commissioned projects. He founded and directs the University of Idaho World Beat Ensemble. As a Hampton Scholar, with a Masters degree in performance and composition from the Lionel Hampton School of Music, he currently directs the annual World Music Celebration event at the University of Idaho, and the Kathmandu Jazz Festival in Nepal.
www.navinchettri.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

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Violist Mara Gearman, Paul Taub (flute), Valerie Muzzolini Gordon (harp), Oksana Ezhokina (piano) and Matt Kocmieroski (percussion) explore chamber and solo works for viola by female composers Rebecca Clarke, Vanessa Lee, Janice Giteck and Joan Tower.

Photo courtesy of Mara Gearman


While still early in her career, violist Mara Gearman is already an accomplished player with extensive experience in both orchestral and chamber music settings. She regularly performs with the chamber groups American String Project and Seattle Chamber Players, and has collaborated with such prestigious performers as Ani Kavafian, Peter Wiley, Vladimir Feltsman, and Dale Clevenger, the legendary principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She is also a founding member of the Barston String Quartet as well as Trio Tara with pianist Oksana Ezhokina and Laurie DeLuca, clarinet. Gearman has held or been awarded a number of orchestral appointments, including principal viola (at age twenty) under maestro Rossen Milanov, and principal viola at the Kansas City Symphony and at the Oregon Symphony under music director James DePriest. Currently she is the second desk violist for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra under maestro Gerard Schwarz. As a solo performer Gearman has won solo awards at the Primrose and Tertis International Viola Competitions, performing viola solos ranging from American composers Alan Shulman and Derek Bermel to Hungarian composer Miklos Rozca. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, her primary teachers included Roberto Diaz, Pinchas Zukerman, and Karen Tuttle, as well as additional study in Canada, Germany, Holland, and Switzerland with Nobuko Imai, Barbara Westphal, and Gerard Causse.

Pianist Oksana Ezhokina is a native of Ryazan, Russia. The winner of piano competitions in Russia and the United States, Ezhokina has given numerous chamber and solo performances in both countries. Her collaborations have included concerts with such ensembles as the Seattle Chamber Players, Klimt Piano Trio and the Contemporary Chamber Players. A dedicated performer of works by contemporary composers, she has premiered music by Laura Kaminsky and Paul Dresher, among others. Ezhokina was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She also holds an Artist Diploma from the Ryazan School of Music in Russia, a Master of Music in piano from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Music from Walla Walla College. Her principal teachers were Christina Dahl, Donald Walker, Leonard Richter and Eleanor Oragyoff. She has coached chamber music with pianists Gilbert Kalish and Seymour Lipkin as well as members of the Juilliard, Emerson, Orion and Vermeer String Quartets. Ezhokina is Resident Pianist and Co-Artistic Director at the Icicle Creek Music Center, where she teaches piano.

Valerie Muzzolini Gordon is Principal Harp of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, a position which she has held since the age of twenty-three. In demand both nationally and internationally, she has performed as guest Principal Harp of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France and the Nice Philharmonic, and has also appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra. As soloist, she has performed with the Seattle Symphony, the Nice Philharmonic, and the Vancouver Symphony. She has performed at prestigious festivals worldwide, including Tanglewood and Verbier, Switzerland, and has played under the batons of such renowned conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, and Bernard Haitink. An active chamber musician and avid proponent of new music, she performs regularly with the Seattle Chamber Players, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, and Music of Remembrance. Born in Nice, France, she began her musical education at the Nice Conservatory, from which she received top honors. She continued her studies at the Curtis Institute with Marilyn Costello and Judy Loman, followed by graduate work at Yale University with Nancy Allen.

Matthew Kocmieroski is principal percussionist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. He regularly performs with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera and is on the faculty of the Cornish College of the Arts. He is also currently the President of the International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians. In the field of chamber music he served for ten years as artistic director and percussionist of the New Performance Group, and was a founding member of Taneko, and currently, Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet. In the Northwest he regularly performs with the Seattle Chamber Players, and has appeared at the Seattle Chamber Music Society Festivals, the Icicle Creek Music Festival, the Marrowstone Music Festival, the Methow Music Festival, the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, the Seattle International Chamber Music Festival and the Bellingham Festival of Music. Internationally he has appeared at the Bergen, Moscow Autumn, Moscow Cold Alternativa, St. Petersburg’s Sound Waves, Kiev MusicFest and Warsaw Autumn festivals. One of his greatest satisfactions is his work with numerous composers on their music and the emergence of a number of new works and recordings from these collaborations. He may be heard on many recordings of solo, chamber, and orchestral music as well as a wide variety of both major and independent motion picture, television, and video game soundtracks.

Born in New York City, Paul Taub has been a resident of Seattle and a Cornish faculty member since 1979. He holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts, and has studied with some of the world’s greatest flutists including Michel Debost, Samuel Baron, Marcel Moyse, and Robert Aitken. As a founding member of the Seattle Chamber Players, Taub has played an active role in the Seattle contemporary music scene and has performed and recorded American and world premieres by internationally known composers such as Robert Aitken, John Cage, George Crumb, Janice Giteck, Sofia Gubaidulina, Wayne Horvitz, Ned Rorem, Toru Takemitsu, Reza Vali, and Peteris Vasks among others. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, the Everett Symphony, the Young Composers Collective, and the Esoterics. Taub’s program of international solo flute music has been presented at numerous festivals and universities throughout the U.S., Canada, and France. He has been a featured performer at National Flute Association conventions in Los Angeles (1992), Atlanta (1999), and Las Vegas (2003). He has recently completed terms as a member of the Boards of Directors of both Chamber Music America and the National Flute Association.

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA


Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Flutist Claire Chase, "the young star of the modern flute" (The New Yorker) and a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, celebrates the release of her third solo album, DENSITY, featuring tour de force flute works by Steve Reich, Alvin Lucier, Philip Glass, Marcos Balter, Mario Diaz de Leon, and the seminal 1936 flute solo Density 21.5 by Edgard Varese. Chase performs the entire disc as a 75-minute continuous solo performance in collaboration with the sound designer Levy Lorenzo.

the young star of the modern flute

The New Yorker

Photo: David Michalek

PROGRAM
Steve Reich - Vermont Counterpoint
Alvin Lucier - Almost New York
Marcos Balter - NEW PIECE
Philip Glass - Piece in the Shape of a Square
Mario Diaz de Leon - Luciform
Edgard Varese - Density 21.5

Flutist Claire Chase, a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, is a soloist, collaborative artist, entrepreneur, and activist for new music. Over the past decade she has given world premieres of over 100 new works for flute. Described as a “spectacular flutist” by The New Yorker and a “virtuoso of amazing dexterity and sensitivity” by the Chicago Tribune, Chase has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia; released two critically acclaimed solo albums, Aliento (2010) and Terrestre (2012); she will release her third, Density, featuring works by Varese, Glass, Lucier, Reich, Balter, and Diaz de Leon, in September 2013 on New Focus Recordings. Chase co-founded the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in 2001 and serves as the organization’s Artistic Director and CEO in addition to playing over 50 concerts a year as an ensemble member. In 2013, Chase founded The Pnea Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the flute and its repertoire in the 21st century through commissions, community engagement, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaborations, and advocacy.

www.clairechase.net

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$20 general
$15 seniors
$10 students (with ID)
$10 Cornish community (w/ID)

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Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Gamelan Pacifica is joined by vocal ensemble Canzonetta, led by Jessika Kenney, and special guest Javanese musician Heri Purwanto.

Photo courtesy of Gamelan Pacifica

Gamelan Pacifica, directed by Jarrad Powell, is joined by vocal ensemble Canzonetta for this concert featuring choral music from the Javanese tradition, with an emphasis on the wonderful settings of Javanese poetry known as Laras Madya. The concert will feature special guest artist Heri Purwanto, a highly respected teacher and performer from Central Java and master musician of the Javanese gamelan.

Master musician Heri Purwanto comes from a family of musicians in Wonogiri, Central Java. After graduating from the college level academy (Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia) in Surakarta, Central Java, at the top of his class in 2000, he taught gamelan at the University of California-Berkeley, from 2001 to 2004 and directed the Berkeley based ensemble Gamelan Sari Raras. Since returning to Java in 2004, Heri has continued his work as an artist, building and running an arts studio in his community as well as performing as a musician throughout Indonesia and in Singapore.

http://gamelanpacifica.org/

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$20 general
$15 seniors
$10 students (with ID)
$10 Cornish community (w/ID)

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Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Blending African polyrhythms and grooves, with European form and harmony while infusing South American indigenous roots music, Trio Brasileiro with special guests Anat Cohen and Jovino Santo Neto, showcase Brazil's boundary breaking style of music called choro. Local band Choroloco will open the concert.

Trio Brasileiro Photo by Nacy Adler

Choro or chorinho in Portuguese, translating to “little cry” or “lament”, is a popular style of music born in 19th century Rio de Janeiro Today, this music is a living tradition passed down from musician to musician; it transcends time and outshines boundaries.

Formed in 2011, Trio Brasileiro has already made a name for itself as an ensemble worthy of international attention. Their stunning virtuosity is matched with remarkable musicianship and a deep devotion to the language of music, allowing them to achieve a one-of-a-kind sound that shares equal parts understated subtlety and irresistible groove. But it is their love of the traditional music of Brazil and the connection between brothers – by birth and by bonds of friendship – that create a very rare and profound beauty. Half of the highly regarded Brazilian Choro ensemble, Caraivana, Trio Brasileiro includes the celebrated guitarist and full time member of the award-winning Brasil Guitar Duo, Douglas Lora; one of Brazil’s finest mandolin virtuosos, Dudu Maia, and the amazing percussionist Alexandre Lora. Trio Brasileiro is dedicated to performing the great traditional choro music of Brazil by Jacob do Bandolim, Ernesto Nazareth and others, as well as their own compositions, which are modern reflections of that great traditional musical form. Trio Brasileiro released their first recording, Simples Assim, in 2012. www.triobrasileiro.com

Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Reviewing Anat’s 2008 headlining set with her quartet at the North See Jazz Festival, DownBeat said: “Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group – whooping it up when pianist Jason Lindner followed her clarinet trills on a Latin-flavored number. . . With her dark, curly, shoulder-length hair swaying to the beat as she danced, she was a picture of joy.” Anat has been voted Clarinetist of the Year six years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, as well as 2012’s Multi-Reeds Player of the Year. That’s not to mention her topping of critics and readers polls in DownBeat magazine several years running. Anat has toured the world with her quartet, headlining at the Newport, Umbria, SF Jazz and North Sea jazz festivals as well as at such hallowed clubs as New York’s Village Vanguard. In September 2012, Anzic Records releases her sixth album as a bandleader, Claroscuro. The album ranges from buoyant dances to darkly lyrical ballads, drawing inspiration from New Orleans and New York, Africa and Brazil. In its ebullient, irresistible variety, Claroscuro encapsulates the description Jazz Police offered of Anat in full flight: “She becomes a singer, a poet, a mad scientist, laughing – musically – with the delight of reaching that new place, that new feeling, with each chorus.” www.anatcohen.com

Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer, and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. His personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation, lyrical melodies, and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. Currently, Santos Neto leads his Seattle-based Quinteto and teaches piano and composition at Cornish College of the Arts. He can also be heard around the world as a piano soloist, working with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, and chamber music groups and in collaboration with musicians such as his mentor Hermeto Pascoal, Bill Frisell, Paquito d’Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, David Sanchez, Joe Locke, and Marco Granados. Jovino’s many ensemble and duet recordings include Canto do Rio (2004), Roda Carioca (2006), and Live at Caramoor (2008), which were all nominated for Latin Grammy awards. His latest release is a solo piano recording, Vol. 4 of Adventure Music’s Piano Master Series. His compositions have been performed by the Seattle Symphony, the NDR Big Band in Hamburg, and numerous jazz and chamber music groups. Santos Neto has received commissions by the Cheswatyr Foundation, IAJE, ASCAP, CMA/Doris Duke Foundation, the Jack Straw Foundation, the City of Seattle, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and Meet the Composer. In 2012 he was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and his Quinteto won Best Northwest Acoustic Group in the Golden Ear Awards by Earshot Jazz. He was awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship in Music in 2012. http://www.jovisan.net/

Choroloco is a Seattle based acoustic ensemble of clarinet/flute, 7 string guitar, mandolin and percussion. This group has traversed the wondrous world of Brazilian music since 2008. Choroloco's sound is inspired by the streets of Rio de Janiero, the hot deserts of Brazil's Northeast, the salted air of Ipanema Beach and the Douglas-firs that blanket Western Washington. Choroloco can be seen and heard throughout the Northwest in a variety of venues such as: Tempero do Brasil, The Rialto Theater in Tacoma, Chapel at the Good Shepherd Center, Seattle Center, Couth Buzzard Books, Hales Palladium, Vermillion Art Gallery, La Familia Art Collective and the Greenwood Art Walk. Choroloco has also performed at a variety of festivals such as: NW Folklife, JamFest, First Night in Tacoma, Ethnic Festivals in Olympia and Lacey, Arts-in-Nature Festival at Camp Long, Belltown Founders Day Festival and the Moisture Festival. Choroloco has also been heard on Sonarchy Radio, KEXP, KBCS's "Raízes" and KUOW's “In the Studio” with Dave Beck. In 2012 Choroloco was awarded a music residency at Jackstraw Productions and a GAP grant from Artist Trust to produce their debut album coming out in the summer of 2013. Choroloco's mission is to present choro as a living tradition, drawing on its historical influences as well as bringing our own influences to the music. This music transcends time and outshines boundaries and Choroloco continues to share the wealth of the repertoire through workshop presentations, performances and audience participation based jam sessions. http://www.choroloco.com

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$20 general
$15 seniors
$10 students (with ID)
$10 Cornish community (w/ID)

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Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

In this grand celebration of Indian classical music, Padmashri Gundecha Brothers - Pandits Umakant (vocal), Ramakant (vocal) and Akhilesh Gundecha (pakhawaj) will present a full length Dhrupad music vocal performance.

At their most venturesome, the brothers voices seemed more supple and versatile than any string instrument.

Washington Post

Photo by Enith

Dhrupad is the oldest and most serene form of Indian classical music. Dhrupad concerts explore ragas in depth, providing elaborate alaps (improvisations) in four different speeds, followed by compositions rendered to the rhythm of the accompanying pakhawaj, and further improvisations in rhythm. Gundecha Brothers perform Dhrupad concerts in the jugalbandi style - singing together, and going back and forth. This provides additional beauty and interest as their voices and ideas merge and separate.

The Gundecha Brothers are the most active performers and world renowned teachers of the ancient Indian musical vocal genre known as Dhrupad on the world musical scene today. They have made numerous international tours visiting more than 25 countries around the globe and have recorded more than three dozen CDs from various national and international music labels. In 2012, Umakant and Ramakant, both vocalists and the elder of the three brothers, received from the government of India the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor of India, for their contribution to Indian classical music. Together with Akhilesh, the youngest brother and a performer on the barrel drum known as pakhawaj, they operate the Dhrupad Sansthan in Bhopal, India, a unique musical academy patterned on the ancient guru-shishya (teacher-disciple) tradition of education, with students from more than 20 countries, as well as from various parts of India, participating.

Born in Ujjain in central India, the brothers were initiated into music by their parents. All three received conventional university educations while also studying music. Umakant and Ramakant learned from the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, and also with the late Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (the distinguished performer of rudra veena) at the Dhrupad Kendra in Bhopal. Akhilesh, the youngest brother, studied the pakhawaj with the prominent percussionists Pandit Shrikant Mishra and Raja Chhatrapati Singh JuDeo, and in addition to his brothers, has accompanied almost all of the major Dhrupad vocalists and instrumentalists of India. All of the brothers appear regularly on local and nation radio and television. Among the signature achievements of the Gundecha Brothers has been their ability to conduct intensive workshops of Indian music abroad. In a brief period of ten days to two weeks, they prepare a small group of students—usually from ten to twenty, with no previous background in Indian music and often with little or no commonality of language—for a short performance of Dhrupad Vocal and percussion (Pakhawaj). They have also sung for many television channels in India and have been broadcasted on British, U.S., German and French, Japan and Australian Radio.

For more detailed information about the Gundecha Brothers and Dhrupad, please visit www.drupad.org

Dhrupad Music Institute of America, a sponsor for this event also welcomes you to a dinner with the artists after the concert. Purchase dinner tickets

Please note: As part of the Summer at Cornish program, the Gundecha Brothers will be conducting intensive Dhrupad workshops in the week prior to the concert. For more information, please click here.

Location

Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109

Tickets

$25-45 general
$20 seniors
$20 students (with ID)

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Jazz

Some of the premier artists working in jazz today pay regular visits to our stages. Recent concerts have included Bill Frisell, John Hollenbeck, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Nicole Mitchell, Dave Holland, J.D. Allen, Sheila Jordan and Sachal Vasandani.

Chamber Music

Explore traditional to contemporary chamber music with performances by fantastic artists like Seattle Modern Orchestra, pianist Maciej Grzybowski, the Corigliano Quartet, and Trio de Kooning. Recent concerts have explored the music of Chopin, Ravel, Philip Glass, John Cage, Takemitsu, and Gabriela Lena Frank.

World Music

Broaden your horizons with concerts featuring world music traditions from around the globe. Ensemble-in-residence Gamelan Pacifica, Ostad Hossein Omoumi, Kiran Ahluwalia, and the Seattle Chinese Orchestra have been recently presented to our audiences.

Early Music

Concerts featuring period instrument performances of Baroque music will transport you back in time. Acclaimed local artists Cyndia Sieden, Stephen Stubbs, Janet See are seen on stage with visiting artists such as harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and master lutenist Thomas Boysen.

Venues and Parking

Cornish Playhouse

The Cornish Playhouse is located on the Seattle Center campus at 201 Mercer Street. For directions, please visit our campus map.

Tickets

The Cornish Playhouse box office opens one hour prior to curtain. Tickets for all performances can be purchased in advance online using major credit cards, or at the door using cash, check or credit cards. If your tickets are being held at Will Call, please plan on picking them up at least fifteen minutes prior to show time.

Parking

There are various parking decks and paid lots near the Playhouse as well as street parking available to patrons.

Public Transport

The Cornish Playhouse is also easily accessible on public transportation via routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 29, 32, 82, 994 and RAPIDRIDE D. To access the most up to date schedule and route information, please visit King County Metro.

Seattle Center Monorail departs every 10 minutes from the Westlake Center Mall (at Fifth and Pine St) and travels to the station at Seattle Center, near the Space Needle.

Access­ibility

Cornish is committed to ensuring that its performance venues remain accessible to all patrons. There is a accessible drop-off area along Mercer St between the Playhouse and the Phelps Center. In addition to garage parking, four on-street parking spaces on the east side of Warren Ave. N. just south of Mercer St. are designated for exclusive 24 hour use by those with Washington State disabled placards. The spaces offer convenience for both Playhouse patrons.

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PONCHO Concert Hall

PONCHO Concert Hall is located on the campus of Cornish College of the Arts in Kerry Hall at the corner of Harvard Avenue and East Roy Street in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. For directions, please visit our campus map.

Tickets

The PONCHO Concert Hall box office opens one hour prior to curtain. Tickets for all performances can be purchased in advance online using major credit cards, or at the door, cash and checks only. If your tickets are being held at Will Call, please plan on picking them up at least fifteen minutes prior to show time.

Parking

Cornish is pleased to provide free parking for all performances at PONCHO Concert Hall. Parking is located in a covered lot adjacent to Kerry Hall located at 716 Boylston Avenue East.

Public Transport

PONCHO Concert Hall is easily accessible on public transportation via route 49, 9 or 14. To access the most up to date schedule and route information please visit King County Metro.

Access­ibility

Cornish is committed to ensuring that its performance venues remain accessible to all patrons. If you have any questions concerning the accessibility of PONCHO Concert Hall, please contact us.

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Contacts

Box Office

Brown Paper Tickets
1.800.838.3006

Artistic Director

Kent Devereaux
206.726.5029

Production Coordinator

Megan Campbell-Miller
206.726.5112

Cornish Playhouse Manager

Liisa Spink
206.726.5113

PONCHO Concert Hall Manager

Frank Phillips
206.726.5026

Technical Director

Alek Edmonds
206.726.5087

PONCHO Concert Hall

710 East Roy St.
Seattle, WA 98102

Cornish Playhouse

Seattle Center
201 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Mailing Address

Cornish Music Series
Cornish College of the Arts
1000 Lenora St.
Seattle, WA 98121