Cornish Presents Announces 2016/17 Season

While best known for the terrific jazz at PONCHO co-produced with Earshot Jazz, Cornish Presents is a multidisciplinary series of visiting artists, beloved alumni, and distinguished faculty. The 2016/17 season is no exception.

Following last month’s special remount of Raisins  in a Glass of Milk at the Cornish Playhouse, the 2016/17 season of Cornish Presents is in full swing. This professional series includes performances and master classes open to the public as well as the entire student body of Cornish College of the Arts.

It’s a series where art and discussion collide, and crossover occurs naturally between disciplines. Ticket prices rarely break above $20. Discounts are available for students from any school.

 Along with jazz greats brought to PONCHO by the Earshot Jazz, this year’s offerings include Korean-American composer Bora Yoon, Seattle's Inverted Space Ensemble, electronic music pioneer John Chowning, noted composer and Cornish Professor Jarrad Powell’s Gamelan Pacifica, The Three Yells’ Giselle Deconstruct, and cutting edge performances of music, sound, and word sponsored by The Universal Language Project.

All tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Cornish Presents is made possible through the support of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Boeing, Earshot Jazz, and WESTAF, among others.

For Arts Calendars

Raisins in a Glass of Milk
August 25-27, 8:00 p.m.

Begun as a senior thesis project, Raisins in a Glass of Milk is a one-act play that brings the hilarious, heart-breaking and shocking stories and experiences of actors of color from across the country, out of the darkness and into the spotlight. Through this collection of scenes and monologues based on interviews with more than 40 artists of color, the writers aim to show that People of Color should finally be seen as a standard, essential part of storytelling as opposed to stereotypes, controversies, and out of date statements. Performed at the Alhadeff Studio at Cornish Playhouse

Master Class: Racer Sessions
Monday, September 26, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

The first installment of the Master Class Series,  a collaboration between the long-standing Seattle experimental music series Racer Sessions and Cornish College of the Arts features local Table & Chairs recording artists Bad Luck!
Venue: Kerry Hall rm. 114
Free and open to the public

Concert: Ben Wendel Group
Tuesday, September 27, 8:00 p.m.

On the heels of the release of What We Bring (Motema), Seattle-audience favorite Ben Wendel, “a composer with a restless sonic ear” (LA Times), brings his quartet with Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders, and Henry Cole to the hallowed
halls of Cornish College. (Co-presented with Earshot Jazz)
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $20 general; $18 members & seniors; $10 students & military

Concert: Steve Lehman Trio
Saturday, October 8, 8:00 p.m.

The dazzling alto saxophone vanguardist — acclaimed as “one of the transforming figures of early 21st century jazz” by The Guardian — appears with bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Damion Reid to play what the Penguin Guide 
to Jazz calls “music of genuinely visionary importance, a way forward for the art.” (Presented with support from Chamber Music America. Co-presented with Earshot Jazz.)
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $20 general / $18 Earshot members & seniors / $10 students & military

Concert: Fred Hersch
Sunday, October 9, 8:00 p.m.

 “One of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation” (DownBeat), the refined, romantic pianist — “perfection,” says his equally renowned contemporary Jason Moran — has led a musical life unlike any other. This is a rare opportunity to be in a small concert hall with a brilliant pianist and a gorgeous 9’ Steinway. (Co-presented with Earshot Jazz)
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $32 general / $30 Earshot members & seniors / $20 students & military

Concert: Kris Davis & Craig Taborn Duo
Tuesday, October 11, 8:00 p.m.

Two of the most thoughtful, skillful, and forward-moving piano individualists on the current New York scene combine. Sponsored by the Shifting Foundation, the two-piano duo recorded a forthcoming album that Davis calls “one of those rare moments that felt like we’ve been playing together for years.” (Co-presented  with Earshot Jazz.)
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $20 general /$18 Earshot members & seniors / $10 students & military

Concert: Takuya Kuroda Group
Thursday, October 20, 8:00 p.m.

On the heels of his second Blue Note Records release, the forward-thinking trumpeter from Kobe, Japan, has staked a claim on distinctive mixes of post-bop and adventurous soul-jazz. His studies at Berklee and the New School Jazz and
Contemporary Music program, and his astute collaborations with José James and others, are bringing him to the vanguard of nu-jazz funk. (Co-presented  with Earshot Jazz.)
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $20 general / $18 Earshot members & seniors / $10 students & military

Concert: B’shnorkestra: Global Concertos
Monday, October 24, 8:00 p.m.

Trumpeter/composer Samantha Boshnack leads her 14-person band in compositions she has created with funding from NewMusic USA, 4Culture, and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. This evening features selections from her Global Concertos project, featuring solos ranging from West African talking drum to American jazz trumpet, plus previously recorded and new works. (Co-presented with Earshot Jazz)
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $18 general / $16 Earshot members & seniors / $10 students & military

Concert: Derek Gripper
Wednesday, October 26, 8:00 p.m.

The stunningly gifted South African solo acoustic guitarist performs such works as his adaptations of the classical Malian kora (harp) repertoire, “a staggering achievement,” says Songlines(Co-presented with Earshot 
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $16 general / $14 Earshot members & seniors / $8 students & military

Master class: Bora Yoon
Thursday, November 3, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Korean-American composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Bora Yoon presents a master class.
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall

Concert: Bora Yoon
Friday, November 4, 8:00 p.m.

Described by the New York Times as “mesmerizing”, Korean-American composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Bora Yoon is a passionately interdisciplinary artist who conjures audiovisual soundscapes using digital devices, voice and found objects and instruments from a variety of cultures and historical centuries – to formulate an audiovisual storytelling through music, movement and sound.
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $20 general / $15 seniors /$10 students

Concert: Inverted Space Ensemble
Saturday, November 12, 8:00 p.m.

Seattle's Inverted Space Ensemble presents two continuous sets of music from Anthony Braxton and Morton Feldman.
Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $20 general / $15 seniors /$10 students

Master class: John Chowning, “Composing Music From the Inside-out”
Wednesday, November 16 at 12:00 p.m.

Electronic music pioneer John Chowning, Professor of Music Emeritus, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University, with Maureen Chowning, Soprano, present a lecture demonstration showing how the capacity of computer systems 50 years ago limited composers/researchers to only one of the sound generating/processing tools that are available today: synthesis.   Chowning will demonstrate how his earliest work in spatialization led to the discovery of FM synthesis in 1967 and how he used FM synthesis in his compositions—based on what was known about perception—from the inside-out.

Concert:  John Chowning
Thursday, November 17, 8:00 p.m.

Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $20 general / $15 seniors /$10 students

Concert: Gamelan Pacifica
Saturday, December 3, 8:00 p.m.

An audience favorite for more than 30 years, the adventurous Javanese gamelan ensemble Gamelan Pacifica is under the direction of noted composer and Cornish College of the Arts Professor Jarrad Powell. "With an air of timelessness, Gamelan Pacifica has done an unparalleled job of taking gamelan music to new heights, while remaining respectful to the roots and cultural significance of its instruments." - SOMA Magazine

Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $20 general / $15 seniors / $10 students

Performance: The Three Yells: Giselle Deconstruct
January 6-7, 8:00 p.m.

Giselle Deconstruct is a reinterpretation of the  ballet Giselle exploring death through love by suicide rather than a failed heart. The biggest killer of teenage girls worldwide, suicide is most acute in the part of the world where choreographer Veronica Lee-Baik comes from. Young women in parts of South East Asia are some of the most disempowered and marginalized people in the world. Giselle Deconstruct aims to transcend the feeling of female degradation to liberation and empowerment through dance. Giselle Deconstruct cannot change the events of things directly, but The Three Yells hopes it will draw attention to the treatment of young minority women through a distinctly Asian lens.

Venue: Cornish Playhouse
Tickets: TBA

Performance: concrete – lines – fluid – curves
Saturday, January 21, 8:00 p.m.

Chamber jazz ensemble (plus spoken word, found sounds and dancer) inspired by the Brazilian poets Ana Cristina Cesar, Angélica Freitas, and Augusta  de Campos. The inspiration for this project stems from the composer’s recent experience in Brazil, where he spent six months studying rhythmic process and improvisational interaction in music. The compositions premiered here draw proliferating lines that spin out from themes emerging in poetry and found sounds – life cycles, birth and rebirth, change and becoming, fusion and elusion, flow and process, eternal recurrence, identity spins out in multiple directions, concrete lines melt into fluid circles… Curated and composed by Chris Stover. (Co-produced with The Universal  Language Project)

Venue: Alhadeff Studio at Cornish Playhouse
Tickets: TBA

Concert: Scrape
Friday, January 27, 8:00 p.m.

Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $20 general / $15 seniors / $10 students

Concert: Peter Evans
Thursday, February 23, 8:00 p.m.

Trumpet player, and improvisor/composer Peter Evans is part of a broad, hybridized scene of musical experimentation and his work cuts across a wide range of modern musical practices and traditions. 

Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $20 general / $15 seniors / $10 students

Concert: Syrinx Effect
Thursday, March 23, 8:00 p.m.

Venue: PONCHO Concert Hall
Tickets: $20 general / $15 seniors / $10 students

Performance: Undertones
Saturday, April 1, 8:00 p.m.

A drifting, surreal radio transmission from outer space is broadcast directly to your subconscious mind: artist Erin Jorgensen joins forces with local musicians in a live performance that invites you to dream. (Co-produced with The Universal Language Project)

Venue: Alhadeff Studio at Cornish Playhouse
Tickets: TBA