Summer Free Lunchtime Concert Series Returns

Cornish College of the Arts’ popular free summer concert series returned to Van Vorst Plaza in June. The series kicks off with Cornish music graduate Judd Wasserman ’08 on June 18.   A musician living in Seattle, he has been solo support for Lights Siberia Acoustic’s Northwest tour and has shared the stage with members of The Presidents of the United States of America, The Posies, Flight to Mars, Screaming Trees, Unwound. Recently he appeared in the film Kurt Cobain About A Son while collaborating with Ben Gibbard (Death Cab) and Steve Fisk.

Like many Cornish graduates, Wasserman is an accomplished music maker as well as performer. He has composed pieces for the Saint Helens string quartet, Pacific Rim Percussion, and Seattle Chamber Ensemble. For The Pasties, he recorded, mixed, and produced their second album, Bikes Are Sexy.  He also has produced many of his own albums.

Now in its third year, Cornish@Amazon concert series in South Lake Union features a diverse selection of music played by Cornish students, faculty and alumni. From Latin to contemporary jazz, pop to bluegrass, there’s something new every Thursday from June 18 to Oct 1 at noon.

Current line-up for Cornish@Amazon is:

June 18: Judd Wasserman ’08 – guitar/vocals

June 25: Lucas Winter Trio  – Lucas Winter ’16 – guitar, Lamar Lofton ’96 – bass, Adam Kessler ‘06 - drums

July 2: Whitney Lyman ’09 – guitar and vocals

July 9: Mark Ivester Quartet – Mark Ivester (faculty) - drums, Chuck Deardorf (faculty) - bass, Gene Argel – piano, Jay Thomas (faculty) – horns

July 16: AC4  – Anthony Cammarota ’14 – guitar, Matthew Singler – drums, Darian Asplund ’10 – saxophone, Farko Dosumov – bass 

July 23: Matt Sircely Band  – Matt Sircely (faculty - mandolin), Joseph Mascorella – drums, Chris Herbst – multi-instrumentalist and vocals

July 30: En Canto Quintet – Roselynn De Roos ‘05 – clarinet, Jamie Maschler ‘11 – accordion, Adam Kozie ‘07 – drums, Tim Carey – bass, and Meese Agrawal Tonkin – flute 

August 6: A Cedar Suede – Jamie Maschler ‘11 – accordion, Harold Belskus ‘12 – guitar/vocals, Martin Strand ‘11 – bass, Steve O’Brien ‘11 – trumpet, Tommy Whiteside  ‘12– percussion, Joe Eck ’12 – drums,  and Amanda Fitch – violin

August 13: Michael Powers ’82 – guitar

August 20: The Blackberry Bushes – Jakob Breitbach ’03 – fiddle, Jes Raymond – guitar/vocals, Daniel Ullom – mandolin, Forrest Marowitz – bass, Alex Genova - banjo

August 27: Tomten – Brian Noyeswatkins  – keys/guitar/vocals, Jake Brady '11 – drums, Dillon Sturtevant – bass/vocals/guitar,  Robert Bennett '11 – guitar/vocals

September 3: Taylor Bowyn and Band – Taylor Bowyn ’16 – vocals, Anthony Cammarota ’14 – guitar, Matt Singler – drums, Tim Kennedy – piano

September 10: Sebastian and the Deep Blue – Featuring Barry Sebastian ’10

September 17: Maiah Manser Band  – Maiah Manser, vocals

September 24: Tai Shan ’09 

October 1: TBA

For more information on each performance and the alumni/student connection, please see the Cornish events calendar.