John Seman’s Lil Coop: Sonarchy Radio and Earshot 2014

John Seman’s Lil Coop featured on Sonarchy Radio, KEXP 90.3 FM and 

Live Performances from the Seattle Underground, Pacific Northwest
Sunday, September 14
Sonarchy Radio is a live performance broadcast that is a showcase for the many northwest artists who are pushing the limits of their music. Each week Jack Straw Productions in Seattle’s University District hooks up it’s non-profit recording studio to KEXP and sets the stage for you to sit in the middle of unique performance.


John Seman’s Lil Coop featured at 2014 Earshot Jazz Festival

The Earshot Jazz Festival swings into its 26th edition on October 10 and includes more than 50 distinctive concerts and events in venues all around the city through November 11. The festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with area audiences and artists.

Saturday, October 11, Chapel Performance Space, 8pm
John Seman’s Lil Coop
Gregg Belisle-Chi

MCMC Spitehouse series has ended

The Tuesday night Monktail Spitehouse series has ended. Respect and thanks to the organizers and all who participated.



Ton Trio II (Oak), Ask The Ages, Stephen Fandrich: Royal Room 6/30

Monktail Creative Music Concern Presents:
Ton Trio II
Ask The Ages
Stephen Fandrich

Monday, June 30, 8pm
Royal Room

Ton Trio II features Aram Shelton on alto saxophone, Scott Brown on bass, and Alex Vittum on drums. They are an avant/modern jazz trio that thrive in and out of conventional structure. Drawing from Shelton’s bright and even folk-like compositions, the trio weaves continuously through melody, rhythm, and texture with written parts that serve as entry points for spacious improvisations. All three members play almost continuously, keeping the voices of melody, harmony and rhythm on an even level. Learn more at

Ask the Ages is a Seattle, Washington-based avant-jazz band. Formed in 2010, the group includes: Greg Campbell (drums and percussion), Steven Bell (vibraphone ), Brian Heaney (guitar), Kate Olson (sax/woodwinds) and John Seman (bass). Influences are Sonny Sharrock, Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders. Learn more at

Stephen Fandrich began learning piano at age thirteen by rote form his father Darrell Fandrich, a gifted pianist and renowned piano technician. His is a true talent at the piano, however, he is better known as an overtone singer and founder/director of the Seattle Harmonic Voices. He is also currently an active member of the Monktail Creative Music Concern and instrument curator/performer for Gamelan Pacifica.

MCMC at SIFF 2014


Radio Plutus, a new film by Steve Demas, is playing as a part of ALT World at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival. Starring DJ Hubba Hubba, Doug Lane, Mark Ostrowski. Music by Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand and Figeater.


May 22, 2014 – 9:00 PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown

2014 NW Folklife Creative Music Spotlight














Third Annual NW Folklife Creative Music Spotlight
Friday, May 23 – Seattle Center Theater – 7-10pm
Featuring performances by:

7:00 – Bill Horist and Doug Haire
7:35 – Beth Fleenor Workshop Ensemble
8:15 – Seattle Bass Trio: Geoff Harper, PK, John Seman
8:50 – Samantha Boshnack and Chris Credit
9:30 – Ask The Ages: Brian Heaney, Kate Olson, Steven Bell, Greg Campbell, John Seman

with MC David Utevsky

organized by John Seman, MCMC
more info at

Shoup-Seman-Henneman at MAGMAFEST 2014 [recording]

Shoup-Seman-Henneman at MAGMAFEST 2014

Good Shepherd Chapel, Seattle, WA


Wally Shoup alto, John Seman double bass, Simon Henneman bass vi

recording by Henneman, audio tweak and video by Seman

Ask The Ages 2014/02/23 at The Can Can [recording]

Ask The Ages: Brian Heaney guitar, Kate Olson sax, Stephen Bell vibes, John Seman bass, Greg Campbell drums
recorded 2014/02/23 at The Can Can, Pike Place Market, Seattle