Monktail Composers Series



Monktail Creative Music Concern presents the Monktail Composers Series


Sounds Outside: A Celebration of Adventurous Music & Community has for five years, brought creative music of the highest caliber to audiences, for free, in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park.  Due to tremendous financial difficulties that have gravely impacted our local economy, the festival carries a debt this year, for the first time in its history.


As an effort to combat the deficit , the presenting collective has created an indoor series at the Chapel Performance Space, highlighting the works of its members. Each event features a stellar line-up of Monktail composers, with numerous performers of note participating in each concert. All proceeds from the events will benefit Sounds Outside.


Please help rally support for this important annual community event.


Featured Composers:


Thursday Nov. 11
Stephen Fandrich
John Seman


Thursday Dec. 16
Beth Fleenor
Gabriel C. Herbertson
Ken Jacobson
David Milford


Saturday Jan. 8
Scott Adams
Samantha Boshnack
Mark Ostrowski
Stephen Parris


Chapel Performance Space
Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.


All events 8 pm / $5-15 sliding scale



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Composer Bios



John Seman
Monktail Creative Music Concern co-founder and director John Seman is a bassist and composer living in Seattle. He performs regularly with Special O.P.S. and Ask the Ages. John has also performed or recorded with Non Grata, Figeater, Floss, Deal’s Number, and the Degenerate Art Ensemble. He has produced several recordings on Monktail Records.


David Milford
David Milford has been playing violin in the most diverse settings and composing tunes for over 20 years.
Tonight will be the debut of his new project ‘BARRAGE NAKHLA’ inspired by street musicians in Marrakesh.


Ken Jacobson
Ken Jacobson is a multi-instrumentalist and luthier.  He builds acoustic and electric stringed instruments with tempered and non-tempered microtonal intervals.


The instruments used in this performance will feature his own 17 tone Just Intonation octave.


Samantha Boshnack
Composer/trumpeter Samantha Boshnack has been creating music of her own and performing with a plethora of musicians and groups in Seattle since 2003. The Bard College graduate uses a broad palette in her compositions, including jazz, rock, hip-hop, Balkan, and contemporary classical music influences. Her work has received acclaim from music critics from around the world, and she has received support from 4Culture, Jack Straw Productions, ASCAPlus, and the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.


Boshnack’s music has been performed in a variety of venues from rock clubs, to concert halls, to school auditoriums, and she has extensively toured the U.S. She is a trumpet player in high demand in a wide variety of genres including salsa/son, jazz/free jazz, rock and Klezmer.


In addition to conventional trumpet, Boshnack also plays flugelhorn, piccolo and slide trumpet. She has performed and recorded with Paul Rucker, Wayne Horvitz, The Dead Science, Eyvind Kang, Hans Teuber, Tom Varner, Lori Goldston, Mark Oi, Tobi Stone, and Evan Flory-Barnes, among others. Current projects include Reptet, Picoso, Orkestar Zirkonium, Publish the Quest, the Monktail Creative Music Concern, and Threat of Beauty. She will be debuting a new ensemble, The B’shnorkestra (an orchestra dedicated to playing her compositions) in 2011.  Boshnack is also a music educator and is currently teaching trumpet and piano at many schools in the Seattle area.


Scott Adams
Scott Adams is a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist in a variety of contexts. He has recorded in an underground cistern, performed music with an improv theater group, composed for full orchestra, played Javanese gamelan, played banjo in a polka band, co-written musicals (including one for children), performed on radio, written music for a parade, played accordion for a Seattle Shakespeare in the park production, and is a recovering elementary school music teacher.  More info can be gleaned at

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