Stephen Parris Farewell Show: Non Grata, Special OPS, Dario Elia

Stephen Parris Farewell Concert

Special O.P.S. Honorable Discharge

Non Grata and special guest Italian guitarist Dario Elia

Frankly Mondays – The Royal Room

July 30 – 8pm – no cover

The Frankly Mondays series at the Royal Room features a very special evening of merriment with the Monktail Creative Music Concern. Guitarist Stephen Parris, a principle organ in MCMC’s core body, is leaving Seattle. To send him on his way in style, the collective will come together and do what they do best – have a giant sonic party.


The event begins with Special O.P.S joined by special guests Beth Fleenor & Italian guitarist Dario Elia, and finishes out with the flagship big band Non Grata.

Guitarist and composer STEPHEN PARRIS has been a vital figure in Seattle’s Monktail Creative Music Concern for over a decade as a member of the ensembles Special O.P.S., Non Grata, The Monktail Raymond Scott Orchestra, Shit Orange Horsey, Hunt & Peck, and Rusty Nail if you remember that one. He is also an active member of Gamelan Pacifica, the Heaney-Parris-Rea Guitar Threesome, and a couple of kick ass bar bands. Recent recordings where Stephen can be heard include “Lou Harrison: Scenes From Cavafy” on New World Records, and “Arm Me” By Special O.P.S. on Monktail Records. Radically different albums, but both rather enjoyable in their own way. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Cornish College of the Arts.

More about the artists:

SPECIAL O.P.S. (Ostrowski-Parris-Seman) is a free improvisation commando unit replete with dark regalia, sonic hand grenades and a warped sense of humor. Their performances draw influence from contemporary chamber composition, small group jazz improvisation, electronic experimentalism, dark metal, droll wit and sonic shenanigans from the subtle to the scabrous. It’s black noise and white noise. It’s cross-genre pollination boiled in ammonia, cured in bleach, dipped in battery acid and ignited with the American flag. It’s a damn good time.

As musician, singer, composer and producer, DARIO ELIA is an important part of the experimental/improv scene in Italy. His music has been often compared to David Sylvian, Nick Cave, Mike Patton, Brian Eno and Robert Fripp. He has a huge number of active collaborations with many international musicians and sound artists. In the last two years, he has extensively toured Italy, Russia, Spain, Serbia, Thailand and Japan.

BETH FLEENOR (clarinets/vocal percussion) harbors a strong love for variety and all forms of sonic manipulation, a flexibility that has allowed her to move freely through genres including, but not limited to, jazz, rock, classical, contemporary chamber, Slavic & American folk, metal, punk, ambient, surf and noise. Her work has been heard in live music, recordings, theater, performance art, installations, modern dance, and film, appearing in concert halls, clubs, prisons, schools, festivals, theaters, streets and galleries. Currently she can found performing with Crystal Beth, Figeater, Owcharuk’s PLY, Sam Boshnack Quintet,, Double Yoko, Tango Ahora!, Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble, and Seattle Conduction Band.

NON GRATA, the flagship big band of the Monktail Creative Music Concern, consists of all given members of the MCMC collective at a given point, and relies o­n patterns, textures and forms developed through ensemble practice. It is new composition in a spontaneous music combat zone. There are about 20 of us now, cut from every swath of the American musical quilt, and we don’t really play jazz, but channel surf through whatever genre or context fits a performance. We’re a chamber orchestra that plays jazz, a jazz band that plays metal, a metal band that plays country, a country band that plays funk, a funk band that plays punk, a punk band that plays music, musicians having a good time. Basically, we’re the bastard children of art music and we’re running with scissors.