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Monktail Creative Music Concern – Ten Years in Seattle

SPECIAL O.P.S. Ninth Anniversary



In celebrating ten years of music and advocacy in Seattle, the Monktail Creative Music Concern will be presenting a series of concerts the weekend of 10/10/10 as well as a brief Northwest tour of their “free improvisation commando unit,” the trio SPECIAL O.P.S.


Thursday, September 23: Egan’s Ballard Jam House 1707 NW Market St, Seattle 7PM
Friday, September 24: Mississippi Pizza 3552 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 9PM
Saturday, September 25: The Jazz Station 68 W. Broadway, Eugene, OR 9PM
Sunday, September 26: The Matrix 434 NW Prindle St, Chehalis, WA 8PM
Tuesday, September 28: The Comet 922 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 9PM
Friday, October 1: Molly Maguires 610 NW 65th St, Seattle, WA 10PM


Friday, October 8: Egans Ballard Jam House1707 NW Market St, Ballard 7PM
Sunday, October 10 (10/10/10): THE JOSEPHINE 608 NW 65th St N, Ballard 7PM


Organized by founder and director John Seman, Monktail represents a breadth and depth of musical experience unmatched in the region. Ensembles as diverse as their flagship improv big band NON GRATA, the overtone choir SEATTLE HARMONIC VOICES, the celebrated funk and jazz onslaught of REPTET, the bopcore trio FLOSS and chamber oriented DEAL’S NUMBER, Beth Fleenor’s shape-shifting FIGEATER, as well as death-jazz trio SPECIAL O.P.S. all have found their home under the umbrella of Monktail.


While in Seattle, Monktail has earned top honors as an arts organization, including a 2002 Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for Emerging Group and a 2002 Tablet Magazine Pretty Good Artist Award, as well as 2006 Golden Ear Awards for best Outside Group (Reptet) and Concert of the Year (The Monktail Raymond Scott Project). 


Monktail Records celebrated their ninth full-length release in 2010, the second Floss long player VITAMIN A, a bold mix of free jazz, psychedelic, and electronic sounds. Other MCMC releases include three acclaimed CDs from Reptet (2008 Independent Jazz Record Finalist), and releases from Non Grata, Seattle Harmonic Voices, Deal’s Number, and Special O.P.S. Four new releases are already in the hopper for release in 2011.



floss at the seamonster

recorded 9 january 2010

cd release show #1 of 1,000







Floss at the Chapel

Video by Jesse Calhoun


floss – molly maguires – 2009.09.26



Recordings from the Floss show at Molly Maguires Pub, Saturday, September 26, 2009.

Izaak Mills – tenor, John Seman – double bass, Mark Ostrowski – drums.



Figeater August 5 and Floss August 6

Wednesday August 5
The Sunset Tavern
5433 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle 9 PM $6
Performing unit: Special Fig joins the bill with Navigator vs. Navigator in a mondo send off performance for local favorites, X-Ray Press!


Thursday August 6
2202 N 45th St
Seattle 8 PM Free!
A rare public appearance from bopcore trio Floss with Vampire Squid from Louisville. Anything could happen at this show. Bring your own carrots.

Floss in Santa Cruz

Floss (Izaak Mills, John Seman, Mark Ostrowski, Zachary Watkins) at Cafe Pergolesi, Santa Cruz, CA.

Recorded October 1, 2007 by Aram Shelton.





Floss at Tost

Floss (Izaak Mills, John Seman, Mark Ostrowski) recorded at Tost, Seattle, WA July 15, 2008.

Recording and images by Gabriel Herbertson.


more images



monktail podcast #1

The first installment of mcmc podcasts. Recorded at FPS Sept. 10, 2008.


monktail podcast – 20080910
hosted by special ops (ostrowski, parris, seman)
w/ billy monto, stephen fandrich, gabriel herbertson, joseph gray





Floss and Russell at Egans 11/23





Fri Nov 23, 11 PM
Floss and Russell (PK, Matt Norman, Matt Crane)

Egan’s Ballard Jam House
1707 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107


Two clips from Floss at the 21 Grand in Oakland, CA, 30 SEPT 2007.

With Zachary Watkins on electronics.


Floss – Live In Portland

Someday Lounge in PDX is hosting a new Sunday night jazz/experimental series. Great stage in a great venue for great music. Lots of huge couches up in the balcony, wonderful people, and good on them for opening a night up to "music from the other side of the fence."


Floss recently played a night there with The Blue Cranes. Here is a portion of the Floss set from 23 September 2007.