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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 Chapel

Video by Jesse Calhoun


mcmc archives – in ohio (parts 1 + 2)

Recorded mainly in Oberlin, OH in the fall of 1995, these recordings are some of the earliest experiments by John Seman, Mark Ostrowski and others in the monktail creative music concern. Recorded on 1/4-inch reels and 4-track cassettes, the quality is totally lo-fi DIY basement fabulous. 256 kbps mp3 free download.



Evolution of an Idea



Baltimore filmmaker Grey Adkins’ short "Evolution of an Idea" won first prize at the first annual Baltimore City Paper Short Film Festival. The experimental film features music from the Seattle Harmonic Voices 2-CD set Harmonic Voice available on Monktail Records.



Seattle based Reptet is among a diverse group of independent musicians named as a Finalist in the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards.  Their 2008 release, Chicken or Beef? (Monktail Records) is a finalist for Jazz Album of the Year.  Reptet is a genre bending band of jazz musicians based out of Seattle, WA. These six multi-instrumentalists have an expansive approach to jazz, performing original compositions that incorporate rock, ska, punk, modern classical, avant garde, eastern European folk influences and more. Their internationally acclaimed 2006 release, "Do This!" (Monktail Records) won many accolades and was chosen Jazz CD of the year by Jazziz Magazine’s Alex Gelfand. They have toured nationally and will be launching their first European tour in the summer of 2009.

Deals Number – Show Me What Ya Workin With

Deals Number! How about this folks.


Monktail Records is proud to bring you Show me what ya working with. The newest and firstest CD from Deals Number.



The longest running Monktail contingent in Seattle, Deal’s Number represents the Monktail philosophy of improvisation and spontaneous composition through the musings of saxophonist Bill Monto. Classically trained and devoid of jazz cliché and traditionalist hubris, Monto’s tone stretches and skronks and splats patterns of sound around the rolling boil of the Seman/Ostrowski rhythm section. Show Me features new works, group improvisations, and an extended suite extracted from an Ostrowski ballet. Live studio mix and production by Doug Haire at Jack Straw Productions. Deluxe packaging includes two action paintings by Seattle artist Jay Mason. Limited edition digipack released October 2007.

Purchase this new work in our new store.

Thanks to everyone who showed up at Egan’s.

Special Ops – Arm Me

Arm Me!

We are pleased to announce that Arm Me the new record from Monktail’s death-jazz commando unit SPECIAL OPS is available for your purchasing pleasure.


Buy this record here.


As a special exclusive here are 3 delightful little Special Ops ditties from a 2006 Sounds Outside Performance.