Archive for the ‘non grata’ Category

Non Grata and Special OPS #tbt [2001-2002]

Non Grata recording sessions, July 2002

Monktail Creative Music Concern – NON GRATA


Stephen Parris discusses art prepared by Mark Ostrowski for Special O.P.S. Requiem for NYC and Ostrowski/Seman duets and solos CD-R packaging, November 2001, Seattle.
Special O.P.S. Requiem for NYC


2003-11-14 Non Grata at the Blue Moon [Archive]

Apropos of this photo, here are the two complete sets as performed by Non Grata at the Blue Moon on 14 November 2003.

All improvised with the notable exceptions of some Zappa in set one, a 20 minute Sun Ra workout and a 10 minute Whole Lotta Love (?!) in an extra long set two.

The band: Beth Fleenor, Izaak Mills, Billy Monto, Adam Weiss, Samantha Boshnack, Gabriel Herbertson, Christine DiTolvo, Tamara Weikel, John Ewing, Mark Ostrowski, Stephen Parris, Julie Baldridge, David Milford, John Seman

More photos of this particular gig here.

48 hours in the life of monktail

Presented here are four concerts, from two consecutive days in March 2003 and September 2010.


MARCH 6 & 7, 2003 (shot by Joe Shansky)






SEPTEMBER 10 & 11, 2010 (shot by Bill Barton and Jessie Calhoun)



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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.



sounds outside 2010 – july 17 and august 14

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Non grata at the chapel february 4









Sounds Outside 2009: July 25 and August 15



Monktail Creative Music Concern presents
Sounds Outside 2009

Cal Anderson Park / 1635 11th Ave (between Denny & Pine)
Free and open to the public / Music from 1 – 8 pm


Saturday, July 25  

            1:00    Non Grata

            2:30    Moraine

            4:00    Washington Composers Orchestra (WACO) 

            5:30    Tu (Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson)

            7:00    Sugar Skulls


Saturday, August 15


            1:00    Melbatones

            2:30    Figeater

            4:00    Greg Sinibaldi

            5:30    Syncopated Taint Horn Quartet

            7:00    Bert Wilson


Non Grata at The Blue Moon

The MCMC big band Non Grata live at the Blue Moon, Seattle, WA.

Recorded May 11, 2008 by Gabriel Herbertson.



MCMC Audio Archive – Non Grata

Non Grata Online Audio Archive


Interesting audio artifacts from the history of the MCMC big band.



Coffee Messiah, Volume 1

The Messiah Series, Volume 1

Recordings made at the Coffee Messiah, Seattle, WA 2002-2004. Recorded and compiled by John Seman.