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Bert Wilson (1939-2013) recorded live at Sounds Outside 2009


Bert Wilson at Sounds Outside 2009

Sounds Outside 2009: Bert Wilson and Rebirth (Nancy Curtis, Craig Hoyer, Mike Barnett, Greg Campbell) with guests Ariel Calabria, Craig Flory, Sam Boshnack, Chris Credit, Beth Fleenor, Izaak Mills


Beth Fleenor with Bert Wilson and Dee Dee Rainbow at Sounds Outside, Cal Anderson Park, August 15, 2009


Sounds Outside 2006-2010

Due to insurmountable financial hurdles, Sounds Outside 2011 has been cancelled. 

This unfortunate decision comes with a great amount of regret, however we turn our focus, hope, and vision to the other powerful artistic performances and activities cultivated by each of our respective community organizations, musicians, supporters, friends and partners. 

More than ever, we encourage you to step outside of the box to connect, communicate, and collectively engage with each other. Though this decision marks the end of an era, it does not mark the end of an idea. 

Thank you for supporting 5 years of Sounds Outside: A Celebration of Adventurous Music & Community. 




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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EARSHOT JAZZ 3429 Fremont Pl N #309, Seattle, WA 98103




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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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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


Figeater at 911 Media Arts Center

Figeater at 911 Media Arts Center from Joseph Gray on Vimeo.



In no particular sense of order:


Beth Fleenor – vocals, clarinet
John Seman – Electric Bass
Mark Ostrowski – Percussion
Steven Parris – Electric Guitar
Paris Hurley – Violin
John Ewing – Percussion
Jeff Huston – Electronics
Samantha Boschnak – Trumpet
Gabriel Herbertson – Sound Engineer
Joseph Gray – Visualist



At Seattle’s 911 Media Arts Center, Saturday, June 6th, 2009



A production of the Harvard and Roy Arts Council and the Monktail Creative Music Concern

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





Sounds Outside – July 19 & August 23, 2008!



The Monktail Creative Music Concern presents

Cal Anderson Park, Capitol Hill
1635 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98102
July 19 & August 23, 1-8 PM, Free!


The third annual Sounds Outside festival, a celebration of adventurous music and community, presented by the Monktail Creative Music Concern.


1:00 Paul Harding & the Juju Detective Agency
2:30 The Owcharuk Sextet
4:00 Bill Horist
5:30 Cuong Vu featuring SPEAK
7:00 Blue Cranes



1:00 Floss featuring Zachary Watkins
2:30 Reptet
4:00 Aram Shelton + Special O.P.S.
5:30 Ahamefule J. Oluo and the New Seattle Brass Ensemble featuring Okanomodé
7:00 The Wally Shoup Free Three


Visit for more information about artists, events, and how to get involved!




MCMC Fundraiser Nov 14

MCMC Benefit Concert featuring


Wayne Horvitz, Paul Rucker


Wednesday, November 14th 2007


Gallery 1412
1412 18th Ave (at 18th and Union)
$10-$25 donation / All Ages / 7 PM


The Monktail Creative Music Concern will be holding a benefit concert featuring internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Wayne Horvitz performing a rare set of solo piano music.  The concert will be held at Gallery 1412 on Capitol Hill, November 14th at 7pm. The evening will also feature cellist, composer and installation artist Paul Rucker and pianist/vocalist Stephen Fandrich.


A collective of composers, musicians and artists based out of Seattle, WA, the Monktail Creative Music Concern have been the driving force behind a surge in creative, uncompromising original music from the Pacific Northwest in recent years.  They won a 2006 Earshot Golden Ear Award for Concert of the Year for their performance of music by innovator Raymond Scott at last year’s Earshot Jazz Festival.  They hosted the blockbuster free concert series Sounds Outside throughout the summer of 2007 at the newly refurbished Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill.  And in the past year MCMC have released four new CD’s on their Monktail Records label.


The proceeds from this event will go toward maintaining the administrative side of the collective’s current and future activities.  MCMC have tirelessly propagated, promoted, produced and preserved creative/experimental music in the Seattle area for over 10 years.  This is an opportunity for the arts community to show their support by helping to sustain the collective’s vital activities.