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Ton Trio II (Oak), Ask The Ages, Stephen Fandrich: Royal Room 6/30

Monktail Creative Music Concern Presents:
Ton Trio II
Ask The Ages
Stephen Fandrich

Monday, June 30, 8pm
Royal Room

Ton Trio II features Aram Shelton on alto saxophone, Scott Brown on bass, and Alex Vittum on drums. They are an avant/modern jazz trio that thrive in and out of conventional structure. Drawing from Shelton’s bright and even folk-like compositions, the trio weaves continuously through melody, rhythm, and texture with written parts that serve as entry points for spacious improvisations. All three members play almost continuously, keeping the voices of melody, harmony and rhythm on an even level. Learn more at

Ask the Ages is a Seattle, Washington-based avant-jazz band. Formed in 2010, the group includes: Greg Campbell (drums and percussion), Steven Bell (vibraphone ), Brian Heaney (guitar), Kate Olson (sax/woodwinds) and John Seman (bass). Influences are Sonny Sharrock, Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders. Learn more at

Stephen Fandrich began learning piano at age thirteen by rote form his father Darrell Fandrich, a gifted pianist and renowned piano technician. His is a true talent at the piano, however, he is better known as an overtone singer and founder/director of the Seattle Harmonic Voices. He is also currently an active member of the Monktail Creative Music Concern and instrument curator/performer for Gamelan Pacifica.

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Jack Straw / Monktail Composer Spotlight: Stephen Parris

Jack Straw Productions and Washington Composer Forum present

Composer Spotlight:
Monktail Creative Music Concern

Wednesday, January 11, 7:30pm – Jack Straw Productions

Saturday, January 21, 8:00pm – Good Shepherd Chapel, Monktail Composers Series Vol. 8

Friday, March 9, 8:00pm – Good Shepherd Chapel, Monktail Composers Series Vol. 9

Stephen Parris will share his recent works that delve into allowing a higher level of interpretation and freedom by the performer, and aleatoric contraptions for improvising musicians. We encourage you to bring an instrument of preference to try out one of these pieces if you are so inclined. These compositions will be recorded in 2012 as part of the Monktail Creative Music Concern’s Jack Straw Artist Residency and presented at the Monktail Composers Series at the Good Shepherd Chapel January 21 and March 9.


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.