Archive for September, 2010

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.

 

SPECIAL O.P.S. NINTH ANNIVERSARY FIELD TRIP
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

 

MONKTAIL TENTH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND 10/10/10
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.

 

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special o.p.s. 9th anniversary

 

 

Founded September 12, 2001 in Seattle, WA, SPECIAL O.P.S. is the sonic guerilla group of the Monktail Creative Music Concern. Featuring the rhythm section of MCMC founders John Seman on contrabass and Mark Ostrowski on percussion with electric guitarist Stephen Parris, SPECIAL O.P.S. is a free improvisation commando unit replete with dark regalia, sonic hand grenades and a warped sense of humor. Their performances draw influence from contemporary chamber composition, small group jazz improvisation, electronic experimentalism, dark metal, droll wit and sonic shenanigans from the subtle to the scabrous. It’s black noise and white noise. It’s cross-genre pollination boiled in ammonia, cured in bleach, dipped in battery acid and ignited with the American flag. It’s a damn good time.

 

Because it is September they will play a whole lot of concerts.

 

Friday September 3
 Special O.P.S.
Molly Maguires 
610 NW 65th St
 Ballard
 10PM

Saturday September 11 
Special O.P.S.
 Collins Pub 
526 2nd Ave
 Seattle 
8PM

Thursday September 23
 Special O.P.S.
 Egans Ballard Jam House
 1707 NW Market St
 Ballard 
7PM

Friday September 24
 Special O.P.S.
 Mississippi Pizza
 3552 N Mississippi Ave 
Portland, OR 
9PM

Saturday September 25
 Special O.P.S.
The Jazz Station 
68 W. Broadway 
Eugene, OR 
9PM

Sunday September 26 
Special O.P.S.
The Matrix
 434 NW Prindle St
 Chehalis, WA 
8PM

Tuesday September 28 Special O.P.S. 
The Comet
 922 E Pike St
 Seattle 
9PM

Friday October 1 
Special O.P.S.
 Molly Maguires
 610 NW 65th St 
Ballard
 10PM