Archive for July, 2012

Stephen Parris Farewell Show: Non Grata, Special OPS, Dario Elia

Stephen Parris Farewell Concert

Special O.P.S. Honorable Discharge

Non Grata and special guest Italian guitarist Dario Elia

Frankly Mondays – The Royal Room

July 30 – 8pm – no cover

The Frankly Mondays series at the Royal Room features a very special evening of merriment with the Monktail Creative Music Concern. Guitarist Stephen Parris, a principle organ in MCMC’s core body, is leaving Seattle. To send him on his way in style, the collective will come together and do what they do best – have a giant sonic party.


The event begins with Special O.P.S joined by special guests Beth Fleenor & Italian guitarist Dario Elia, and finishes out with the flagship big band Non Grata.

Guitarist and composer STEPHEN PARRIS has been a vital figure in Seattle’s Monktail Creative Music Concern for over a decade as a member of the ensembles Special O.P.S., Non Grata, The Monktail Raymond Scott Orchestra, Shit Orange Horsey, Hunt & Peck, and Rusty Nail if you remember that one. He is also an active member of Gamelan Pacifica, the Heaney-Parris-Rea Guitar Threesome, and a couple of kick ass bar bands. Recent recordings where Stephen can be heard include “Lou Harrison: Scenes From Cavafy” on New World Records, and “Arm Me” By Special O.P.S. on Monktail Records. Radically different albums, but both rather enjoyable in their own way. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Cornish College of the Arts.


Monktail @ ETG: New Tuesday Night Series

Monktail @ ETG

Live Improvisation
on the east corner of Pike and 14th Ave.
Resident DJ Shonuff spinning in-between sets

Tuesday Nights 8pm
Beginning July 31st 2012,
with John Seman’s Lil Coop Sextet.

Featuring monthly residencies of Don Berman, Denny Goodhew with Mark Oi and Adam Kessler, Beth Fleenor, Eric Barber, Simon Henneman, Kate Olsen, and John Seman’s Lil Coop Sextet

No cover!

Don Berman August 21st
Denny Goodhew, Mark Oi and Adam Kessler August 28th

I’ve stood here on my porch for 16 years. ETG is part of my view, poised secretly atop of the artificial limb manufacturer on Pike beneath “Giza” the three great radio towers. ETG, otherwise known as Electric Tea Garden, actually was a tea house briefly but also an AA lodge. If I look all the way back to when I first stood on this porch, the space that is now ETG was just finishing a run as an experimental music venue. Today it is mostly a house of electronic music and dance.

ETG will now open its floor to the machinations of MCMC and the improvised music and jazz community. Patrick Mouton of ETG expressed a desire for the kind of space that is missed by the absence of the Faire Gallery on Capitol Hill. “The Faire” supported a Cap Hill place to get together and let loose if you were a working improviser, inside or out.

Every Tuesday, starting at 8pm, MCMC will feature a local ensemble from within and without the Monktail pool. Each will be given a monthly residency. We are still hammering out the schedule but you can expect to hear from Beth Fleenor, Don Berman, Denny Goodhew, Mark Oi, Adam Kessler, Lil Coop, Simon Henneman, and others. The Monktail Trio will start the third set with Mark Ostrowski on drums, John Seman on bass and yours truly Stephen Fandrich on Fender Rhodes. Our task will be to set the tone for the rest of the night with some straight up improvisation, sit-ins encouraged!


–Stephen Fandrich