Archive for May, 2013

Zachary Watkins and Black Spirituals at Gallery 1412 – June 14



MCMC presents

Zachary Watkins/Marshall Trammell/Black Spirituals (OAK)

Fandrich/Seman/Ostrowski Trio (MCMC)

Jonathan James Carr/Kaori Suzuki (MEM)

Gallery 1412, Friday, June 14, 8pm.


Black Spirituals features a new tradition in conversant duo vernacular utilizing electronics, and heavy-heavy percussion. Watkins’ tunes his fragile circuits as performance developing resonance and as a percussionist, Marshall Trammell explores folkloric Afro-Cuban music systems. Conceptions of space, stage, ritual, performance, geography, praxis, brotherhood, relationships, rockin’ out are living concerns. As individuals, solo vernacular is not at all tethered to idiomatic, timbral expectations associated with the lyricisms of “Free Jazz”-related instrumentalists, in fact Black Spirituals aspire towards a “Multi-Aesthetic Approach to Improvisation.” Marshall writes: “As a ‘tone-generator,’ Mr. Watkins flies me away from the familiar to an ever-emergent present in which we are simultaneously engaged in redefining our singular languages (vertical voice) and horizontally engaging the tandem vehicle that drives Deep Sets.”


Mad Explosive Spontaneity

Borne out of history, cultivated by study, updated by an all-inclusive generation of young players, the new jazz movement is making unprecedented music accessible.

by Jonathan Zwickel, City Arts

Radio Minos at SIFF



Archival footage and a jazzy soundtrack contrast with modern dark humor

A film by Steve Demas, MCMC resident film guy

Featuring Doug Lane, Mark Ostrowski, DJ Hubba Hubba

Music by Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand (Jeffrey Taylor & Mark Ostrowski with PK)

Playing as a part of ALT Shorts: Strange animations, cinematic explorations, and some formal experiments that work on a purely emotional level.

Screening at Seattle International Film Festival, May 23, 2013, 9pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown

2013.05.19 Lil Coop Nonet at Zero-G [recording]

John Seman’s Lil Coop Nonet at Zero-G, Comet Tavern, 19 May 2013.

Billy Monto, Darian Asplund, Dick Valentine, Jeremy Shaskus – saxophones; Robby Beasley – trumpet; Stephen Fandrich – Fender Rhodes; Sam Yoder – percussion; Mark Ostrowski – drums; John Seman – double bass

MCMC 2013 Northwest Folklife Creative Music Spotlight



Organized by MCMC. Featuring Moraine, MetriLodic, Ronin 4, Simon Henneman Quartet, John Seman’s Lil Coop Sextet

Simon Henneman Quartet 7:00 PM-7:30 PM
Moraine 7:40 PM-8:10 PM
Ronin 4 8:15 PM-8:45 PM
Eric Barber’s MetriLodic 8:50 PM-9:20 PM
John Seman’s Lil Coop Sextet 9:30 PM-10:00 PM

Friday May 24, 7-10pm

Seattle Center Theater


Recording by Steve Kennedy-Wiliams available here.

Deal’s Number at Zero-G, Lucid 5/2 [recording]



Deal Rides Again… at the Zero-G Concert Series

We are proud to present Deal’s Number at the Zero-G Concert Series. May 2nd, 8 pm, Lucid Lounge.

Also performing are Syrinx Effect with Kate Olson and Naomi Siegel. They are awesome! Very famous. You don’t want to miss it.

The longest running Monktail contingent in Seattle, Deal’s Number represents the Monktail philosophy of improvisation and spontaneous composition through the musings of saxophonist Bill Monto. Classically trained and devoid of jazz cliché and traditionalist hubris, Monto’s tone stretches and skronks and splats patterns of sound around the rolling boil of the Seman/Ostrowski rhythm section.