Monktailfest: 9/24 Mark Ostrowski’s Justified Remains, Neil Welch, Walrus Machine

Monktail Creative Music Concern presents Monktailfest – Celebrating 15 years of Music & Community


Mark Ostrowski’s JUSTIFIED REMAINS (Mark Ostrowski-drums / John Seman-bass / Simon Henneman-guitar)

NEIL WELCH, saxophone / Dio Jean-Baptiste, drums / Carmen Rothwell, bass

WALRUS MACHINE (James McLallen, saxophone and company)


Thursday, September 24 8pm
Blue Moon Tavern
712 NE 45th St

Monktailfest: 9/18 Ask The Ages and Spite House Band

Monktail Creative Music Concern presents Monktailfest – Celebrating 15 years of Music + Community

Zero-G Concerts at the Chapel: Ask The Ages and Spite House Band
Friday, September 18 8:00pm
Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103

Spite House Band (8pm)


The Spite House Band blossomed out of weekly sessions of improvised music organized by composer/pianist/vocalist Stephen Fandrich with the Monktail Creative Music Concern. Fandrich now hosts these weekly events at his home, a long-time oasis for artists on Capitol Hill, in spite of manic high-rise development. Curated by a community of local musicians, the Spite House Series explores performer/artist intimacy and immediacy; music as energy, acoustic, kinetic, precise. Each week’s performance opens with an invocation by the Spite House Band featuring Stephen Fandrich (piano), Beth Fleenor (clarinets), and Bill Monto (saxophones). In celebration of Monktail’s 15th anniversary they will perform a special set in the acoustic womb that is the Good Shepherd Chapel.


Ask the Ages (9pm)


Ask the Ages is a Seattle-based avant-jazz band. Formed in 2010, the group includes Greg Campbell (drums and percussion), Steven Bell (vibraphone), Brian Heaney (electric guitar), Kate Olson (saxophone/woodwinds), and John Seman (bass). The band has also collaborated with an international cast of stellar musicians including Stuart Dempster, Melissa Walsh, Archana Bennur, Bora Ju, and Dale Speicher. Among their influences are Sonny Sharrock, Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane, and Pharoah Sanders.

Monktail Anniversary Fest

Monktail Anniversary Fest

Celebrating 15 Years of Music + Community

9/1 Triple Door Musicquarium: John Seman’s Lil Coop Quintet 8pm

9/18 Zero-G Concerts at the Chapel: Ask The Ages, Stephen Fandrich 8pm

9/24 Blue Moon: Mark Ostrowski’s Justified Remains, Neil Welch, Walrus Machine 9pm

10/1 Vermillion: Flotation Device Live (KBCS DJs Jonathan Lawson & John Seman + guests) 8pm

10/14 Lo-Fi: Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand, Evan Flory-Barnes, Tierra Magos 8pm

10/22 Chapel: Ostrowski/Seman duets & solos, guests 8pm

10/26 EARSHOT FEST at the Royal Room: NON GRATA, Special O.P.S. 7:30pm

10/28 Vito’s: The Wally Shoup Quartet with Bob Rees, Seman, Ostrowski 9pm

10/29 11/1 Lo-Fi: Moraine, The Futhers play ZAPPA/SABBATH 8pm **new date**


Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand July 17 at Blue Moon


Daughters of the Lonesome Isle – recorded live at Lo-Fi, Seattle

Daughters of the Lonesome Isle is John Seman, contrabass; Wally Shoup, alto sax; Bill Horist, guitar and Vietnamese moon lute; Scott Adams, accordion; Bob Rees, vibraphone and percussion; Greg Campbell, tuba, cornet, and percussion.

Recorded live by John Seman at Lo-Fi Seattle 2015/04/15 for Zero-G Concerts

MOTHER MANIA – May 10 at Lo-Fi

Musicians from Monktail Creative Music Concern, Geist and the Sacred Ensemble, Ask The Ages, and Diminished Men celebrate Sam’s & Omaima’s 100th birthdays (ha!) and Mother’s Day

The Futhers :
John Seman bass, Simon Henneman and Brian Heaney guitars, Mark Ostrowski drums -play music by The Mothers and Frank Zappa

Albert Fish 4:
Simon Henneman, Mark Ostrowski, John Seman and Kate Olson on baritone sax perform Thelonious Monk tunes done like a carnivorous free jazz meets hardcore band.

and special guests

LoFi Performance Gallery
429 Eastlake Ave E # B, Seattle, Washington 98109

Sunday, May 10

$5 / 21+ / early 7pm show

Non Grata and Special OPS #tbt [2001-2002]

Non Grata recording sessions, July 2002

Monktail Creative Music Concern – NON GRATA


Stephen Parris discusses art prepared by Mark Ostrowski for Special O.P.S. Requiem for NYC and Ostrowski/Seman duets and solos CD-R packaging, November 2001, Seattle.
Special O.P.S. Requiem for NYC


Lil Coop and Justified Remains video

Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand – Live At The Comet [tape]

First ever release by Seattle’s secret weapon against the tech squares and yuppie droolers! Jeffery Taylor (Climax Golden Twins) spins tall 6-string tales with his guitar and the crowd bows down before an ascended master. Vets of the NW improv-wars, Mark Ostrowski,and John Seman unleash a barrage of sounds via drums and stand-up bass that toss genres like dirty underwear, leaving the inner ear dizzy and thirsting for more…lots more. It’s equal parts groovy, LOUD, and out there for more than just a minute. Live, improvised chanteys for squirming larvae everywhere, “Live At The Comet” is a document from a town that doesn’t even know what’s good for it.

Jeffrey Taylor – guitar

Mark Ostrowski – drums

John Seman – bass

recorded by John Seman at The Comet Sept. 25, 2013

released 24 November 2014 by Eiderdown Records

Limited edition cassette…edition of 100…green and black screen prints on pink stock, drawn by Max Clotfelter

Ask the Ages host at Lofi Front Room DEC 10


Ask The Ages, Heaney/Henneman/Rea Guitar Threesome, OhhoohHo at Lofi Front Room

Wednesday, December 10, 8pm

LoFi Performance Gallery
429 Eastlake Ave E # B, Seattle

Ask The Ages host an evening of new music and free improvisation.

Ask The Ages play in the spirit of Alice Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders, Sun Ra, and perform the music of their guitarist Brian Heaney. With Kate Olson, Steven Bell, John Seman and Greg Campbell.

Heaney/Henneman/Rea Guitar Threesome: This longstanding trio of leading Seattle creative guitarists brew up a head-spinning panoply of incandescent sounds and questionable legal advice. With Brian Heaney, Simon Henneman and Dennis Rea.

OhhoohHo are Mark Ostrowski on drums and Simon Henneman on guitar. Melodic mind-crushing musicians.


DJ of weird music: John Seman (Flotation Device/KBCS)