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Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents experimental music performances in the Seattle area. Gift Tapes and DRAFT are two Seattle-based experimental record labels curated by Jason E Anderson. In 2017, Gift Tapes/DRAFT will present a program of live performances at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series. These performances will focus on artists residing in the Pacific Northwest involved in/around the experimental music community.
Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents a night of experimental electronic music featuring Matt Carlson, Jeff Witscher, and Jason E Anderson – for the second installment of its 2017 program at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series. Making his first Seattle appearance since the release of The View from Nowhere (Shelter Press), Portland's Matt Carlson will perform a 4-channel piece for modular, synth and voice. Jeff Witscher (Rene Hell) will perform a computer music composition set to video. Local sound artist and Gift Tapes/DRAFT head Jason E Anderson will perform computer-controlled synthesizer.
Matt Carlson is an electronic music composer from Portland, Oregon. He works with analog modular synthesis, voice, computer, field recordings, and improvisation to construct dense clouds of surrealistic electroacoustic sound phenomena. His most recent work includes "The View from Nowhere", a text-sound LP for the French label Shelter Press, and "Aakash", a collaborative LP with vocalist Michael Stirling and guitarist Doug Theriault. He also performs with bass clarinetist Jonathan Sielaff as Thrill Jockey artists Golden Retriever.
Jeff Witscher was born in 1983 in Long Beach, California and currently manages his own cleaning company Vincent's Expert Cleaners in Portland, Or. He has recorded under a few different names, Rene Hell perhaps being the most known. He is an avid chess player & spends most of his time working, cleaning & reading. He focuses on sound composition utilizing his computer attempting strong narratives with accompanying videos for his live performances. He's currently working on Cob Music & reclaiming his position atop fantasy basketball. Recent solo recordings include Bifurcating a Resounding No!, 2014; Meclu, 2013; Vanilla Call Option, 2013.
Jason E Anderson is an artist from Seattle whose work includes performance, recorded works, video, installation, and music for dance. He creates sound using synthesis, acoustic recordings, programming and text. His work emerges from the traditions of experimental music and sound art. Anderson performs and records music under his own name, as Spare Death Icon, and in performance art / music / film hybrid LIMITS with dancer / choreographer Corrie Befort. He is an active performer, an organizer/producer of performance events in the Pacific Northwest, and he publishes the recorded work of his contemporaries on his experimental music record labels Gift Tapes and DRAFT. Anderson's recorded work can be found on these labels, as well as Locust, Digitalis, Aguirre (Belgium), SicSic (Germany), Börft (Sweden) and many others.
Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents a night of experimental electronic music featuring Seth Nehil, RM Francis and Cameron Shafii – for the third installment of its 2017 program at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series. More details coming soon!
Seth Nehil has released over 15 albums of experimental music and has performed internationally. In the last decade, he has produced sound for dance and theater, has written and directed original multimedia performance works and has created multichannel sound and video installations. Among other things, he is currently creating music for a retrospective exhibition by sculptor Bill Wills (August 2017), designing sound for the Hand2Mouth Theater production Psychic Utopia (November 2017) and composing for Linda Austin’s dance piece A World, A World (December 2017). Seth teaches courses in sound and video at the Pacific NW College of Art in Portland, OR.
RM Francis is a Seattle-based musician working with computer-generated sound in performance, installation and recordings. Drawing on a panoply of digital synthesis techniques, his work interrogates the boundaries of musical form and performance. Francis is also a member of the networked computer music ensemble Mesh Collaborative. His spring 2017 release, Hyperplastic Other, is published by Nada.
Cameron Shafii is a San Francisco-based Iranian composer practicing generative and electroacoustic music. His compositions are inflected with a host of digital synthesis processes and are informed by aspects of acousmatic theory, particularly spectromorphology. His works do not impose any temporal scheme upon the listener - rejecting the semiotic operation of 'engagement/disengagement' in the discourse of A.J. Greimas. Rather, he presents an asymmetrical narrative that features hyperkinetic movement, tensions and complex sonorities. His works aim to explore a functional range of sounds from microscopic and minimal, to macro and maximal. Shafii has remixed, reprocessed and produced compositions for Anòmia and Farmacia901. Currently, he is working in conjunction with Chris Douglas (Scald Rougish, Dalglish) on a forthcoming collaborative release. He runs the Ge-stell label.
Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents Jarrad Powell & Pulse Emitter for its forth installment of its 2017 program at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series.
Jarrad Powell is a composer, performer, and teacher. He is currently a professor in the Music
Department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where he teaches composition, world
music, gamelan, tuning and temperament, and other theory-related classes. He is Director of
Gamelan Pacifica and Co-Director of IETI+I ("yeti"), the Institute of Emergent Technology +
Intermedia at Cornish. His compositions have been performed and broadcast internationally
and include pieces for voice, gamelan, various western and non-western instruments, electroacoustic
music, music for theater, dance and experimental film. His work also includes
numerous cross-cultural collaborations, particularly with Indonesian artists. Since the early 80’s
he has directed the group Gamelan Pacifica, one of the most active and adventurous gamelan
ensembles in the U.S. As Music Director and composer for Scott/Powell Performance, a
contemporary dance company formed in 1994, he has created over 20 major works with
choreographer and visual artist Mary Sheldon Scott. Other projects also include music for three
innovative short films of Robert Campbell, as well as Campbell's most recent feature-length
film Pulchrior In Luce. His music can also be heard on environmental activist and filmmaker Jeff
Fox’s most recent documentary film How to Let Go of the World (and Love All the things
Climate Can’t Change). His work has been commissioned by The Walker Arts Center,
Performing Arts Chicago, On the Boards, Music in Motion, Southeastern Center for
Contemporary Art, Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents, the National Performance Network as
well as individual performers. He has received numerous grants and awards, including NEA,
Arts International, Rockefeller Foundation, Paul Allen Family Foundation, 4Culture/King
County, Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs/Seattle, Artist Trust Foundation and Creative Capital
Foundation. His recordings can currently be found on New World Records, Present Sounds,
and Blind Stone Records.
* Locate, Part 3 (2007) - for electroacoustic media; excerpt from a longer work composed for Locate, a contemporary dance piece by choreographer Mary Sheldon Scott.
Pulse Emitter is the musical project of Daryl Groetsch, based in Portland, Oregon. He focuses on hyper-melodic synthesizer music that is calming and transportive. Since 2004, he has released albums on acclaimed labels such as Immune Recordings, Beer On The Rug, Constellation Tatsu, Ultra Eczema, Root Strata, NNA Tapes, and Aguirre Records, and has toured dates and festivals in Europe and North America. His music of late maintains a new age synthesizer styling which is frequently nature and science fiction inspired. Ever-evolving, the recent addition of field recordings and global acoustic elements has lent an imaginary/virtual reality world music atmosphere. Music critic David Keenan has said, "No one is making synth music that feels so organic, so rapturous and so 'in tune' with the contours of outer and inner space as Groetsch."
Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle (50th & Sunnyside in Wallingford)
8pm, $5-15 sliding scale
Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents the Seattle Phonographers Union & Mesh Collaborative for its fifth and final installment of its 2017 program at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series. The Seattle Phonographers Union, a unique collective with an ever-changing lineup, performs site-specific sound works using unprocessed field recordings. Mesh Collaborative, a new network computer music collective making its debut performance, creates synthetic sonic environments by means of realtime cross-compositional systems. More information coming soon!