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Salon Hiatus

Hello Friends of the Seattle Composers' Salon, I just wanted to put up this post for those who might visit this site... The Salon is taking a short hiatus, but will be back in 2019 with new events and some new ideas. We appreciate all of your support over the years, and we want to thank John Teske for his wonderful curation for the past few years. John is stepping down as curator, and we will be working on a new direction for the Salon in the coming months.

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May 2018 Previews

Jay HamiltonMy Muse, & Equal Temperament, cello and pre-recorded dialogueThese two pieces are part of a work The End and Then…? presented on June 23rd at Velocity Dance Center Seattle. The show is mostly dance with music/dialogues begins with a funeral ends with a murder….and some of it funny. This is a one person performance (7 parts) I will be dancing during in the other 5 pieces sections.soundand.com/Gavin BorchertMazurka, for piano
Berceuse, for pianoPeter Nelson-KingThe Magpie’s Shadow, for solo pianoThe Magpie’s Shadow takes its inspiration from a poem sequence of the same name by Yvor Winters. Inspired by a line by Rimbaud - O saisons, o chateaux! - each poem is a single line of six syllables, a form invented by Winters. 28 poems are arranged in three sections, and my work has 28 aphoristic pieces based on each poem and grouped in the same section plan and same order. The poems depict mysterious, symbolic scenes in nature, possibly a dream landscape the narrator travers…

March 2018 Previews

Sarah BassingthwaighteH20, for soprano, flute, and guitarMy piece is called H2O and will be performed by the Ecco Chamber Ensemble: Sarah Bassingthwaighte, flute; Stacey Mastrian, soprano; Mark Hilliard Wilson, guitar. The piece is written in graphic notation in the shape of a circle and the players rotate the circle as they go through 6 different forms of water: Snow, Droplets, Rain, Storm, Frost, and Ice. There is a lot of guided improvisation used by all of the players. It will be performed on April 21st at SOMA Towers as part of KING-FM’s Resonance Series.sarahbassingthwaighte.comGavin BorchertThree songsSagrada noche (4’)Cuando en el sol (4’)Una vez (7’)Gavin Borchert, piano; Michael Monnikendam, baritoneSome time ago I discovered the song “Nacht und traume” by Schubert, which is now my favorite of all of his. Researching it I stumbled on a beautiful (anonymous) Spanish translation of Matthaus von Collin’s original German text, which itself seemed to beg to be set. To go with it …

January 2018 Previews

Carson FarleyFilm Music, for piano, cello, and fluteFilm Music was composed for a commercial video project for sculptor R. Carlson. Originally scored for piano, string quartet, and synthesizer, this version has been arranged for piano, cello, and flute. Though I am usually a structural composer, this piece was written quickly and entirely from a visual perspective to conform to the visual content of the video project. It has a very simple surface texture with themes, transitions, and modulations from section to section.carsonicsproductions.com/Aaron KeytMusic for Wallace, for pianoWhile living in Somerville, MA for a couple years, we adopted an old, neglected spinet piano. We named the piano Wallace. I wrote an album of short, mostly simple pieces for Wallace, a few of which will be played at the Salon.Ian McKnightThe Trees Awaken, for alto flute, cello, and pianoThis tone poem describes a sleeping forest that comes to life with dancing tree folk before returning to its slumber. …