Jan. 11, 2020 – The SPU performs in collaboration with clarinetist James Falzone in an evening of field recordings and wind instruments

8:00 pm | Chapel Performance Space | $5 $15 donation at the door

The Seattle Phonographers Union have been improvising solely with unprocessed field recordings since 2002. As a group, we will continue to explore using this incredibly vast resource of field recordings as our means of expression. This event is an attempt to explore how we, as a unit, can collaborate with other entities while maintaining our approach. In that spirit, we have invited noted clarinetist James Falzone to join us for an evening of improvised sounds. The Phonographers will set up smaller, localized sound systems throughout the space, creating a rich tapestry of sounds that will allow Falzone to wander through the space and respond.

James Falzone is a clarinetist, composer, and improviser whose work in the jazz and creative music scenes has won him international acclaim. A veteran contemporary music lecturer and clinician, as well as an award-winning composer who has been commissioned by chamber ensembles, dance companies, choirs, and symphony orchestras around the globe, Falzone leads his own ensembles (Allos Musica and The Renga Ensemble), and has released a series of critically-acclaimed recordings on Allos Documents, the label he founded in 2000.

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Feb. 3, 2018 – Seattle Phonographers Union + MESH Collaborative at Good Shepherd Chapel

Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents the Seattle Phonographers Union & Mesh Collaborative at the Chapel Performance Space. The Seattle Phonographers Union, a unique collective with an ever-changing lineup, performs improvisations using unprocessed field recordings. Mesh Collaborative is a computer network music collective that creates synthetic sonic environments by means of real time cross-compositional systems. Both sets of sound/music will be performed over a 4-channel sound system. DETAILS

Dec. 23, 2017 – Seattle Phonographers Union at Good Shepherd Chapel

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Oct. 27, 2017 - Seattle Phonographers Union at Georgetown Steam Plant

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Jan. 19, 2017 - Phonographers & Musicians

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Aug. 28, 2016 - Phonographers in the parks

Performance with Seattle Phonographers Union at Pritchard Island Beach Park and Duwamish Waterway Park as part of City of Seattle's Put the Arts in Parks program, funded by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Parks & Recreation.

Aug. 27, 2016 - Phonographers in the park

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