Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Wander and Wail

3 New Premieres

Concerto for Tea Ceremony by Leanna Keith

Concerto for Tea Ceremony invites the audience to be present and immerse themselves in the experience of receiving a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, an activity practiced by my family for generations. Inspired by “cha dao” or “the way of tea,” instrumentalists are given a set of instructions which are triggered by a live tea ceremony ritual. The text asks the audience to consider how meditation works, and gives permission to try to practice a meditation-like state throughout the piece, while also allowing and expecting both the audience and instrumentalists to fail. The music slowly evolves from a setting of peace to full-blown distraction, and reaches for clarity by the end.

Crow by Leanna Keith

Crow is a love-letter to the Pacific Northwest. As a midwest-refugee, my experience moving to Washington state was colored by suddenly seeing crows every day, when in middle America I had never seen them before. I would spend hours outside watching them, the ways they would move while alone, the ways they flocked together.  Having moved without knowing anyone in the region, my newfound flock was my taiko drum ensemble. After learning that the onomatopoeia for the sound of a taiko drum being hit on the rim was “KA” (also the onomatopoeia for the sound crows make in Japan), an idea was born to combine the two musical realms I loved so dearly. The piece combines taiko drums with piano, vibraphone, and viola - passing a melody around the ensemble where the tune is dissected into pieces, and then warped and reattached through the sounds of the taiko drum.

FUNERAL SENTENCES FOR DAMAGED CELLS by Kaley Lane Eaton

FUNERAL SENTENCES FOR DAMAGED CELLS is a multi-movement work for Emily Thorner, ultra-soprano, and ensemble Kin of the Moon that tells the story of my own family’s journey through multiple generational traumas and how that relates to our current societal predicament. The birth of my great-great-aunt in an insane asylum; the orphaning of my great-grandparents; tumultuous migration to the American west; my grandfather’s tragic experience in a concentration camp; my mother’s untimely death; and the current situation of the living generations of my family, caught in a limbo on this continent they did not rightfully inherit, faced with the disintegration of the American dream. How can the singing voice be a metaphor for epigenetic transmission of trauma and information? How does the evolution of language contribute to our ability to express these traumas? How can digital technology interact with the voice to grip audiences into these stories?

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A New Phase
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

A New Phase

  • Cornish College of the Arts- Kerry Hall (map)
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A New Phase --  with Ewa Trebacz

This program explores three ways of improvising: by responding to pre-recorded sound, to a graphic score and forgotten sounds, and to the moving imagery of an original film.

World Premiere of Ewa Trebacz's Winter After Times of Fire, a surround sound collage of improvisations from the Fort Worden Cistern and Bunkers, Satsop Nuclear Power Plant, Thomson Hall at the UW and the Missionaries Church in Krakow, Poland. In live performance, the work features improvised responses to the audio collage. Commissioned by Kin of the Moon through a grant from King County's 4Culture. EWA TRĘBACZ is a Polish-American composer living in Seattle. Her works range from purely instrumental compositions, to compositions with computer realized sound with live performance, to sound tracks for animated films, to experimental stereoscopic video. Her current artistic explorations are oriented towards immersive media. She often uses space as a catalyst for improvisation, working through Ambisonic recording sessions in acoustically inspiring spaces. Graduating from the UW's Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) with a Ph.D. in 2010, Ewa currently works at DXARTS as a Research Scientist and teaches courses related to digital sound and immersive media.

Violist/composer Heather Bentley's new graphic score Amage #2 begins the program and is followed by Daniel Husser's stunning new film Synthetic Evolution depicting urban and natural landscapes in juxtaposition.

Kin of the Moon musicians Heather Bentley, Leanna Keith, and Kaley Lane Eaton utilize acoustic and electronic sounds to craft improvised sound worlds.

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lily/LUNG LA Edition
Jan
19
8:00 PM20:00

lily/LUNG LA Edition

Kin of the Moon presents the electroacoustic opera lily [bloom in my darkness] (music by Kaley Lane Eaton, libretto by felicia klingenberg and choreography by Karin Stevens Dance) alongside the immersive multimedia work LUNG (co-conceived by Eaton and Karin Stevens). Together these pieces explore issues of migration, connection, and finding one’s voice.

Performers:

Kin of the Moon (Heather Bentley, viola; Leanna Keith, flutes; Kaley Lane Eaton, voice and electronics; and guest Rachel Yoder, clarinets)

Strange Interlude (Lily Press, harp, and Simon Linn-Gerstein, cello)

Karin Stevens, choreography, movement

Amelia Love Clearheart, movement

Tickets are available here.

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When Two Close Kindred Meet - Renée Baker
Jun
16
8:00 PM20:00

When Two Close Kindred Meet - Renée Baker

KOTM commissions a new work from Chicago composer Renée Baker: Tyaga: Divine Life Suite. With guests Gretchen Nicole, cello, and Greg Campbell, percussion and horn. Some of it is written down. Some of it is improvised. All of it is magic. Renée is in residence in Seattle for a week and will also present her original recorded film scores (with films) at the Seattle Public LIbrary main branch on Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm.

Donation $5 - $15 sliding scale

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Atmokinesis with Karin Stevens
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

Atmokinesis with Karin Stevens

  • 1625 Broadway Seattle, WA, 98122 United States (map)
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Kin of the Moon and Karin Stevens Dance present Atmokinesis at the Seattle International Dance Festival.

At-mo-ki-ne-sis | noun | the psychic ability to influence the weather. Atmokinesis is a collaboration with SuperCollider composer Kaley Eaton, Violist/composer/improviser Heather Bentley and Flutist/improviser Leanna Keith and serves as an opportunity as a chance to explore the five elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Aether. It is a musical alchemical experiment involving live improvisation of acoustic instruments, pre-recorded sounds, real-time audio synthesis and digital signal processing written in SuperCollider.

Adding to the alchemical magic is Karin Stevens - re-imagining the elements through movement. 

Tickets may be purchased here.

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Evening the Score: Renée Baker
Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

Evening the Score: Renée Baker

A unique music program featuring film scores by award-winning composer Renee' Baker. The night will feature scores for "Body and Soul" (1925) by Oscar Micheaux and the Baker's film "Dinner: Race, Greed, Abuse and the Priority of Social Justice" (2017). 

As an artist with a vision of racial unity, Baker's music brings people together. Her wide-ranging portfolio covers films from the 1920s to the present, rescored with her original music. As the director of Chicago Modern Orchestra Project music, Renee' moves fluidly through narrative and experimental films. She unites aficionados of classical and avant garde music, early film lovers, and people who want to see and hear more inclusivity in cinema and music. Along the way, Baker welcomes in new audiences by inspiring us to have new and more compelling conversations about how we can challenge stereotypes while writing people of color and women into histories that often excluded them.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

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May
8
9:30 PM21:30

KOTM Public Radiation

Kin of the Moon is excited to offer the first of a series of ongoing monthly all-who-are-gathered sonic participation rituals. Since this is the beginning, the theme for the first happening will be the essence of all sentient things: breathing. We have some breath improvisations and we'll move on from there to inviting actual vocalizations and then employing instruments, whether they be Officially Approved Instruments or just Artifacts of This World That Make Sound. KOTM will offer structures for the series of pieces that we will create together. Please bring sound making objects! Or just your resonating body!

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Nov
18
8:00 PM20:00

THE PURE COLD LIGHT IN THE SKY

Seattle’s new chamber music series, Kin of the Moon, debuts at its spiritual home, the Chapel Performance Space, as part of the Wayward Music Series. Composer/vocalist Kaley Lane Eaton, flutist Leanna Keith, and violist Heather Bentley perform an innovative program of new electroacoustic and acoustic music that transcends genre and classification. Featuring Pulitzer-prize finalist Kate Soper’s Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say, Eaton, Keith, and Bentley’s collaborative electroacoustic improvisation Atmokinesis, and new works from Eaton and others, this program provides a portal into the daring, cutting-edge work of Seattle new music’s iconoclastic women.

Please take a look and a listen to Kaley Eaton's new installation: wilderness for nine loudspeakers...can't wait to hear it in all its three dimensional wonderfulness on November 18! http://www.kaleylaneeaton.com/blog/2017/10/21/wilderness-for-nine-loudspeakers-headphones

Kin of the Moon is an improvisation-centric chamber music series incubated in Seattle's rich musical scene. Headed by violist/improviser/composer Heather Bentley, the group explores sonic rituals, promotes cross-pollination of genres, emphasizes the communicative power of specific performance locales and celebrates the creativity that multiplies itself through the collaboration of performers and composers. The artists of Kin of the Moon devote their lives to reaching higher vibrational levels through sound creation.

Donation $5 - $15 sliding scale

 
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