Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

Kin of the Moon performance-- Neil Welch new works debut @ the Chapel

Neil performs tonight with the outstanding Seattle performance troupe Kind of the Moon. Tonight, Neil debut’s a newly commissioned work, entitled “No house on fire, no.” scored for Flute, Saxophone, Viola, Double Bass and mixed Voice/Piano.

Saturday, October 5th @ Chapel Performance

8pm-11pm, tickets available in advance or at the door

More info: https://kinofthemoon.org/events-calendar

No house on fire, no.

composed by Neil Welch (2019)


for flute, tenor saxophone, viola, double bass, piano and voice

commissioned by Kin of the Moon (2019-2020 season)

About the work:

No house on fire, no. for improvising quintet, explores phonetic text painting, reflections on physical landscapes and the collaborative spirit of a regularly performing ensemble engaged in creative improvisation. The work is segmented into four sections (Introduction, I, II, III) and is intended to progress between sections without pause. All instrumentalists use extended techniques to create undulating sounds of air and wind through various means, such as: fingers sliding on the keyboard with plastic finger picks, flute and saxophone blowing directly into their instruments without engaging pitch, bows sliding on the body of the instrument or swiping against the air itself, feet and hands brushing against the floor, clothing, or instrument. Some passages are dichotomous in their pitch content, blending tempered and non-tempered tuning. No house on fire, no. includes themes using non-pitched breathing through phonetic text painting, with rhythms and phrasing taken from the poem Drawn Together, by Joan Naviyuk Kane.

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Oct
15
8:00 PM20:00

Album release "H E A R" live @ the Royal Room (Earshot Jazz Event)

Performing with Neil’s latest collaborative project Hear to Play, drummer Gregg Keplinger, bassist Kelsey Mines and Neil on saxophone’s celebrate the release of their new album H E A R

Inspired by the fire of 60’s era free jazz, the soulful aesthetic of sun ra and modern improvisation, Here to Play is a powerful trio the blends acoustic and electronics to masterful effect.

Album Release and Performance!

Royal Room Seattle—and Earshot Jazz Festival event

8pm-11pm

Tickets available in advance or at the door

Royal Room website: http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com/calendar.php

photo credit / Haley Freedlund. L to R (Gregg Keplinger, Neil Welch, Kelsey Mines)

photo credit / Haley Freedlund. L to R (Gregg Keplinger, Neil Welch, Kelsey Mines)



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Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

John Teske "Vector Scores" new works debut. Live @ the Chapel

Seattle composer John Teske presents a new suite of graphic and generated works for any ensemble as part of his ongoing vectorscores project. Since 2016, John has been writing music with vectorscores, which uses web technologies to generate and render scores. The shape of each piece is composed, with some flexibility in the details, so the works as a whole are crafted but each performance is unique. The new suite explores some recurring thoughts, visions, and dreams from a dark and surreal time, as well as expanding on the potential of the vectorscores project.

Any Ensemble:
Greg Campbell, percussion
Luke Fitzpatrick, violin
Haley Freedlund, trombone
Noel Kennon, viola
John Teske, double bass

Neil Welch, saxophone

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Aug
31
6:30 PM18:30

Shhh...Secret Forest Show

Shhhh….Secret Forest Show

The annual collaborative concert between composer John Teske and Neil Welch. Performing graphic scores with quintet, John and Neil will explore sound among the tall trees at Seattle’s Discovery Park.

Directions are available by pictorial images with minimal text. Available very soon and published here.

Saturday, August 31st @ Seattle’s Discovery Park

6:30-7:51 (sunset)

Directions to come

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Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

Solo Saxophone-Sacramento, CA

Neil will perform a long set of solo saxophone music inspired by graphic scores, improvised “resonance models,” prepared melodic material, and off-the-cuff-improvisations, all informed by exploring the deep resonances of the horn. Works will include wind, multiphonics, pointillist, elongated melody, and more.

Sacramento, CA @ Gold Lion Arts

8pm / ticket info to come soon

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Aug
6
10:00 AM10:00

Solo Saxophone + Scrambler sound painting band --Vermillion Bar

Neil Welch solo saxophone set on Bass, Tenor and Soprano saxophones, exploring improvised resonances in the concrete/20 ft. ceilings back room bar at Vermillion. Following Neil’s performance, he will join Christian Pincock’s Scrambler ensemble for a set of live improvisation sound painting.

Vermillion Gallery and Bar

8:00pm / Neil solo set

9:00pm / Scramble sound painting ensemble

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Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

Bad Luck Duo live @ the Central Saloon

The Central Saloon Presents:

Grex (Oakland)
https://www.grexsounds.com/

Grex is an art rock band based out of Oakland, California. In biological terms, “grex” refers to the aggregation of a multitude of tiny, amoeba-like creatures combining to create a superorganism. Grex (the band) works the same way: two musicians who can function as one, the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Grex has been called "essential current-and-future listening" (Tiny Mix Tapes), exploring the meeting point between psychedelic pop/rock and the dark outer reaches of noise and free jazz. The band recalls the explosive power of late John Coltrane, the dark energy of Suicide, and the whimsical weirdness of Skeleton Crew and Deerhoof.

Bad Luck - Seattle
http://www.badluckband.net/home

Rae (Seattle)
Members of Heatwarmer

8pm // 21+ // $8

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Jul
17
8:00 PM20:00

Solo Piano / Solo Saxophone @ the Chapel

Pianist Rich Pellegrin (Florida / Seattle) returns to Seattle to host a night of far-reaching solo performances. Rich is a masterful pianist steeped in the music of 60’s jazz and modern minimalism. Neil will follow with a set a improvised pieces on several different saxophones, exploring the resonant sound bath of the Chapel Performance space.

8:00-10:00pm / $15-15 sliding scale donation

Location: Chapel Performance space (4th floor) of the Good Shepherd Center

https://historicseattle.org/project/good-shepherd/

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Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Solo saxophone @ Chapel Performance space

Neil will play a set of solo, acoustic saxophone improvisations and original compositions. These will include tenor and soprano, but also the lesser heard behemoth Bass and the smaller C soprano saxophones. Expected work to explore abstract, improvised sound structures that involve continuous phases of sound, noise, and athletic pointillism melodies. All of it explores the full range of the horn, from key clacking and air, to overblown blasting through acoustically generated multiphonics and chords colors. 

Sharing the bill with: Wally Shoup (solo saxophone), Guitar Trio featuring Bill Horist, Matt Benham and Tom Scully, and trombone duo with Haley Freedlund and Amelia Coulter.

@ the Chapel Performance Space (4th floor) of the Good Shepherd Center:

https://historicseattle.org/project/good-shepherd/

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Jun
6
9:00 PM21:00

Scrambler Conduction band @ Vermillion Bar

A monthly series of works with the Scrambler conduction band. This large ensemble was selected player by player by trombonist/composer Christian Pincock. In the Scrambler band each member is asked to respond on the spot to Conduction Language symbols, which serve as visual ways of representing action in music. This ensemble has workshopped this music on the bandstand for several years now, and has a dedicated cast of players that now rehearse regularly. I’ll be playing bass saxophone tonight!

Free!

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May
30
2:30 PM14:30

Racer Sessions featuring Tom Varner @ Cafe Racer

Tonight I will perform alongside jazz french horn legend Tom Varner and the exceptional drummer Ruby Dunphy at Seattle’s long-running performance series the Racer Sessions. We will explore the interstitial space where energy traverses the room, and sound/silence traverses the body.

8:00-10:00pm / FREE

8:00-8:30 (Trio Performance) / 8:30-10:00 (Open free improv jam)

Racer Sessions website

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May
5
6:00 PM18:00

FreeSessions solo set: Missoula, WA

“My solo, acoustic works are impermanent auditory constellations—particulate structures, strata, monoliths, and dust—resonance imaginations on tenor, c soprano, alto and bass saxophones. I aim to cast light into my own notion of abstract sound/silences through various means:

multiphonics, screaming into the horn, phases of conical tone undulations, graphic notations, key clacking, tempered pitches, semitones, wind”

Location: Imagine Nation Brewing Company (Missoula, Montana)

6pm / Free and all ages

Website: The FreeSessions

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May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Object Space solo set: Spokane, WA

Neil will play a set of solo, acoustic saxophone improvisations and original compositions. These will include tenor and soprano, but also the lesser heard behemoth Bass and the smaller C soprano saxophones. Expected work to explore abstract, improvised sound structures that involve continuous phases of sound, noise, and athletic pointillism melodies. All of it explores the full range of the horn, from key clacking and air, to overblown blasting through acoustically generated multiphonics and chords colors. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/403907137109476/

Address:
1818 E Sprague

Spokane, Washington 99202

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May
1
8:00 PM20:00

Turn Turn Turn solo set: Portland, OR

Tonight at Turn Turn Turn in Portland, solo to trio saxophones -- conical explorations in multiphonics, layered resonances, noise and ambience. “Seattle's Neil Welch joins us for a solo set followed by a SAX choir” Lee Elderton// Rich Halley // Patrick McCulley

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/553941698468522/

Location: Turn Turn Turn (Portland, OR)

Time: 8:00-11:00pm

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Apr
28
8:00 PM20:00

Alt. Library solo performance: Bellingham, WA

Neil will play a set of solo, acoustic saxophone improvisations and original compositions. These will include tenor and soprano, but also the lesser heard behemoth Bass and the smaller C soprano saxophones. Expected work to explore abstract, improvised sound structures that involve continuous phases of sound, noise, and athletic pointillism melodies. All of it explores the full range of the horn, from key clacking and air, to overblown blasting through acoustically generated multiphonics and chords colors. 

Sharing the bill with: ARCHITECTURE OF A COLLECTION and VIDEO ARENA

Tickets and more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/639362699836865/

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Oct
23
8:00 PM20:00

Concepcion Picciotto ensemble at the Earshot Jazz Festival

I am thrilled to have my large ensemble work Concepcion Picciotto performed at the fall Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle. Show location and other details to come.

Concepcion Picciotto ensemble

Concepcion Picciotto is Seattle saxophonist and composer Neil Welch’s most ambitious large ensemble work to date. Totaling nearly 30 minutes, the piece was inspired by the life and death of Concepcion Picciotto, a homeless peace activist who held a 35 year nonstop vigil for nuclear disarmament at the gates of the White House. In the ensemble writing, Neil aspired to capture the dynamism of Concepcion’s tireless mission. The work is scored for saxophone section, string trio, rhythm section, mezzo-soprano vocal soloist and tenor saxophone soloist. Concepcion uses lush orchestration, embedded with Neil’s signature multiphonics (acoustically generated saxophone chords) into the part writing itself. The sweeping landscapes in Concepcion are contrasted by powerful vocal melodies and driving rhythmic grooves. 

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Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

From North India to the Northwest: Featuring Pandit Chatterjee (sitar)

Island Consort presents:

From North India to the Northwest 

Classical Hindustani and contemporary western classical music.

Featuring master sitar player Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee from Kolkata, India

Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center

$5-15 sliding scale donation / Tickets available at the door

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From North India to the Northwest celebrates the rich musical connections between artists from diverse musical backgrounds. During one evening, the event will alternate performances by two outstanding ensembles:

From Kolkata, India master sitar player Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee will perform alongside Northwest artists Ravi Albright on tabla, and saxophonist Neil Welch (of Bad Luck, King Tears Bat Trip). The artists will explore a fusion of classical and western improvisation.

From Whidbey Island, contemporary classical pianist Sheila Weidendorf leads an ensemble exploring the music of Alan Hovhaness, Rebecca Clarke’s Morpheus and more. Sheila is joined on stage with Seattle's James Patterson (french horn) Roxanna Patterson (viola).

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Jul
28
8:00 PM20:00

Solo performance showcase at the Gallery 1412

Gallery 1412 (Central District)

8-10pm / $5 - $15 Donation / Facebook Event

Tonight's concert will feature 4 solo performances by artists working in acoustic sound art. The virtuosic saxophonist Rhonda Taylor is up in Seattle from Las Cruces, New Mexico, and this event is in support of her tour. More details to come:

Chris Icasiano: solo drums

Neil Welch: solo saxophone 

Noel Kennon: solo violin

Rhonda Taylor: solo saxophone

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May
28
5:00 PM17:00

Solo Set at the Couth Community Jazz Festival / Couth Buzzard Bookshop

*Note: early set. 5:00-6:00pm*

Longtime Seattle saxophonist, organizer and general outstanding human Kenny Mandell organizes the day-long Couth Community Jazz Festival, held at the Couth Buzzard Bookshop. This afternoon I'll play a one-hour solo set of works inspired by the jazz tradition, interpreted in my own performative language. Come grab a up of coffee or get a beer and support wonderful community jazz festival. It's a very informal and laid-back atmosphere. Admission is by donation.

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May
19
10:00 PM22:00

Concepcion Picciotto large ensemble at the Ballard Jazz Festival

I am thrilled to announce that my latest large ensemble work Concepcion Picciotto will be performed at the Ballard Jazz Festival on May 19th. 

Saturday, May 19th @ the Eagle's Club

Time: TBD

Event: Ballard Jazz Walk

Concepcion Picciotto is Seattle saxophonist and composer Neil Welch’s most ambitious large ensemble work to date. Totaling nearly 30 minutes, the piece was inspired by the life and death of Concepcion Picciotto, a homeless peace activist who held a 35 year nonstop vigil for nuclear disarmament at the gates of the White House. In the ensemble writing, Neil aspired to capture the dynamism of Concepcion’s tireless mission. The work is scored for saxophone section, string trio, rhythm section, mezzo-soprano vocal soloist and tenor saxophone soloist. Concepcion uses lush orchestration, embedded with Neil’s signature multiphonics (acoustically generated saxophone chords) into the part writing itself. The sweeping landscapes in Concepcion are contrasted by powerful vocal melodies and driving rhythmic grooves. 

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