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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Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Solo + electronics performance at the Gallery 1412

Gallery 1412 (Central District)

8-11pm / Donation

Tonight's concert will feature 5 solo performances by artists working in acoustic + electronic sound work. 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:

Rhonda Taylor: solo saxophone + electronics 

Chris Icasiano: solo drums + electronics

Neil Welch: solo saxophone + electronics 

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Oct
25
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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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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May
4
to May 5

King Tears Bat Trip show @ Hollow Earth Radio

Now here's a rare performance of King Tears Bat trip! Noise saxophone, washed out guitar, 4 drummers. We share the bill with Loolowningen and The Far East Idiots (Tokyo), and Seattle-based QOQO ROBOQS. 

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LOOLOWNINGEN & THE FAR EAST IDIOTS (Tokyo)

Tokyo-based alternative/progressive rock trio,
Ink wash painting-like sounds and unicursal rhythms,
For all wanderers, 
https://loolowningen.bandcamp.com/

QOQO ROBOQS (TUF)

analog gear w dripped-out vocals :: techno + love
https://qoqoroboqs.bandcamp.com/

8 pm door / 9 pm show
$7-15 donation / no one turned away for lack of funds

Always all-ages
No drinking or drugs in or around the space, please

The main space is ADA accessible; the bathroom is down a long hallway with one small step down.

Read about our safer space policy here:
http://www.hollowearthradio.org/safer_space

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Apr
22
2:30 PM14:30

Selections from Concepcion Picciotto piece. Jack Straw Productions

This afternoon Neil will share a brief performance (4:25-4:45), demonstrating selections from his new large ensemble work Concepcion Picciotto. Neil will perform an acoustic duet with mezzo-soprano vocalist Danielle Sampson, and will then share recorded selections from this newly-recorded work.

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Location: Jack Straw Productions

Cost: free

2:30-3:15: Beth Fleenor’s Workshop Ensemble

3:30-4:10: Gin Hammond’s VRVO

4:25-4:45: Neil Welch / selections from Concepcion Picciotto large ensemble 

5-5:30: Aaron J. Shay

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Apr
16
8:00 PM20:00

Scrambler Conduction band at the Royal Room

Night 2 in the 3-month residency for 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. 

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Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Solo saxophone set at the Vermillion Gallery

At the Vermillion Gallery I will perform solo saxophone works of the improvised and composed sort. At Vermillion I feel empowered to explore sound and silence of the sort that confronts the listener in the smallest of musical details, to the broadest cascades of noise. I hope you will come and explore these areas with me. Recent additions to my saxophone family now include the C Soprano and C Melody voices, of which I'll perform tonight, in addition to tenor and alto. 

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Mar
26
8:00 PM20:00

Scrambler Conduction Band show at the Royal Room

Tonight begins 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. 

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Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

Solo set at the Woodland Theatre

Tonight I play acoustic solo works for tenor, alto, soprano, C Soprano and C Melody saxophones. The Woodland Theatre, formerly known as The Josephine is one of a handful of artist-run venues left in Seattle. I've played this space numerous times in the past. The room lends itself well to acoustic exploration, and this will be my first solo performance at the Woodland.

Tonight's show is curated by the fantastic violist Noel Kennon. Performers to include the incomparable Lori Goldstein on cello, Mike Gebhardt on drums, and more to be announced. 

From the performance description of tonight' music:

Saxophonist and composer Neil Welch surveys what he calls the "resonance palette," culling sound and and silence from the horn through methods that bring the listener deep inside the saxophone's underbelly. Whether the sound whirs near the horn or blasts in guttural wails, Neil's solo work confronts the acoustical limits of the room. Performed acoustically and without amplification, his techniques such as multiphonics (naturally generated chords), semitones, chirps, scrapes and wails are paired with athletic melodic cycles played in the extreme ranges of the instrument. At the Woodland Theatre Neil will perform on the tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones, but also the lesser heard C-Melody and C-soprano horns.

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Mar
6
2:30 PM14:30

Scrambler ensemble performs at Cafe Racer

Seattle's own Cafe Racer is re-born from the ashes! There's fresh energy in the cafe and the room itself sounds acoustically more controlled after a few minor structural changes. This Sunday I'll join trombonist / composer Christian Pincock for a performance at the Racer Sessions in his Conduction Ensemble called Scrambler: 

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. Come and join us in one of Seattle's best avant series. 

8:00-8:30 Conduction Bad

8:30-10:00 Open improvisation sesssion

As always, the Racer Sessions is Free and open to all ages.

 

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Mar
4
8:00 PM20:00

Bad Luck at the Racer Sessions. Back at Cafe Racer!

It seems as though the legend of Cafe Racer cannot be put to rest. On March 4th the Racer Sessions are back at the newly opened Cafe Racer! To kick-of the the Racer Sessions return to our beloved space, Bad Luck will perform as the opening curator. We are thrilled to take part in this night of music. As always, the Racer Sessions are free, open to the public, and open to players of all levels of ability. 

8:00-8:30pm Bad Luck opening set / 8:30-10:00pm Open free improv jam

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Mar
2
8:00 PM20:00

Bad Luck at the Royal Room. Debuting new material!

I am THRILLED to say that the Bad Luck duo will be playing a show on March 2nd debuting new material. We've worked hard over the last year to codify our current set, and hammer it into the ears of our audiences. But we're now ready to add new material into the mix. This music includes bold new iterations of our sound, including among other areas, the addition of electronics into Chris's kit for the first time! 

Tonight we share the bill with two amazing bands, Darto and Zen Mother  This will be one Hell of an intense show. We hope to see you out!

Show details here at the Royal Room website.

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Feb
24
4:00 PM16:00

Scrambler Conduction Band / Ascension NW at the Royal Room

Set 1: Ascension Northwest band

One year ago Seattle drummer and percussionist Don Berman dreamed up a large ensemble inspired by the 50 year passing of the great John Coltrane. Don envisioned putting together a band that could further explore the unique environment captured in Coltrane's album Ascension. This ensemble uses rhythm section, 3 saxophones, two basses, percussion, trumpets, bells and all the whistles. The band will perform a single lengthy work recorded by the band earlier this year. I am honored to play the tenor chair

Set 2: Scrambler Conduction band

Night 3 in the 3-month residency for 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. 

 

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Feb
24
4:00 PM16:00

High saxophone duets @ the Spite House

Tonight longtime Seattle saxophonist Dick Valentine and I will explore jazz tunes and gritty improvisations that explore the timbres of the high saxophones. Additionally, we will bring the listener through a sonic journey using resultant or "difference tones" created with our instruments. Dick will perform on the rarely heard Sopranino, and I will perform on the C Soprano. Dick is a world traveler that has an extensive instrument collection of rare artifacts from around the world, and this open-minded aesthetic is absolutely reflected in his horn playing. 

The Spite House is one of Seattle's best avant venues, and is located in a cozy house no less. Admission is pay what you can, donation-based. As always, admission includes home-cooked food, great conversation and innovative music.

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Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Roscoe Mitchell "Nonaah" performance

Tonight Neil will join saxophonists Kate Olson, Ivan Arteaga and Seth Alexander for a rare performance of Roscoe Mitchell's masterpiece Nonaah. This composition one of the most challenging saxophone ensemble works ever composed, and merges improvisation seamlessly with beautiful disjunct themes. 

Performance at 9pm

$5-10 suggested donation at the door.

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Nov
10
to Nov 11

Bad Luck Performance: Full of Roses at Fred Wildlife Refuge

Tonight Bad Luck (alongside drummer Chris Icasiano) will collaborate with Seattle performer/musician Abigale Swanson, known as Stultus Corporis. This is a new durational performance entitled Full of Roses, performed at Fred Wildlife Refuge (Capitol Hill, Seattle).

Fred Wildlife Refuge (Venue) 

Total performance length: 6pm-12am / Bad Luck performs around 8:30pm

About: Full of Roses is an immersive, interdisciplinary, installation exploring the sanctity of blood released without violence, without trauma and its universal ability to nurture growth and creation. The performance, beginning at 6PM and ending at 12AM, will engage all of the senses featuring a film by Lauren Rodriguez, and a new collaborative composition by Monika Khot (Nordra, Zen Mother), Chris Icasiano & Neil Welch (Bad Luck), Abbey Blackwell (former La Luz; Great Spiders), and a durational performance by director, Abigail Swanson. 

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Nov
4
8:00 PM20:00

Seattle Composer's Salon

 

Tonight Neil will debut "Exit Cycles"--four brief compositions for tenor/soprano saxophones and mezzo-soprano vocalist. He'll be joined by Danielle Sampson, a widely-acclaimed vocalist who recently moved to Seattle from San Francisco. This event is part of the Composers Salon, and a number of other composers will present new or emergent works!

Composer's Salon / Good Shepherd Center / 8-10pm / $5-15 (pay what you can)

Exit Cycles came to light while reading William Carlos Williams' Kora in Hell, and Neil's work here addresses the experience of entering into and exiting from the artistic process in day to day living.  

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Nov
3
9:00 PM21:00

Neil Welch Trio Live at Egans

Saxophonist Neil Welch shares the stage tonight with bassist Abbey Blackwell and drummer Mike Gebhart. 

Egan's Ballard Jam House: 9:00-10:30pm / $7 at the door.

For this new set, Neil limited himself to composing each piece from start to finish in under 30 minutes. The tunes are little bursts of compositional energy, using quarter-tones in be-bop phrasing, lots of space for blowing, and a detailed, topographical approach to improvising together. 

 
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Oct
23
8:00 PM20:00

Bad Luck @ the Earshot Jazz Festival (Seattle Art Museum)

Neil performs with his duo Bad Luck (saxophone/electronics + drums) for the Fall, 2016 Earshot Jazz Festival.  Bad Luck is collaborating with visual artist Kevin Blanquies, who has curated a film to be projected during their set. We welcome you to join us Sunday, Oct. 23rd, 8pm at the Seattle Art Museum.

Bad Luck opens for the European band Conference Call, which features the German avant-garde saxophonist Gebhard Ullman.

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