Vermillion 1st Thursdays: patchtax/ Some’tet/ SATrio+

| October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
November 3, 2016 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
1508 11th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122


patchtax is a duo comprised of Mary Joy Patchett, saxophone, and Eve Boltax, viola. They are based in Boston and currently in their fifth season. This is the duo’s first appearance on the West Coast. In addition to Seattle, they will be touring to San Francisco and Vancouver.

patchtax explores unconventional performances practices within the realm of classical chamber music. This program consists of compositions by Georges Aperghis, Lei Liang, Luciano Berio, Rosalie Burrell, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and J.S. Bach.


In April 2013, guitarist/composer Michael Whitmore began a weekly residency at the Snapdragon Café on Vashon Island. Over the next three years this ‘Sunday night jam’ grew into a full-blown ensemble … the whole jazz-post-jazz kit and caboodle — Barry Cooper on trumpet/flugelhorn, Dianne Krouse on alto sax/clarinet, Patrick Christie on upright bass, Dodd Johnson on drums/percussion and vocalist Christine Goering.

Sometimes it’s a quartet, sometimes a septet, always a Some’tet.

The music is both composed and improvised. The overall sound is mellow, almost west coast cool, with moments of intense invention. Add a dollop of American primitivism, clusters of neo bossa nova rhythms, the ocassional art song, a torch song, some very soulful vocals — think 60’s era jazz meets KEXP dancing in Rio de Janeiro, with a whiskey & soda in hand and your Nana is catering the gig under a yellow hoodoo moon — Some’tet.


This iteration includes Seth Alexander on saxophone/composer, the Diminished Men’s Dave Abramson on drums, and composer/double bassist Bren Plummer. The + is tenor sax savant Stuart MacDonald who will be joining the trio for the evening. All original music with hard driving melodies, expansive improvisation, and a whole lot of frenetic fun.


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