Wed May 16 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern

5433 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107

Ages 21+

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    Alternative Rock

    “Pinprick guitar lines, swaths of ethereal brass, sub-bass thuds, the clatter of distorted percussion, fever dream lullaby melodies—it can be difficult to discern what sounds we’re hearing over the course of Nordra’s eponymous debut given the strange and unorthodox context of their combination. And while many tech savvy artists have managed to build strange symphonies and texturally curious electronic exercises within the lonely confines of user-friendly software, those in-the-box tactics don’t line up with the mission statement of Monika Khot, the mastermind behind Nordra. “The record has a lot to do with the loss of information from analog to digital conversion, which is then in turn paired with static and dynamic thought discrepancies,” Khot says. “I tried to make as many smoothed-over arcs of sound as I could all alongside very sequenced, quantized beats—making a path from point to point sonically.”

    If that philosophy seems a bit semantically difficult to untangle, Khot’s conceptual approach becomes abundantly clear in the live performances, where deftly crafted on-the-fly MPC beats serve as the static foundation to her dynamic compositions constructed out of guitar, pocket trumpet, analog synth, handmade electronics, and vocals. The harsh and rigid beats that open the album on “Apologize To Me, Humanity” demonstrate the first part of the equation; the layered horn drones, aluminum-neck guitar riffs, and beautifully crooked closing melody encapsulate the latter half. Across the album’s four hallucinatory tracks, it becomes abundantly clear that Khot is a musical mastermind, able to navigate multiple stylistic and tonal shifts while nimbly switching between wildly divergent instruments over the course of a single song, all while maintaining a singular and cohesive vision.

    Given the sonic diversity demonstrated on Nordra, it’s not surprising to discover that Khot’s musical expertise expands beyond the bounds of her solo project. Raised on classical guitar, Khot went electric to experiment with strange hybrids of improvisation, ambient music, and psychedelia in the Seattle-based trio Zen Mother. She also recently received a grant to re-score Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountain, a soundtrack originally composed by Don Cherry in collaboration with the director, perhaps the most famous person to employ the unorthodox pocket trumpet that saturates so much of Nordra’s open spaces. Fueled by Khot’s classical upbringing and current embrace of new horizons, Nordra’s power lies in the alternately beguiling and mystifying intersection of traditional musicianship and pioneering experimentation.

    Khot and her Zen Mother musical compatriot Adam Wolcott Smith recorded Nordra in a house in Seattle in May of 2016. Several months later, Khot spent several weeks on the road performing the album in its entirety while on a summer tour with SUMAC and Jaye Jayle. SIGE Records is proud to release the album to the world on vinyl in 2017.”

  • Spider Trio

    Spider Trio


    (Wally Shoup/ Dave Abramson/ Jeffery Taylor)

    "Powerful, brutal yet cautious and weary. Free music, taking its time to unfold and evolve. Brittle, harrowing, noisy yet focused, tight and explosive." - Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, NYC. 

    Wally Shoup is a passionate saxophonist, veteran free improvisor, and visual artist. Since 1974 he has been an active organizer, DJ, and player of music merging free jazz, free improvisation and noise.  He released his first album, Scree-Run Waltz in 1981. Shortly after arriving in Seattle in 1985, he and Paul Hoskin started organizing the Seattle Improvised Music Festival, which is still running today.  Shoup has performed countless concerts and released many albums, collaborating with Chris Corsano, Thurston Moore, Toshi Makihara, Paul Flaherty, Peter Evans, Davey Williams, La Donna Smith, Nels Cline, etc...

    Dave Abramson is a drummer and percussionist from New Jersey.  Since moving to Seattle in 2002 he has recorded, performed and/or toured with Eyvind Kang, Lori Goldston, Secret Chiefs 3, Climax Golden Twins, Boredoms, Grails, Wally Shoup, etc.  Abramson is a core member of the Seattle based bands Diminished Men, Master Musicians of Bukkake, Wayne Horvitz's The Royal We, Seth Alexander Quintet, and has composed and edited music for The Maureen Whiting Dance company since 2004. He can be heard on albums released by Tzadik, Sub Pop, K, Drag City, Abduction, Conspiracy, Hydrahead, Web of Mimicry, Important records, etc. 

    Jeffery Taylor is one half of the legendary, subversive Climax Golden Twins.  As a shape-shifting guitarist and sound artist, Taylor's playing ranges from haunting melodies and ethereal stillness, to dense textures, controlled chaos and delta blues reformation. In 2008 Climax Golden Twins and members of A Frames joined forces as AFCGT releasing several LPs including the self-titled AFCGT on Subpop. Messenger Girls Trio is another related project that features Rob Millis, Taylor, Dave Knott and Sir Richard Bishop that has produced two LPs of improvised collaged acoustic guitar music.  His most recent project Hound Dog Taylor's Hand features his chameleon-like abilities alongside drummer Mark Ostrowski and bassist John Seman




    Skerik is an American saxophonist from Seattle, Washington. Performing on the tenor and baritone saxophone, often with electronics and loops, he is a pioneer in a playing style that has been called saxophonics.

    Skerik has toured with: Roger Waters, Fred Wesley, Les Claypool, Critters Buggin, Sadhappy, Beta Popes, Syncopated Taint Septet, Garage a Trois, Stanton Moore, Mike Clark, Headhunters, Robert Walter, Ponga, Wayne Horvitz 4+1 ensemble, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Bobby Previte's Coalition of the Willing, New York Composer's Orchestra, Galactic, Tuatara, Mark Eitzel, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, The Dead Kenny G's, Black Frames, Maelstrom Trio, Master Musicians of Jajouka. ILLUMINASTI TRIO, Master Musicians of Bukkake. 

    Skerik has performed/played alongside with, etc with: Mad Season, Medeski Martin & Wood, Primus, Shock G, The Coup, PBS, G. Calvin Weston, Josh Roseman, Shazhad Ismaily, Clyde Stubblefield, Kenny Drew Jr. Melvin Gibbs, Stewart Copeland, Sex Mob, Crack Sabbath, John Scofield, Blotallika, Larry Coryell, Screaming Trees, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Johnny Vidocovich, George Porter Jr., Funky Meters, Kenny Wolleson, Benevento/Russo Duo, Leo Nocentelli, Charlie Hunter, Earl Harvin Trio, Jon Brion, My Name, Kirk Joseph, Big Sam, R.E.M., Warren Haynes, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Word, North Mississippi Allstars, James Singleton, Somo-Somo, Remy Ongala, Freestyle Candela, Bheki Mseleku, Aubrey Oaki, Mino Cinelu, Bob Stewart, Bill Ware, Buckethead, Bernie Worrell, Brain, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ralph Carney, M.I.R.V. Stone Gossard, Lonnie Marshall, DJ Logic, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Get it Gurl, Bonnie Raitt, Ruth Brown, Howard Tate, Maxi Priest, Steve Berlin, David Hidalgo, Ani DiFranco, Steve Kimock, Corrosion of Conformity, Hella, DJ Olive, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Ozomatli, Wolves in the Throne Room, Kayo Dot, SUNN O)))), Master Musicians of Bukkake, DJ Riz, Todd Sickafoose, Scott Amendola, Doze Green, WEEN, Ernest Ranglin, The Meters, Dave Ellis, Yoshida Brothers, Pearl Jam, Gene Ween, Peter Apfelbaum, Jennifer Hartswick, Zigaboo Modeliste, Soulive, Lettuce, Allen Stone, etc....

  • Pink Void

    Pink Void

    Space Rock

    Pink Void is the moniker of Crystal Perez. She's best known in the noise world for her part in the much-revered Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, and currently plays bass in Low Hums. Since 2011, she's created sprawling landscapes of layered static as Pink Void, that are, as she describes, "Sensual nightmare soundtracks for the whole family."


Wed May 16 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern Seattle WA
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Ages 21+