Zero-G at White Rabbit, Sunday 8.4: Fundamental Forces / Michael Owcharuk Quintet / Slingshot Songs

Sunday, August 4 • White Rabbit • 513 N 36th St. in Fremont, Seattle • 8 p.m. • $5 • 21+

FUNDAMENTAL FORCES (8 p.m.)

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Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces is an innovative collection of modern progressive jazz players who’ve developed a rich library of original repertoire that is hauntingly beautiful, thoughtful, and evocative. Their performances effectively pull together the two extremes of acoustic and electric jazz without sacrificing the crystalline character of either. This modern jazz ensemble concentrates on modern original repertoire, some unusual covers of modern popular music, and a few unique arrangements of American standards. With Rik Wright (guitar), James DeJoie (woodwinds), Geoff Harper (bass), and Greg Campbell (drums).

MICHAEL OWCHARUK QUINTET (9 p.m.)

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Michael Owcharuk is a composer, pianist, accordionist, and educator whose great love of the wide world of music compels him to work in many genres, including but not limited to jazz, new music, modern chamber and orchestral music, classical, Slavic folk, rock, pop, and music for dance, theater, and film. Michael co-directs the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble, leads the Michael Owcharuk Trio and The End Ensemble, and performs with FLOW, Beth Fleenor’s Workshop Ensemble, and Crystal Beth and the Boom Boom Band. In addition he is a ballet accompanist at Belltown Ballet Studio and works as a sideman/pianist/accompanist for concerts, gigs, events, recording sessions, and recitals. Michael actively composes and produces concerts featuring his own work and the work of fellow local artists.

SLINGSHOT SONGS (10 p.m.)

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Slingshot Songs is a project featuring onetime Seattleite / current NYC resident Jessica Lurie (saxophone) with local leading lights Samantha Boshnak (trumpet), Beth Fleenor (clarinet), and Evan Flory-Barnes (bass), plus occasional additional cohorts. Lurie defies all boundaries, bringing her individual sound to diverse types of music while preserving their stylistic authenticity. She has performed, toured, or recorded with such heavy hitters as Bill Frisell, the Indigo Girls, Ivan Neville, David Krakauer, Fred Wesley, Allison Miller, Booker Washington Jr., Paul McCandless, Sleater Kinney, Jenny Scheinman, the James Blood Ulmer Trio, and Nels Cline.

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