Zero-G at Chapel Performance Space, Friday 3.21.14: Moraine / Michael Owcharuk Trio

Friday, March 21, 2014 • Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center • 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, 4th floor, Seattle • 8-10 p.m. • $5+ suggested donation

Zero-G Concerts launches a new quarterly series at the acoustically pristine Chapel Performance Space with a pairing of acclaimed art-rock unit Moraine and the Michael Owcharuk Trio. Many thanks to Steve Peters / Nonsequitur for partnering with Zero-G on the new series. (Note that we will no longer be presenting Zero-G events at Lucid Lounge – much gratitude to David Pierre-Louis for hosting the series over the past two-plus years.)

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Moraine (8 p.m.)

Moraine returns from a recording hiatus with a set tailored to the Chapel’s exquisite acoustics, just prior to the band’s appearance at Mexico’s Baja Prog festival. Led by veteran guitarist Dennis Rea and rounded out by ace instrumentalists Alicia DeJoie (violin), James DeJoie (woodwinds), Kevin Millard (bass), and Tom Zgonc (drums), Moraine is a shape-shifting instrumental quintet that has built a reputation as one of the most electrifying and original instrumental rock bands anywhere, winning over listeners around the globe with its unique amalgam of art rock, forward-thinking jazz, Asian-inspired music, and more. With a distinctive repertoire balancing rigorously composed passages with exploratory improvisation, Moraine has delighted audiences ranging from progressive rock partisans to jazz aficionados to metalheads.

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Michael Owcharuk Trio (9 p.m.)

The Michael Owcharuk Trio concludes the evening with a set of original instrumental music (prog-jazz? jazz-prog?) that bombastically moves through genre and style with healthy doses of improv. Michael Owcharuk (keyboards), Nate Omdal (bass), Jacques Willis (drums).

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