Zero-G at Lo-Fi 4.15.15: Ffej, Pink Octopus, Daughters of the Lonesome Isle

Wednesday, April 15

Lo-Fi Performance Gallery ● 429 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle ● 8-11 p.m. ● $6 ● 21+

Zero-G Concerts presents


Ffej (8 p.m.)

For more than 20 years, Ffej has been a highly original voice on the Seattle experimental music scene, creating innovative music spawned from his love of electronic sound. His recent live shows have been elaborate multimedia presentations involving video backdrops of his own creation, foregrounded by his singular vocals and lyrics, an ’80s-vintage keytar, and sequences and synth patches that represent countless hours of programming. The resulting music can range from bouncy and danceable, to lush and dreamy, to unapologetically noisy.


Pink Octopus (9 p.m.)

Pink Octopus is a power rock-jazz-fusion escapade that can only be categorized as a cathartic explosion of sound giving way to sonic landscapes of layered melodies and thundering odd-time grooves. Or, the result of years of listening to and being under the influence of musical masters such as Frank Zappa, Parliament Funkadelic, Black Sabbath, and King Crimson. Jonathan Huffman (guitar), Michael Porenta (saxophone), Luke Wyman (bass), and Ian McCarley (drums) create a combative energy that is as belligerent as it is cooperative.


Daughters of the Lonesome Isle (10 p.m.)

Daughters of the Lonesome Isle unites Seattle improvisers Wally Shoup (alto sax), Bill Horist (guitar, Vietnamese moon lute), Scott Adams (guitar, accordion), Bob Rees (vibraphone, percussion), Greg Campbell (tuba, cornet, percussion), and John Seman (contrabass) in the all-too-uncommon unamplified environment. Drone and pulse meet skronk and thrum in acoustic collaboration. Assembled by Seman on the occasion of his 41st birthday, the ensemble is equal vibes fellowship and supersonics and immeasurable fun.


Zero-G Concert Series Expanding to Multiple Locations

We’re delighted to announce that Zero-G Concerts is back in full flight with a slate of events at no fewer than three excellent venues. We’re honored to continue our partnership with the Wayward Music Series at Chapel Performance Space, as well as forge new affiliations with the Royal Room and Lo-Fi Performance Gallery. The availability of spaces ranging from intimate and informal to expansive and acoustically pristine enables Zero-G to stage a full cornucopia of adventurous music acts bridging 21st century jazz, avant-rock, and the unclassifiable. Read on for details of several supremely appetizing bills we’ve cooked up for you. A full list of currently scheduled events can be found below.

What’s more, we’re thrilled to have been recognized with a nomination for the 2014 Earshot Jazz “Golden Ear” Awards, which each year spotlight the finest jazz artists and events in the Puget Sound region. Zero-G is in the running for 2014 Northwest Concert of the Year for last September’s memorable Charlie Haden Tribute at the Chapel, curated by bassist extraordinaire Birch Pereira in coordination with Zero-G. If you’re so moved, please cast a vote for us before the March 15 deadline by accessing the online Golden Ear Awards Ballot.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at a show!

-the Zero-G crew (Jason, John, Dennis & Rik)

Upcoming Zero-G presentations:

Friday, March 20th, 2015
Zero-G at the Chapel Performance Space
The DeJoie Project
8pm, $5-$15 sliding donation

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Zero-G at LoFi Performance Gallery
Ffej, Pink Octopus, and Daughters of the Lonesome Isle
8pm, $7

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Zero-G at The Royal Room
Focus on Sanity, Being John McLaughlin, Helix
8pm, no cover

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Zero-G at The Royal Room
Fundamental Forces, Sam Boshnak Quintet, Michael Owcharuk ensemble
7:30 pm, no cover

Zero-G at Chapel Performance Space, Friday 3.20.15: The DeJoie Project


Friday, March 20

Chapel Performance Space ● 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, 4th floor, Seattle ● 8-10 p.m. ● $5-15 donation

Zero-G Concerts presents

The DeJoie Project: Music by James DeJoie

Seattle native / woodwind virtuoso James DeJoie celebrates 25 years of writing, playing, and living music in Seaburg by presenting a number of his wide-ranging ensembles and projects: DeJoie 3, Dr.Jd., Quintet DeJoie, and a collaboration with master songsmith Eric Apoe.

DeJoie 3: Chamber music for flute, viola, and clarinet drawing inspiration from the writings of Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, and Tom Waits. With James DeJoie (clarinet), Maxxine Smith (flute), and Alicia DeJoie (violin).

Dr.Jd. Guitarist extraordinaire and longtime musical cohort Dennis Rea joins James in his slightly off-kilter world of spoken word, poetry, and ruminations.

Quintet DeJoie: Jazz-Not-Jazz, composed music, free blowing, classical & rock. Joining James are Steve Kirk (trombone), Matt McCluskey (keyboards), Walter White (bass), and Greg Campbell (drums).


Zero-G Concerts at Lo-Fi 1.14.15: Dave Webb / Super-Z Attack Team / Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand

LoFi Performance Gallery ● 429 Eastlake Ave E # B, Seattle ● 8 p.m. ● $5

Dave Webb (8 p.m.)
A rare solo outing from the phenomenal Wah-Wah Exit Wound / Spacebag guitarist.

Super-Z Attack Team (9 p.m.)
Super_ZSuper Z Attack Team, like any good attack team, is a collection of people with different talents all working for a common goal. That goal is to mystify listeners with an unpredictable combination of sounds from an unusual combination of instruments: Chapman Stick, baritone sax, various percussion, and electronics. Defying conventions and walking the dangerous line between composed jazz-rock and unfettered improvisation. The group started as a small, intelligent, highly mobile unit drawn from Jon Davis‘s Zhongyu band, featuring James DeJoie on woodwinds and Randy Doak on drums and percussion.

Jeffrey_TaylorHound Dog Taylor’s Hand (10 p.m.)
Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand – Climax Golden Twins guitarist Jeffery Taylor and Monktail Creative Music Concern rhythm section John Seman (bass) and Mark Ostrowski (drums) – “sound like Hound Dog Taylor’s actual hand looks: scary and slightly off. It’s artfully mangled noise rock that went to university to study jazz, but dropped out one credit short of graduating in order to go on tour with Sonny Sharrock… in Heaven.” ~The Stranger

Zero-G at Chapel Performance Space, Friday 12.5.14: Triptet + Dempster/Smith


Bi-coastal trio TriptetTom Baker (fretless guitar, theremin, laptop), Michael Monhart (saxophones, laptop, percussion), and Greg Campbell (drums, percussion, French horn, budget electronics) – celebrate their third recording for Brooklyn-based Engine Records. They’ll be joined in their second set by Northwest treasures Bill Smith (clarinet) and Stuart Dempster (trombone, sound massage).


Our compatriots’ year-long Synergistic Thursday series at Lucid is coming to end in December. Don’t miss the few that are left!

Ask-The-Ages8:30 PM ASK THE AGES w/Special Guest ERIC BARBER

Named for free-jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock’s final album, Ask the Ages is a Seattle-based avant-jazz band formed by guitarist Brian Heaney in 2010. Tonight the core group of Heaney, vibraphonist Steven Bell, bassist John Seman and drummer Greg Campbell, will be joined by adventurous saxophonist Eric Barber.


Fundamental Forces - LoresGuitarist Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces is an innovative collective of modern progressive players (Wright, saxophonist James DeJoie, bassist Geoff Harper and drummer Greg Campbell) who have developed a rich library of original compositions that are hauntingly beautiful, thoughtful, and evocative. Fundamental Forces blends forward thinking arrangements with grooves that allure at every turn. That allure propelled their debut album to #21 on the CMJ Jazz radio charts in 2014.

Zero-G at Chapel Performance Space 9.25.14: A Tribute to Charlie Haden


Thursday, September 25 ● 8 P.M.
Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center ● 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle
$5-15 donation welcomed ● all ages
On July 11 of this year, the music world lost the monumental musician Charlie Haden, a man who completely reinvented the approach to the double bass in jazz music. With an amazing career that spanned five decades, he is known for his groundbreaking reinvention of jazz harmony and structure. From Ornette Coleman’s seminal free-jazz quartet to his intensely melodic and sparse approach to duos with Pat Metheny and Keith Jarrett, to leading his own large ensemble, the fiery, politically radical Liberation Music Orchestra, he brought together his love of folk, classical, free jazz, and world music.

Bassist Birch Pereira, a longtime admirer of Haden, has organized a night of music to pay tribute to the man and his music. Pereira will be joined by distinguished Seattle bassists John Seman, Paul Kemmish, Geoff Harper, Evan Flory-Barnes, Carmen Rothwell, and David Michael Marcus. Each bassist will trade off with songs from Haden’s legacy that feature different sets of musicians including Jason Goessl (guitar), Ben Krulewitch (piano), Seth Alexander (saxophone), Scott Morning (trumpet), and more.


Synergistic Thursdays has been going strong for 5 months now and is still gaining steam. This month features two fantastic jazz quartets that seem to use a lot of adjectives (see below).

Thursday, August 07, 2014 • Lucid Lounge • 5241 University Way NE, Seattle • 9-11 p.m. • no cover • 21+

10pm – LADIES LATTE – Hans Teuber (reeds), Steve Moore (keyboards), Geoff Harper (bass) and Tom Zgonc (drums)

Ladies latte is the dream feel that you get at a high-end Seattle coffee establishment. Where you might ask for a male latte and/or a female latte or if feeling fancy, A gentleman’s latte or a ladies latte. The bands musical prowess encompasses this feeling with no regards to correct or wrong of the ladies latte, strong yet gentle just like a lady.

9pm (opening) – FUNDAMENTAL FORCES – Rik Wright (guitar), James DeJoie (reeds), Geoff Harper (bass) and Greg Campbell (drums)

Fundamental Forces plays modern Jazz. Stirred, not shaken. Add in a blend of 90% original composition and 10% unusual reorchestrations, a bit of red pepper flakes, some lime, and there you go!

Synergistic Thursdays at Lucid: MonkeyGoDutch & Fundamental Forces

It’s time once again or our first Thursday showcase of instrumental music at Lucid Lounge. This month we feature original jazz composers Rik Wright & James DeJoie. Our Synergistic Thursday shows continue to be free to those 21 and over.

Thursday, June 05, 2014 • Lucid Lounge • 5241 University Way NE, Seattle • 9-11p.m. • no cover • 21+


9 p.m. Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces

“Blue”, the debut release by Fundamental Forces, has been riding on the CMJ Jazz radio charts for 4 weeks, peaking at #21. Of it, Midwest Record Review says “Wright can fool you into thinking world one minute, rock the next, a touch of new age and back to the core of jazz… Nicely done, this set has a nice magic that works throughout.” This exciting collective of Rik Wright (guitar), James DeJoie (reeds), Geoff Harper (bass) and Greg Campbell (drums and percussion) has steadily gained a reputation in the Pacific Northwest for their stunning showcase performances.

10 p.m. MonkeyGoDutch

MonkeyGoDutch features original works by James DeJoie, heavily influenced by Yusef Lateef and Adam Rudolph, exploring world rhythms, textures and exploratory improvisations.  James DeJoie (reeds) with trusted cohorts of Walter White (bass), Greg Campbell (drums) and Steve Kirk (trombone) give this music an original and infectious sound.

Zero-G at the Chapel, Thursday, 6.19.14: Headless Quartet / Bill Horist & Greg Kelley / Wally Shoup solo

Thursday, June 19, 2014 ● Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, 4th floor, Seattle ● 8 p.m. ● all ages ● $5-15 suggested donation

Zero-G returns to the acoustically sumptuous Chapel Performance Space with a heady triple-bill featuring a lineup of distinguished veteran improvisers and a welcome new arrival on the Seattle creative music scene.


Wally Shoup solo (8 p.m.)

Wally Shoup is a compelling and passionate alto saxophonist and veteran free improvisor who has been involved in playing and organizing since 1974. He is among a handful of Americans who have devoted themselves exclusively to the practice of free improvisation. An early explorer of the relationships between free jazz and noise, Shoup frequently collaborates with artists who similarly traverse the margins between categories. He has worked with many leading experimental musicians, including LaDonna Smith, Evan Parker, Thurston Moore, Nels Cline, Reuben Radding, and Chris Corsano. This rare solo performance is a singular opportunity to experience a master at work.


Bill Horist & Greg Kelley (8:30 p.m.)

Seattle-based guitarist Bill Horist delivers an idiosyncratic and richly emotive take on the world’s most ubiquitous instrument. He has played on dozens of records and has performed throughout North and Central America, Europe, and Japan, collaborating with numerous leading lights in a beguiling range of genres. Perhaps best known for his prepared guitar treatments, his work is widely regarded alongside masters like Fred Frith and Keith Rowe. He has cultivated a unique voice in a number of styles in the realms of  jazz, rock, folk, and experimental music. Horist is also becoming known as a masterful acoustic fingerstyle player in the tradition of Leo Kottke and John Fahey, additionally incorporating elements from Asia, India, the Middle-East, and West Africa. He blends oblique improvisation with driving composition, and his work reflects a more refined, dense, and aggressive approach, very different but analogous to his innovative electric work. Bill has again forged a unique voice that pays respectful homage but also breaks steadfastly from this very established tradition.

Recently relocated to Seattle from Boston, where he was a mainstay of the improvised music community, Greg Kelley has performed throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Argentina, and Mexico at numerous festivals, in clubs, outdoors, in living rooms, in a bank, and at least once on a vibrating floor. He has collaborated with a number of musicians across the globe performing experimental music, free jazz and noise, releasing a number of recordings in the process. He constantly seeks to push the boundaries of the trumpet and of “music.”


Headless Quartet (9 p.m.)

Headless Quartet – Eric Barber (tenor saxophone), Bob Rees (vibraphone), John Seman (double bass), and Tom Zgonc (drums) – first convened at one of the weekly Monktail Spitehouse Tuesday-night sessions. These padres of the Seattle free-improv music community are joined by vanguard vibraphonist Rees for a powerhouse session of action and ecstasy.