Michael Bisio, Greg Campbell & Stuart Dempster

Saturday, June 29 · On The Boards Studio Theater · 100 W Roy · 8 PM · $10

Michael Bisio's career as an improvising bassist has run a wide gamut, from the Charles Gayle Trio to Running Man, a chamber-jazz opera by Diedre Murray. He has recorded for many of the top labels in modern improvised music, including CIMP, Silkheart, Drimala, Omnitone, Cadence, Music and Arts, Nine Winds, and Meniscus. In a Cadence magazine review, Frank Rubolino wrote of Bisio, "His playing appears to be produced by sorcery." Dean Roberts of Opprobrium wrote, "He carries with him the virtuosity to facilitate techniques reflective of improvisational and traditional forms at the speed of stream-of-consciousness..." Bisio's long association with multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee has been a source of continuing inspiration. He has also worked with Vinny Golia, James Emery, Rob Blakeslee, and Eyvind Kang and appears on recent releases by Bluette (with McPhee, Joe Giardullo, and Dominic Duval) and the Joe Giardullo Quartet (with Giardullo, McPhee, and Tani Tabbal).

Greg Campbell plays drum set, vibraphone, percussion, and French horn. He has studied with Dave Holland, Cecil McBee, George Russell, and UW percussionist Tom Collier, and has performed with Muhal Richard Abrams, Wayne Horvitz, Stuart Dempster, Bill Smith, and Francois Houle, among others. He has also been a member of Seattle Experimental Opera and the Seattle-based groups Brainstun (led by Christian Asplund), Project W, Ota Prota, and Jessica Lurie's Motorbison. He is currently completing a doctorate in percussion performance at the University of Washington, and has been invited to study the music of the Ashanti in Ghana during the 2002–2003 school year.

One of the world's foremost trombonists and didjeriduists, 'sound gatherer' Stuart Dempster has recorded for numerous labels including Columbia, Nonesuch, and New Albion. His New Albion recording In the Great Abbey of Clement VI at Avignon has become, in the words of one reviewer, "a cult classic." Also on New Albion is Underground Overlays from the Cistern Chapel, which consists of music sources for the 1995 Merce Cunningham Dance Company commission. A Guggenheim Fellow and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, Dempster also soothes aches, pains, and psychic sores with his meditative and playful "Sound Massage Parlor." Besides playing in Deep Listening Band with Pauline Oliveros and others, and with Cathedral Band, he works with ROOM, a Seattle-based movement, sound and visual arts collective.

17th Seattle Improvised Music Festival