17th SEATTLE IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL

John Voigt, Wally Shoup, Dan O'Brien & Bob Rees

Friday, June 28 · On The Boards Studio Theater · 100 W Roy · 8 PM · $10


John Voigt, (bass) whom Cadence magazine called an "avatar of creative music in Boston," improvises on upright electric bass. He has performed with Milford Graves, Andrew Cyrille, Paul Motian, and Joseph Jarman, among others, and has taught at the Massachusetts College of the Arts and Berklee College of Music. Like Laurence Cook, Voigt played early on with the brilliant, underrecognized pianist Lowell Davidson, and both have also played to great acclaim in recent years with saxophonists Sabir Mateen and Jemeel Moondoc. Voigt has also collaborated in Boston and New York, at numerous Vision Festivals and Knitting Factory gigs, with many leading improvisers and out-jazz performers, including Peter Brötzmann, Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Milford Graves, Joseph Jarman, Thurston Moore, and Butch Morris. Voigt also is a composer of new music works for the bass that have been performed by such leading players as Bertram Turetzky.

"In his hands the bass turns into a real talker, a mythical creature, a mouthpiece for the history of man." — The Improvisor


A free improvisor since 1974, Wally Shoup (alto saxophone) has worked with Davey Williams & LaDonna Smith, Thurston Moore, and Nels Cline, and has been involved with the Seattle improvising scene since the mid-'80s as a player and an organizer (Seattle Improvised Music Festival, Other Sounds Concert Series). A compelling, intense, and imaginative saxophonist, his Seattle projects have included Catabatics, Project W, and the Wally Shoup Trio. His improv trio Project W made two CDs and opened for Sonic Youth in Seattle; its debut album was named a top-10 release of 1996 by Cadence magazine. Shoup's 1999 tour of the Northeast with Thurston Moore and Toshi Makihara is documented on Hurricane Floyd (Sublingual). In recent years, Shoup has been a member of the extraordinary light- and heat-seeking quartet Stackpole, along with Seattle guitarist Dennis Rea, and of Ghidra, which includes electric guitar innovator Bill Horist (see Bill Horist–­Dennis Rea–­Doug Theriault guitar trio, Thursday June 27).

"Fiery, true, and controlled ... nothing short of masterful" — The Stranger


Bob Rees studied under Mary Zyskowski at Eastern Washington University, earning degrees in Developmental Music and Percussion Performance. As a classically trained percussionist, Bob was a soloist with the Spokane Symphony, as well as the 1992 national winner of the Yamaha Music Teachers National Association solo competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since moving to Seattle in 1998, Rees performs regularly throughout the Northwest in a number of projects ranging from rock to contemporary improvisation. Groups and/or musicians Bob has recently played with include Daniel Carter, Wally Shoup, Reuben Radding, Bill Horist, Greg Sinibaldi, Jesse Canterbury, Jessica Lurie, Mike Stone, Tony Grasso, Craig Flory, John Wicks, BeeCraft, The Don Goodwin Group, Oxygen Ensemble, Wig Pilot Charter, Pulp Ensemble, and the rock band Cien.


Bassist Dan O'Brien played in the Seattle area for 17 years with the likes of Jim Knapp, Fred Greenwell, Jay Thomas, Joe Brazil, and Denny Goodhew before moving to New York and Boston in 1980. While there he studied at the New England Conservatory with George Russell and played with Jackie Byard, Butch Morris, Sam Rivers, Daniel Carter, Thurman Barker, John Medeski, and others. He played for eight years in a trio with the legendary pianist Lowell Davidson and drummer Laurence Cooke. He returned to Seattle in 1997 to be near his family and now plays with Brian Nova, Jim Knodle, and Lynette Westendorf.


17th Seattle Improvised Music Festival