From Octave 9 to Nils Frahm: Your March Concert Guide

by Maggie Molloy

Second Inversion and the Live Music Project create a monthly calendar featuring contemporary classical, cross-genre, and experimental performances in Seattle, the Eastside, Tacoma, and places in between! 

Keep an eye out for our flyer in concert programs and coffee shops around town. Feel free to download, print, and distribute it yourself! If you’d like to be included on this list, please submit your event to the Live Music Project at least six weeks prior to the event and tag it with “new music.”


Wayward Music Series
Concerts of contemporary composition, free improvisation, and sonic experiments. This month: analog synths, amorphous sounds, and Indonesian gamelan.
Various days, 7:30/8pm, Good Shepherd Chapel | $5-$15

Seattle Opera: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
Mason Bates takes you inside the life and legacy of one of the greatest minds of the digital age in this opera about the intersections of technology, spirituality, and ambition.
2/23-3/9, Various times, McCaw Hall | $25-$335

Cornish Percussion Ensemble
John Cage’s original percussion ensemble, founded at Cornish in 1938, is relaunched by co-directors Kerry O’Brien and Greg Campbell. Learn more in our Q&A with the directors.
Sat, 3/2, 6pm, Jack Straw Cultural Center | FREE

Video by Daniel Husser.

Seattle Symphony: Octave 9 Grand Opening
Be among the first to see Seattle Symphony’s brand new immersive performance space dedicated to experimental music and education. Plus, check out a wide variety of concerts at the venue throughout the month.
Sun, 3/3, Various times, Octave 9 | FREE

Octave 9 at Benaroya Hall. Photo by James Holt.

UW Modern Music Ensemble: ‘Pierrot Lunaire’
Schoenberg’s masterpiece of melodrama tells the tale of a moonstruck clown and his descent into madness. Bass baritone Nicholas Isherwood performs with the ensemble.
Thurs, 3/7, 7:30pm, Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater | $10

Seattle Modern Orchestra: A Celebration of Robert Aitken
Experimental flutist and composer Robert Aitken performs original works with the Seattle Modern Orchestra, plus music from Toru Takemitsu, Iannis Xenakis, and Brian Cherney.
Sat, 3/9, 8pm, Good Shepherd Chapel | $15-$20

Seattle Pro Musica: Pacific Voices
Asian and Asian-American voices are celebrated in this concert of choral works from composers representing China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, the Philippines, Thailand, and the U.S.
Sat, 3/9, 7:30pm, Seattle First Baptist Church | $21-$38
Sun, 3/10, 7:30pm, Trinity Lutheran Church (Lynnwood) | $21-$38

Seattle Symphony: Brooklyn to Ballard
Composer-in-Residence and clarinetist Derek Bermel curates an evening of jazz-inspired performances featuring cellist Seth Parker Woods, pianist Ethan Iverson, and Seattle Symphony musicians.
Sun, 3/10, 6pm, Octave 9 | $35

Nils Frahm.

STG Presents: Nils Frahm
Hovering above his usual collection of keyboards and synths, German composer Nils Frahm draws out an ambient mix of minimalist melodies and dance grooves.
Tues, 3/12, 8pm, The Moore Theatre | $27-$42

Samantha Boshnack: ‘Seismic Belt’
Seattle-based trumpeter and bandleader Samantha Boshnack takes listeners on a sonic adventure into the Ring of Fire in Seismic Belt, her large-scale work for seven-piece band.
Thurs, 3/14, 7pm, The Royal Room | $12-$15

Samantha Boshnack. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.

Pacific Northwest Ballet: Director’s Choice
Artistic Director Peter Boal’s annual selection promises modern and experimental music paired with bold, beautiful choreography. PNB dancers perform to music by Sufjan Stevens, Oliver Davis, and Kyle Vegter.
3/15-3/24, Various times, McCaw Hall | $37-$189

Mostly Nordic: Iceland – Afterquake
Cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir and pianist Angelo Rondello collaborate on a program highlighting the immense musical flourishing of Icelandic composers working in the decade following the economic crash of 2008.
Sun, 3/17, 4pm, Nordic Museum | $25-$30

Town Music: Talea Ensemble
Based on the dark sideshows of Coney Island, the Talea Ensemble’s theatrical chamber piece Sideshow styles the performers themselves as characters, exploring the line between entertainment and spectacle, virtuosity and freak show.
Wed, 3/20, 7:30pm, Broadway Performance Hall | $15-$20

The Talea Ensemble.

An Index of Possibility
A hodgepodge of scrap materials, cheap toys, and everyday objects form the instrumentation for Robert Honstein’s An Index of Possibility. See the piece performed live by Storm Benjamin, Rebekah Ko, and Garrett Arney amid a swirling light show.
Thurs, 3/21, 8pm, Fred Wildlife Refuge | $10-$15

Seattle Symphony: [untitled] 2
The chaotic colors of Pierre Boulez’s restlessly virtuosic Sur Incises are balanced against the haunting dreamland of Luciano Berio’s Circles, a dramatic setting of three poems by E. E. Cummings.
Fri, 3/22, 10pm, Benaroya Hall Grand Lobby | $16

Seattle Symphony: Contemporary Music Marathon
Immerse yourself in a nonstop multi-disciplinary showcase with music from over 50 living composers across the span of 24 hours. Choose from one of three 8-hour blocks or stay for the full 24-hour marathon.
3/23-3/24, 5pm, Octave 9 | $75-$200

Inverted Space Ensemble: Twin Peaks a la Partch
Two cult universes collide: Inverted Space presents a reinterpretation of the music from Twin Peaks featuring a handful of Harry Partch’s handmade microtonal instruments.
Fri, 3/29, 8pm, Good Shepherd Chapel | $5-$15

Harry Partch’s Chromelodeon. Photo by Maggie Molloy.

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