There’s nothing quite like the sights and sounds of the Pacific Northwest—and this weekend, Seattle is celebrating the chamber music of a composer inspired by just that.
Angelique Poteat’s music is heavily influenced by the beauty and splendor of the Puget Sound area. A Northwest native and a devoted cyclist, she often finds inspiration while pedaling through the natural world around her. Breathing life into her compositions this weekend are several of Seattle’s own local musicians, including members of the Seattle Symphony, faculty at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts, and Second Inversion’s own Maggie Stapleton!
ĄRCO-PDX is a small ensemble with a big sound—a really big sound. The group, whose name stands for Amplified Repertory Chamber Orchestra of Portland, is committed to performing authentic classical music with an amplified sound and a rock music aesthetic.
This weekend, the group is coming to Seattle to perform works by Vivaldi and Northwest composer Kenji Bunch. The program features Seattle violin virtuoso Andrew Sumitani on “Storm at Sea,” ĄRCO-PDX violinist Mike Hsu on “Winter,” and Portland cello shredders Hannah Hillebrand and Liz Byrd on Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto. And of course, we can’t forget the concert’s opener: a one-man live cello-and-laptop band named Cellotronik.
In some ways, sound is like paint: it can vary in color, thickness, texture, and quality—and, like paint, when you combine different sounds you can create a beautiful and unique work of art. This weekend, Seattle composer Byron Au Yong is blurring the line between ink painting and sound in a new work titled “Mò Shēng 墨声 Ink Sound.”
The performance, which takes place at the Frye Art Museum, is in conjunction with Chinese artist Pan Gongkai’s exhibition of large-scale, site-specific ink paintings titled “Withered Lotus Cast in Iron.” Surrounded by these paintings, the Passenger String Quartet will perform Au Yong’s “Mò Shēng 墨声 Ink Sound.” The piece was composed in response to Pan’s paintings, inspired by the simplicity and density of sound as it relates to the amount of ink on a brush.
The performance is this Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Frye Art Museum on Capitol Hill at 2 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m.