<![CDATA[Nat Evans - NOTHING TO SAY]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:34:33 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Coyoteways - out March 31st on Mon Amie Records]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 02:41:17 GMThttp://natevansmusic.com/nothing-to-say/coyoteways-out-march-31st-on-mon-amie-records
Coyoteways is a new album by experimental composer Nat Evans drawn from his experiences with coyotes while walking thousands of miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, camping by the side of the road in rural outposts in Nevada, overlooking a bluff in the heart of his home in Seattle, and searching for petroglyphs in a canyon in western Colorado.

Following the example of Beat Generation writers like Gary Snyder who wrote contemporary coyote tales, Evans studied writings about coyote and other tricksters from mythology to create an updated mythology from his own ecological experiences through music. Evans used field recordings from his travels as well as Seattle to invoke a series of landscapes. Layers of long, sweeping guitar lines create a meditative atmosphere - a reinterpretation of the open spaces of the American west. Occasional percussion or saxophone add to the dream-like sentiment of the guitar and field recordings.
 
Coyoteways will be released March 31st on Mon Amie Records. On March 25th in Seattle the gallery Bridge Productions will host a preview event with the entire album being performed live, to be followed by additional tour dates around the country throughout 2017.

“Evans is making a difficult genre more accessible.” - Rebecca Haithcoat, LA Weekly

“...mirroring the stretched timelessness of meditation and exploring the unfamiliar nooks in seemingly familiar sounds.” - Ross Simonini, The Believer

“...channels all the desert spirits and wild visionaries of mythic Americana.” - Nathan Thomas, Fluid Radio
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Photo by Erin Elyse Burns

Coyoteways Events

3/25 - Coyoteways album pre-release preview at Bridge Productions gallery, Seattle - 7pm

The new album by Nat Evans will be performed from start to finish with the original album performers - Will Hayes of newaxeyes on guitar, Evan Smith of The Dip on saxophone and Evans himself on percussion and electronics. 

4/2 - Performative lecture on Coyoteways at Machine Project - 8pm


Coyoteways is an interdisciplinary project by Seattle artist and composer Nat Evans. For the past three years Evans has been merging his own experiences with coyotes with indigenous trickster mythology surrounding coyote in the tradition started on the West Coast by beat poet Gary Snyder. Collecting his experiences from hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, being stranded by the side of the road in rural Nevada, around his home in Seattle and elsewhere, Evans has created a new set of trickster coyote tales, as well as a new album of music. Evans will be presenting this contrasting set of ideas - myth and science, concrete and abstract - through a performative lecture. Field recordings and live music from Evans as well as Chris Kallmyer on guitar will punctuate storytelling and lecture on Coyoteways.

4/14 - Seattle, WA Coyoteways meditative listening event at Eka Yoga - a collage of field recordings and music from the album

4/21 - Iowa State University - Coyoteways live performance  with JC // jp

4/22 Kansas City, MO - Coyoteways meditative listening event - a collage of field recordings and music from the album - 1pm at Nella Yoga

4/22 - Kansas City, MO - Coyoteways meditative listening event - a collage of field recordings and music from the album - 7pm at Unity Temple

4/24 - Hotchkiss, COCoyoteways meditative listening event - a collage of field recordings and music from the album at Yoga Tree

4/25 - Paonia, COCoyoteways meditative listening event - a collage of field recordings and music from the album at Blue Sage Center for the Arts

4/28 - Portland, OR - Coyoteways meditative listening event - a collage of field recordings and music from the album at Taborspace

5/21 - Bellevue WA - Coyoteways live performance at Xperience Music Festival

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<![CDATA[November 11th: Sound Dinner IV]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:50:56 GMThttp://natevansmusic.com/nothing-to-say/november-11th-sound-dinner-iv
Sound Dinner IV is the last event in this series for 2016. This intimate evening of food and sound pairings will take place on November 11th at the Fremont home of Nat Evans. On the menu this time will be a soup featuring a mushroom broth with chrysanthemum leaves followed by a tapas assortment to be eaten over rice. Fried kabocha squash nuggets wrapped in nori, foraged fall mushroom melange, tofu with leek tops, fresh daikon pickles, and fennel kimchi will comprise the tapas style course followed by a vegan ice cream with pears and honey. Spiced hot apple cider and bourbon is the featured drink.

Autumnal field recordings made around the neighborhood and performances of works by Nat Evans will punctuate the food courses. This time around the featured performer is Evan Smith - he'll be playing some woodwind magic of various sorts to this intimate gathering.

There are 8 seats available for Sound Dinner IV, and the price for the evening is $50. Email Nat at nathanielfevans@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Sound Dinner IV starts between 630 and 7pm on 11/11, and will end around 9 or 930.
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<![CDATA[August 20th: Sound Dinner III]]>Mon, 01 Aug 2016 03:43:18 GMThttp://natevansmusic.com/nothing-to-say/august-20th-sound-dinner-iiiPicture
On August 20th join Seattle sound artist and composer Nat Evans for an intimate evening of food, sound and drink pairings. Besides creating music, Evans is also deeply interested in cooking, gardening, and engendering a greater sense of place through those practices. This event will pair three courses of food prepared by Evans with three performances and listening events.

This is the third in the Sound Dinner series, and as the seasons change, so will the food and sounds. This time around the menu includes a light, cold summer broth with soba noodles and silk tofu, fried chicken (vegetarian available), fresh pickles and vegetables from the garden; hand-churned vegan ice cream with house apricot preserves will finish out the evening.

Sounds paired with dinner will include interesting field recordings from around the neighborhood, a preview of music that will be presented at the Seattle Art Museum later in the month, and soothing music for digestion.


The price for this intimate evening of food and sound events is $50, and will be held at Evans' home in Fremont. There are only 8 spaces available - email Nat to reserve your spot! NathanielFEvans@gmail.com

More info about Nat's practice:
natevansmusic.com


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<![CDATA[Logways, Coyoteways at SAM Olympic Sculpture Park]]>Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:07:54 GMThttp://natevansmusic.com/nothing-to-say/logways-coyoteways-at-seattle-art-museums-olympic-sculpture-parkOn August 25th, Nat Evans will present a new site-specific event inside Mark Dion’s Neukom Vivarium at Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture park - Logways, Coyoteways.

Logways, Coyoteways, is part live performance and part participatory event, based in concepts of deep ecology. Evans collected field recordings from the Green River Watershed where the fallen Hemlock inside the vivarium originated to add to the site-specific nature of Dion’s work. Accompanying the field recordings is an original score based on the wildlife and topography of the location. Evans and collaborating musicians will be performing from 6-8pm, and at 7pm the audience will be invited to join in the music with a participatory event featuring kazoos and other simple instruments. The collective experience aims to create a sonic field guide in conversation with this piece of ecology-based art by Dion.

Just as Neukom Vivarium is in dialogue with how humans always have and are continuing to alter the landscape, Logways, Coyoteways adds to the discussion by including animals, including coyotes, a relative newcomer to places like Western Washington due to the removal of wolves by humans. And, just as the fallen Hemlock nurse log is in a process of decay and renewal in the wild and now in Seattle, so is this new trickster, coyote, as it permeates our rapidly evolving urban landscape.

Logways, Coyoteways
August 25th, 6-8pm
Neukom Vivarium at Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Ave, Seattle WA
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<![CDATA[June 2016 - One Stick Gong, Drone Restoration, Racer Sessions]]>Wed, 18 May 2016 20:12:30 GMThttp://natevansmusic.com/nothing-to-say/june-2016-one-stick-gong-drone-restoration-racer-sessions
Hey Internet! In June, I have three events happening in Seattle - all very different than one another. Here's the scoop...

On June 2nd I'm presenting One Stick Gong at The Henry in conjunction with Interstitial. This internet-based meditation will be held inside the museum's James Turrell skyspace, Light Reign. Spoken text, sound, music, and a series of scents will guide you through some serious screen time with your portable devices. Together we will explore the outer reaches of online sharing, the barnacles of sentimentality, and digital cartography. You can sign up right here
- don't forget your headphones!

Next, on June 11th I'm presenting a new work with composer John Teske at the Georgetown Steam Plant.

Drone Restoration
is a site-specific work at the historic Georgetown Steam Plant by Seattle composers Nat Evans and John Teske. This work for brass, electronics, and additional sound implements will be presented at the steam plant on June 11th from 10am–2pm, with audience members being invited to come and go at any time. In absence of the original drone from the machinery of the steam plant providing electricity to the city of Seattle, this score from Evans and Teske responds to this historic space to create a new musical drone. These drones—long, expansive notes—were written specifically to take advantage of Georgetown Steam Plant’s singular resonance.
As the performance will take place on multiple levels throughout the cavernous space, audience members are invited to explore the building and hear the music changing and responding throughout the space and over time. Drone Restoration is improvisatory in nature, with the players responding to each other, the space and musical cues created by Evans and Teske.

Drone Restoration
June 11th, 10am-2pm
Georgetown Steam Plant - 6605 13th Ave S, Seattle, WA

Last - on June 26th I'll be curating the longtime weekly series of improvisation-based music Racer Sessions. Although I'm somewhat outside this community as a composer, much of my music incorporates an improvisatory element. And, I frequently work with musicians from the Racers Sessions / Tables & Chairs community for my own events and works. At any rate - it feels like things are coming full circle in a way after years of enjoying the music from this community and working with musicians. I hope to see you there!
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<![CDATA[May 7th: Sound Dinner]]>Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:15:46 GMThttp://natevansmusic.com/nothing-to-say/may-7-sound-dinner
On May 7th join Seattle sound artist and composer Nat Evans for an intimate evening of food, sound and drink pairings. Besides creating music, Evans is also deeply interested in cooking, gardening, and engendering a greater sense of place through those practices. This event will pair three courses of food prepared by Evans with three performances and listening events.

This is the second in the Sound Dinner series, and as the seasons change, so will the food and sounds. This time around the menu includes a seasonal Zen temple-inspired soup of morel mushrooms foraged in the Cascades and miso broth with foraged fiddlehead ferns and fresh greens from the garden. The main course will be asparagus, fried tofu and fresh homemade pickles over rice, and a hand churned vegan ice cream with almonds and chocolate flakes will finish out the evening.

Sounds paired with dinner will include interesting field recordings from around the neighborhood, music for observing sunset at 8:36pm, a preview of music Evans has been working on as of late, and a performance of a piece for various natural objects including a cactus by John Cage called Child of Tree.


The price for this intimate evening of food and sound events is $50, and will be held at Evans' home in Fremont. There are only 8 spaces available - email Nat to reserve your spot! NathanielFEvans@gmail.com

More info about Nat's practice:
natevansmusic.com
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<![CDATA[3/19: Sound Dinner]]>Sat, 27 Feb 2016 18:52:26 GMThttp://natevansmusic.com/nothing-to-say/319-sound-dinner
Join Seattle sound artist and composer Nat Evans for an intimate evening of food, sound and drink pairings. Besides creating music, Evans is also deeply interested in cooking, gardening, and engendering a greater sense of place through those practices. This event will pair three courses of food - including vegetables grown by Evans - with three pieces of music presented in between.

The menu includes a seasonal Chinese Zen temple inspired soup including greens from the garden and mushrooms foraged by Evans in the Cascades, wild caught salmon with both garden and foraged herbs, and hand churned vegan ice cream.

Sound events will include selections from Evans’ album The Tortoise, a live realization of a soundwork featured in a recent exhibition in Buffalo, NY, some interesting field recordings of sounds from around the neighborhood, plus a new work Evans is currently developing. Sound Dinner will take place at Evans' house in Fremont.

The price for this intimate evening of food and sound events is $50. There are only 10 spaces available - email Nat to reserve your spot! NathanielFEvans@gmail.com

More info about Nat's practice:
natevansmusic.com

Photo by Erin Elyse Burns
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<![CDATA[Mutual Therapy at Interstitial]]>Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:45:13 GMThttp://natevansmusic.com/nothing-to-say/mutual-therapy-at-interstitialPicture
November 7th at Interstitial: Mutual Therapy by Nat Evans

Mutual Therapy is an opportunity for plants and humans to enjoy a relaxing, mutually beneficial sonic environment - soothing tones, clean air and blankets for humans, with gentle sunlight and sounds to boost the immune systems of plants. Recent research at the University of Missouri has demonstrated that plants respond to recordings of insects eating plants by creating additional defense chemicals that repel future attacks. The sonic environment will combine these sounds with soothing sounds for humans to enjoy. People are encouraged to bring their own plants from home and come relax in this pleasant environment. Participants can also leave for a time while their plants continue to receive sonic therapy, or simply come and enjoy an abundance of clean air and interact with the many additional plants which will be inhabiting the gallery for this installation and event. Additionally, people will be able to have their plants Tarot cards read by Hongzhe Liang and Ripple Fang, further strengthening the inter-kingdom bond.


Nat Evans: Mutual Therapy
Saturday, November 7th 12-7pm
Interstitial Gallery
6007 12th Ave S, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98108


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<![CDATA[August 19th - Scott Worthington & Nat Evans]]>Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:29:27 GMThttp://natevansmusic.com/nothing-to-say/august-19th-scott-worthington-nat-evansPicture
On August 19th sound artist and composer Nat Evans and LA-based composer and bassist Scott Worthington will present new works for bass, as well as a participatory walking meditation event created by Evans during his time on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014.

Scott Worthington is touring the west coast in support of his solo album on Populist Records released in August 2015. The album, Prism, features his own music for solo bass with electronics and for bass ensemble. On tour, he performs music from the album as well as music by Nat Evans, Brenna Noonan, and Julia Wolfe.


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In 2014 Nat Evans spent five months hiking the Pacific Crest Trail collecting field recordings and creating new works. Evans recorded an album of music he wrote on the trail, including field recordings of sounds he encountered during this time in the wilderness - this concert will mark the release of this album. For this event, audience members will be briefly instructed about walking meditation by John Nomura from Seattle Soto Zen, then some of these new works from the album, The Tortoise, will be presented live amidst this contemplative atmosphere.

Nat Evans & Scott Worthington
Wednesday, August 19th - 8:00pm
$5-$15 sliding scale suggested donation
The Chapel at The Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle
waywardmusic.org

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This event is presented thanks to a grant from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.





About the artists

Scott Worthington (b. 1987) is a double bassist and composer based in Los Angeles. As a chamber musician and soloist he largely focuses on contemporary music and frequently commissions and premieres new works. As a composer, Worthington focuses on chamber music, often with electronics and non-standard ensembles. He strives to write music that evokes a timeless, meditative state with spacious and resonant sounds. A recording of his concert-length work, Even the Light Itself Falls, performed by ensemble et cetera, was released by Populist Records in 2013 and has been praised by NewMusicBox and the New York Times. His upcoming projects include premieres of solo bass works with electronics and a west coast tour supporting his second album on Populist Records, released in the summer of 2015. www.scottworthington.com

Seattle sound artist and composer Nat Evans creates site-specific events that fuse nature, community and subjectivity of experience, electro-acoustic works for interdisciplinary projects, as well as concert works for chamber ensembles. His work is regularly presented across the United States and has also been performed in Europe, South America, Australia and China. Evans has received numerous commissions including the Seattle Percussion Collective, the Harrison Center for the Arts, The Henry, Odeon Quartet, The City of Tomorrow, Portland Cello Project, ALL RISE, The Box Is Empty, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among others. His music has been featured on a number of radio stations in the United States, WNYC's New Sounds with John Schaefer, as well as BBC3, and in the 2011 Music Issue of The Believer. He studied music at Butler University with Michael Schelle and Frank Felice. www.natevansmusic.com

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<![CDATA[Desert Ornamentation and New Forest at The Chapel]]>Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:22:26 GMThttp://natevansmusic.com/nothing-to-say/desert-ornamentation-and-new-forest-at-the-chapelPicture
In April, Seattle sound artist and composer Nat Evans will present two new works from his time on the Pacific Crest Trail at The Chapel - a new work for piano, and an installation.

First, on April 17th, pianist R. Andrew Lee will be in Seattle playing a few new works, including Desert Ornamentation - one of a few works sprung from Evans’ time last year hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. This 30 minute work for piano and field recording is specifically based around the idea of encountering monolithic human things when in supposed wilderness. The field recordings are of crackling, humming, buzzing power lines that the trail crosses, and as an accompaniment and sound collage slowly changes over time, so too do spare notes of the piano - a sort of sonic manifestation of the trickster coyote, which was also encountered numerous times in the desert. Desert Ornamentation is a slow moving contemplative piece about a 700 mile walk in the desert, contemporary intersections of the human and natural worlds, and energy powering Los Angeles, draped across the land.

Also on the program are new works by New York City-based composers Craig Shepard and Adrian Knight.

April 17th - 8pm
The Chapel at the Good Shepherd Center
$5-15 sliding scale suggested donation

On April 23rd from 7:30-8:30 Evans will present New Forest - another work utilizing field recordings made on the Pacific Crest Trail - these from 2nd growth forests in the Pacific Northwest. New Forest is a site-specific temporary installation to present sound. Evans collects natural objects from the place the installation and listening event is being held, creates shadow-like drawings to pair them with, then with the objects, drawings, and direction of light in a space creates a space for people to listen in. Tea is served as well, to further direct the senses towards listening and contemplation.

The field recordings are from places where the forest was clearcut in the late 1940s or early 1950s. Occasionally drifting through the field recordings will be 78 records playing of music that was popular around the time when the forest was clear cut. So, over time the listener will simultaneously hear music from the time when the forest was dramatically altered, and an update as to how the forest sounds around 60-70 years after the event. The 78 records were inherited by Evans from his grandfather, who was studying forestry during the 1940s on the GI Bill. So, besides being large events in our country’s history, New Forest is also a very personal investigation into sound for the artist.

People are free to come and go while the installation is up. After the installation and listening event, a concert of works by John Teske and Nick Norton will be presented.

April 23rd - 7:30-8:30pm - New Forest installation and listening event 8:30 - concert
The Chapel at the Good Shepherd Center
$5-15 sliding scale suggested donation
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