Ray Larsen: Modern Achievements

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Ray Larsen: Modern Achievements

Ray Larsen photo by Daniel Sheehan

Thursday, January 21, 8pm
Chapel Performance Space
Suggested donation $30-40 (includes admission & two albums)

Over the past several years, Raymond Larsen has surfaced as one of the most in-demand young trumpet players in the Pacific Northwest. This special show celebrates the long-awaited release of the first two albums in his ambitious “Modern Achievements” trilogy series on the Table & Chairs label, with a live recording of the third.

The albums are all based upon a 1903 encyclopedia, Modern Achievements in Science, Invention, Commerce and History, which Larsen found one day at the Fremont Sunday Market. The publication celebrates humanity’s advancements in science and industry and marvels at the ceaseless mystery of the natural world. With unique instrumentation and diverse compositional and improvisational approaches, Raymond has created three through-composed tributes to specific entries in the encyclopedia: How Glass Is Made will be available on vinyl record and digital release, and New Studies of the Starry Skies will be available on CD and digital release.

When Mountains Blow Their Heads Off will be recorded live this evening by 14 of Seattle’s great improvising musicians out of the University of Washington: Luke Bergman (bass), Cameron Sharif (keyboard), Gregg Belisle- Chi (guitar), David Balatero (cello), Abbey Blackwell (double bass), Carmen Rothwell (double bass), Jacob Zimmerman (alto sax), Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews (clarinet), Levi Gillis (tenor sax), Raymond Larsen (trumpet), Nick Rogstad (trombone), Jon Hansen (tuba), Thomas Campbell (drums), and Jarred Katz (drums). The piece premiered at the Royal Room last spring, and depicts the global and local events that occur after major volcanic eruptions.

The evening will also feature a special mystery guest to open the concert.