Spite House Presents Raymond Larsen

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Spite House Presents Raymond Larsen
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Earshot Jazz has called him an “expansive innovator”, and The Seattle Times describes his music as “life-enhancing.”
A powerful and versatile player, Ray is best known for his work with Chemical Clock (winners of the 2014 Earshot Jazz Album of the Year), Tyrant Lizard, The Sky Is A Suitcase, and the Jacob Zimmerman Quintet. He is also a member of the Harry James Orchestra, The Fabulous Party Boys, and is a mainstay in Wayne Horvitz’s Northwest projects.
As a composer, Ray is signed to Table & Chairs and recently completed his ambitious album trilogy, “Modern Achievements,” which pays tribute to three entries from a 1903 encyclopedia by the same name. With 26 musicians participating across the three works, the music offers a generous cross-section of Seattle’s best up-and-coming improvisers.
Ray holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Washington in music and biology, and a master’s degree in Jazz Studies & Improvised Music. During his time there, he studied with Allen Vizzutti, Cuong Vu, Ted Poor, Greg Sinibaldi, Huck Hodge and Fred Radke, and earned the opportunity to perform with Tim Berne, Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas, Steve Swallow, Holly Palmer, and Jamie Cullum.
Raymond is also an active educator. He runs a private studio and works as a freelance instructor for the Mercer Island School District and a faculty instructor for Seattle JazzED.
He was recently awarded the 2015 Earshot Golden Ear Award for "Emerging Artist of the Year".
Program:
1. Stephen Fandrich & Bill Monto, Outlaw Space
2. Raymond Larsen
3. Extemporaneous collaborators and spontaneous compositions.
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Spite House Concerts started in 2013 as a venue for new music. Beloved by Seattle's improvisation communities, the series continues every Tuesday evening. Concert artists are selected by a rotating group of curators, local musicians devoted to finding Seattle's most interesting and unique new music.

The third set is open to improvisers. Audience members are welcome to bring voices and other instruments. After the concert proper (10:30pm or later, depending) we form up spontaneous duos and small ensembles to create a set of impromptu music magic.

$20 Donation encouraged, not required. All donations are accepted with gratitude. We love supporting live, local musicians! Also welcome: donations of food & drink to complement what is always on hand in the kitchen.
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