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Carbon Quartet featuring Rulon Brown at Wayward Music Series

March 9, 2017 | 8:00 PM | $5 – $15 donation at the door

Carbon Quartet is a saxophone foursome that performs some of the most exciting and dynamic quartet music on the planet. From jazz to classical to Latin, Carbon Quartet will tackle anything. Rulon Brown (soprano sax), Nick Torretta (alto sax), Kevin Nortness (tenor sax) and Chris Credit (baritone sax).

After Carbon Quartet , stick around for “THE MONSTER” – a new musical theater experience from Honey Noble.

The Chapel Performance Space on the fourth floor of the Good Shepherd Center.
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.
Seattle WA, 98103
(SW corner of 50th & Sunnyside in Wallingford, Nearest Metro stops: 16, 44, 26)

Honey Noble and Carbon Quartet at The Chapel

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Carbon Quartet featuring Rulon Brown – Spite House Concert

Rulon Brown (soprano sax), Chris Credit (bari sax), Kevin Nortness (tenor sax), Nick Torretta (alto sax)
Spite House
1513 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Between E. Pine & Pike behind the brown gate on the west side of the street between the dry cleaners and 14th ave hair.

8pm – doors

8:30pm – House Band duo set
9:30pm – !!! Carbon Quartet !!!
10:30pm – people form duos and trios to improvise a piece
11:30pm – opens up to all folks to keep playing as long as they want

There’s a $20 suggested donation, but people are encouraged to give whatever they can and no one turned away. There will be food and beverage in the kitchen so it’s super family style and the audience is very present. Bring anything you’d like to share with the group.

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Rulon Brown joins Rock Lottery, Feb. 20 at The Crocodile

Rulon Brown takes part in Seattle Rock LotterySEATTLE ROCK LOTTERY 08
The Crocodile (2118 2nd Ave, Belltown)
Saturday, February 20, 2016
A Benefit for Totem Star
Doors open at 9pm, show starts promptly at 10pm
$10 advance / $15 at door (21+)
Hosted by Selena Whitaker-Paquiet

The Rock Lottery is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand-picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evening’s performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five bands through a lottery-based chance selection. The five groups are released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to agree upon a band name and create three to five songs (with a one cover song limit). The bands then return to the venue and perform what they have created in front of a waiting audience.

The twenty-five musicians included in this experiment are carefully selected in an attempt to represent a wide variety of musical styles. This event will bring together many facets of the music community that may seem incompatible, as well as musicians whose interests may conflict. The challenge for these participants is to go beyond their personal and musical differences and work together to create a unified group project that still contains the personal styles of each of its members.

Owuor Arunga (The Young Lions)
Lucy Atkinson (Kinski)
Jim Biggs (Black Nite Crash)
Adam Boehmer (Tenderfoot)
Rulon Brown (Rulon Brown Band)
Jeremy Buller (Bosque Brown, OK Sweetheart)
Nic Danielson (Ravenna Woods)
Taryn Dorsey (Wiscon)
Lupe Flores (Wild Powwers, Tacos!)
Annie Ford (The Annie Ford Band)
Mikey Gervais (Mikey and Matty)
Gary Palmer (Gems)
Dan Peters (Mudhoney, The Tripwires)
SassyBlack (Thee Satisfaction)
Grant Schroff (The Polyrhythmics)
Joe Slaby (Yves)
Otieno Terry (Otieno Terry)
Rachel Yoder (Seattle Modern Orchestra, Odd Partials)
And more to be announced…

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Rulon @ Serendipity Lounge with David Harrison & Nate Omdal

7 – 10 pm, Friday, May. 2, 2014 I am playing with guitarist and visual artist David Harrison and bassist Nate Omdal at Seattle’s Serendipity Cafe & Lounge (21+); located in the heart of the Magnolia neighborhood and well worth the trip.
3222 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199 

David HarrisionBassist, Nate Omdal

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Find Rulon Brown hiding in Gigapixel Artzoom from Microsoft

Rulon Brown hiding in plain sight in the new Microsoft Gigapixel Artzoom

Check out Microsoft’s new and see if you can find Rulon Brown hiding in plain sight. The massive megapixel panorama photo features Seattle artists dancing, painting, and playing across the city and is another great test of Microsoft ICE software used to stitch thousands of different photos together.

John Boylan announcing Microsoft Gigapixel Artzoom at Seattle Art Museum

The project was announced last night during a party at Seattle Art Museum and quickly hit tech news bogs and news outlets (read here, here, here, here). This community art project would not be possible without the creative folks at Microsoft Research, Seattle art hound John Boylan, and the super-wrangler-project managers Amy Billharz and Elise Ballard!

The first person to locate Rulon and email him the cross streets of where he is located in the photo will receive three signed CDs.

Gigapixel Artzoom

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Jewelry at Twilight Gallery

I am happy to announce that a pendant and ring from my Restless jewelry collection are now available at Twilight Gallery until Jan. 6, 2014. UNITED Pendant from Rulon Brown's RESTLESS collectionThese two pieces are from a limited series of 100 and I make each one by hand. People who buy at Twilight will also receive a signed pre-release copy of RESTLESS, my new CD of music inspired by The American Dream. I encourage you to go meet gallery owner Tracy Cilona and enjoy the other great art she shares.

E PLURIBUS UNUM ring by Rulon Brown

Twilight Gallery
4306 SW Alaska Street, Seattle, WA
(206) 933-2444


2013, Rulon Brown
1/100 from the Restless Collection
U.S. coin edges

UNITED, pendant
2013, Rulon Brown
1/100 from the Restless Collection
Silver and U.S. and Canadian coins

UNITED pendant - Rear View with rope chain




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RESTLESS – Rulon Brown’s Portrait of The American Dream

Rulon was inspired to create art about the American Dream during a 2011 artist retreat in Costa Rica. He fell ill and received emergency medical care from a Costa Rica clinic (publicly funded universal healthcare system). The emergency care cost him the equivalent of $20 USD. Meanwhile back home in Seattle, one of Rulon’s family members was skipping doses of the medication that kept her Multiple Sclerosis in remission because insurance companies rationed her life saving prescription drugs (non-universal, exclusive, private system funded by public and private funds).

RESTLESS is the open catalogue of Rulon Brown’s work inspired by The American Dream. It began with music and now includes film, jewelry, community art, and interactive art installations.

RESTLESS features 12 songs written, performed, and produced by Rulon Brown while touring North & Central America. Rulon crafted this concept album about the American Dream using only a simple microphone, laptop, and keyboard. Every sound from RESTLESS is Rulon playing real instruments, or triggering synthesized sounds, midi loops, and audio samples. The music comments on American ideas of opportunity, prosperity, safety, equality, exceptionalism, immigration, the environment, community, the common good, and much more.

UNITED Pendant from Rulon Brown's RESTLESS collectionWEARABLE SCULPTURE – Handmade Jewelry
Rulon began working metal at age 14 while working as an apprentice in band instrument repair. He started making jewelry as an adult after inheriting silversmith tools from his late-grandfather and namesake.

Each piece from the RESTLESS jewelry collection is wearable sculpture hand-made by Rulon and elegantly paired with music from his RESTLESS CD. These unique artisan designs make memorable gifts and are handcrafted from precious metals and coins from the U.S. and Canada. Available exclusively by special order or gallery exhibition.

“An oddly communal, intimate experience. Headphones usually isolate the listener, but in Restless they unite [the audience]… It’s a neat bit of group choreography, with the 50 different compositions suddenly joining together in the high-ceilinged space.”Seattle Weekly, Arts Editor Brian Miller

Rulon shared an interactive art installation, hand-made jewelry, and performances June 6 – 16, 2013 at Paul Rucker’s Open Studio Project located at 301 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104. All events were free.
JUNE 6, 2013, 5:30 PM, First interactive performance w/ six repeat performances every half hour. Nightly Performances continued at 6 PM through June 16.
MATINEE CONCERT, 2 PM, Saturday, June 15 with Jeff Busch, Bill Horist & Paul Rucker

Live show in Leon, NicaraguaRulon Brown and band, Photo by Oscar Navarrete Aguilar for La Prensia newspaper
Rulon and his band premiered music from RESTLESS while touring Nicaragua for the U.S. State Department sponsored Nicaragua International Jazz Festival. The band features interdisciplinary artist Paul Rucker (cello, electric bass), experimental improviser and composer Bill Horist (electric guitar), and Rulon’s long-time rhythm collaborator Jeff Busch (world percussion, drums).

VidaNEW BAND CD, VIDA features prog rock anthems from RESTLESS and a tribute to the people of Nicaragua. The band recorded the album live at Gravelvoice studios with renowned audio wizard Scott Colburn working the faders. Band Mates


COMMUNITY ART PUZZLE, MUSIC & FILM a limited-edition commission for Seattle Artthrob
Seattle Artthrob shareholders assemble Rulon's art puzzle

“The America Dream has inspired some of the world’s most intoxicating ideas,” notes Rulon, “and no matter how vivid, all dreams are just improvisation and synthesis. We make them up and then we wake up. But the ideas we cherish from our dreams inspire our best and worst actions. So I set out to synthesize sound dreams about America’s greatest export—our ideas of happiness, individuality, community and success.”

“I began RESTLESS to vent specific frustration with America. But creation is a healing act, cathartic. RESTLESS became a portrait project about my homeland, the things I love and a few things I hope to help improve.”