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Nick Torretta Quintet at Egan’s

All Ages & Family Friendly
Friday September 28th at 7:00 PM, $5 cover
Egan’s Ballard Jam House
1707 NW Market St
Seattle, Washington
Reservations: (206) 789-1621

Enjoy an evening of jazz curated from the finest tunes by West Coast masters Lee Konitz, Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh as well as originals. Featuring Nick Torretta on tenor and alto sax, Rulon Brown on alto sax and flute, Ronan Delisle on guitar, Xavier D. Lecouturier on drums and Tony Lefaive on bass.

West Coast “cool” jazz is beloved for mixing lush harmony, complex counterpoint, and playful melodicism.

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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)
http://www.waywardmusic.org/?p=3215

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.

PARTICIPATING MUSICIANS INCLUDE:
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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Build Your Own Art Walk – Call for Volunteers

CALLING ALL SAVVY VOLUNTEERS! As part of Rulon Brown’s project, Ripple, the amazing grass roots folks at Feet First will help you build your own free walking tour that blends Ripple music, art, nature, and history about the Sammamish River.

Fee First walk in RedmondFeet First will train you to build your favorite walking tour inspired by Redmond trails, public art, nature, history and parks. Then they promote your walk as part of a Redmond walk series, turning you into a local guru! Tours will also meet up for a secret Ripple concert, Friday night, August 8, 2014.

SIGN UP FOR THE FREE TRAINING

WHAT: Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador training in Redmond to empower community residents to lead walks in their neighborhoods.
WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, July 19 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at Old Redmond Schoolhouse in Redmond.
REGISTER FOR THIS TRAINING
–OR–
Saturday, August 2 from 10:30am-1:00pm in North Seattle
REGISTER FOR THIS TRAINING

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Rulon’s art and music at Seattle Art Museum – June 6, 2014

SAM Remix logoRemix is a creative party at Seattle Art Museum, packed with performances, talks, art making, dancing, and more—all connected to SAM’s collection. The next Remix is Friday, June 6, 2014 and Rulon Brown’s RESTLESS interactive visual art installation will be there and he’ll share four performances. Also at the Remix: DJ Sassyblack (aka Cat of THEESatisfaction) spins music, Dana Landon and Ana Maria Pinto da Silva lead highly opinionated My Favorite Things Tours, and you can get creative with art activities and get down on the dance floor!

Tickets are going fast. Get yours today!

WHEN: 8 pm–midnight, Friday, June 6, 2014
WHERE: Seattle Art Museum
More information >>
TICKETS: SAM members: $12Adults: $25Students: $20
This event is open to guests ages 18+.

Find SAM Remix on Facebook
Use hashtag #SAMRemix for Twitter & Instagram

This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.
4culture_color with lodging tax

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Souper Fundraiser – Paul Rucker Birthday Celebration – May 1, 2014

Andy Warhol Limited-edition Soup Cans

Thursday, May 1, 2014, I’ll share new music for sax and flute at a Souper Fundraiser/Birthday Celebration for my friend and bandmate, Paul Rucker. Paul is not only a great musician, he’s also critically acclaimed visual artist working on his most ambitious artwork yet! This party is a chance to hang with friends, eat amazing soup created by Maxime Bilet (co-author of Modernist Cuisine), toast the birthday boy, and help him fundraise for Recapitulation (Paul’s artworks that show the parallels between slavery and the contemporary prison industrial complex).

RESERVE YOUR SEAT AT THE TABLE!

Souper Fundraiser – Birthday Celebration
WHEN: 5-8pm, May 1, 2014
WHERE:Open Studio Project
301 Occidental Avenue South (and Main)
Seattle, WA 98104
QUESTIONS: souperfund@gmail.com

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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.
http://serendipitycafeandlounge.com
3222 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199 

David HarrisionBassist, Nate Omdal

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Live @ Kenmore Hydroplane Cup, April 5, 2014

Hyrdoplane

Rulon Brown will debut new music for sax and electronics, 10 a.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014 during the Kenmore Hydroplane Cup opening ceremonies at the newly renovated Kenmore Boat Launch along the Sammamish River. This free family event is a toast to the Sammamish River, Native heritage, and Washington’s rich boating culture and hydroplane traditions.

Rulon is building a set of new creations inspired by the Sammamish River and calls the series “Ripple.” The Kenmore Hydroplane Cup will be the first public performance of what Rulon is developing and more will be shared this summer in partnership with 4Culture and King County Parks.

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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 GigapixelArtZoom.com 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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Rulon @ Serendipity w/ David Harrison & Nate Omdal – Jan 3, 2013

7 – 10 pm, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 I am playing with guitarist 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.
http://serendipitycafeandlounge.com
3222 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199 

David HarrisionBassist, Nate Omdal

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Rulon @ Serendipity with David Harrison & Nate Omdal – Nov 1, 2013

7 – 10 pm, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 I am playing with guitarist David Harrison and bassist Nate Omdal at Seattle’s Serendipity Cafe & Lounge (21+). This cozy little venue is in the heart of the Magnolia neighborhood and well worth the trip. We’ll play originals and beloved jazz and Latin standards.
http://serendipitycafeandlounge.com
3222 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199 

Guitarist, Composer & Painter David HarrisonNate Omdal

 

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Rulon @ Redmond Town Center Arts Festival, July 13, 2013

1-3 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 2013, Rulon Brown will play a free concert with guitarist Bill Horist at the Redmond Town Center Arts Festival. Bill is a wildly eclectic improviser and composer and the two artists began sharing their rockish space-lounge duets after working together on a recent U.S. State Department tour of Nicaragua.

Rulon Brown & Bill Horist, by Azure Skies Photography

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Rulon @ Serendipity Lounge, July 5, 2013

7 – 10 pm, Friday, July 5, 2013 I am playing with guitarist David Harrison at Seattle’s Serendipity Cafe & Lounge (21+). This cozy little venue is in the heart of the Magnolia neighborhood and well worth the trip. We’ll play originals and beloved jazz and Latin standards.
http://serendipitycafeandlounge.com
3222 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199 

Guitarist, Composer & Painter David Harrison
Guitarist, Composer & Painter David Harrison

 

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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 CD coverNEW SOLO ALBUM
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
by Rulon Brown. NOW AT TWILIGHT GALLERY
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.

RESTLESS exhibition June 6 - 16 in SeattleART EXHIBITION & INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE
“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

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT TOUR WITH BAND
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 BACKSTORY OF RESTLESS
“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.”

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

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Rulon @ Serendipity Lounge, April 5, 2013

7 – 10 pm, Friday, April 5, 2013 I am playing with guitarist David Harrison at Seattle’s Serendipity Cafe & Lounge (21+). This cozy little venue is in the heart of the Magnolia neighborhood and well worth the trip. We’ll play originals and beloved jazz and Latin standards.
http://serendipitycafeandlounge.com
3222 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199 

Guitarist, Composer & Painter David Harrison
Guitarist, Composer & Painter David Harrison

 

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Nicaragua International Jazz Festival

JUST ANNOUNCED: The U.S. Department of State, Embassy in Nicaragua will host Rulon Brown at the Nicaragua International Jazz Festival, February 20 – 23, 2013. Rulon’s band features three of Seattle’s brightest talents including the celebrated 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). The group will perform originals, standards, and premiere new music from Rulon’s forthcoming project Restless – music inspired by the success and struggle of American dreams.

Conciertos
21 Feb., 5 PM, Plaza Reloj Central en Diriamba
22 Feb., 6 PM, Teatro Municipal “José de la Cruz Mena” en León
23 Feb., 5 PM, Parque Nacional Histórico Loma de Tiscapa en Managua
Clase Magistral
20 Feb., 2 PM, Junior Music en Managua
21 Feb., 2 PM, Museo de Historia y Cultura en Diriamba
22 Feb., 2 PM,  Armonía Musical en León

Mas info: www.facebook.com/NicaraguaJazzFest

 

En la noticias: El Nuevo Diario y La Prensa

Estados Unidos Embassy Logo

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Seattle Artthrob Commissions Rulon

Seattle Artthrob commissioned Rulon Brown to create a limited-edition work for Artthrob members. Seattle Artthrob is a new community supported arts co-op where members receive six original, limited-edition artworks created specifically for them by local artists.

Learn about all the commissioned artists and become a Seattle Artthrob member at www.seattleartthrob.com

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LDS Film Fest to feature Sanctuary

The LDS Film Festival selected Sanctuary, a film about Rulon Brown and Mormon musical practice, for multiple screenings during the festival, January 25 through 28, 2012 at the SCERA Center in Orem, Utah.

“I’m thrilled the film will show alongside work from some of the most creative thinkers on LDS topics,” says Rulon of the honor. “The LDS Film Festival is a really big deal in Mormon cinema and since Sanctuary is all about LDS musical worship, I’m eager to see how people react to it in the screenings.” Continue reading LDS Film Fest to feature Sanctuary

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“Sanctuary” at Faith Film Fest in NY

The Faith Film Festival airs Sanctuary, a documentary film by Aaron Bourget about Rulon’s experience in the LDS music community, at 8:30 p.m. EST, August 5. Watch online or via cable TV at Time Warner Cable ch. 97 or CableVision ch. 30. Remember to vote for your favorite films. Continue reading “Sanctuary” at Faith Film Fest in NY