With its vast and varied collection, the Frye’s Mw [Moment Magnitude] exhibit offers a survey of Seattle arts beyond sculptures and paintings. The exhibit has included performances and on-site rehearsals by dance-art company zoe | juniper, Seattle singer-songwriters Perfume Genius and Jherek Bischoff, and more.
The Frye will close out the exhibit's final month with a flurry of performances:
*Jazz-fusion bassist Evan Flory-Barnes will debut new works he composed to celebrate his parents on January 10 (Flory-Barnes’s birthday).
*The Black Constellation, which brings together Seattle’s two most forward-looking hip-hop acts—Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction—and the visual art of Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, is scheduled for a rare performance on January 12. Unfortunately, tickets are very sold out.
*The People’s Grand Opera—a public choir led by Sara Edwards, who composes original music inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman—will host two more public rehearsals on January 12 and 19 at 2.
*On January 14 the Frye hosts a panel discussion on the "New Realities in Orchestral Writing" featuring composers Evan Flory-Barnes, Samantha Boshnack, Eyvind Kang, and Joshua Kohl (one of Mw’s cocurators). What new realities? Symphonic music, especially in Seattle of late, extends well beyond the concert hall or pops program. To start: Late-night chamber music performances at the Sorrento, in the Benaroya lobby, in cathedrals and cafes, demand a new kind of approach.
*The exhibition ends on January 20 with a performance by the People’s Grand Opera and a reading by Seattle author Rebecca Brown. Her home office decorations and assorted knickknacks have been on display as part of Mw, and for her final act, she'll deliver a closing summation of the Frye’s cross-media experiment.
Mw [Moment Magnitude]
Thru Jan 20, Frye Art Museum, free (always)