Masontown

Tickets: $15 advance, $18 at the door.
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Please join us for an evening of rip-snortin’ bluegrass with Masontow live at Empty Sea!

A new and enchanting sound has emerged from the hotbed of the Colorado roots music scene. Masontown, a young band with a concept as timeless as the Rocky Mountains, has alighted onto a bluegrass community that has already produced some of the best that the acoustic music world has to offer. But Colorado, and the wider world of modern music, hasn’t quite heard this yet.
Masontown’s sound is a exciting take on the American acoustic tradition. At once fresh and familiar, the group unites the sounds of bluegrass, old-time, folk, and new acoustic music into a sonic melting pot that hearkens back to our deep musical traditions while remaining defiantly modern in conception. Echoes of the poignant exploration of the Matt Flinner Trio blend with the fierce drive of Bill Monroe and the plaintive song-craft of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West. It’s no surprise that the members of Masontown have shared the stage with many of these musical icons that their sound evokes.

For 2017, Masontown (Eric Wiggs, Natalie Padilla, Mike Canney, Bradley Morse) have recorded a new full-length album that they will be featuring in their show at Empty Sea.

This is a very tight band. They’re writing really cool tunes, great arrangements and playing with a confidence and taste usually reserved for the recording studio. Young bands rarely sound so cohesive! The Front Range has a new group to be reckoned with.”  - Grant Gordy (Mr. Sun)

 

Gustavo Alonso Lopez & Special Guests present Punto Lejano

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 at the door.
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Join Gustavo Alonso Lopez & Special Guests for a special performance of his full album Punto Lejano, performed Live where it was originally recorded, at Empty Sea Studios!

 

Gustavo Alonso Lopez is a flamenco guitarist based in Seattle, Washington. The son of a Salvadoran father and a Caucasian mother, he grew up in the dry, desert landscape of southern Idaho. His music is grounded in traditional Spanish flamenco and incorporates elements of jazz, classical, and world music, openly reflecting his cross-cultural identity. He recorded his first full-length studio album, Punto Lejano, at Empty Sea Studios in 2014. It was originally performed by a 6-piece ensemble and consists of four long-form arrangements. This show will present the album in full, rearranged for a smaller group. Amongst a wide array of influences, Gustavo draws inspiration from the great masters of flamenco, such as Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, and Pepe Habichuela.

 

As an international trumpet soloist with the Yamaha Corporation and advocate for new music, Brian Chin has commissioned and premiered many works for trumpet and is the creator of the Universal Language Project, a concert series creating new music and imaginative programs. Brian is the Founder and Executive Director of Common Tone Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring positive change for our diverse world through arts education and music.  He is an executive leader with the UNITY Arts Alliance, a national collective of non-profit organizations dedicated to social justice and to demonstrating an alternative model for working artists. His two solo recordings, Universal Language and Eventide, are available on Origin Classical. Dr. Brian Chin is an Associate Professor and the Chair of Music at Seattle Pacific University.

 

David Levin, also known as David Carmona, is a renowned flamenco percussionist and has performed in the Seattle area for over twelve years. He is the son of Marcos and Rubina Carmona and is a permanent member of Carmona Flamenco, one of North America’s principal flamenco companies. His skills extend beyond flamenco through a variety of genres, and he brings a lifetime of performance experience and enthusiasm.

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