Another regret: the DJ Spooky/Seattle Chamber Players gig back in May. DJ Spooky's solo set was good, but his collaboration with the SCP yielded the usual result of outside musicians trying to "go classical," namely clumsy, tepid, unimaginative writing for traditional acoustic instruments like the violin and clarinet. Nonclassical composers planning to cross over must do their homework. If you won't venture into bold territory discovered by courageous composers such as Xenakis, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Crumb, and Kagel, then stay outta my ears.
I still kick myself for (my lame excuses and) missing several highly praised shows including ICP Orchestra at OtB (bad cold), Chris Mann at Jack Straw (in NYC), Diamanda Galás in Portland (too tired to drive three hours), Colin Potter at Electric Heavyland (30 minutes late), and Burnt Sugar at Lo_Fi (band ended early).
I'm still glum about the closing of Polestar Music Gallery, but my final regret is that my "Farewell Polestar" piece didn't emphasize that experimental music and sound art is still happening there every week, albeit under new management and a new name, Gallery 1412. CHRISTOPHER DeLAURENTI