THURSDAY JULY 13
Korean artist Kichul Kim's installation transfers sound picked up by a microphone to a series of rib-like wooden racks that shiver and flap in various combinations, like a row of tethered carrier pigeons struggling to fly. To connect, Rapport needs a better, less acoustically dry location, like a tunnel or other reverberant public space suited to reflection, resonance, and random sonic behavior. Rapport runs through Fri July 28; call ahead. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919, Mon–Fri 9–6 pm, free.
This cellist/composer, whose stompin' disc Paul Rucker Large Ensemble Live at Earshot (Jackson Street) has been on heavy rotation in my CD player for the last several months, duets with saxophonist Hans Teuber. Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 547–6763, 5–7 pm, free with museum admission.
FRIDAY JULY 14
SCMS SUMMER FESTIVAL
A stellar program from the Seattle Chamber Music Festival: Mozart's Quintet for Strings in C Minor, K. 406, the perky suite from Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat, and the Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano, op. 66 by Mendelssohn. For the free 7 pm recital, pianist Jeremy Denk tackles the mighty Beethoven Sonata in C Minor, op. 111. Lakeside School, 14050 1st Ave NE, 283-8808, 8 pm, $8–$38.
SATURDAY JULY 15
An intersection of freely improvised music and poetry, However features the lustrous cello work of Lori Goldston (Black Cat Orchestra) and trumpeter Angelina Baldoz. Along with drummer Jaison Scott, the trio creates wistful, sometimes agitated textures to accompany poet Torben Ulrich, whose humble recitation recalls Harry Partch's settings of Li Po. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave, 322-1533, 8 pm, $5–$15 sliding scale donation.
SUNDAY JULY 16
GREENWOOD CONCERT BAND
Clarinetist/conductor William Blayney leads this summertime outfit stocked with members of the Seattle Symphony. Expect light classics, some John Philip Sousa, patriotic tunes, and maybe a sea shanty or two. Ballard Locks, 3015 NW 54th St, 783-7059, 2 pm, free.
MONDAY JULY 17
SCMS SUMMER FESTIVAL
A sequel of sorts to Friday's concert. More Mozart (the Quartet for Piano and Strings in E-flat Major, K. 493), a piano quintet by Swiss composer Frank Martin, and Bartók's Contrasts for clarinet, violin, and piano—a sprightly work commissioned by Benny Goodman. For the free 7 pm recital, pianist Adam Neiman tackles some early Beethoven, the Sonata in C Major, op. 2, no. 3. Lakeside School, 14050 First Ave NE, 283-8808, 8 pm, $8–$38.
WEDNESDAY JULY 19
JOHN ALTON TRIO
Named after the cinematographer famed for the sumptuous chiaroscuro that graces film-noir classics like Raw Deal, this skirmishing out-jazz outfit led by Wally Shoup resurfaces after its monthly run at the Hideout. Also on the bill: PK & What Army? and a short set by the aptly named Snapbite, the new trio of bassist PK, torrential drummer Matt Crane, and saxophonist Eric Barber. ToST, 513 N 36th St, 547-0240, 10 pm, free.