RUTHERFORD & MÜLLER
Towering trombonist Paul Rutherford was part of the U.K. free-improvising revolution with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley, and Evan Parker in the 1960s. Rutherford pioneered extended trombone techniques, so you can expect plenty of fireworks with Vancouver, BC-based Torsten Müller, a feisty improviser on the bass. Polestar Music Gallery, 1412 18th Ave at E Union, 329-4224, 8 pm $8.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 1
It's too soon for the legions of Handel's Messiah gigs, but I prefer early December for interesting carol-free, non-Messiah Christmas music anyway. Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers commemorate Advent with three Italian works: Corelli's "Christmas" Concerto, Vivaldi's darn good Gloria, Respighi's Laud to the Nativity, and a cantata based on a 13th-century text by Franciscan friar Jacopone da Todi. Town Hall, Eighth and Seneca, 682-5208, 8 pm, $14-$18.
MONDAY DECEMBER 2
On Revolution of the Mind, the best of his Live at the Apollo albums, James Brown asked Bobby Byrd not once but repeatedly, "Can I get down?" After several seemingly redundant exchanges, Byrd finally exhorted J. B. to "come on over and get down on the organ." Does that dialogue, much like the plain title ("Holiday Treats") of this free concert of festive organ music, harbor a deep abiding meaning that I cannot fathom? Or perhaps the intention of organists J. B. and Carole Terry, though separated by a quarter century, is merely to get down on the organ. I should stop reading Borges. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 215-4747, 12:30 pm, free.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 3
SCORES OF SOUND DAY ONE
No other multi-day event in town embodies "pot luck" like this one. Talented classical, jazz, and experimental players perform a range of music from gamelan to bebop to classical chamber music. Indonesian gamelan music kicks off this gig, a fine introduction for those who have not yet heard the pulsing gongs and clangs of this percussive music. At 8 pm, the Seattle Chamber Players play new works by student composers. Kerry Hall at Cornish College, 710 E Roy, 325-6500, 5:30 pm, free.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 4
HUGHES & BOWMAN
Deviating from the usual concerts of solo piano music, soprano Cherie Hughes joins pianist Jennifer Bowman for "Music Between the Wars," a recital of art songs by composers who were influential in Germany during the Weimar Republic (1919-1933). Count on works by Richard Strauss, Joseph Marx, Alma Mahler, Alexander Zemlinsky, George Gershwin, and Kurt Weill. Sherman-Clay Piano & Organ, 1624 Fourth Ave, 622-7580, 12:15 pm, free.
SCORES OF SOUND DAY TWO
Eclectic seems to be the watchword of this festival. A mysteriously monikered "Ensemble II" plays at 4:30 pm, followed by classical musicians at 5:30, and the Jazz Ensemble presents student and faculty compositions at 7:30. In the spirit of consistency, budding Ellas and Sinatras tackle vocal standards at the sultry time of 9 pm. Kerry Hall at Cornish College, 710 E Roy, 325-6500, 4:30 pm, free.