THURSDAY MARCH 27



MEARS TINER KIKUCHI JOHNSON QUARTET

With an unwieldy name in tow, this Los Angeles-based avant jazz quartet is touring the West Coast, serving up "a unique modular use of notated elements that creates a flexible musical atmosphere in which any member of the group can cue a composition form from points within the improvised flow." In other words, they're planning to blow the doors off the joint. The Rendezvous, 2318 Second Ave, 441-5823, 8 pm, $5.

FRIDAY MARCH 28



SEATTLE COMPOSERS' SALON

A monthly, informal presentation of new music by Seattle composers, the Salon features finished works, previews, and works-in-progress. Composer and emcee Tom Baker has corralled acoustic and electronic works by Gavin Borchert, Cris Ewing, The Stranger's Josh Feit, David Mesler, Colt Valenti, and Richard Vanceunebrouck-Werth. It's about time a Seattle composer showed up with a hyphenated name. Soundbridge at Benaroya Hall, Second Ave & Union St, 215-4747, 8 pm, $5.

SATURDAY MARCH 29



SEATTLE CHAMBER PLAYERS

What other chamber music group in town is so adventurous and willfully eclectic? A few weeks ago it was German expats, this week it's a healthy dollop of American composers Kyle Gann (Hovenweep), John Harbison (Twilight Music), Aaron Jay Kernis (Trio in Red), and Amy Rubin (Saudades). Pre-concert discussion with Rubin and Gann starts at 7:15 pm. If you haven't read it already, Gann's book, American Music in the Twentieth Century, is essential reading. Recital Hall at Benaroya, Third Ave & Union St, 286-5052, 8 pm, $12-$20.

SUNDAY MARCH 30



SEATTLE JAZZ VESPERS

This monthly concert combines an hour-and-a-half jazz performance with a brief worship interlude. For me, listening to music and worshipping the divine(s) are one and the same, so coughing up an extra prayer or two shouldn't be too tough. This installment features the Susan Pascal Quartet, with one of our burg's finest vocalists, Greta Matassa. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, 325-6051, 6 pm, freewill donation.

MARCUS OLDHAM

In an attempt to musically address the conflicts being waged throughout the Middle East, composer and organist Marcus Oldham has assembled an unusual concert of wide-ranging works. This post-Compline recital includes J. S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 533, Lauda Anima by Seattle composer Keith Eisenbrey, Arvo Pärt's coruscating organ mass, Annum per Annum, and some creepy sound art by yours truly. St Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, 323-0300, 9:30 pm, free.

TUESDAY APRIL 1



ODEON STRING QUARTET

I've never believed the old saying "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." In truth, even the giants of 20th-century classical music (Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Xenakis, Ligeti) had to teach or scrounge a day job (or worse, conduct their greatest hits) to survive. The Odeon String Quartet plays string quartets by Cornish College faculty composers Bern Herbolsheimer, Jim Knapp, Margie Pos, Amy Rubin, and Jovino Santos Neto. PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 E Roy St, 336-6600, 8 pm, $6/$12.

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