THURSDAY APRIL 7
CLARK TERRY QUINTET
This legendary yet still-spry trumpeter has played with legions of jazz luminaries including Ellington, Basie, Dizzy, Dexter Gordon, and Billie Holiday. Also Fri Apr 8 and Sat Apr 9 with sets at 7:30 and 9:30 pm as well as Sun Apr 10 at 6:30 and 8:30 pm. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, 441-9729, 7:30 pm, $20.50-$24.50.
I floss religiously three times a week and therefore cringe at the title of this trio's recent and otherwise enjoyable album, Unwaxed. One of the countless subgroups within the Monktail Creative Music Concern, Floss spew frenetic bop lines atop scurrying grooves. Plodding bong-rock beats and spacey flute interludes appear too, but saxophonist Izaak Mills, bassist John Seman, and drummer Mark Ostrowski mostly keep things fast and fun. The clarinet-guitar-and-live electronics trio Kamikagari and Mike Marlin, proprietor of the prepared banjo, share the bill. Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave, 441-5823, 10:30 pm, $5-$15 sliding scale.
FRIDAY APRIL 8
Here's my nominee for sleeper gig of the week. Named after the historic Valaam Monastery in Russia, this five-man St. Petersburg-based ensemble sings Russian Orthodox liturgical music, including Kievan chants and Russian polyphonic music of the 17th and 18th centuries. St. Demetrios, 2100 Boyer Ave E, 325-4347, 8 pm, donation requested.
MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Singers from Seattle Opera's Young Artist Program sing in a fully staged production of Mozart's farcical romantic comedy. Think of the Seattle Opera's Young Artists Program as minor league baseball for opera singers: younger, leaner, and sometimes much more fun than the majors. Also Sat Apr 9 at 7:30 pm and Sun Apr 10 at 2 pm. The Theater at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE Sixth Ave, Bellevue, 389-7676, 7:30 pm, $15/$30.
SATURDAY APRIL 9
I caught FLUX last December at ConWorks and marveled at this Seattle-based collective's lithe choreography, stippled video projections, and glitched-up digital sound. SOM's cold, clean Euroart offers a template for 21st century music theater. Part of On the Boards' Northwest New Works festival, SOM shares the bill with a slew of other performance groups. Also Sun Apr 10 at 7:30 pm. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, 217-9888, 7:30 pm, $14.
TUESDAY APRIL 12
DX Arts, short for the UW's Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, presents a recital by Mari Kimura on amplified violin and interactive computer system. She performs her own Polytopia for violin, interactive computer graphics, and surround sound; Frances White's This Old Rose; and Richard Karpen's Sotto/Sopra. Experimental video works by Noel Paul and Ewa Trebacz along with computer music by Pete Moss round out the program. Meany Hall, UW Campus, 543-4880, 8 pm, $5/$12.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 13
Continuing his return to the improvising music scene, contrabass clarinetist Hoskin collaborates with a raft of reed players, including Beth Fleenor (clarinet), Arrington de Dionyso (reeds and, I hope, mouth harp) and Jesse Canterbury (clarinet). Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave at E Union St, 322-1533, 8 pm, $5-$15 sliding scale donation.