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The Way West!
Velocity Dance Center
Seattle , WA
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The Way West!
The Way West....An event with music, words, and smoke inspired by the optimism and grandeur of the West.  The Universal Language Project is partnering with Inverted Space, the contemporary music ensemble of the University of Washington.  This concert will feature a song cycle "Campfire Songs" by Brian Cobb (including a commissioned concert overture and a new piece to complete the cycle), a theatrical work "The Lone Ranger" by Karen Thomas, and the commissioned premiere by young composer Tim Carey.

Stick round after the show....grab a drink from the bar and chat with the musicians, composers and crew involved with Universal Language!

Karen P. Thomas, composer and conductor, is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Seattle Pro Musica. Her compositions are performed and broadcast throughout the world, by groups such as The Hilliard Ensemble and the Vocal Consort of Brussels. Her works are published by Karen P Thomas Music and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and have been featured at numerous festivals and conferences.

Ms. Thomas was recently awarded the 2015 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America and American Composers Forum. She has also received grants from the NEA, The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and Meet the Composer, among numerous others.
Ms. Thomas was recently awarded the 2015 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America and American Composers Forum. She has also received grants from the NEA, The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and Meet the Composer, among numerous others.

As a conductor, Ms. Thomas has produced ten critically-acclaimed CDs, and received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the ASCAP-Chorus America Award. She has appeared as guest conductor at international festivals in Europe and North America, and the NPR radio show Saint Paul Sunday. She received the 2012 Outstanding Choral Director Award for Washington State, and currently serves on the boards of the Seattle Music Commission, the American Choral Directors Association (NW Division), and the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium.

Brian Cobb (b. 1972, Quincy, MA) is an active composer and double bassist.  His composition catalogue includes music for voice, wind ensemble, orchestra, dance, film, electronic media, and numerous chamber settings.  Brian's works include film music for the 2015 documentary Bezango, WA,  "Campfire Songs" (for two voices and mixed ensemble) a theatrical song cycle set during the American Frontier era, "sCatterEd" (for solo flute) an interdisciplinary work that fuses music/theatre/kinesics, and the evolution-influenced "in far country" (for alto/soprano saxophone & piano) commissioned by saxophone virtuoso Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin.  Cobb's music has been published by Ludwin Music Co and has received awards and grants from ASCAP, the University of Washington, and Jack Straw Productions. He is a Present Sounds Records recording artist and has recorded and performed with the Tom Baker Quartet, the William O. Smith Trio, CrossTalk, David Hahn's Concert Imaginaire, Aaron Goldberg, George Garzone, and Mantana Roberts. Cobb's debut CD, Campfire Songs, was released on Present Sounds Records in 2011.

Cobb  has been on faculty at Bellevue College since 2006.  Presently, Dr. Cobb serves as the music department's private instruction and music theory coordinator, as well as an instructor in the fields of music theory, composition, music history, music technology, and jazz performance.    He is the founder and director of the Bellevue College Composer's Studio.   Cobb moved to Seattle in 2001 from the east coast to pursue his doctorate degree (D.M.A. '06) in music composition from the University of Washington.  He has also received degrees from the University of Massachusetts (M.M. '00) and Berklee College of Music (B.M. '96), both in the field of music composition.  Cobb has taught music at the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts, Shoreline Community College's Summer College, and as guest lecturer at Pacific Lutheran University, Western Oregon University, Central Washington University, and Seattle Conservatory.

Tim Carey is a multi-instrumentalist, Composer, and Arranger from Seattle Washington. Since Tim started playing bass professionally in 2003 he has shared the stage with many local and international names in the world of music. Some highlights include;  Jovino Santos-Neto, Dani and Debora Gurgel, Thiago Rabello, Antonio Adlfo, Art Lande, Groove for Thought, Samantha Boshnack, Jherek Bischoff, Owour Arunga, and many more.
Tim teaches music theory and composition at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle WA. He also directs and arranges for the Holy Names Academy jazz band, teaches privately throughout the year, and stays busy as a composer and arranger for hire.
Tim has performed all over the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea, given clinics and performances at dozens of colleges and high schools around the country. He currently tours as a bassist/clinician with the jazz vocal group "Groove for Thought"

Inverted Space
Inverted Space presents contemporary music in contemporary venues, bringing performances of new classical music into the Seattle community through diverse programming, adventurous performance spaces, and casual concerts.


Velocity Dance Center (View)
1621 12th Ave
Seattle , WA 98122
United States


Arts > Performance
Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits
Music > All Ages
Music > Americana
Music > Classical
Music > Experimental

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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