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November 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM

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Frye tunes: Jherek Bischoff, Zola Jesus, Black Constellation

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Jherek Bischoff (w/guitar) and Zola Jesus (w/microphone); photos by me

The Frye Art Museum on First Hill is always free, and frequently worth visiting — the R. Crumb exhibit from a few years back was a personal highlight. But right now it's a must for pop music fans. Come anytime and see two outstanding music videos by local acts Shabazz Palaces (not viewable anywhere else in the world) and Perfume Genius, part of the Frye's ongoing Moment Magnitude project. Lots more music is happening soon in the the white-walled rooms (see the whole calendar here). I came through and saw Seattle's Jherek Bischoff leading a mini-orchestra through his expansive form of pop music, abetted by Zola Jesus and her transcendental hollerings. The acoustics were bad, but the experience was rad. (Bischoff plays the Moore Dec. 1.)

Stay tuned for details about the upcoming Black Constellation performance. That's the name of THEESatisfaction, Shabazz Palaces and Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, when they create together. Black Constellation auxiliary members may or may not include Larry Mizell, Jr., OC Notes, Chocolate Chuck and and Erik Blood. One of them is going to have to twitter at me and let me know. Or maybe it's not so rigid. Either way, oh man. I cannot wait for their sonic and kinetic ritual dedicated to Octavia Butler!

Relevant link: I wrote about Alley-Barnes' masks, one of which is currently on display at the Frye, here for NPR.

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