Sonic Evolution: This is Indie!

With Michael Gordon, Tomoko Mukaiyama, Fly Moon Royalty and Filmmaker Bill Morrison

Co-Presented With The Seattle International Film Festival

Indie filmmaker Bill Morrison, known for his riveting collages of archaic footage with original scores, joins forces with the famed Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon for a one-of-a-kind evening. Morrison surfaces archival footage from Seattle’s history as a backdrop for Gordon’s electrified concerto for virtuoso pianist and multimedia artist Tomoko Mukaiyama.

Then Brooklyn-based composer William Brittelle offers up a new work that features his intoxicating blend of Classical artistry and indie-pop charm and Seattle artists Fly Moon Royalty perform their unique mix of blues, hip-hop and electronica with new orchestral backdrops.

Tomoko Mukaiyama will be signing at intermission. Fly Moon Royalty will be signing merchandise after the concert.

Unchanging Sea: Gordon/Morrison interview from Red Poppy Music on Vimeo.


Dates and Tickets

  • 13 May (Fri) 2016 8:00PM

Running time

1 hour, 27 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Pablo Rus Broseta


Pablo Rus Broseta studied composition and saxophone at the Conservatory of his native Valencia, carrying out further studies in conducting in Lyon, and at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and Universität der Künste Berlin.

Tomoko Mukaiyama


Tomoko Mukaiyama, winner of the first prize of the Dutch Gaudeamus competition in 1991, has been engaged by prestigious orchestras and ensembles.

Fly Moon Royalty

Dichotomy in a partnership is always tricky, but not for Seattle’s Fly Moon Royalty. Bleeding with all the heart and soul of blues and r&b, combined with the contemporary aesthetics of modern day electronica and hip hop, the collaboration of the Seattle-based duo is a perfectly fitting contradiction.

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.





William Brittelle

Love Letter for Arca (World Premiere)

Michael Gordon

The Unchanging Sea for Piano and Orchestra, with Film by Bill Morrison (World Premiere)

Fly Moon Royalty

“Piece Of Me”

Fly Moon Royalty

“In The Woods”

Fly Moon Royalty

“Grown Man” / arr. Elliot Cole

Fly Moon Royalty

“I Miss Her” / arr. Elliot Cole

Fly Moon Royalty

“DNA” arr. William Brittelle

Phil Collins

“In The Air Tonight” arr. William Brittelle

Fly Moon Royalty

“RX” / arr. Ryan Brown

Fly Moon Royalty

“Higher” / arr. Ryan Brown


Sonic Evolution: This is Indie! is presented as part of the Seattle Symphony’s New Music WORKS initiative, which is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. New Music WORKS features commissions, concerts and educational activities that use composition as a catalyst for collaboration and engagement in music.