Simple Measures with Spectrum Dance Theater February 18-21

February 11, 2016


Check it! Simple Measures again partners with Spectrum Dance Theater on February 18-21 for “Rambunctions 2.0.” The first show in a series that “boldly disrupts the current conversation around race,” Simple Measures as always brings a bevy of top tier musicians, including Brittany Boulding, Mara Gearman, Liza Zurliden, and Simple Measures Artistic Director Rajan Krishnaswami for engaging, evocative works by three African American composers: Pamela Z, Wynton Marsalis, and T. J. Anderson.

Z’s 2013 “And the Movement of the Tongue” finds the music mimicking speech patterns in a quirky and often funny work with recorded voice. T. J. Anderson’s cello and piano work “Spirit Songs” — with pianist Judith Cohen — uses jazz and spirituals as a base for his expressive language, as does Wynton Marsalis’s string quartet “At the Octaroon Balls,” though with very different results.

Spectrum’s dancers create shapes and movement to explore Artistic Director and Choreographer Donald Byrd’s ideas and emotions on the “unacknowledged contributions African Americans have made to America’s artistic landscape.” 

Buy your 2-for-1 tickets for this can’t-miss, high energy evening here. Enter code #RACEish at checkout and enjoy a second free ticket for every one you buy!




Scroll down to learn about exciting changes happening at Simple Measures…

April 27, 2015

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 Cello Divas III – Bach

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10/23/15 @ 7:30 PM Hale’s Palladium, 4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle WA 98107
10/25/15  @ 6:00 PM Town Hall, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle 98101

Our third cello show will feature the music of J.S. Bach’s including his 6th Brandenburg concerto (okay, there are a couple of violas in that…), Popper’s Requiem, and a World Premiere cello quartet we commissioned, by brilliant young Seattle composer Angelique Poteat titled “In Paradisum”. Early music specialist and keyboardist Byron Schenkman will join our cellists for this celebration of Bach, and of music related to spiritual matters. Think – inspiration.

Cellists: Rajan Krishnaswami, John Michel, Joy Payton-Stevens, Brian Wharton
Violists: Mara Gearman and Timothy Christie
Keyboardist: Byron Schenkman
Bass: Jordan Anderson

Exciting Changes in Concert Format Announced!

Dear Friend of Simple Measures,

Thank you so much for supporting our work! At Simple Measures, we are proud to be innovators, advancing the wave of change in the world of classical music presentation. We are thrilled with all the support our approach has received during 10 very successful years of concerts.

To our surprise, we find ourselves turning into a traditional arts organization with all the familiar trappings, including heavy administrative costs and an increasing need for more and more fundraising. Despite our success to date with this model, it is not following in the spirit of innovation and discovery that has been our hallmark! Therefore, we have decided that it is time to reinvent ourselves.

So this season, after the celebratory “Cello Divas III” concerts in October, we will be ceasing operations as a traditional concert series. Our mission delivery model will undergo a radical shift as we refocus on the spirit of innovation and discovery that is our core value.

Instead of creating a full concert series, we will share our live performances either by invitation from existing presenting organizations (these have included Icicle Creek Center for the Arts and Sammamish Arts Council among others), or in small private venues. These private house concerts, which will be fully underwritten by patrons, will also be videotaped for release online.

The house concert fees will also support our free public performances, which will be produced in a much more “Simple Measures” way: Minus the trappings of a traditional concert series, these will be more along the lines of pop-up concerts. Admission will be free of charge (though donations will be gratefully accepted).

Extending our reach through online streaming will allow us to bring our educational and inspiring top quality programs—the kind our supporters have come to expect—to a much larger audience.

We value your input. Please write to or directly to me at if you have questions, comments, encouragement, gratitude J, or if you would like more information about hosting a concert in a venue of your choice (imagine having one of our amazing concerts in your own home!)

And now, the music! Please join us as we celebrate the success of Simple Measures at our final “traditional” public presentations: Cello Divas III, October 23 at Hale’s Palladium and October 25 at Town Hall. We’re featuring Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #6 as well as a world premiere by Angelique Poteat for four cellos titled, In Paradism, Popper’s beautiful Requiem for three cellos and piano, and a collaboration between our Artistic Director Rajan Krishnaswami and the celebrated early music specialist, keyboardist Byron Schenkman. It will be quite a party!

With gratitude,

Rajan Krishnaswami
Founder and Artistic Director