SeaProg Presents: Guitar Cult//Seattle Guitar Circle

Thu, Sep 21, 2023 at 7:30pm

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Doors: 6:30pm

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The Royal Room is All Ages until 10pm.

Seattle Composer/Guitarist Ben McAllister (Degenerate Art Ensemble, Wizard Prison, Tuktu, Medicine Hat) has been growing the Guitar Cult over the last 6 years - first as an 11-piece Ebow choir in 2017 for a one-off show at UW's Meany Theater, evolving into a tight unit of 6 electric guitars. At last, they rise from the pandemic ashes, playing their first show together since 2020. 

Honing McAllister's interlocking communal guitar excursions and adding drummer Neil Wilson has sharpened the work into precise hypnotic windows, which may call to mind the early phase musics of Steve Reich or Louis Andriessen but with a rock vocabulary.


Seattle Guitar Circle was founded in 1993 by Steve Ball, Bill Rieflin and Bill Van Buren. For 30 years, they have been playing eclectic, polyrhythmic prog chamber music arranged for large acoustic guitar ensemble all over the Seattle area. Seattle Guitar Circle has many related sub-groups such as Tuning the Air (7 years of weekly shows at Freemont Abby), Tiny Orchestral Moments (7+ years of workshops and live shows) and Argentina's Electric Gauchos, recording and performing in Seattle since 1997. 

This international community was initially born via Robert Fripp's 'Guitar Craft' workshops that began in 1985. Each SGC performance is a combination of tightly-arranged chaos, layered guitars 'circulations' - where each guitarist plays one note at a time in evolving melodies.

SGC performs collaborative repertoire for layered guitars and voices including structured improvisation that sounds composed and composed collaboration that sounds improvised. This 2023 'Simple Songs' performance brings to life new arrangements of pieces by Charles Ives, Chick Corea, Erik Satie, Hanai Rani, John Coltrane, Jon Brion, Jonny Greenwood, Leo Brouwer, Meredith Monk, Robert Fripp, Ryuichi Sakamoto – as well as new work from composers within the core SGC team.

Royal Room

5000 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118