The Funky Joint Presents

Varmint Featuring:
Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Paul "PK" Kemmish, and Kevin Sawka
w/ Das Rut Featuring Reggie Watts, PK, Davis Martin, Thaddeus Turner, Shawn Smith, Elizabeth Pupo-Walker & Chava Mirel + Special Guests.

I-Spy | Saturday | 04.20
1921 5th Ave. (alley entrance)
Doors: 9PM
Tickets: $12. adv. @ TicketWeb

Four of the Puget Sound's most beloved musicians are collaborating for what promises to be an unforgettable evening of music. Varmint, featuring the talents of Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Paul "PK" Kemmish, and Kevin Sawka, will make their premier appearance at Seattle's own I-Spy | Nation on Saturday, April 20th. This all-star line-up promises to bring veteran jazz innovation with the groove and vigor of Seattle's underground to one of the best venues in the city for cutting- edge music.

While the group hasn't discussed the content of their music, it is easy to imagine the endless number of directions Varmint could go. Northwest jazzophiles will savor the anticipation of Frisell's passionate and thoughtful guitar lyricism with Horvitz's spicy keyboard soundscapes and grooves, PK's urban bass foundation, and Sawka's streetwise ultramodern drumming. While it's not often enough that Seattle gets the opportunity to see Frisell or Horvitz in their home city, the chance to see them together is rare. Many avant-garde listeners will recall the John Zorn projects (Naked City, and others) that included Horvitz and Frisell in many exciting settings. But seeing the pair teamed up with Seattle's urban music staples PK and Sawka will happen for the first time with this show.

Joining Varmint at the I-Spy is Das Rut, another group of Seattle favorites. Das Rut includes front man Reggie Watts, guitarist Thaddeus Turner, bassist Paul "PK" Kemmish, and drummer Davis Martin. The group is often joined by guest performers, bringing fresh creativity and funky vitality to Seattle's urban music audience. Das Rut can be seen weekly at The Scarlet Tree.

This is the Debut of Varmint, and who knows if they might do this again. The best way to insure that they do is to be there, at I-Spy Saturday, April 20th.

A condensed biography

For those who might be unfamiliar with the legacies of these artists, 52-year-old Bill Frisell has been a Seattle area resident for 13 years and has a slough of albums available on ECM and Nonesuch Records. He has collaborated with an impressive roster of jazz and popular artists, including Paul Motian, John Zorn, Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, Paul Bley, Bono, Brian Eno, John Scofield, Greg Cohen, and many others. He is known for passionate and innovative guitar playing often identified as "Americana," combining jazz, blues, pop, and western music into his own signature sound. You can check him out at SongTone.

Wayne Horvitz has ridden the jazz cutting edge for most of his career as well, also boasting an impressive list of albums on Nonesuch Records and fruitful collaborations with some of music's finest. Horvitz is best known for his exotic and exciting keyboard playing, and his intelligent composing. He has collaborated with leaders in many musical circles, including DJ Spooky, John Zorn, Bobby Previte, Joey Baron, Skerik, and many others. Horvitz has given Seattle some of its most memorable shows with his local project Zony Mash. You can check Wayne out at

Paul "PK" Kemmish is the bassist from Seattle's well-known Rockin' Teenage Combo. He has become a sought-after player in the local urban music scene, piloting many local urban jazz projects. Currently PK can be found performing with Das Root, who will open the show on the 20th. You can learn more about PK at

Kevin Sawka is an exciting player focusing on electronica style drumming. He brought himself to the forefront of the urban music scene with his own group Siamese and has since gained the respect of techno and jazz listeners alike. Kevin can be seen in his group Siamese, and also in the techno/ acoustic group Futomaru. You can check him out at 94th Street.

[Published on: 4/8/02]

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