Letter from the Curator
I've been looking for an opportunity to break the mold of the usual music performance, to offer a unique experience, one that is still focused on the music, but one that delivers a greater connection, intimacy, and creativity.
As an artist, I’ve played hundreds of shows, year after year, around the Northwest and North America. I’ve found that one of the most memorable places to play was in my backyard, at the top of the oldest skyscraper in Seattle, the Smith Tower. It’s one of the most enchanting, unique places in Western Washington, and the tenant Petra Franklin is a champion of the arts, turning the multi-level pyramid penthouse into a space that breeds creativity and magic. Something happens when you are up there, it's like the bustle of the city and all the daily distractions subside, and you have a momentary break from the world to lose yourself in something else. It felt like the perfect place for this series.
I'm interested in exploring how we experience music. I'm also always looking for ways to support other artists who I enjoy and respect. Bringing these two concepts together is exciting. I can't wait to introduce you to new works in what I feel is the ideal venue.
Every month for a year I will be stretching myself, bringing a unique performance to the top of the Smith Tower, with a different established artist, a different "mystery" guest. You can find more about my music at www.krisorlowski.com. I hope you will join me.
-Kris Orlowski (2015)
About the Location
The Smith Tower is a proud building and one of the oldest Seattle icons. Kris Orlowski worked in its halls for years and felt the stories it holds and energy of its soulful stance. For half a century the Tower was the tallest building outside of New York, it lost that lonely title in 1962 when the World's Fair brought the Space Needle to the other side of downtown. Now the two icons book-end the downtown skyline and share glances up Second Avenue. They frame a city that is steeped in extraordinary music. Seattle has a history of spawning profoundly authentic musicians, many of whom have gone on to national and international acclaim from the Kingston Trio, Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Fleet Foxes, Laura Veirs, Death Cab For Cutie, Nirvana, Macklemore and so many more. How thrilling that Kris Orlowski wants to bring original concerts to this unusual venue! His idea is to create a series of 12 performances that shine a spotlight on the greatest songwriters of our time in this tiny pyramid shaped space. What a rare delight!
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