Best Arts Nonprofit


Does your electronic music have not enough beat for a dance club? Is your jazz too free for Tula's? Nonsequitur can give it a home. Founded in 1989 in New Mexico as a record label and performance space by Evergreen alums Jonathan Scheuer and Steve Peters, the organization signed a long-term lease in 2007 (after Peters relocated here) with the Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford, turning it practically overnight into Seattle's avant-music epicenter. Nonsequitur produces all kinds of sound-art performances—by, so far, well over 200 artists both local and international—at stunningly non-usurious terms that actually allow artists to make some money. It's hosted both traditional concerts and events like the memorable multimedia-collage realization of Gavin Bryars' The Sinking of the Titanic, to mark the centennial this past spring, and provides an umbrella for groups like Earshot Jazz and the Seattle Composers Salon. Nonsequitur is to the local scene kind of what the World's Fair is to the city at large: Many now think of our history in terms of before and after. That's how big an impact it's made. GAVIN BORCHERT

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