a performative 3-CD box set featuring six different conFIGurations created over 6 years as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program

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Disjunctive, raucous, soaring, and powerful – Figeater is a textural, tribal exploration of organic movement, instigated by clarinetist/composer Beth Fleenor.

Improvisations are punctuated, buttoned and launched by original compositions and songlike psychedelic episodes, with an emphasis on enviornmental participation. It has been called sonic spelunking – or an all improvised fun time.

Figeater is a time-based, performance process emphasized ensemble vehicle where audience and environment are recognized members of the conFIGuration performing. It is through the combination of these components that the performance takes place.

Figeater appears in a multitude of conFIGurations anchored by individual Performing Units, each featuring Fleenor on clarinet, bass clarinet, voice, electronics & toys.


Performing Units:

Power Fig – amplified quartet

(guitar, bass, drums)

Jeff Huston

Paul Kemmish

Tom Zgonc


E Fig – east coast amplified quartet

(guitar, vibes/percussion, drums)

Shane Perlowin

Matthew Richmond

Brad Hebert


Super Fig – acoustic quartet

(violin, trumpet, piano)

Paris Hurley

Samantha Boshnack

Stephen Fandrich


Special Fig – amplified quartet

(guitar, bass, drums)

Stephen Parris

John Seman

Mark Ostrowski


Super Special Fig – large ensemble

(above combined)


Original Fig– first trio

(guitar, drums)

Jeff Huston

Mike Hams



“Led by clarinetist Beth Fleenor, Figeater make improvised music that ranges from insistently propulsive and buoyant – Fleenor can channel the spirit of Raymond Scott with aplomb – to aloof atmospheres, thugged-up backbeats, and loony, melismatic rants.”

– The Stranger


“I don’t know if Fleenor would point to chamber music as a direct influence or even a tertiary influence. But I heard Stockhausen, Cage and Reich in the Figeater set.”

– City Arts Magazine


“Daringly, {Figeater} was down right pretty, not a term often associated with free improv…while later it was visceral, convulsive and more than a bit creepy…”

– Seattle Weekly


“Clarinetist/composer Beth Fleenor bases her cargo-cult band on the arrival of unhinged, uncorked, unkempt provocations from a small, raucous band of collaborators. Expect some wailin’, some keening, and some siren-singing too.”

– Earshot Jazz

Figeater live painting by Cait Willis 2007