Category Archives: Live Recordings

Sweet, pretty, saucy and raunchy

I have to admit, I’m not particularly good at taking the time to write to you and let you know about all the things we have going on in the Fundamental Forces camp. Here is ample evidence of that… that I have so much to talk about in this update. The title is “Sweet, pretty, saucy and raunchy” because, well…

For the SWEET, we’ll be having a pre-release party for Fundamental Forces’ next CD on September 17th at Egan’s in Ballard. It’s been a few years since we played Egan’s, and many of you have asked when we’ll be there again – so the answer is next Saturday. If you haven’t been to Egan’s before, it is a wonderfully intimate club with seating for only about 40 people. We have sold the room out several times in the past. So if you’re interested, I highly recommend you call or email the club to make a reservation.

Fundamental Forces pre-release party for “Subtle Energy”
Egan’s Ballard Jam House
Sat. 09-17-16, 7 p.m., $10 cover charge includes a copy of new CD
1707 NW Market St, Seattle WA 98107
For reservations call (206) 789-1621 or email

W166Next up, for the PRETTY, on September 19th we will be officially releasing “Subtle Energy”, a collection of tracks we recorded back in January, when we went into the Jack Straw Cultural Center studios to perform on the Sonarchy Radio program. I have an affinity for how the clarinet and electric guitar sound in unison, and so Jim and I decided to transpose and rearrange many of our tunes from alto and baritone saxophone to clarinet and bass clarinet. We had so much fun playing these darker, quieter versions for the Sonarchy show that we went back into the studio the next day and recorded the material straight through a second time. That session became this new CD “Subtle Energy”.

“Subtle Energy” should be available via iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify, Google Play, etc. on September 19th. However, you can get an early release copy for free by coming to the Egan’s show on the 17th. Or, you can actually grab a pre-release download off of our BandCamp site.

Speaking of downloads, for the SAUCY we have another release coming this month as well. In the spring of this year, Fundamental Forces was approached to do a spring residency at Substation, a new venue in Seattle. The band was given free rein to present whatever music we wanted to perform, with no stylistic expectations or restrictions. We took the opportunity to step outside of our typical boundaries and give a freer, heavier, more psychedelic performance.

ff_continua_coverWe do this occasionally when we are able, we use lots of effects on the reeds and perform more rock-oriented versions of our heavier tunes. This time around, Steve Kennedy-Williams was at all three shows to record the proceedings. He’s now released the best tracks from those shows as “Continua”, available exclusively as a digital download from his Scoobie Tracks web site. You can hear and purchase them here. In fact, just because you took time to read this, you can get 30% off of the price of the album by entering the code “SeptemberCart30%Off” when you check out.

Next, for the RAUNCHY, on September 21st we’re celebrating the release of the “Continua” concert recording with an all-out party at Substation, where we originally recorded it. Joining Fundamental Forces will be the mighty Moraine and the wonderful Diminished Men. There will also be some psychedelic video art, and we’ll be shooting video of the whole thing to post at a later time.

Scoobie Tracks celebration featuring
Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces, Moraine and Diminished Men
Wed. 09-21-16, 8 p.m., $6 at the door
Substation, 645 NW 45th St., Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 397-4053

Finally, I have to say that after all this, I’m looking forward to a mellow winter. I’ll be hopefully slowing things down a bit and we’re likely to be performing less outside of our “house band” gigs at Vito’s and Capitol Cider, where you a get a bit of a “watered down” Fundamental Forces mixed with odd standards. So if you’d like to catch us in a full blown concert setting, I highly recommend you attend one of these shows. I don’t know the next time we’ll do a showcase set like these. It’s not likely to be soon.

It will be lovely to see you this month.



FF_Continua_CoverBack in the spring of this year, Fundamental Forces was approached to do a spring residency at Substation, a new venue in Seattle. We were given free reign to present whatever music we’d like to perform, with no stylistic expectations or restrictions. What unfolded is documented here using just room mics and a feed off of the live mixing board. It’s not high fidelity compared to our CDs, but the there is an undeniable spirit in these performances that I had to release in some form -in this case via digital download from Steve Kennedy-Williams Scoobie Tracks site.

Steve happened to catch some really inspired sets of the band really taking some risks and exploring new territory. Those familiar with the group may be surprised by what they hear on Continua. It represents a perspective of the Fundamental Forces catalog that most fans rarely see, especially outside of our home base of Seattle, Washington. Occasionally, given the right opportunity, we will step outside of our typical boundaries and give a freer, heavier, more psychedelic performance- a mixture of avant rock, quirky worldbeat, adventurous jazz and jam band improvisation. So here it is, live and in concert:

Fundamental Forces “Continua” of Scoobie Tracks

Bar Noir

Hi all,

new_vitosWe have one show this month – it’s this coming Thursday, September 3rd at Vito’s at 9 p.m. We’ve been doing something pretty cool with our Vito’s sets lately – which is that we’ve been playing mostly dark and pretty tunes. Lots of luscious and gratuitous sax features and dreamy droning guitar lines. Think David Lynch meets John Abercrombie.

We’re taking a small break from gigging (our next show is November 5th) to finish up the mastering and packaging for our next CD release. We’ve also started mixing a live recording to be released some time in 2016.

So… stay tuned for new music, and please join us at Vito’s this Thursday if you are so inclined. Here’s little taste via a video of us actually shot at Vito’s by Alex Berry:

We’re throwing ourselves a bona fide shindig!

Bar guide for GambitYou are cordially invited to join Fundamental Forces for a cocktail party, live recording and video shoot on April 11, 2015 at Lucid Lounge. The price of admission to this ticketed event includes 2 cocktails of your choice and copies of both of Fundamental Forces CDs, as well as an opening set by retro-jazz vocal and guitar duo Sundae and Mr. Goessl.

For more information and to buy tickets, go to the link below. General release tickets go on sale on Monday & the event is expected to sell out – So jump on it and come party with us to celebrate all the wonderful things that have happened in the last year.! Hell, we don’t even care why you want to party – who needs a reason?

Tickets on Sale Now!