8/21: Improv at Valentines

Tuesday August twenty first at nine pm
at Valentines-232 SW Ankeny

JP Jenkins and Gregory Reynolds guitar and sax duets...
Asa Gervich, Johnathan Sielaff and Arrington DeDionysio drums and clarinets trio

A night of improvised music from some of Portlands finest and visiting sax champion; Gregory Reynolds. Gregory lives in Brooklyn and plays the saxophone (an alto) with stuff in the end of it sometimes. He sounds like a computer alot of the time. He can also circular breathe which means he can keep making sound for minutes at a time without taking a breath. That makes him really sound like a computer. I really like playing with him because he makes me look like I know what I am doing. That takes real talent. He has played with tons of other people besides me and they like his playing too. Or at least they say they do on the internet. He is really nice and we talk about tea and philosophy when we hang out. I think that probably has some bearing on the music we play together but as for what that is, your guess is as good as mine. We have done a few duets in the past and both enjoy them so on tuesday we will do some more because he will be in town for a few days.
The other group is 3 guys from Portland you might know from seeing in your neighborhood. They will play drums and 2 bass clarinets. If you have never heard a bass clarinet or even if you have you might be surprised at the sounds that get made. Both Arrington and Jonathan have been playing for a long time and that means they have alot of ideas about how to make interesting sounds come out of their horns. The best thing about this show for me is going to be how different each one of them plays the same instrument. Arrington is usually into textures and sound shapes and Jonathan seems to be more into note patterns and sometimes repetition. Often they each do something that is not their usual though, so it may become hard to tell who is playing what. Asa is always a ball of energy. I like his playing alot because he listens very well and gives people alot of ideas to improvise off of. I think this trio will be alot of fun to listen to.

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