2/23/09: Ninh, Theilke, Fageshinski, Doneda

Monday, February 23rd, 8pm
Gallery Homeland (in the Ford Building) 2505 SE 11th Ave (at Division,
parking lot and entry at the south end of the building)
donation (suggested $5 to $15, but everyone welcome)

four incredible european improvisers:

Lekuan Ninh
listen: http://www.lequanninh.net/?v=media&lang=en
watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skiLDE_AMlg

Michael Doneda

Kai Fageshinski | clarinet, composition
Michael Theilke | clarinet, composition
Kai Fageshinski (Los Glissandinos, The Magic I.D., etc.) and Michael
Theilke (Unununium, The Magic I.D., etc.) are members of Berlin's
vibrant echtzeitmusik scene. The International Nothing (*2000) is
their hardest working project of the last years. They are working
exclusively on compositions (no improv), where both instruments melt
into one sound, which sometimes sounds like more than two instruments
through the extended use of multiphonics and difference tones. Their
pieces have a delicate and slowed down quality and celebrate a unique
and timeless beauty. They will present a collection of pieces
developed between 2003 and 2009.

The International Nothing is kindly supported by Goethe-Institut San
Fransisco and Kulturverwaltung des Landes Berlin.

2/16/09: Sehnaoui/Drury/Kelley presented by CMG

The Creative Music Guild is pleased to present three musicians from three cities in Portland for a night of music at the edge of improvisation.

Christine Sehnaoui / Andrew Drury / Greg Kelley

Where: Worksound: 820 SE Alder St., (503) 819-9656

When: 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16

Price: $9 ($7 for students & CMG members), tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com

Three musicians from disparate schools of improvisation come together for a night of inspired music. Christine Sehnaoui, an alto saxophonist, is a rising star of the European free jazz scene and a leading figure in the burgeoning improv scene in Beirut, Lebannon. Acclaimed drummer Andrew Drury lives in Brooklyn and has collaborated with Nate Wooley, Jack Wright, Steve Swell and Ruben Radding, among others. Greg Kelley is a trumpeter from Boston who plays in Nmperign.

This concert is presented in partnership with the 2009 PDX Jazz Festival.

About the Musicians:

Christine Sehnaoui is a Lebanese alto saxophonist who has been performing in Paris to great acclaim in recent years. Her main musical partners are Stéphane Rives, Quentin Dubost, Agnès Palier, Sebastien Bouhana and Mazen Kerbaj. She organizes the annual Irtijal Festival in Lebbanon for improvised music. She has also played with Le Quan Ninh, Mats Gustaffsson, Paul Flaherty, Daniel Carter, Wilbert deJoode and many, many more. Her 2008 solo CD has been hailed by critics as innovative and fresh. http://www.myspace.com/christi

Andrew Drury is a Brooklyn based percussionist who has appeared on over 25 CDs as well as given over 1000 workshops. He has performed in festivals in Europe, the streets of Guatemala and performance spaces all over North America. His list of collaborators is extensive including such luminaries as Michel Doneda, Jack Wright, Steve Swell and Ruben Radding. http://www.andrewdrury.com

Greg Kelley, a trumpet player in Boston, is perhaps best known for his collaboration with Bhob Rainey as Nmperign, a group that has recorded several well received CDs and collaborated with such musicians as Jason Lescalleet, Le Quan Ninh, Andrea Neumann and Axel Dorner. Kelley studied at the Peabody Conservatory. He also played in the Boston super group Cold Bleak Heart. http://www.geocities.com/greyelkgel


Upcoming shows:

Friday, March 13
John Gruntfest Trio

Saturday, April 4
Ab Baars Trio & Ken Vandermark

Wednesday, April 29
The Thing - Mats Gustafsson / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / Paal Nilssen-Love

2/10 & 11: Tatsuya Nakatani and Others

2/10: Tatsuya Nakatani, Mouthpieces, Dash!
at the Wail: 5135 NE 42nd Ave (btw Alberta and Killingsworth), Portland, Oregon 97218
Cost: $6 Donation

2/11: PDX New Music Society Presents
Tatsuya Nakatani & Thicket

229 N Shaver

2/3/09: Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens (Reed Wallsmith, Sly Pig, Tim DuRoche, and Bob Jones) will be performing Tuesday, February 3 at Valentines (232 SW Ankeny Street in Portland) along with Oakland’s Painted Cakes and Portland’s own Bird Costumes. Music at 9 pm.

On the menu: Free Improvisation for a Brave New World. Shades and flavors recalling revolutionary jazz from the nostalgic era of late-60s Vietnam escalation, when fire, beauty, freedom and raw story-telling was a powerful currency in film, popular music and on the street and jazz was still a threat to the Man. Ah the good old days.

The Willamette Week’s Whitney Hawke gives it a high-five: “More exciting for Portlanders is the rare appearance of local gems Better Homes and Gardens—an orchestral indie ensemble comprised of members from Blue Cranes, the Decemberists and Evolutionary Jass Band.”