4/30/10: Niekrasz Solo!

John Niekrasz plays a solo tonight at Revival drums shop at 1465 NE Prescott at 7PM.  

4/27/10: DuRoche/Wallsmith, Jenkins, multimedia

From Ultrapdx: "Curator and dancer Danielle Ross invites a handful of improvising artists and musicians to dig into the on-the-fly creative process in Up For grabs: An Evening of Improvisation Tuesday, April 27 at 9 PM atValentine’s (232 SW Ankeny). The evening includes work by Lena Munday (sound), David Bryant (film), Tim DuRoche and Reed Wallsmith (sound), Danielle Ross and Jean Paul Jenkins (sound/movement), Karl Lind (video), Nathan Warner (movement), and Future Death Toll (sound). I don’t know all of the performers but I can tell you that Lind has been working on a series of street videos at least one of which nearly got him into a fight, Jean-Paul Jenkins is one of Portland’s most interesting musical improvisors with a wide palette of sound, DuRoche and Wallsmith (percussion and sax) have an ongoing and rich musical dialogue with roots in a jazz tradition, Warner comes to movement from a lit. background, and FDT improvises with sounds at a sonic frequency that just might recalibrate your heartbeat."

4/25/10: Nakatani/Olinsky

The Creative Music Guild is pleased to announce the culminating show of our 2010 Spring Season. Please join us for an evening of extraordinary music by acclaimed musicians Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion) and Seth Olinsky (guitar). These master musicians from divergent but complimentary aesthetic backgrounds will traverse thrilling musical landscapes in this rare duo collaboration.

This show is FREE to all Members of the Creative Music Guild including those who become members at the CMG table on the night of the show.

Sunday, April 25th Tatsuya Nakatani and Seth Olinsky

Where: Worksound 820 SE Alder, Portland OR http://www.worksoundpdx.com/

When: April 25th, 2010 8pm

Cost: $6 general, FREE to all CMG Members!


Tatsuya Nakatani, originally from Osaka, Japan, is a contemporary improvising percussionist. Nakatani has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. He utilizes drumset, large bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows to create an intense, organic music that defies category or genre. His music is based in experiment and improvisation, jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, yet retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.

In his ecstatic performances, Nakatani erects and then dismantles unique sonic realms that are at once focused and expansive, consuming and liberating. Nakatani has performed or recorded with some of the great improvising musicians of the last 20 years including Ken Vandermark, Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Mary Halvorson, Reuben Radding, and the late Peter Kowald.

In addition to live solo and ensemble performances Nakatani works as a sound designer for film and television and teaches Masterclasses and Workshops at the University level. He also heads H&H Production, an independent record label and recording studio based in Easton, Pennsylvania. He was selected as a performing artist for the Pennsylvania Performing Artist on Tour (PennPat) roster as well as a Bronx Arts Council Individual Artist grant.


Seth Olinsky is a guitarist, vocalist, composer and core member of acclaimed experimental rock group Akron/Family. He has conducted Rhys Chatham's guitar piece at Lincoln Center two years running. Olinsky has recorded with master free jazz drummer Hamid Drake, William Parker, and continues to perform and record with many notable musicians.

4/6/10: McDonas/Stobbe/Johnson

Portland New Music Society Presents:
Tuesday, April 6th
$5 suggested donation
(no one turned away)
Thollem McDonas--Piano (amazing composer/improviser from CA)
Scott Stobbe -- Guitars (PNMS contributor, guitarists and PSU composition major)
Derek Johnson--Cello and electronics (multi-media artist: Electric cello and beautiful handmade slides)

4/2/10: CMG Presents Horvitz/Ninh/Krauss

Wayne Horvitz (keyboard/piano - Seattle), Le Quan Ninh (percussion - France), and Briggan Krauss (saxophone - Brooklyn) each create music of such sensitivity, versatility and range that we are giddy with excitement to hear the three of them at work together!

Wayne Horvitz is no stranger to Portland's music fans and is sure to astound us again with this killer trio. Briggan
Krauss is a long-time Horvitz collaborator, a founding member of Sex Mob, and has made music with everyone from Antony to John Zorn. This will be LĂȘ Quan Ninh's second visit to Portland -- he blew us all away with his mastery of extended percussion and outstanding sensitivity in a duo with Michel Doneda at Gallery Homeland last year.

When: 7 p.m. Friday, April 2
Where: Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St., http://taborspace.org/
Cost: Sliding scale donation: $10 to $15 (no one turned away)

** This is an all ages show **