Tuesday, March 15, 2011: John Butcher (London; saxophones) and Gino Robair (San Francisco; percussion) at WorkSound (sliding scale - $5-15)
The Creative Music Guild is proud to present an evening of new music by world-class improvising musicians John Butcher (London; saxophones) and Gino Robair (San Francisco; percussion).
The Butcher/Robair duo is an established partnership of master musicians. These veteran improvisors play wildly creative music that runs the gamut from ecstatic to deadly serious, from contemplative to caustic. Butcher and Robair are visionaries in the innovative techniques and sheer musicality they bring to their instruments.
"In the hands of London improvisor John Butcher, the saxophone can sound like anything, from a peice of hollowed out brass baubled with pads and valves to a hermetically sealed feedback system, a minature sound enviroment teeming with ever-evolving note forms, or a huge echo chamber inflicting dub scale damage on every breath." - Wire
"Robair is an enormously talented percussionist, with a thorough-going musicality and an instinct for the unexpected." - The Penguin Guide to Jazz
For this Portland performance, the audience will be treated to a stunning duo set by Butcher and Robair followed by a second set in which Butcher and Robair will lead an ensemble of notable Portland musicians including Matt Carlson & Jonathan Sielaff (Golden Retriever), Brian Mumford (Dragging an Ox Through Water), Mary Sutton, Dr. John C. Savage, John Niekrasz (Why I Must Be Careful), Catherine Lee and Ben Kates (Thicket).
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 John Butcher / Gino Robair Duo + Portland Ensemble
WorkSound 820 SE Alder, Portland, Oregon
Sliding scale $5-$15