5/19/10: Wick/Shook & Jenkins/Pittman/Skloff

Jacob Wick and Wilson Shook from out of town (see bios below)

and locals JP Jenkins, Kelvin Pittman and Greg Skloff

tonight 7pm at the Wail 5135 NE 42nd ave...


Jacob Wick was born near Chicago, IL in 1985. An “edgy, fiercely smart
improviser” (Philadelphia Weekly), who Downbeat calls “exciting and
curious,” his playing has been described as everything from “inhuman”
(Chicago Reader) to “a Shakespeare soliloquy” (allaboutjazz.com). He has
so far released two CDs: the first, an entirely improvised duo CD with
drummer Andrew Greenwald (37:55 [2008]– Creative Sources); the second,
with a collaborative trio White Rocket (White Rocket [2009]– on Diatribe).
As a composer, performer, and improviser, his goal is not necessarily to
cross boundaries, but rather to inhabit and exploit them. To this end, he
leads or co-leads several groups, all exploring the soft tissue that binds
genres, forms, and practices: A Mown Lawn, a chamber group exploring
non-narrative song; even though you’re only 9, locating the intersection
of folk forms and loosely composed improvisation; White Rocket, a
cross-Atlantic trio wading through the mud between jazz, Karnatak music,
and contemporary classical composition; and a duo with percussionist
Andrew Greenwald, using textural improvisation to reduce the two
instruments into one. His sound sculptures mistletoe and rain, clouds have
been shown in Chicago (Heaven Gallery) and New York (Issue Project Room).
He has performed with dancer/choreographer Christine Elmo and performance
artists Amir Mogharabi and Eagle Ager, as well as musicians such as Andrew
D’Angelo, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mark Turner, and Han Bennink. He currently
lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Wilson Shook (seattle)
alto saxophone

Wilson Shook is an improvising saxophonist living in Seattle, Washington.

Wilson’s music emphasizes focus, texture, chance and exploration.  It is
‘new music’ in that it explores each new moment and seeks to develop a
critical awareness of the present.

Sonically, Wilson's music is informed by lower case and minimalist
aesthetics, while embracing the full range of his instrument.  He is
especially interested in incidental or 'between' sounds: material that
exists on the edges and in the cracks of the conventional sonic palate.

As an artist and activist, Wilson is concerned with the actualization of
feminist and libertarian ethics.  Investigating the interplay between
artistic freedom and freedom at large, Wilson views improvisation as a
model of interaction that can inform diverse situations and relationships.

Wilson currently performs solo, as well as with the Gust Burns Quartet, 'A
Saxophone Quartet' (with Paul Hoskin, Kelvin Pittman and Tyler Wilcox),
bst.cr (with Ben Bennett and Ryan Jewell) and in various ad hoc and
piece-oriented collaborations.

Previous and continuing collaborators include: Gust Burns, Carol Genetti,
Bonnie Jones, Jack Wright, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Bob Marsh, Nate Wooley, Gino
Robair, Tyler Wilcox, Greg Kelley, Jaimie Branch, Jacob Wick, Jonathan
Zorn, Mark Collins, Teri Nelson-Zagar, Dave Knott, and many others.

Wilson is the director of Gallery 1412, an artists’ collective and
performance space, and is a member of the Seattle Improvised Music board
of directors.

5/15/10: Aures/Hanson/Miller/Reese

John Hanson
Evan Miller
Adam Reese (tour kickoff)

All ages, donations...
Starts at 7:30, ends by 10 sharp.

5135 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218

5/14/10: Kinetic Harpoon & Wiggins/Chalenor/Fimbres

Friday May 14th @ the Wail

A rare performance by Kinetic Harpoon (Kelvin Pittman and Mark E. Kaylor)


This show starts at the usual Wail time , 7 PM or so, 5135 NE 42nd Ave!