Waldo, Beatty/Poretti in Portland

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

WHAT: Remembrance and Creation: An evening of duet performance
WHERE: The Old Church
WHEN: Wednesday, August 4 at 7pm
TICKETS: Free. Donations suggested.

Remembrance and Creation is a double bill that explores the contrasting traditions in duet performance of the romantic period and avant-garde improvised jazz.

The evening will open with cellist James Waldo performing works for cello and piano accompaniment by Johannes Brahms and Frederic Chopin, giants of the romantic tradition of the 19th century. Following that will be a fully improvised free-jazz set in the Chicago tradition, featuring the duo of saxophonist Josh Beatty and drummer Anthony Poretti.


Cellist James Waldo has achieved distinction as a concert soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Currently residing in New York City, Waldo recently received his Masters of Music degree from Mannes College, The New School for Music, where he studied with Timothy Eddy. Waldo served as principal cellist for the Mannes Orchestra and Opera from 2008-10, and has participated in numerous chamber music series around New York City, including performances at Carnegie Recital Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pierpont Morgan Library, La Poisson Rouge, and the New York Historical Society. Selected awards and prizes include: finalist in the Mannes Concerto Competition; winner of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Concerto Competition; and winner of the Menomonee Falls Concerto Competition in Wisconsin. Waldo last performed at the Old Church in July 2009, and is returning to the city for several performances with Spirits of the Red City, a national touring orchestral folk ensemble he has collaborated with since the group’s formation in 2008.


Anthony Poretti (drums) and Josh Beatty (saxophones) are two up-and-coming improvisers on the Chicago experimental music scene. They began working together in 2009, and the collaboration was immediately intense, energetic and spontaneous, with unexpected twists and turns of ideas. Enticed by the power and flexibility of the collaboration, Poretti and Beatty decided to form a working duo to explore the sonic possibilities it had to offer. The duo has developed an aesthetic and dynamic concept informed equally by post-bop jazz and twentieth-century classical music.

Beatty, originally from Seaside, Oregon, is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University. He moved to Chicago in 1999 and is active in the free jazz, improvisational and experimental music scene. Poretti, originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, relocated to Chicago in 2009 between national tours with the chamber folk orchestra Spirits of the Red City, and performs with several avant-garde ensembles in the city.

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