The Creative Music Guild's Fall Season

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From Portland’s The Creative Music Guild:

This Fall the Creative Music Guild will present four shows exhibiting the best in creative improvised music: a benefit show for the CMG featuring exemplars of Portland’s improvised & experimental music scene (September), Chicago’s avant quintet Wrack lead by Kyle Bruckmann (September), NYC’s saxophone innovator Matana Roberts (October), and a trio of Jack Wright from Philadelphia, Gust Burns of Seattle and Portland’s own Mark Kaylor (November).

September 23: CMG Benefit show at Holocene ($5) featuring Rich Halley, Golden Retriever, the Creative Composer’s Collective of Portland, Pete Swanson, Thicket and video by Jesse Malmed:

– Rich Halley Trio Tight, eloquent avant-jazz by Portland’s finest. Rich Halley (sax), Andre St.James (bass), Carson Halley (drums). Rich is a fantastic saxophonist and founded the Creative Music Guild in 1991. Andre and Carson make for a blistering rhythm section.

– Pete Swanson Much anticipated solo performance by the sonic dervish formerly of Yellow Swans.

– Golden Retriever Serious synth and effected bass clarinet soundscapes. Cinematic, strange, and smart. Jonathan Sielaff (bass clarinet) and Matt Carlson (synth).

– Thicket Caustic, mercurial, and intuitive improvisations by members of Dragging an Ox through Water, Why I Must Be Careful, and Fly!Fly!Fly!Fly!Fly! Brian Mumford (guitar), Ben Kates (reed guitar), and John Niekrasz (drums). ? ?

– The Creative Composers’ Collective of Portland will debut two new compositions by Heather Vergotis and Ursula Morton. Performers include stalwarts of Portland’s avant music scene: Mark Kaylor, Gregg Skloff, JP Jenkins, Ryan Steuwe, Alyssa Reed, Todd Dickerson, Heather Vergotis, and Ursula Morton.??

– Jesse Malmed is a video artist who has exhibited his work across the US. He curates Deep Leap Microcinema and deftly combines live performance and contemporary video art.

September 29: Kyle Bruckmann’s Wrack at Work Sound (sliding scale – $5-15) with Joel Pickard

Don’t miss this rare West coast performance by the Chicago-based quintet Wrack. This all-star avant-garde powerhouse features Kyle Bruckmann (oboe), Tim Daisy (percussion), Anton Hatwich (bass), Jen Clare Paulson (viola), and Jason Stein (bass clarinet).

The enthralling music of WRACK takes cues from European modernism “while the open structures, improvisational procedures and energetic performances are heavily indebted to the innovations of the African-American Creative Music tradition.” Wrack has the “ability to combine turned-up flame with clear-headed attention to texture and space.” (Jason Bivins, Dusted Magazine) This concert also features a special opening act of expansive, rigorous pedal steel by Joel Pickard.

October 23: Matana Roberts (sliding scale – $5-15) venue TBD

Matana Roberts is from NYC via Chicago and has played with the likes of Merce Cunningham, Burnt Sugar, Exploding Star Orchestra, Oliver Lake, Savion Glover and has recorded with God Speed You Black Emperor!, TV on the Radio, A Silver Mt. Zion, and others. For her special Creative Music Guild performance, Matana will perform a stunning solo set and then lead an ensemble of Portland musicians.

November 6: Jack Wright (sax), Gust Burns (piano) and Mark Kaylor (drums) at Tabor Space (sliding scale – $5-15)

Jack Wright is a living legend; a monster saxophonist from Philadelphia with over 40 recordings and numerous US and European tours under his belt.
Burns is one of the most active players in the Seattle scene as director of Seattle Improvised Music. Kaylor is one half of Hammer of Hathor and a member of Oregon Artificial Limb Company and Kinetic Harpoon

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