Portland’s Creative Music Guild Profiled

From Willamette Week:

If the fact that the Creative Music Guild has been in action for 21 years comes as a surprise to you, don’t feel bad. Even though I have been familiar with the CMG as a group that supports experimental and avant garde music in the city, my best guess was that they were, at the most, eight years old.  The truth is that Rich Halley and Rob Blakeslee, two well-regarded jazz players, created the guild in 1991, hoping to cultivate the local improvisational and experimental scenes by hosting events featuring musicians from all over the world. In that time, they’ve brought in a stunning variety of artists such as free jazz saxophonist Bhob Rainey and master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani.