Portland in January

From Portland’s Creative Music Guild:

Outset Series Programming
January 2015

at its new location:
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE Killingsworth
All shows begin 8 PM (ends by 10)
Sliding Scale $5-$15.

January 7 – Brandon Conway & ALTO!
January 21 – Brogan Woodburn & The Crenshaw

Performer Bios:

Brandon Conway

Brandon Conway plays guitar and feedback/no-input mixer and occasionally writes for ensembles. Brandon strives to create compelling sounds using the essential resources of the guitar and idiosyncratic systems design. Among other things, Brandon likes modal melodies, harsh noise, Gene Kelly, saxophones, and Seth Brown. Brandon currently plays with Alma Freer and Halfbird. He lives with his wife and two sons in Portland, makes web apps for a day job, and is a board member of the Creative Music Guild. In this solo set at the Outset series, Conway will be exploring a balance of structured improvisation and composed sections in an intimate piece for nylon-string guitar.


ALTO! is a Portland-based band consisting of Kyle Emory (drums, electronics), Steven T. Stone (drums, electronics) and Derek Monypeny (guitar). ALTO! is a strongly rhythm-oriented band; dual drummers vary between synched-up pounding and subtly shifting polyrhythms, while the guitar often functions as another percussion instrument. ALTO! draws strong inspiration from Congotronics bands such as Konono #1, the psychedelic explorations of later-period Boredoms, and avant-garde rock bands such as Sun City Girls.

Brogan Woodburn

Brogan Woodburn is a Portland-grown improvising guitar player who has studied under experimental guitarist David Tronzo and recently returned home from playing on a tour of a Broadway show. His influences include Gamelan music, Shostakovich, Meshuggah, Bill Frisell, Final Fantasy music, Brian Eno, and Porcupine Tree, all of which make occasional appearances in his sounds. However, Brogan has a theory that all he really does is synthesize echoes of the earliest music he can recall, which are: distorted guitar on the radio and the soundtrack to Nightmare Before Christmas. He thanks his parents for getting him off to a good start. Brogan has played with: Robbie Robertson, Tim Allen, Elliot Sharp, Shin Hyunsik, Gamin, Ryan A. Miller, John Blackwell, Julian Lage and others. (http://www.broganwoodburn.com)

The Crenshaw

The Crenshaw is Andrew Jones (voice, double bass, electronics) and Christopher Johnedis (drums). Off-kilter voice/bass/beats counterpoint + free jazz and ambient elements. (https://soundcloud.com/thecrenshaw)


Henry Kaiser (solo)
Henry Kaiser / Dana Valatka / Fred Challenor

Saturday, January 24, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm show
Performance Works NW, 4625 SE 67th Ave
(503) 777-1907
$12 – 20 sliding scale. All ages.

Award winning guitarist Henry Kaiser performs in Portland for the first time in over 20 years. He will perform a solo set and as well as in trio with Dana Valatka (AU, Elfin Elephant) and Fred Challenor. This performance is presented by The Creative Music Guild and made possible in part by a grant from Performance Works Northwest.