1465 NE Prescott Ave
Carson and Rich Halley Duo
Rich Halley is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and composer. He is a veteran of the Portland improvisational jazz scene with 15 releases under his belt and numerous collaborative performances with local and international players. In 1991, he co-founded The Creative Music Guild and since 1994 has been the musical director of the Penofin Jazz Festival in Northern California. Carson Halley is an American percussionist and the son of Rich Halley. Together, they perform as an improvisational duo in and around Portland.
The Van Meyers
The Van Meyers was formed by guitarist Doug Meyers and percussionist Kevin Van Walk to explore unorthodox aspects of jazz and improvisation. Originally a duo, Meyers and Van Walk opened the doors to include musicians of all backgrounds and interests as a sort of creative music collective. The duo frequently collaborate with the regions finest artists in both live and recorded settings. (https://thevanmeyers.bandcamp.com)
Outset Series Goals
Support and Grow the Portland Improvising Music Scene
The Outset Series provides an opportunity for local improvising musicians to get in front of an audience in a non-commercial venue with a completely attentive audience that is dedicated to creative, improvised music. This is the only regular series in Portland that features experimental, improvised music in front a live audience.
Pay Musicians for Their Work
The vast majority of the money collected at the door is given to the musicians. Revival Drum Shop isn’t taking a cut from the door and the CMG only takes a cut on donation over $5 as both are committed to paying musicians fairly for their art. The Outset Series is one of the few opportunities for musicians who play non-commercial music to receive fair compensation. Too often musicians, especially those performing at the cutting edge, are expected to play for free or get paid after the venue has taken its cut.
Provide a Reliable Space for Fans of Creative, Improvised Music Listen to the Music They Love
Often fans of experimental music have to travel to out-of-the-way venues, cram into house basements or strain to hear the music over the sounds of the bar. Sometimes this can add to the experience of a show but often it is a distraction. The Outset Series provides a regular opportunity in a comfortable setting at an affordable price for creative music fans to hear the music they love.
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