8 NE Killingsworth
Cartridge (John C. Savage and Will Northlich-Redmond) presents a spectrum of sounds in its various incarnations, including free improvisation, electroacoustic composition, “world” music styles, drum ‘n’ bass, electronic groove, all with a hint of avant-garde aesthetic. Cartridge has performed up and down the West Coast, New York City, and also at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. “Cartridge is a cinematic excursion through arch-modern electro-acoustic strategies, from drum ‘n’ bass to quasi-Qawwali, from deep-listening nooks and crannies and beyond to other angular threads of urgent musicality.“ (Willamette Week) (Will Redmond: www.synapsecompound.com , John Savage: www.johncsavage.com)
“He has a brain that seems to work faster than other human brains – maybe more like a hummingbird or a spider. Music comes flying out. You just sit and listen to what he thinks of next” – Todd Sickafoose
“Mike Gamble is dangerous in the best way” – Nels Cline
“Mr. Gamble knows his way around a drone, but he also puts a lot of shifting harmony and texture in his one-man sketches, some of which — like “I’m on Your Side,” with its abstracted trip-hop beat — come across as thoughtfully developed compositions” Nate Chinen, NY TIMES
Mike Gamble is an adventurous guitarist and multi-instrumentalist whose work with electronic modes of composition are integrated endlessly into his setup. Gamble has spent the last 15 years immersed in the creative jazz, experimental rock and improvised music scene primarily in NYC, with close ties to New Orleans, Burlington, Boston, San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest. He has had the pleasure of recording over 20 albums and touring the states, Canada, and Europe with his critically-acclaimed guitar trio The Inbetweens, Counter Record’s Cougar, and alongside doom-metal originators Earth. His more recent collaborators have been prestigious drummer Bobby Previte, bassist Todd Sickafoose, guitar virtuoso Nels Cline, and PNW cellist Lori Goldston. Since relocating to Portland Mike has been running a monthly Audio/Visual series featuring local and touring artists, encouraging them to play rare solo, duo, and trio sets with his own audio-reactive projection setup. Among working on soundtracks, web-series, and branded content for small businesses, Gamble currently holds a position as an Audio Production instructor at Oregon State University. (http://mikegamble.tumblr.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. Turn Turn Turn 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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