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The Extradition Series 2017 spring concert will take place Saturday, April 22, at Leaven Community Center in NE Portland, featuring six remarkable works of 20th- and 21st-century experimental music, performed by an extraordinary group of regional musicians:
– Toshi Ichiyanagi, “The Field” (1966): A large ensemble will tackle the extreme subtlety of Ichiyanagi’s graphic score, which asks interpreters to assign musical meaning to 17 shapes and patterns spread across a blank field, taking into account considerations of distance, area, and density. The piece will be presented by Matt Carlson (piano), Loren Chasse (percussion), Christi Denton (electronics), John Gross (tenor sax), Matt Hannafin (percussion), Branic Howard (electronics and percussion), Jesse Mejía (electronics), Andre St. James (double bass), Evan Spacht (trombone), and Reed Wallsmith (alto sax).
– John Cage, “Song No. 85” (1970) and “Branches” (1976): Masterful vocalist Michael Stirling will perform the microtonal “Song No. 85” from Cage’s “Songbooks” in simultaneous performance with “Branches,” realized by Loren Chasse, Matt Hannafin, and Branic Howard on seeds, grasses, pine cones, bamboo, amplified cacti, and other natural materials.
– Takehisa Kosugi, “Plus/Minus” (1987): Kosugi’s score consists of 120 plus signs, minus signs, and vertical lines, all arranged in a grid and presented without instructions of any kind. The work will be realized by electronics players Matt Carlson, Christi Denton, Branic Howard, and Jesse Mejía.
– Alvin Lucier, “Wind Shadows” (1994): In this work, two pure wave oscillators play a continuous drone, their close tuning producing a slow pattern of acoustical beats that spin across the performance space. Against this drone, the trombonist sweeps unison and near-unison tones slowly across the spinning waves, alternately calming and agitating the oscillators’ beating patterns. The work will be performed by trombonist Evan Spacht.
– G. Douglas Barrett, “Two Voices” (2008): This graphic score consists of 27 pairs of horizontal lines, some of equal length and some of different lengths. Two performers are instructed to perform “a sustained tone, sound, action, or noise” that corresponds to the length of their individual lines. The music is to be “soft, concentrated, for its own sake.” The work will be performed by John Gross (tenor sax) and Reed Wallsmith (alto sax).
The Extradition Series is a quarterly concert series presenting composed and improvised New Music and works from the 20th-century experimental tradition. The series is directed by Matt Hannafin and presented by the Creative Music Guild.
Doors open at 7pm, music starts at 7:30pm
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The Portland chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon & Creative Music Guild present an evening of music based on different native plant communities of Oregon. Pieces will conjure different plant communities while photos or footage of the plants are projected. This event is part of Native Plant Appreciation Week. More information about the weeks’ events can be found at https://npawpdx.org/.
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The Creative Music Guild is a Portland, Oregon all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote experimental, improvised music by presenting concerts, workshops and other events that bring together internationally recognized musicians with local performers, audiences and music students of all ages. For over twenty years, the CMG has been a leader in cultivating Portland’s experimental and improvised music.www.creativemusicguild.org
Native Plant Appreciation Week is put on by the Native Plant Society of Oregon, which has been working tirelessly since 1961 for plant and habitat restoration. NPAW PDX is supported by the Portland chapter of NPSO, which works to protect and conserve threatened and endangered species, carrying out rare plant surveys and monitoring programs, developing guidelines and policy regarding native plant gardening, ethics, grazing, mining, and forest management, and working on plant salvage and re-introduction. The Chapter also sponsors field trips and work parties, involving members in conservation of Oregon’s diverse plant heritage.
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John Krausbauer is a music maker currently living in Los Angeles.
He has performed his music in a multitude of settings – from basements and rock clubs to colleges and art galleries. Numerous recordings of his work have been released on independent labels in both the US and Europe.
In recent years his focus has been on his solo work, involving ritual endurance happenings with voice and violin, accompanied by synth and strobes; his compositions, mainly concerned with sytems-based phasing constructions; the Ecstatic Music Band, a collective exploring just tunings with amplified strings at high volumes and long durations, with stroboscopic lighting; The Essentialists, a country-blues-boogie-raga guitar/violin duo; and most recently the formation of the “M”inimalist psych-punk group, Night Collectors.
Trance-Psychedelia is the aim and goal, thru experiential-architectural
C. Spencer Yeh was born in Taipei Taiwan and is currently based in Brooklyn New York. Yeh’s sonic practice first developed within the autodidactic and u venturesome strategies of the American and International underground, most prominently with his project Burning Star Core. Preferring the distinction of “working with sound and music” over more familiar nominations of “musician,” Yeh considers not only timbre, texture, and temporality as material considerations, but the construction of genre, audience, and lore as part of the listener/consumer’s experience. Having amalgamated numerous artistic mediums and roles over his numerous endeavors, Yeh’s formative infatuation with noise and improvised music could still be regarded as his most unadulterated expression – a bespoke array of facilities and parlance on a foundation of unconventional musical pedagogy.
Greg Kelley has performed throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Argentina & Mexico at numerous festivals, in clubs, outdoors, in living rooms, in a bank, and at least once on a vibrating floor. He has collaborated with a number of musicians across the globe performing experimental music, free jazz and noise, appearing on over 90 recordings in the process. He constantly seeks to push the boundaries of the trumpet and of “music.”
Daryl Seaver is a composer and musician born in 1987. She currently lives in Portland, OR and works as a software developer. Daryl has released dance music under the name Samantha Vacation but presently focuses on more abstract musical formats, mainly working with Max/MSP. Her academic background in mathematics drives strict organizational strategies which are balanced by a deep respect for traditional orchestration.
Jeff Witscher was born in 1983 in Long Beach, California and currently manages his own janitorial & maintenance company Vincent’s Expert Cleaners in Portland, Or. He has recorded under a few different names, Rene Hell perhaps being the most known. He focuses on sound composition utilizing his computer & field recordings attempting strong narratives with accompanying videos for his live performances. Recent solo recordings include Cob Music, 2016; Bifurcating a Resounding No!, 2014; Meclu, 2013; Vanilla Call Option, 2013.
Together they perform as Seaver & Witscher and have released Country Music & Country Music 2.