March 15, 2014 — 4PM
$5 - 15, sliding scale
Performance Works NW
4625 SE 67th Ave
March 19, 2014 — 8PM (ends by 10PM)
$5 - 15, sliding scale
Revival Drum Shop
1465 NE Prescott Ave
August 7, 2013 — 8pm (ends by 10)
$5-15, sliding scale
Revival Drum Shop
1465 NE Prescott Ave
May 17, 2013

Composition Through Improvisation: ISP 2013 Panel Discussion

Don’t miss this opportunity at the beginning of day two of the ISP to hear these master performers discuss their use of improvisation in composing new works.

Daniel Flessas: moderator, longtime KBOO DJ

Catherine Lee – Tardis Ensemble, oboist

John Niekrasz – Why I Must Be Careful, drums & percussion

Rich Halley – co-founder of the CMG, saxophonist

Linda Austin – founder of Performance Works NorthWest, dance

Reed Wallsmith – Blue Cranes, Battle Hymns and Gardens, saxophonist

June 19, 2013 — 8pm
$5-15, sliding scale
Revival Drum Shop
1465 NE Prescott Ave
April 5, 2013 — 8pm
$8-20, sliding scale
The Redeemer Lutheran Church
5432 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
March 12, 2013 — 8pm
$7-15, sliding scale
The Gallery at Port City
2124 N Williams Ave
Mar 03, 2013

Untoward: a benefit for the CMG
Friday September 28th, 2012
Bamboo Grove
134 SE Taylor
all ages
6pm – 12am
sliding scale $8 -$800

6 pm Doors open
7:30 (Main) Richard Decker, John Savage, Ryan Stuewe & Lucy Yim
7:45 (Main) Concern
8:15 (Atrium) Medicine Cabinet (Dan Duval, Lee Elderton)
8:45 (Main) Joe Cunningham, Danielle Ross & Reed Wallsmith
9:00 (Main) Interiors
9:30 (Atrium) Like A Villain
10:00 (Main) David Krom & Doug Theriault
10:15 (Main) Jeff Brodsky, Ben Kates, & Sally Garrido Spencer
10:30 (Atrium) Mike Barber, Tracy Broyles & Ryan Miller
11:00 (Main) Allie Hankins & Zac Pennington
11:30 (Main) Wet Wool

installation by Alex Ian Smith

Half of the money raised will be used specifically to pay local creative musicians, dancers and other performance acts through the 2012-2013 season!

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.

There are currently four major components of the organization: The Outset Series, The Improvisation Summit of Portland, The Visiting Artist Series and The Benefit Show.

The organization is run by the board of directors as well as committee members made up of local performers, educators and music lovers. We also benefit from the excellent work of a group of committed volunteers and the advice of our advisory board.

Mar 03, 2013

Complete Schedule:
Friday Night: Doors at 6pm.
7pm – Cinema Project presents Thirteen Summers (This program features a multi-screen projection performance of footage from filmmaker and naturalist Timothy Treadwell. With live accompaniment by Joe Cunningham, Tim DuRoche, Dan Duval, Jon Shaw, Reed Wallsmith, Doug Theriault)
7:55 – John Grunfest/Megan Bierman Duo
8:20 – Dawn Stoppiello and Doug Theriault
8:30 – Sam Coomes & Brian Mumford Duo
8:50 – Linda K. Johnson and Tim DuRoche
9:10 – Tim DuRoche & Reconstruction of Light: :The Music of Carei Thomas, with Andrew Durkin, piano; Eugene Lee, saxophones; Jon Shaw, contrabass; Tim DuRoche on drums/little instruments.
10:05 – Richard Decker, Danielle Ross, Jordan Dykstra, and Reed Wallsmith
10:25 – Anton Hatwich / John Gross
11:30pm – Gino Robair leads a large ensemble of musicians and dancers in his opera, I, Norton

Saturday
11am at Bamboo Grove- Improvisation and Contemporary Instrumental Techniques workshop with Dr. John C. Savage (flutes, alto saxophone). Dr. Savage will discuss and demonstrate his approach to contemporary improvising. Specific topics will include: circular breathing, multiphonics, vocalizations, and ideas for group interplay. This will be a hands-on workshop, so please feel free to bring an instrument. All instruments welcome!
11am at Revival Drum Shop- Gino Robair percussion workshop
1pm at Bamboo Grove – Workshop on Improvising & Dance w/ Danielle Ross & Christi Denton
4pm at Bamboo Grove- Musician-writer Tim DuRoche moderates a discussion with dance artist Linda K. Johnson, musician Rick Stewart of Smegma, saxophonist and Creative Music Guild co-founder Rich Halley and interdisciplinary dancer-storyteller Susan Banyas about improvisation – its role in their craft, its history over the last few decades in the NW, and how they’ve deployed improvisational strategies to create across disciplines and expand on tradition.

Saturday Night
Doors at 6pm
7pm – Filmusik presents Un Chien Andalou w/ a live score by an ensemble curated by Nick Bindeman
7:40 – Tracy Broyles & Catherine Lee
7:50 – Blue Cranes
8:35 – Tere Mathern, Vanessa Vogel, Jen Hackworth and Marisa Anderson
9:05 – The Tenses
9:35 – Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner
9:55 – Thicket
10:10 – Grouper
10:40 – Linda Austin, Jin Camou, Ben Kates, Ryan Miller
10:50 – Gino Robair
11:20 – Carla Mann and Rich Halley
11:35pm – The Raven Big Band Buddha Mind Ensemble lead by John Grunfest and Megan Bierman w/ 30+ musicians
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And:
A sound installation by Stephanie Simek
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This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
This project is supported in part by Ninkasi Brewing and The Map Room Studio.

January 29, 2012
$5-15, sliding scale
Laughing Horse Books