The 2017 Extradition Series winter concert will take place on Saturday, January 21, featuring five works of new and experimental music:
– Eva-Maria Houben, “la solennité des silences” – An open, spacious ensemble piece by German composer Houben, a mainstay of the Wandelweiser group. The texture of each section is determined in the moment by the ensemble members, each of whom follows a series of simple rules to determine when to add their voice. Between each section is silence. The ensemble for this performance will include Lee Elderton (Bb clarinet), Sage Fisher (harp), Mike Gamble (nylon-string guitar), Catherine Lee (oboe), Dana Reason (piano), Andre St. James (double bass), John C. Savage (flute), and Jonathan Sielaff (bass clarinet).
– Vanessa Tomlinson, “Still and Moving Paper” – Scored for a large sheet of paper, pencils, three books, and reading voice, this solo work by Australian percussionist/composer Tomlinson honors the decline of the physical act of writing and the loss of the book as a totemic object, as society moves further and further along the digital path. The piece will be performed by writer and percussionist Matt Hannafin.
– Dana Reason, Title TBD – A new work by Corvallis-based Canadian composer/pianist Dana Reason. Title and instrumentation to be announced.
– Daniel Brandes, “A Dwelling Place for You” – This simple, intimate work by Canadian composer Brandes is scored for two singers, who are asked to immerse themselves in the experience of singing to and with each other. The score, in narrative form, describes a musical/spiritual practice that the two performers are invited to explore, both through their voices and through manipulation of found natural objects (dry leaves, stones, water, etc.). The piece will be performed by Blanca Stacey Villalobos and Tawni Squire.
– Jurg Frey, “Glafsered I / II / IV” – A family of three related works by Swiss Wandelweiser composer Jurg Frey. “Glafsered I” is scored for two percussionists playing crotales and tuned flagstones, “Glafsered II” is for piano and bass clarinet, and “Glafsered IV” employs bass clarinet and percussion. The works will be performed by Dana Reason (piano), Jonathan Sielaff (bass clarinet), and Loren Chasse and Matt Hannafin (percussion).
Music does not exist in a vacuum. In acknowledgment of the U.S. presidential inauguration scheduled to occur one day prior to this event, Extradition wishes to dedicate this concert to the continuing struggle to end discrimination and hate and build a more just, equitable, and pluralistic society.
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 in collaboration with the Creative Music Guild.
See our YouTube channel for audio of select past Extradition performances: www.youtube.com/channel/
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Evil Genius (Portland/Los Angeles) is a forward-marching experimental jazz trio formed in 2012. The band is made up of Max Kutner on guitars (Grandmothers of Invention, Magic Band, Alphonso Johnson), Stefan Kac on tuba (Milo Fine, Jon Armstong, Hammerstein) and Michael “Bonepocket” Lockwood of drums and percussion (Atomic Ape, Deradoorian, Matt Kivel). The band’s unique sound has drawn comparisons to groups as wide-ranging as the Minutemen, This Heat and Captain Beefheart to jazz figures like John McLaughlin, Steve Lacy, Henry Threadgill and many more. They have received acclaim from the New York City Jazz Record, Bad Alchemy, Los Angeles Jazz Station, Downtown Music Gallery, El Intruso and more. In the words of Larry Koonse, “this band can do it all–whether its in your face rock, free wheeling open improvisation, 20th century classical music, or jazz–they can pull it off and upend all of your expectations.” Their debut album, “Bitter Human” was released in late 2015 and available through Orenda Records in Los Angeles.
The Dead White
“Following a debut CDr on Pete Swanson’s famed experimental label Collective Jyrk in 2006, The Dead White has been a fixture in underground ambient and noise circles in San Diego, Olympia, WA and Portland.”
“Uneasy Chairs is guitarist Patrick Neill Gundran. Free improvisation, noise and experimentalism explored live both solo and in collaborations. Based in Seattle, WA.”
“Seattle based artist Kole Galbraith approaches the electric bass with both conventional and unconventional manners to explore both the delicacy and gutteral cathartic possibilities achievable with one single instrument. Weaving sound and silence, Kole both mimics sounds found in nature as well as cosmic layers which result in very emotionally expressive pieces.”
Boodlers: Elliott Sharp, Fred Chalenor, Joe Trump, Henry Franzoni
Elliott Sharp (born March 1, 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American contemporary classical composer, multi-instrumentalist, and performer.
A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City since the late 1970s, Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from blues, jazz, and orchestral music to noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He pioneered the use of personal computers in live performance with his Virtual Stance project of the 1980s. He has used algorithms and fibonacci numbers in experimental composition since the 1970s. He has cited literature as an inspiration for his music and often favors improvisation. He is an inveterate performer, playing mainly guitar, saxophone and bass clarinet. Sharp has led many ensembles over the years, including the blues-oriented Terraplane and Orchestra Carbon.
Fred Chalenor (born December 29, 1955) is an American bassist, most recognized for his work in the bands Caveman Shoestore and Tone Dogs. He has also collaborated on numerous occasion with composer and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, recording with him in Pigpen and Zony Mash.
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JP Jenkins and Danielle Ross
Jean-Paul Jenkins has been making sounds in front of people since 1991. Inspired by the teachings of Deep Listening, Dhrupad, Minimalism and Free Improvisation, he integrates multiple forms of attention and performance to create sonic spaces for healing and relaxation. Accompanying physical movement and meditation has been is primary focus for the last decade.
Danielle Ross is a Portland-based choreographer and performer. She received her BFA in Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley. In Portland, she co-curates the poetry/dance/video series Pure Surface, is on the board of the Creative Music Guild and is a founding member of FRONT, a newspaper dedicated to contemporary dance. Ross is currently working with Linda Austin in her work The Last Bell Rings For You, which will premiere in November, 2016 in Portland. Her solo It’s Like This Out There, It’s Like This In Here has been presented by Pieter Performance Space in Los Angeles, the University of Nebraska and Fresh Oysters Performance Research in Minneapolis.
Mike Gamble + Movers (TBA)
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 and is the Artistic Director of Portland’s longstanding experimental music organization, The Creative Music Guild.
Claire Barrera is a writer, dancer, educator and activist living in Portland, Oregon. An anthology of the zine she co-edits, When Language Runs Dry, will be published in fall 2016 by Mend My Dress Press. She is currently and artist-in-residence at Performance Works Northwest.
DB Amorin is an artist from Honolulu, Hawai’i currently living and working in Portland, Oregon USA. He works within video, expanded audio and augmented environments, drawing upon DIY methodologies & lo-fi processes to reroute perception and approximate the sublime. He is a founding member of Public Annex, an arts organization that aims to break down systemic barriers that prohibit marginalized populations from inclusivity within contemporary arts. Since 2005, he has curated deepwhitesound, a quarterly online exhibition of experimental audio by international artists. His work has been supported with awards from several granting organizations including the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Precipice Fund grant funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Calligram Foundation and administered by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), and a year-long Artist Residency at Hale ‘Iolani. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Practice from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon USA. His visual art and curatorial programming have been exhibited at the Soundwave ((7)) Biennial (San Francisco, CA USA), PICA’s TBA:16, FalseFront, White Gallery and Weird Shift (Portland OR), as well as Gallery ‘Iolani, GoHA, the Hawai’i State Capitol Building, Doris Duke Theatre and CRC Cube Space (Honolulu HI), among others.
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