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The Improvisation Summit of Portland
Bamboo Grove
Portland, OR
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The Improvisation Summit of Portland
On June 8th and 9th, the CMG will host our first ever festival, The Improvisation Summit of Portland.  It will feature two evenings of film, music, and dance. Local musicians will provide live scores to two films:  a multi-screen projection performance of footage from filmmaker and naturalist Timothy Treadwell present by Cinema Project called Thirteen Summers and a classic film curated by Filmusik.  Visiting artists John Gruntfest and Gino Robair will each lead large group ensembles. A panel discussion will be led by Tim DuRoche, and there will be improvisation and sectional workshops for musicians and dancers. Other artists performing include Grouper, Blue Cranes, Tenses, Megan Bierman (SF), Anton Hatwich (CHI), John Gross, Kevin Shields (Eva Aguila), Tim DuRoche, Thicket, Linda K Johnson, Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner, Linda Austin, Danielle Ross, Richard Decker, Cinema Project, Filmusik, Jonathan Sielaff, Samuel Coomes, Rebecca Gates, and many more.

Line Up So far:

Line Up update for 5/17

Friday Night:
- 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 an ensemble curated by Joe Cunningham of Blue Cranes & Tim DuRoche)
- Kevin Shields (Eva Aguila)
- Dance & Music: Dawn Stoppiello and Doug Theriault electronics
- Sam Coomes & Brian Mumford Duo
- Dance & Music: Linda K. Johnson and Tim DuRoche
- 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.
- Dance & Music: Richard Decker, Danielle Ross, Jordan Dykstra, and Reed Wallsmith
- Anton Hatwich / John Gross
- Gino Robair leads a large ensemble of musicians and dancers in his opera, I, Norton

- Improvisation and Contemporary Instrumental Techniques workshop with Dr. John C. Savage
- Gino Robair percussion workshop
- Workshop on Improvising & Dance w/ Danielle Ross & Christi Denton
- 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
- Filmusik presents Un Chien Andalou w/ a live score by an ensemble curated by Nick Bindeman
- Dance & Music: Tracy Broyles & Catherine Lee
- Blue Cranes
- Dance & Music-  Tere Mathern, Vanessa Vogel, Jen Hackworth and Marisa Anderson
- The Tenses
- Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner
- Thicket
- Grouper
- Dance & Music: Linda Austin, Jin Camou, Ben Kates, Ryan Miller
- Gino Robair
- Dance & Music: Carla Mann and Rich Halley
- The Raven Big Band Buddha Mind Ensemble lead by John Grunfest and Megan Bierman w/ 30+ musicians

A sound installation by Stephanie Simek


Bamboo Grove (View)
134 SE Taylor St. Portland
Portland, OR 97214
United States


Arts > Dance
Music > All Ages
Music > Experimental
Music > Festivals
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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