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The Improvisation Summit of Portland 2013
Sandbox Studio
Portland, OR
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The Improvisation Summit of Portland 2013
The Improvisation Summit of Portland

There is nothing like the ISP or CMG:

The Creative Music Guild is an all volunteer, non-profit orgazniaton that has been supporting experimental music in Portland since 1991. In that time we have produced several hundred concerts with the best musicians from around the world (including many from right here in Portland).

Last year we produced the first Improvisation Summit of Portland bringing together the best musicians, dancers and film organizations in the city, combined them with a small group of visiting musicians to create a truly unique event. This year we hope to do the same with an unbelievable lineup of artists at a beautiful space in NE Portland with contributions from all corners of Portland's vibrant performing scene.

Bands/Musicians: William Hooker (from NYC) leading an ensemble of locals and playing solo, Why I Must Be Careful Big Band, 1939 Ensemble, Daniel Menche, HITS (Lisa & Heather from Explode into Colors), The John Gross Trio, Grammies, Gulls, Elfin Elephant (members of AU), Doug Theriault, Like a Villain, Golden Retriever, Battle Hymns and Gardens, Thollem McDonas.

Film Organizations Cinema Project (presenting Wavemakers, a feature length documentary about the ondes Martenot, an early electronic intrument with the director in attendance) and The Experimental Film Festival PDX with a curated performnce from their festival.

Dancer/musician groupings: Linda Austin, Danielle Ross, Gregg Bielemeier, Lisa Schonberg, Jim McGinn, John Niekrasz, Noelle Stiles, Tere Mathern.

We bring together an unbelievable group of performers including some of the best musicians and dancers in Portland, we add in contributions from Cinema Project and the Experimental Film Festival PDX, hold the event in a non-traditional venue so the space becomes part of the event and come out the other side with nothing like you've ever experienced.

Note: Tickets are sold on a sliding scale. You buy tickets for either or both nights. Please pay what you can to help support the CMG and the artists we work with.

Schedule: Friday:

6:00 - Experimental Film Festival PDX:

"Bridge" by Kevin T. Allen  11 mins  NY  -  A study of three similar but distinct microcultures: the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridgeand Williamsburg Bridge. Interrogated through the use of contact microphones, the physical infrastructures of these bridges become audible and reveal their inherent macroacoustics.

"C.A.G.E" by Richard Evans  20 mins NY -  C.A.G.E. is a fictional documentary about 'Variations on a Plain Index' a 1945 sound work by an unnamed experimental composer. It is a subtle and philosophical story about an artist's relationship to environment and how component elements of an artwork can represent subjective states of mind.

6:35 - Dance/Sound

6:45 - John Gross Trio

7:20 - Dance

7:35 - Grammies

8:10 - Dance

8:30 - Daniel Menche

9:00 - Dance

9:10 - William Hooker

9:40 - Gulls

10:00 - WIMBC Big Band

10:40 - Dance

10:55 - HITS

11:30 Elphin Elephant

Saturday, 6/1 -

11:00 - William Hooker drum workshop at Revival

3:00 - panel discussion

4:30 - Cinema Project presents Wavemakers- Stage 1

Hearing unusual interferences coming from radio vacuum tubes one night during World War I, the French musician and educator Maurice Martenot dreamed of an instrument that would turn the new material of the times, electricity, into music, but electronic music with a distinctive human touch.  Caroline Martel

From this idea came the 1928 invention, the ondes Martenot (onde meaning wave in French). While many may have heard its distinctive sound in sci-fi TV shows like The Thunderbirds, Hollywood classics such as Lawrence of Arabia, and in recent soundtracks like There Will be Blood, the instrument itself has rarely been seen. In her most recent feature length documentary, Canadian filmmaker Caroline Martel takes a slightly experimental approach to bring the history and image of this "sensual and sophisticated instrument" into view. Caroline will be in attendance to talk more about the ondes and her journey to discover it.

7:00 - Doug Theriault & Juniana Lanning

7:40 - Dance

8:00 - Battle Hymns and Gardens

8:45 - Dance

9:00  - 1939 Ensemble

9:30 - Dance

9:45 - Like a Villain

10:15 - Dance

10:30 - Wm. Hooker Ensemble

11:30  - Golden Retriever



Sandbox Studio (View)
420 NE 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
United States

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Music > Experimental
Music > Festivals
Music > Jazz

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