Oct 31, 2016

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.


Dec 7, 2016 — 8pm (over by 10)
$5-15, sliding scale
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE Killingsworth
Oct 31, 2016

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

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

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.


Nov 16, 2016 — 8pm (over by 10)
$5-15, sliding scale
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE Killingsworth
Nov. 2, 2016 — 8-10pm
$5-15, sliding scale
Turn! Turn! Turn!
8 NE Killingsworth
Sep 23, 2016
The evening explores the infinite space between silence and sound, between nothing and something, between the physical and the metaphysical, through the medium of sound/acoustic phenomena and ritual format.  Invisibility Ritual, a new work for choir by S Fisher,  hones in on the continuum inherent in the creation/dissolution of sound, deep listening, and the acoustic principles of phase cancellation and beating, inviting listeners to dissolve completely into the place where individual physicality meets the ether.  The traditional significance of the Halloween holiday describe this time of year as the time when the veil between the spirit world and the physical world is the thinnest, with the intent to slip into that unknown place through the medium of music, where we might truly  disappear.
Dröna Choir is a group of humans, listeners, artists, and believers combining forces to perform Invisibility Ritual.  The word dröna is Swedish for drone, and means, to drowse. The group is directed by S Fisher and Charlie Moses andOctober 29, 2016 will be their debut performance.
S Fisher (aka Dolphin Midwives) composes and performs ecstatic ritual noise harp and voice experiments in Portland, OR.  dolphinmidwives.us

Also featuring performances from:

Pulse Emitter
Sea Charms
Dead Death
Dolphin Midwives
INVISIBILITY RITUAL : Dröna Choir performs in total darkness; piece by S. Fisher, directed by S. Fisher & Charlie Moses

$5-10 sliding
no one turned away!
sponsored by the wizards of the CMG!


Oct 19, 2016 — 8pm (over by 10)
$5-15, sliding scale
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE Killingsworth
Sep 23, 2016

gino robair
Gino Robair – drums/modular synthesizer
Chiara Giovando – violin/electronics
Ayako Kataoka – movement
Jonathan Sielaff – bass clarinet

This concert of new works for improvisers will use graphic scores that evolve over the course of the performance.

“Divination” utilizes texts from the opera “I, Norton” to create images that are transferred from paper to physical objects. The configuration of the objects is, then, interpreted by the performers. Members of the audience will be invited to help in the divination process by reconfiguring the score/objects.

“Neither Confirmed Nor Denied” is based on the mysterious shortwave broadcasts called “number stations,” where voices repeat strings of words or numbers, often accompanied by strange sounds. Heard throughout the world since the end of WWII, number stations typically broadcast on a specific radio frequency at fixed intervals, and it is believed that they are being used for espionage purposes, though their meaning has never been revealed: Are they transmitting messages to field agents or are they decoys?

In this performance, we will be using patterns and other information gleaned from analyzing some the most famous number stations—the Lincolnshire Poacher, Spanish Lady, Papa November, etc.—as material to direct the improvisers.

Gino Robair has created music for dance, theater, radio, television, silent film, and gamelan orchestra, and his works have been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. Robair is one of the “25 innovative percussionists” in the book Percussion Profiles and has recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, Terry Riley, Fred Frith, John Butcher, Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald and Otomo Yoshihide. In addition, Robair has performed with John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, Wadada Leo Smith, and the Club Foot Orchestra. Robair is a founding member of the Splatter Trio and the heavy-metal band, Pink Mountain, and he runs Rastascan Records. ginorobair.com

Ayako Kataoka is an artist originally from Tokyo. She works in sound, installation, and dance. Her work has been exhibited, performed, and screened at venues such as; High Zero (Baltimore), Nowhere Festival (PHI), Opensignal (RI), San Francisco International Arts Festival (SF), The Stone (NYC), and International Dance Film Festival (JP). Kataoka holds an MFA from Mills College, Oakland, CA, and is a recipient of the Frog Peak prize. She is a current artist-in-residence of S1 Gallery, a nonprofit artist-run center for contemporary art in Portland, OR. www.ayakokataoka.com
Chiara Giovando is an artist and curator. She has released records on Ehse Records, Holy Mountain and Ecstatic Peace. She has made several films including Proud Flesh, Archaic Smile and The Hen Knows What to Do. Her compositions have been performed nationally and internationally including recently at the Barbican in London, the LAB, San Francisco and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She plays violin, guitar, voice and electronics.

Jonathan Sielaff resides in Portland, OR and plays the bass clarinet. Because he likes to play with drummers and electronic instruments, he often amplifies the bass clarinet and processes it with guitar pedals (he is also, conveniently, a guitarist). He cut his musical teeth in rock bands, new music ensembles and various schools of improvisation but most enjoys exploring the territory that exists between genres. His primary musical project is the duo Golden Retriever, with Matt Carlson on synth. They have a bunch of tapes and CDs out there as well as albums with Root Strata and Thrill Jockey. http://www.thrilljockey.com/thrill/Golden-Retriever/

October 13, 2016 — 8pm
10-20, sliding scale
Leaven Community Center
5431 NE 20th Ave
Oct 5th, 2016 — 8pm (over by 10)
$5-15, sliding scale
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE KIllingsworth