Apr 27, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Reach of Resonance screening @ 7PM
Whitsell Auditorium at NWFC, 1219 SW Park Ave.

Friday & Saturday, June 6 & 7, 2014
Sandbox Studios, 420 NE 9th Ave.
Doors open Friday at 5:30PM, Saturday at 4:30PM

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Lineup & Schedule

Thursday, June 5 –

7:00  Reach of Resonance screening at Whitsell Auditorium at NWFC, 1219 SW Park Ave.


Friday, June 6 –

6:30 Welcome Ensemble (TBA)

7:00 Scott Cutshall’s Phrasology

7:45 Suzanne Chi/ Heather Treadway, Lisa Schonberg

8:00 Tim Berne Solo

8:30 Vanessa Vogel, Tere Mathern/Brandon Conway

8:55 Rich Halley Quartet

9:40 Mike Barber, Danielle Ross/ Seth Nehil, Ryan Stuewe

10:00 Tim Berne Ensemble: STATIC with Tim Berne, John Gross, Farnell Newton, Dana Reason,  Scott Cutshall, Jon Shaw, Lars Campbell, Dan Duval, and Lee Elderton)l

11:00 Kaj-Anne Pepper/ Alyssa Reed-Stuewe, Catherine Lee

11:15 Pinkish


Saturday, June 7-

12:30 Informal lunch gathering at Bunk Bar

2:00 Panel Discussion moderated by Daniel Flessas, featuring Reed Wallsmith, Amenta Abioto, Michael Stirling, Gregg Bielemeier and more to be announced.

6:00 Ken Ollis and Senses Sharpened

6:45 Gregg Bielemeier, Catherine Egan / Lisa Degrace

7:10 Amenta Abioto

7:55 Lucy Yim/ Jesse Mejia

8:10 Michael Stirling, Doug Theriault, Matt Carlson

8:55 Dawn Stoppiello, Ruth Nelson, Emily Stone, John Gross, Reed Wallsmith

9:15 Bad Luck

10:00 Luke Gutsgell/ Ben Kates

10:15 Matt Hannafin & Loren Chasse




The 3rd annual Improvisational Summit of Portland brings together the best musicians, dancers and film organizations in the city and combines them with a small group of visiting musicians, creating a unique event. This year we feature a number of unbelievable artists at the beautiful Sandbox Studio space in NE Portland with contributions from all corners of Portland’s vibrant performing scene. Drinks courtesy of Breakside Brewery. Sponsored by KBOO 90.7 FM.


Featured Performers:

Tim Berne (NYC) is an American jazz saxophone player and composer.  Based in New York City since 1974, Berne has composed and performed prolifically, amassing a body of work that includes dozens of critically-acclaimed recordings. His work draws heavily on free improvisation resulting in complex, lengthy compositions. During his career, he has performed or recorded with a number of notable musicians, including Bill Frisell, John Zorn,  Mat Maneri, David Torn, Hank Roberts, Herb Robertson, the ARTE Quartett and in trio Miniature. In recent years, he has performed in several groups with Tom Rainey, Gerald Cleaver, Craig Taborn, Michael Formanek, Drew Gress, Marc Ducret and David Torn, and Chris Speed. (www.screwgunrecords.com)


Bad Luck (Seattle, WA) is a duo comprised of drummer Chris Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch. Called “One of the best Seattle jazz recordings in years” (Earshot Jazz) Bad Luck was awarded the “Best Outside Jazz Group” of 2009 by Earshot Magazine, and a finalist for “Best Avant Group” in the 2009 Inside Out awards. Performing all original compositions, the pair use live loops and pedals to create an astounding range of sound. Icasiano and Welch can quickly shift into fierce improvisations, sound art and carefully constructed harmonic palettes. Icasiano and Welch are both founding members of Seattle’s creative performance series: the Racer Sessions. (badluckband.net)

The Improvisation Summit of Portland 2014 is sponsored by:




The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation