3939 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Ches Smith / Craig Taborn / Mat Maneri
Ches Smith (drums, percussion), with Craig Taborn (piano) and Mat Maneri (viola) together work with big-picture composition designed to be given meaning in the moment by three renown improvisers. Simultaneously process-oriented and iterative, each performance produces a new result, infused with the energy of following the moment’s thread.
Ches Smith is an American musician whose primary instruments are drums, percussion, and vibraphone. He writes and performs music in a wide variety of contexts, including solo percussion, experimental rock bands, and small and large jazz ensembles
Since their formation in 2007, Blue Cranes have become a key player in the Portland, Oregon creative music/DIY scene and one of the most exciting groups to keep tabs on in the Northwest. They’ve developed a singular musical voice grounded in melody and explosive improvisations–marking off their unique microcosmic territory in post-jazz circles.
The members of the quintet–Reed Wallsmith on alto saxophone, Joe Cunningham on tenor saxophone, Rebecca Sanborn on keyboards, Jon Shaw on bass, and Ji Tanzer on drums–bring a unique array of experiences to their group-centered aesthetic, including work with AU, The Decemberists, Laura Veirs, Wayne Horvitz, Rebecca Gates, Laura Gibson, Ethan Rose, Pete Krebs, Black Prairie, and Portland Cello Project.
Tickets at: http://www.mississippistudios.com/event/1026675-ches-smith-craig-taborn-mat-portland/