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Matt Hannafin will present four compositions for solo percussion — Earle Brown’s “December 1952,” John Cage’s “One4,” Cat Hope’s “Broken Approach,” and his own piece “Directions of Travel.” Matt Hannafin is a New York–born, Portland-based percussionist active in contemporary percussion, free improvisation, and Iranian classical and traditional music. His teachers included Persian tar and tombak master Kavous Shirzadian, percussionists Jamey Haddad and Glen Velez, composer La Monte Young, and Indian vocal legend Pandit Pran Nath. Active as a solo performer, he’s also played with a wide range of collaborators, including trumpeter Nate Wooley, Sun Ra altoist Marshall Allen, shakuhachi master Jeffrey Lependorf, oboist Catherine Lee, electronics players Tom Hamilton and Brian Moran, dancers Tere Mathern and Kat Macmillan, the Golden Retriever Chamber Ensemble, and chamber group 45th Parallel. He’s appeared at venues and festivals around the USA, from the United Nations General Assembly Hall and the Miami Iranian Cultural Festival to the late, lamented CBGB.
Although Machete Order’s lineup features accomplished jazz musicians, the material and presentation are much more closely related to Black Sabbath or Mad Professor than to Miles or Coltrane. Machete Order embraces wide ranging influences like Naked City, Mr. Bungle, cartoon music, and twentieth century classical music. Although most of the compositions are loosely space and sci-fi themed, the only truly unifying principle of the band is the stylistically schizophrenic taste of founder and musical director Dan Duval. Everything is game, from Vangelis to Green Day to King Crimson and beyond. As Tim DuRoche said after Machete Order’s set at the 2015 Montavilla Jazz Festival, “This is the sound of a young person’s mind, stuck on shuffle mode.”