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THE PRIME SOUND OF LEE/HANNAFIN DUO
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THE PRIME SOUND OF LEE/HANNAFIN DUO

Portland improvisers Dr. Catherine Lee and Matt Hannafin’s self-released LP Five Shapes Five Shapes lulls the mind with its gentle spaciousness into a personal creative space. It is five improvisations of nameless [Read On…]
LOTA’S ELECTRIC LANDSCAPE
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LOTA’S ELECTRIC LANDSCAPE

Spooky electro artist Lota released the Amarantia EP last month on Pakapi Records The haunting introduction may lead you to believe that a droning synth-noise album is in store. As soon as [Read On…]
What Sahrawi Sounds and Looks Like

What Sahrawi Sounds and Looks Like

The first of two documentaries presented by Sublime Frequencies on Sunday night at the Hollywood Theatre was Palace of the Winds, Hisham Mayet’s field recordings of the people, landscapes and music of [Read On…]
Stressing Strings Out
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Stressing Strings Out

Stressings by Jordan Dykstra: How to make the viola cry. Sometimes we need to question the difference between beautiful and pretty. I’m not about to tackle such a lofty rhetorical exercise, but [Read On…]
Improvisation Summit of Portland Photo Journal

Improvisation Summit of Portland Photo Journal

New worlds of improvised form were showcased at Creative Music Guild’s fifth annual ISP. In the spirit of this festival, the following was developed in an improvisational manner. As the event progressed, I posted [Read On…]
The Staying Power of Peter Brötzmann

The Staying Power of Peter Brötzmann

One of Europe’s best known free jazz players mesmerizes old fans in Portland. Peter Brötzmann’s Quartet took the stage at Mississippi Studios last Thursday night in silence, setting a powerful tone of what [Read On…]
From Island to Ocean to Ocean

From Island to Ocean to Ocean

Japan Noise Tour Kicks Off in North Portland The term “noise” might be derogatory in some cases, implying uninvited sound. But there is another view which contends that all sound, invited or [Read On…]
Catherine Russell is a Summer Breeze

Catherine Russell is a Summer Breeze

When Catherine Russell joined the instrumental trio on stage Thursday night at Jimmy Mak’s, she tied together a lustrous scene. In front of plush red curtains, a thick velvety backdrop that looked [Read On…]