Podcast: Experimental Portland Radio #006

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Look alive, people. We’ve got a new episode for you. A day later than usual but no less wonderful. Listen up and share with your friends and loved ones.

John Haughm – +37.717364 [from +37​.​717364 // -117​.​247955: The Last Place I Remember]

Telluris – Reptilia Experimenta
performing on 2/20 at Vagrant Eye Projection Museum

Vijay Iyer Trio – Countdown [from Break Stuff]
performing at Winningstad Theatre on 2/20

Gyan Riley Trio – Yubalation [from New York Sessions]
Gyan Riley and Timba Harris are performing on 2/21 at Performance Works NW

Marisa Anderson – The Golden Hour [from The Golden Hour]
performing on 2/21 at Turn Turn Turn

Prana Crafter – Dharma Dripping Lotus

Rumination – playn jazz music

Music: AHAFAS – A.C.A.B.

Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if that noisy refrigerator of yours decided to start making experimental music? I believe AHAFAS has come up with the answer that question. This is your icebox unleashing all of its internal angst for having to put up with your rotting vegetables, cans of cheap beer, and that jar of pickled vegetables you just can’t seem to get rid of. Do the right thing, and listen up…and switch out the box of baking soda every once in a while, you heathen.

Podcast: Experimental Portland #005

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Another week brings another edition of Experimental Portland Radio. This one skews towards the modern classical for the last 40 minutes or so of the show, but there are a number of amazing concert happening this coming week that I needed to highlight. I hope you enjoy what I put together for you.

Opaline – Memory Drain [from Memory Drain]

Temple Maps – Reluctance Engine [from Moon Mountain]
performing at Volt Divers: Destroy Valentine’s With Noise on 2/14 at Lovecraft Bar

Terror Apart – Blinks Four Stones [from A New Reign]
performing at Volt Divers: Destroy Valentine’s With Noise on 2/14, and at Foggy Notion on 2/17

Point From Rooftops – Same Night [from Unreleased/Unheard PFR 2010-2014]

The Legendary Mark Peter Savage – Flood Channel [from I Was a Teenage Topographical Map]
performing at Emerging Music Salon #10 on 2/15 at The Waypost

dweomer – Gorseddau
performing at Volt Divers: Destroy Valentine’s With Noise on 2/14 at Lovecraft Bar

Joelle Leandre – No Comment 4 [from No Comment]
performing at Creative Music Guild‘s Confluence Series on 2/13 at Redeemer Lutheran Church

Dana Reason & Philip Gelb – Primal Identity [from Primal Identity]
performing at Creative Music Guild‘s Confluence Series on 2/13 at Redeemer Lutheran Church

Sawami Kiyoshi & Berlin PianoPercussion Ensemble – Makrokosmos IV: Gamma Draconis [from Crumb: The Complete Makrokosmos I-IV]
Makrokosmos IV will be performed at Portland Piano Company on 2/15

Ethel – String Cycle No. 1 (comp. Kenji Bunch) [from Heavy]
Bunch’s String Quartet #2 will be performed by Arnica Quartet on 2/15 at Mago Hunt Recital Hall, University of Portland

Nordic Voices – Verklärung [from Djånki Don]
performing on 2/17 at St. Philip Neri

Curtis Macomber/Maureen Gallagher/Susan Palma – Humble River Part 1 & 2 [from Interior Design]
this piece will be performed by Third Angle Ensemble on 2/12 + 13 at Studio2@Zoomtopia

Music: Rumination – playn jazz music

I know zero about this recording. Less than that actually. This could be a someone playing a recording of a Cecil Taylor LP through their MacBook microphone for all I know.

What I do know for sure is that I love it. 12 minutes of desiccated jazz being held together by pure intestinal fortitude? Yes, yes, and yes again. I’ve sent them a message through their Bandcamp page to either learn more or to be made fun of for not recognizing the source material they used. Either way, I’m wholly satisfied.

Podcast: Experimental Portland #004

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Back once again with an hour of new music for you and yours. Enjoy.

Grapefruit – Holographic Universe [from Some New-Age Bullshit]
Mazen Kerbaj & Franz Hautzinger – Sahel Al Bekaa
Stochastic Mettle Union Local #35 – In John We Trust [from their self-titled release]
Body/Head – Turn Me On [from their self-titled EP]
Daniel Menche – Part Three [from October’s Larynx]
Mammifer – Caelestis Partus [from Statu Nascendi]
Alvarius B – Billy’s Jeans [from Fuck You and the Horse You Rode In On]
Portland Bike Ensemble – Polyp
Consumer. – Work Better [from Fucket]
Saturn Form Essence – 6EQUJ5 [from Structure 1-178-24]
xtal – Balloon [from Me So Thorny]
lexiphan – Perihelion [from Parallax]
B.S. Wright – Alien Residue [from Decorum]
Lemonthree – Cassidy [from Lemonthree]
High Priestess – Wheat or Ghash [from Animus XX]
Jon Mueller – Remembered [from The Whole EP]

Podcast: Experimental Portland Radio #003

Experimental Portland Radio #003 by Experimentalportland on Mixcloud

Okay, so it’s not technically a podcast. You can’t download it and take it with you wherever you go on your Pono. But, I’m tagging at such in here as it is a better shorthand for people who can’t cotton to the concept of an online streaming radio show. That said: the third installment of this weekly series is here for you to stream and enjoy. Tracklist is below with hyperlinks and all. Hope you like what I’ve thrown together here.

William Selman – Caldera Annex [from Urbanism & Ecology]

DeLyria – Untitled

Christopher Gavazza – In The Building

SunFalls – Elektris [from SadoDaMascus Records 2015 Winter Copulation]

The Translucent Spiders – A Dream of Kaleidoscopes & Tangerines [from SadoDaMascus Records 2015 Winter Copulation]

Not Bitter – Apples [from SadoDaMascus Records 2015 Winter Copulation]

Seth Nehil – Edge [from Bounds]

Eternal Tapestry – Pale-Green Sedge [from Wild Strawberries]

nullmina – Fektory Phobos

Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler– Echo Sounder [from Slant of Light]

Jason Urick – Syndromes [from I Love You]

Hama – Torodi [ from Torodi]

News: The Canary Series – Call For Scores/Proposals

UPDATE: In response to this post, Nora has extended the deadline to February 10th! 

I had the pleasure of meeting Nora Ryan at this past Sunday’s Experimental Portland Presents… show and talked a bit with her about her recent relocation to our fair city, and her work as a vocalist. She’s an incredible singer; versatile, thoughtful, and so wonderful to have vibrating through your skull on these cold winter days.

One of the things that Ryan is most excited about is collaborating with other musicians and artists, which is why she is accepting proposals for new works that she can perform and (I’m guessing) record at some point. She calls it “The Canary Series,” and she will be singing the material that she chooses during the monthly Muse:forward series that happens at The Waypost.

If you’re interested in proposing something to her – sadly the call for proposals ends at the end of this month – get in touch very soon. More information copy/pasted from her website below.

Miniatures: 1-3 minutes
for solo female voice
female voice+… most anything

1 piece/month to be given a workshop performance at Portland’s experimental open micMuse:forward.

Number of pieces and months: to be determined.

Invited to submit

Sound Artists
Electronic Musicians
Performance Artists
Creators of All Types and Stripes

Open to Portland Area locals.

Though not required, music can feature collaborative co-creation, improvisation, voice integrated with movement, and extended techniques.

Music featuring the mid-range of the vocal instrument D4-C5 will be met favorably. Full vocal range includes G3-E5 with improvisatory sounds available D3-Fsharp3 and F5-Bflat5.

Voice+ pieces can treat the voice as a soloist/featured instrument, as part of an ensemble (vocal ensemble, chamber ensemble, or chamber band configurations are all fair game), or as a background/textural instrument.

If writing for Voice+ the creator must have access to the additional performing forces required. For example, if submitting a piece for Voice + Accordion, the composer must either be the accordion player or have a friend/colleague cued up to be the accordion player. Basically, write for the forces you have access to. Write for your resources.

Traditional notation, graphical scores, text scores, aleatory elements, or musical arrangements are all open territory. No score? No worries. Proposals, in lieu of scores, that outline and contextualize your idea are perhaps even more applicable to this call. Just introduce yourself and your idea and your process. Give me a sense of what it would be like to come up with some music with you, or what you would want out of my instrument for your vision.

Weird is good, accessible is good too. Conceptual pop tunes, minimalism, folk influence, noise, drone, or ancient music renditions are especially beloved. But most anything else that you can think of is welcomed, really.

Getting in a room with some source materials, some players, and a map of some sort to riff on is what I love to do.

Click here to Submit
Feel free to be informal and creative…

What you will need to submit:

1.  link(s) to the PDF of your score and/or proposal via a file sharing service

2.  link(s) to examples of your existing work and/or portfolio

3.  link(s) to examples of the work of any additional performers for whom the piece is scored

4.  link(s) to any score-specific supporting materials you’d like to submit (audio, video, written doc, graphics, personal message, midi recordings, etc.)

You can submit more than one score / proposal.

The Canary Series is a self directed, low-key, mini residency devised and curated by me, Nora Ryan. Big thanks goes to Christopher Corbell of Muse:forward for hosting the series.

To hear/see examples of my work go to about.me/nora.e.ryan.

Click here for sounds that inspire me.

Click here for my bio and here for select works.

And feel free to contact me direct: thecanaryseries@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you. Questions welcomed

Event: Experimental Portland Presents… Samantha Boshnack Quintet & Get Smashing Love Power @ Turn Turn Turn 1/25/15

Getting the concert series up and running has been much easier than I expected, especially with the help of the folks at the Creative Music Guild. They get tons of requests from musicians around the world asking to play one of their well-regarded Outset Series concerts or to be part of their Confluence Series of shows. As they admit, they have to turn down at least 90% of the offers they receive. And that’s where I get to come in.

So far both of the shows I’ve booked in 2015 have been from artists that they were unable to help out, including the amazing jazz quintet from Seattle led by Samantha Boshnack. As you’ll hear from the album embedded above, this group can do it all: gentle balladry, swinging bop, and noisy blasts of chaos. I’m so excited that they agreed to play the next installment of our Experimental Portland Presents… concert series this Sunday January 25th at 8pm at Turn Turn Turn. 

I’m equally thrilled that the group Get Smashing Love Power were able to be a part of this as well. They are one of my favorite local jazz outfits featuring some of the best players we have in the city: Reed Wallsmith, Noah Bernstein, Andre St. James, and Tim DuRoche. I wish they had some recorded fare for me to share with you, but you’ll just have to trust me that their take on the post-bop sound is bracing and scintillating.

I really hope you can make it out to this show. It’s going to be a special one.

Podcast: Experimental Portland Radio #002

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The latest installment of Experimental Portland Radio is here! Hope you enjoy what I’ve pulled together for you this week. Below is the tracklist along, hyperlinked for your pleasure.

Pulse Emitter – Cold Sun 3 [from Euphoria]
Matt Carlson – A Lock Against Oblivion [from All Moments]
MSHR – Generative Sky Eye
Odeya Nini – Tunnel [from Vougheauxyice (Voice)]
Tunnels – Magic Flowers [from The Blackout]
Henry Kaiser – Sun Ra, Stockhausen, And Feldman Walk Into a Bar on Saturn [from Requia and Other Improvisations for Guitar Solo]
Chefkirk – MEGV DUMP B5 [from MEGV DUMP]
Comet Talk – Re-Entry [from Circus 17C4]
Samantha Boshnack Quintet – Exploding Syndrome [from Exploding Syndrome]
Third Angle Ensemble – Verdana (comp. Narong Prangcharoen) [from Mantras]

Podcast: New Podcasts From Creative Music Guild and Apneic Void

While you patiently await the arrival of a new Experimental Portland Radio podcast, allow us to direct your attention to a couple of new podcasts from some of our local heroes.

Creative Music Guild has started up PDX Eye & Ear Control, a new podcast to help promote their ongoing concert series. The first episode, where they talk music with the gents behind The Crenshaw (who are playing tonight at Turn Turn Turn as part of CMG’s Outset Series) can be accessed by clicking here.

Daniel Schultz finally put into motion a new website for his label Apneic Void, and with it comes a podcast or as he calls it, a Voidcast, where he will be talking about creativity with various musicians, friends, and colleagues. The first edition went live today and features a coffee shop conversation with Netherfriends and Chipper Jones.

And the new edition of EXPDX Radio is set to go out into the world tomorrow. Prepare yourself accordingly.