Creative Music Guild’s Improvisation Summit of Portland: and/or you Ensemble, meroitic, Machado Mijiga & Lorin Benedict – 21+

Ages 21 and up
Thursday, October 20
Doors: 8pm

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Andrew Jones is a multifarious bassist, composer and songwriter who has recorded with folk and pop songwriters and modern jazz instrumentalists, performed with live hiphop and electronic bands and accompanied visiting experimentalists and theater productions via the Improvisation Summit of Portland and Time Based Art Festivals. Outside of town, Jones has had recurring work with artists from New York and Los Angeles- most recently a fourteen-month international touring stint with acclaimed songwriter/composer Julia Holter. However, among his closest musical compatriots he’s known mostly for his sometimes elusive solo-turned duo project The Crenshaw, whose full-length album features Jones singing poetic and sometimes tongue-in-cheek lyrics atop off kilter beats, warped synth samples and his own upright bass ostinatos. For his forthcoming record, Andrew is renaming that project ‘and/or you.’ Portland’s Creative Music Guild has invited him to assemble an expanded ensemble to bring his singular brand of dense and mysterious art pop to life for the 2022 Improvisation Summit of Portland, which will  feature a rogue’s gallery of musicians:: Mike Lockwood (Drums), Max Kutner (NYC) (Guitar), Lily Breshears (Harp), Maxx Katz (Flute), Noah Bernstein (Alto Saxophone), Patrick McCulley (Tenor/other Saxophones).

meroitic is a sound & movement based project of black interdisciplinary artist & composer jamondria harris. Their work uses words, sounds, wires, instruments, textiles & what falls into their hands to engage with blackness, desire, spirit/source,narratology/folklore, & ontologies of liberation over& through sex, gender & embodiment.

Classically-trained, jazz-weathered, and eclectically inclined, Machado Mijiga left the proverbial creative “box” at a very early age, with access to many instruments and a diverse musical background brought about by an intercultural heritage.Mijiga is a musical polymath; composer, producer, bandleader, educator, gear fanatic, and audio engineer, to name a few.

Lorin Benedict is an improvising vocalist (scat singer, essentially) who works in the areas of jazz and related music. He co-leads several small groups dedicated to playing highly structured music in a manifestly loose and playful way. 

Creative Music Guild is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote experimental, improvised music by presenting concerts, workshops & other events that bring together internationally recognized musicians with local performers, audiences & music students of all ages. For over 20 years!