1939 Ensemble – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – August 11th, 2018

1939 Ensemble

Experimental pop / avant garde jazz masters release their new LP and video, 'New Cinema'

1939 Ensemble

Blue Cranes, Amenta Abioto, KMHD DJ Derek Smith

Sat, August 11, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10 ADV / $12 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

1939 Ensemble
1939 Ensemble
1939 ENSEMBLE ARE AN INSTRUMENTAL QUARTET FROM PORTLAND, OR. WITH AN UNUSUAL LINE-UP: DRUMS, VIBRAPHONE, GUITAR, TRUMPET & SYNTH. DRAWING INFLUENCES FROM KRAUTROCK, JAZZ & NO WAVE, 1939 ENSEMBLE MOVES BETWEEN OMINOUS DISSONANCE NOISE TO SHARP BOMBASTIC BEATS. THE QUARTET FEATURES JOSÉ MEDELES, DAVID CONIGLIO, JOSH THOMAS & KNATE CARTER.
Blue Cranes
Blue Cranes
"A truly unconventional approach to improvised music."
- WNYC

"Rich melodies and dynamic interplay."
- LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Rocks harder than most rock albums and says more than most singer-songwriters--without any words at all."
- WILLAMETTE WEEK

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, Golden Retriever, Wayne Horvitz, Like A Villain, Rebecca Gates, Laura Gibson, Ethan Rose, Dirty Revival, Loch Lomond, and Portland Cello Project.

Blue Cranes' latest full-length album, Swim (on the Washington, D.C.-based Cuneiform Records), is a departure from their previous, in some ways simpler, releases. Steered dutifully by producer Nate Query of The Decemberists, it is a window into the sometimes messy emotional space of a group struggling with and celebrating the ephemeralness of life. This work is the culmination of several between-album projects, including a 30-day crowd-sourced Amtrak train tour, and a seven day group composition retreat, supported in part by a grant from Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council. However, the heart of Swim lies in indelibly profound life events--the passing away of two dear friends, a serious injury, two weddings, and the birth of a child--events at tragic and uplifting extremes, both cathartic and celebratory.
Amenta Abioto
Amenta Abioto
Songwriter, producer, and actor, Amenta Abioto is on the cutting edge of all that is musical, theatrical, and literary. Her music is boldly mystical and soul-fired, and her raw live performances invoke elements of both theatrical surprise and magic through ancient African diasporic sounds and stories. Weaved into syncopated rhythms and dichotomies of comedic proportions, Amenta surprises and tantalizes audiences with mind bending ideas. She brings to the music scene funky academia while skipping vocally from soul shaking gospel to smooth jazz and then onto hip hop rhythms wrapped in West African beats.

Graduating from Idllywild Art’s Academy in 2010, she trained in musical theatre. Since graduating she has courted the music scene and produced one self-titled EP, Amenta Abioto , and one upcoming album, Opening Flower Hymns. Receiving inspiration from the best-seller work Women Who Run With the Wolves, mythological characterization and cultural stories are reflected in the original works of Amenta Abioto.

Boldly striking in appearance, Amenta brings beauty, charm, and creativity to any stage as an ode to funk. She grabs the audience and they become her musical composition. It is like swimming in an ocean full of dolphins while shouting in a Baptist church. Amenta is a storyteller’s teller, a fantastical north STAR, a High Priestess.