[Local events] Fri 6/8: Solo improvisations by de Dionyso, Star, Savage

Passages Bookshop david at passagesbookshop.com
Sat Jun 2 13:23:55 PDT 2018

Passages Bookshop presents

    /*Alone Together*/

solo improvisations on saxophone and flute by

    *Arrington de Dionyso, China Faith Star, & John **C. Savage*

*Friday, June 8*
7:00 pm

*Passages Bookshop* <http://www.passagesbookshop.com>
1223 NE ML King Blvd.

Suggested donation: $5–10, no one turned away.

/*Alone Together */is a new series of acoustic solo and small-group 
musical shows at Passages Bookshop. For the first installment we have 
the pleasure of hearing Arrington de Dionyso, China Faith Star, and John 
C. Savage.

Arrington de Dionyso* integrates ancient soundmaking techniques with 
trans-modernist inquiries into the nature of consciousness. His 
improvisations utilize voice and reeds (primarily bass clarinets and his 
invention the Bromiophone) as multiphonic tools in the navigation of 
liminal spaces between shamanic seance and rock and roll ecstasy.  He 
has spearheaded groups such as Old Time Relijun, Malaikat dan Singa, and 
This Saxophone Kills Fascists, and has performed alongside the Violent 
Femmes, Master Musicians of Jajouka, Thee Oh Sees, Deerhoof, Senyawa, 
Keiji Haino, and Maher Shalal Hash Baz, among others. In 2016 he 
completed a film, /Reak: Trance Music and Possession in West Java/, 
documenting a groundbreaking collaboration with the participants of a 
trance possession ceremony in Sunda, Indonesia. His set on June 8th will 
reflect inspiration gathered from recent collaborations with Bachir 
Attar of the Master Musicians of Jajouka and Chirgilchin, the 
throat-singers of Tuva. More on his Bandcamp page 

*China Faith Star* produces endless art across multiple dimensions of 
media, music, & performance. Her recent work has included solo and group 
exhibitions of visual art; music & poetics performances both solo and 
with a wide range of collaborators (as Liquid Letters, Psychic Fire 
Duet/Trio/Quarter, etc.); and public commissions, details of which can 
be found in the Artista Vita 
<http://www.chinafaithstar.com/artista-vita.html> on her web site, 
Liquid Letters <http://www.chinafaithstar.com/liquid-letters.html>, 
which also features images and sound and video files.

*John C. Savage* has been compared to Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jean-Pierre 
Rampal, Herbie Mann, Noah Howard, Ian Anderson, and Colin Stetson. A 
flutist, saxophonist, composer, improviser, and educator, he has 
performed and recorded with Billy Fox and Mark Dresser, Brooklyn Qawwali 
Party, Andrew Hill Big Band, Kitsune Ensemble, Point to Line (with 
flutist Lisa Bost-Sandberg), and the poetry and music duo,Thick in the 
Throat, Honey, among many others. His dissertation /A Phenomenology of 
Contemporary Flute Improvisation: Contextual Explications of Techniques, 
Aesthetics, and Performance Practices/ uses analytical techniques from 
the fields of ethnomusicology (ethnography) and music philosophy 
(phenomenology) in order to create a theory of flute performance and 
pedagogy for the twenty-first century. Read more (and listen and watch) 
at his website <http://www.johncsavage.com/>.

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Portland, OR 97232

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