A TASTE OF OUR CITY
isjecta Contemporary Art Center welcomes the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, Portland’s longest running musician-led jazz organization, for a spring concert that celebrates the food and drink of the Pacific Northwest. The PJCE Sextet +1 helms the May 2nd show that will feature new music by George Colligan, Andrew Durkin and Ryan Meagher, plus a set by the PSU Jazz Combo.
Now in its seventh season, the PJCE presents its first concert in a contemporary art space. So perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that their spring concert takes a thematic approach; Ryan Meagher, guitarist and composer, has long been “overwhelmed by the region’s abundance of local breweries, and their obsession with hoppy, strong ales.” In true Portland fashion, he has composed a new work to capture the strong flavors and intense passions of the beers (and people) of the region. This new piece, along with similarly inspired new music, reflects the foodie culture of Portland as interpreted through music.
The PJCE Sextet +1 welcomes guest french horn player Jen Harrison, and features: Douglas Detrick, trumpet; Gary Harris and John Gross, woodwinds; Jen Harrison, horn; Ryan Meagher, guitar; Clay Giberson, B3 organ; and Ken Ollis, drums.
The Disjecta bar will feature Deschutes Brewery’s Hop Henge Experimental IPA as a nod to the “hoppy” and strong notes sure to be heard at the event.
The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble is a 12-member jazz chamber orchestra and non-profit organization that runs the PJCE Sextet. PJCE’s mission is to operate a large musical ensemble, to commission and perform original works by members of the ensemble and by other jazz composers in the Portland music community and elsewhere, to act as a forum for the development and presentation of works for large ensemble by established and emerging jazz composers, and to engage and enrich community awareness and appreciation of contemporary music. PJCE also operates a grassroots label, PJCE Records, which releases albums of original music by local jazz artists.