ABOUT THE SERIES
A programming arm of Portland, Oregon’s Creative Music Guild, the Extradition Series presents concerts and recitals that exist at the intersection of composition and improvisation. Framed in an aesthetic of clarity and intentionality, each performance blends the composer’s vision and the musicians’ creativity into a singular realization, creating a shared avenue of new musical exploration for both performers and audience.
Tightly curated for a holistic listening experience, our quarterly concerts and Recital Series events feature realizations of notated scores, text- and graphic-based works, and structured improvisations. Extradition seeks to be fully egalitarian in our programming, choosing compositions that offer the greatest musical possibilities irrespective of the composer’s relative fame or anonymity. An ongoing recording project documents both our live concerts and special non-concert performances, reaching a worldwide audience via our YouTube channel. In addition to live programming, our Extradition Off-Site project presents downloadable event scores, sound walks, and other sound-based pieces designed to be performed and experienced by musicians and non-musicians alike, at the time and place of their choosing.
Quarterly concerts are held in January, April, July, and October. Recital Series events take place on an ad-hoc basis throughout the year.
ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE
Drawing from Oregon’s classical, jazz, electronic, improvised, and traditional music communities, the Extradition Ensemble is a loose group of some three dozen musicians who come together in varying combinations depending on the needs of each composition. Core members of the ensemble include:
Matt Carlson – piano, electronics
Loren Chasse – percussion
Brandon Conway – guitar
Lee Elderton – clarinet, soprano sax
Sage Fisher – harp
Mike Gamble – guitar
Matt Hannafin – percussion
Branic Howard – electronics, guitar, percussion
Juniana Lanning – electronics, percussion
Catherine Lee – oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn
Dana Reason – piano
John C. Savage – flute, alto sax, tenor sax
Jonathan Sielaff – bass clarinet
Evan Spacht – trombone
Reed Wallsmith – alto sax
Matt Hannafin – curator and director
Branic Howard – recording engineer
Tim Westcott – live sound reinforcement