Jáce Gáce hosts PDX New

setting up in Jáce GáceOn March 12, Portland New Music Society presented Peter Karman, Matt Hannafin & Abusive Delay (Jason Morales), and the duo of Ben Kates & Seth Brown. The concert opened with Peter Karman’s new laptop set, a mostly already composed piece (If it hath not yet pleased him) that falls into two parts, each containing a frenetic quickcut section (short snippets of just about everything) followed by a more relaxed and ostinato section of softer dynamics and longer lines. The music is wild and wildly various, but the form makes everything seem unified and even inevitable.

Matt & Abusive Delay played together for the first time this evening, and their set was a dynamic fusion of stylistically different aesthetics. (In plainer language, Jason started out with non-rhythmic electronic manipulations of his breathing and moved into louder and more propulsive music; Matt started out with delicate drumming and moved into louder and more propulsive music.)

Ben and Seth have played together many times—their set has even been described as “highly structured work with several improvisational sections.” Aside from a short bit of mellow jazz about a third of the way through, this was straight-ahead free jazz, if I may be permitted a neologism.

One more in an already long series of superb concerts put on by the Portland New Music Society.

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