The Portland New Music Society’s March concert took place at the Taborspace coffeeshop on the corner of SE 55th and SE Belmont.

Featured were Matt Hannafin, Kelvin Pittman, and Doug Theriault in three solo sets and a trio. Matt opened with a monumental forty minute piece for amplified and electronically altered percussion.

Kelvin followed with a whisper quiet solo for saxophone,
and Doug followed that with a beautifully gritty set for live electronics.

All three then played a set together in which the very different musics we’d heard managed to coexist musically and peacefully.

I hadn’t seen or heard Matt Hannafin play in over a year, but even if I had that wouldn’t have mattered as his foray into live electronics is a new venture for him. The two clips don’t give a very good idea of the grand arc of his forty minute set, but they’re all I’ve got. I’ve seen Kelvin Pittman recently quite a few times, and each time he reveals some new capacity for inventive playing. As does Doug Theriault, for that matter, whose CDs are as different from each other as the handful of concerts of his I’ve been privileged to attend over the past year or so.

A most enjoyable evening of new music.

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