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SUMMER (May-Sept) 2013:




Since their formation in 2007, Blue Cranes have become a key player in the Portland, Oregon creative music/DIY scene and one of the most exciting groups to keep tabs on in the Northwest. They’ve developed a singular musical voice grounded in melody and explosive improvisations—marking off their unique microcosmic territory in “post-jazz” circles. 

The members of the quintet—Reed Wallsmith on alto saxophone, Joe Cunningham on tenor saxophone, Rebecca Sanborn on keyboards, Keith Brush on bass, and Ji Tanzer on drums—bring a unique array of experiences to their group-centered aesthetic, including work with AU, The Decemberists, Laura Veirs, Wayne Horvitz, Rebecca Gates, Laura Gibson, Ethan Rose, Pete Krebs, Black Prairie and Portland Cello Project. The band takes an evolutionary step forward on their fourth full-length album, Swim, to be released June 4th on the Washington, D.C.-based Cuneiform Records.


Sun. June 2: ASHLAND, OR:
Backyard house show (374 Avery St.) 6pm. Suggested donation $10. Public welcome.

Bakersfield Jazz Workshop at Le Corusse Rouge
4647 White Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93309 - T: 661-716-7775 / F: 661-716-0122
Wkshp and concert. All Ages. No cover. 7-10pm.

Thurs. June 6: LOS ANGELES, CA:
Blue Whale - 123 astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012
T: 213-620-0908, w/ Dylan Ryan / Sand, $15, 9pm

Fri. June 7: SANTA CRUZ, CA:
Blue Lagoon - 923 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
T: (831) 423-7117, w/ Highness. 9pm. $8. 21+.

Sat. June 8: CHICO, CA:
Cafe Coda - 265 Humboldt Ave., Chico, California
T:530.566.9476, w/ Bogg.

Sun. June 9: BERKELEY, CA:
Berkeley Arts Festival Space - 2133 University Ave. Berkeley, CA
w/ La Candid Gamera (Phillip Greenlief / Steuart Liebig / Dax Compise). 8pm. All Ages. $10-$20 sliding scale.

Mon. June 10: SACRAMENTO, CA:
Luna's Cafe - 1414 16th Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814
T: (916) 441-3931, w/ La Candid Gamera. 7:30pm. $5-$20 sliding scale.

Sat. July 20: SEATTLE, WA:
The Royal Room - 5000 Rainer Avenue S., Seattle, WA, T: 206.906.9920
w/ Torture Garden (Wayne Horvitz, Mike Stone, Brad Mowen, Keith Lowe, Tristan Gianola, Reed Wallsmith).

Sun. July 21: PORTLAND, OR:
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. - Portland, OR

Sat. August 17: PORTLAND, OR:
Sewallcrest Park - SE 31st Ave & Market St, Portland
performing an original live score for Filmusik's production of Planet of the Dinosaurs.


Blue Cranes

Genre: Jazz / Post-Jazz
PROMOTIONAL TRACK // "Everything Is Going To Be Okay" (mp3 download)
stream: @SoundCloud / @Bandcamp -
Blue Cranes



Featuring his volatile, Los Angeles-based trio Sand, Sky Bleached is Dylan Ryan’s debut album under his own name, but the insistently exploratory drummer isn’t a new face on the professional music soundstage. A bandstand veteran who’s spent the past decade collaborating with an array of galvanizing musicians across a wide array of creative scenes, he’s probably best known as the catalyst behind the pugnacious prog-jazz sextet Herculaneum. That’s likely to change with the release of Sky Bleached, a stunning, guitar-drenched slab of visionary, 21st century jazz informed by pop culture and 3rd millennium fusion.

Featuring Los Angeles guitarist Tim Young, a versatile player sought out by artists such as Fiona Apple, John Zorn and Beck, and bassist Devin Hoff, a recent LA arrival who’s toured and recorded extensively with the Nels Cline Singers, Xiu Xiu, and Good For Cows, the LA-based trio restlessly ranges between moods, textures and styles. For Ryan, the project provided an ideal opportunity for exploring contrasting, even antithetical impulses, juxtaposing introspective odes with aggressive anthems, artfully composed passages and impromptu flights.


Thurs. June 6: LOS ANGELES, CA:
Blue Whale - 123 astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012
T: 213-620-0908, w/ Blue Cranes, $15, 9pm

Sun. August 4: EAGLE ROCK, CA
Eagle Rock Center for Performing Arts - 2225 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA


Dylan Ryan / Sand
Sky Bleached

Genre: Jazz / Rock
PROMOTIONAL TRACK // "White Nights" (mp3 download)
stream: @SoundCloud / @Bandcamp - Dylan Ryan / Sand



Hot off a European tour, The Kandinsky Effect celebrates its first Cuneiform release in the USA!

Conceived on Paris’s cosmopolitan jazz scene, forged on the road in America, and informed by international currents in electronic music, The Kandinsky Effect is a jazz power trio for the 21st century. The trans-Atlantic band, based in New York City and Paris, makes its Cuneiform debut with Synesthesia, a roller-coaster ride of an album marked by fierce grooves, subtle electronic textures, intricate metrical shifts, and a commitment to empathic group interplay

Wed. May 29: SAN JOSE, CA:
San Jose Jazz Presents at Lou's Village - 1100 Lincoln Avenue, #101, San Jose CA

Thurs, May 30: OAKLAND, CA:
Duende - 468 19th Street, Oakland, CA - T: (510) 893-0174

Fri. May 31: TRUCKEE, CA:
Moody's Bistro Bar and Beats - 10007 Bridge Street, Truckee, CA 96161

Sat. June 1: TRUCKEE, CA:
Moody's Bistro Bar and Beats - 10007 Bridge Street, Truckee, CA 96161

Sun. June 2: NEVADA CITY, CA:
The Stonehouse Old Brewery - 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City, CA 95959
T: (530) 265-5050,, 6pm

Mon. June 3: SACRAMENTO, CA:
Nebraska Mondays @ Luna's Cafe - 1414 16th Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814
T: (916) 441-3931, 7:30pm

Weds. June 5: SACRAMENTO, CA
Naked Lounge - 111 H St., Sacramento, CA

Thurs. June 6: VISALIA, CA
Sound N Vision Presents at The Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St., Visalia, CA
w/ NATURAL LOVE GROUP (feat. members of Lunchbox), $7, 21+, 9:30pm

Fri. June 7: LOS ANGELES, CA:
Blue Whale - 123 astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012
T: 213-620-0908, $10, 8pm

east coast:
Fri. June 14: MARLBORO, NY
Live At The Falcon - 1349 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY
T: (845) 236-7970, opening for Sex Mob

Sat. June 15: NEW YORK, NY
DROM - 85 Avenue A, NYC, NY (212) 777-1157

Thurs. June 20: BALTIMORE, MD
An die Musik Live - 409 North Charles St - Baltimore, MD
(410) 385 - 2638

Fri. June 21: BROOKLYN, NY
MakeMusicNY Festival - Brooklyn, NY


The Kandinsky Effect - Synesthesia | Genre: Jazz / Alternative
PROMOTIONAL TRACK // "Johnny Utah" (mp3 download)
stream: @SoundCloud / @Bandcamp -
The Kandinksy Effect



Inspired by avant-art rock bands like Arts Bears and Henry Cow, as well as by contemporary classical composers, Thinking Plague has earned an avid international following by forging a singular synthesis of prog-rock with 20th century classical, folk, and jazz. Rigorously constructed and passionately played, the music makes a compelling case for rock’s relevance as a forum for creative composition.

The end is near and it’s never sounded so good. With the release of Decline and Fall the seminal Colorado avant-prog rock band Thinking Plague captures the tenor of the times with a caustic look at our troubled state of affairs in the 21st century. Decline and Fall dissects contemporary woes, delivering a bracing jolt of apocalyptic imagery set to intricately driving rhythms and incantatory melodies. 

Sun. June 2: DENVER, CO
Walnut Room - 3131 Walnut Street - Denver, Colorado 80205
(303) 295-1868 (with Hamster Theatre)

Sat. June 15: DENVER, CO
Mercury Cafe - 2199 California St. - Denver, CO 80205 (303) 294-9281

Sat. June 29: OLYMPIA, WA
The Olympia Experimental Music Festival - The Northern
414 1/2 Legion Way, Olympia, WA 98501

Sun. June 30: SEATTLE, WA
Seaprog Festival - Columbia City Theatre - 4916 Rainier Ave S - Seattle WA 98118


Thinking Plague
Decline and Fall

Genre: Rock / Avant-Progressive
PROMOTIONAL TRACK // "Sleeper Cell Anthem" (mp3 download)
stream: @SoundCloud / @YouTube
Thinking Plague