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James Chance & the Contortions


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The Star Theatre
13 NW 6th Ave
Portland

When:
March 24, 2017, 8 p.m.

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Doors at 8  / Show at 9, 21+.

James Chance and the Contortions is a musical group led by saxophonist and vocalist James Chance. They were one of the original groups of the New York no wave music scene.

Their first recording, credited solely as Contortions, was on the 1978 compilation, No New York, produced by Brian Eno. The following year, two albums were issued almost simultaneously on ZE RecordsBuy and Off White under the moniker James White and the Blacks. The same musicians recorded both records, though none are credited on the album cover.

In 2016, Chance released his first single with his original Contortions band in nearly 30 years, entitled "Melt Yourself Down". A music video for the single was directed, filmed and animated by 19 year old Dylan Greenberg and is considered the first Contortions music video to make significant use of dramatic digital effects, such as Chance's face being manipulated to appear as if it were melting.