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1939 Ensemble w/ Blue Cranes, Amenta Abioto & The Morning Session's DJ Derek Smith


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Mississippi Studios
3939 N. Mississippi
Portland

When:
Aug. 11, 2018, 9 p.m.

1939 Ensemble
Listening to 1939 Ensemble's "New Cinema" is like entering a futurist ballroom that is well traveled by post-rock attendees. The décor when you step inside is every bit as regal as it is experimental, placing you in a surreal vignette of sparsely used colors. All the elements involved make the music into a pictorial framing of time, both past and future. - Matt Carter

1939 ENSEMBLE ARE AN INSTRUMENTAL TRIO FROM PORTLAND, OR. WITH AN UNUSUAL LINE-UP: DRUMS, VIBRAPHONE & NOISE. DRAWING INFLUENCES FROM KRAUTROCK, JAZZ & NO WAVE, 1939 ENSEMBLE MOVES BETWEEN OMINOUS DISSONANCE NOISE TO SHARP BOMBASTIC BEATS. THE DUO FEATURES JOSE MEDELES DAVID CONIGLIO & JOSH THOMAS.
 
 
Blue Cranes
Hailing from the fertile scene of Portland, Oregon, the Blue Cranes create music that is as invigorating as it is disarming. Consider this band a brainier kinfolk to the indie rock scene, with influences form rock and other areas, but with a solid foundation in the vocabulary of jazz. Working a thin line between improvisation and catchiness, Blue Cranes arrive at a unique place. They have found a way to make exploration seem like the most enjoyable process around.
 
 
Amenta Abioto
Songwriter, producer, and actor, Amenta Abioto is on the cutting edge of all that is musical, theatrical, and literary. Her music is boldly mystical and soul-fired, and her raw live performances invoke elements of both theatrical surprise and magic through ancient African diasporic sounds and stories. Weaved into syncopated rhythms and dichotomies of comedic proportions, Amenta surprises and tantalizes audiences with mind bending ideas. She brings to the music scene funky academia while skipping vocally from soul shaking gospel to smooth jazz and then onto hip hop rhythms wrapped in West African beats.

Graduating from Idllywild Art’s Academy in 2010, she trained in musical theatre. Since graduating she has courted the music scene and produced one self-titled EP, Amenta Abioto , and one upcoming album, Opening Flower Hymns. Receiving inspiration from the best-seller work Women Who Run With the Wolves, mythological characterization and cultural stories are reflected in the original works of Amenta Abioto.

Boldly striking in appearance, Amenta brings beauty, charm, and creativity to any stage as an ode to funk. She grabs the audience and they become her musical composition. It is like swimming in an ocean full of dolphins while shouting in a Baptist church. Amenta is a storyteller’s teller, a fantastical north STAR, a High Priestess.