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PJCE Records Presents: Trio Untold

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The 1905
830 N Shaver St.

April 7, 2019, 6 p.m.

PJCE Records, a label that grew out of the non-profit Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, has been at the center of curating the Portland sound since 2013. And The 1905, now in its third year, is possibly Portland’s most important jazz venue. Combining forces, PJCE Records and the 1905 bring PDX the best originally composed jazz on the first Sunday of every month.


One of the more exploratory groups on the record label, Trio Untold is a group of improvising composers who compose music spontaneously. The group is comprised of three professors in Oregon who teach music at universities in Oregon. James Miley of Willamette University plays piano and synthesizers. Mike Nord of Willamette University plays guitars and electronics. Ryan Biesack of Oregon State University plays drums, cymbals, and percussion. Together they freely compose music that Douglas Detrick says, “sounds carefully sown, and intently cultivated. Where some improvised music sounds like a fight between broken-down robots, or like old friends catching up after years apart, this music sounds like a garden.“