For over twenty years, the Creative Music Guild has been a leader in cultivating Portland's experimental and improvised music. Our mission is to support and drive this avant-garde community by instigating collaborations between local musicians and world renowned performers.
On June 8th and 9th, the CMG will host their first ever festival, The Improvisation Summit of Portland. It will feature two evenings of film, music, and dance. Local musicians will provide live scores to two films: unseen bear footage by Timothy Treadwell of Herzog’s Grizzly Man from Cinema Project, and a classic film curated by FilmMusik. Visiting artists John Gruntfest and Gino Robair will each lead large group ensembles. A panel discussion will be led by Tim DuRoche, and there will be improvisation and sectional workshops for musicians and dancers. Other artists performing include Grouper, Blue Cranes, The Tenses, Megan Bierman (SF), Anton Hatwich (CHI), John Gross, Kevin Shields (Eva Aguila), Tim DuRoche, Thicket, Linda K Johnson, Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner, Linda Austin, Danielle Ross, Richard Decker, Cinema Project, FilmMusik, Jonathan, Samuel Coomes, Rebecca Gates, and many more.
We can’t do this without your help. Please consider donating to the Improvisation Summit of Portland. The CMG is an all-volunteer non-profit organization so all of your money will go toward making the festival happen. These artists deserve an event that celebrates their unique voices. Please help us accomplish our goal by contributing to this campaign.