Oly Free Jazz Festival: Arrington de Dionyso,Dan Blunck and Ariel Calabria

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Three great groups plus a chance to jam--bring your horns! Arrington de Dionyso with This Saxophone Kills Fascists, the Blunck/Aldisert/Reichman Group and The Llyod Arkestra Quartet featuring Ariel Calabria. An uncompromising voice in contemporary music, Arrington de Dionyso integrates ancient soundmaking techniques with trans-modernist inquiries into the nature of consciousness. His propulsive improvisations utilize voice and reeds (primarily bass clarinets and his invention the Bromiophone) as multiphonic tools in the navigation of liminal spaces between shamanic seance and rock and roll ecstasy. While deeply rooted in the punk inclination to tear down musical standards in an effort for liberation, Arrington's music weds no-wave iconoclasm to the spiritual searching of Albert Ayler era free jazz along with more indigenous approaches to improvisation, reaching for an unveiling of primordially potent universalities. His compositions embrace sounds as colors, placing emphasis on the complimentary spectrums- from circular overtones whispered through bamboo flutes to the penetrating deep and guttural howls of amplified throatsinging- all with the lungs of an athlete. Over the last 25 years he has spearheaded groups such as Old Time Relijun, Malaikat dan Singa, and This Saxophone Kills Fascists. He has also performed alongside many great icons of contemporary music including Deerhoof, the Master Musicians of Jajouka, Senyawa, Keiji Haino and The Violent Femmes. Whether as a band leader, solo performer, or in collaborative settings, Arrington's music evokes an "Ancient Future", sometimes shocking and hallucinatory, always aiming to channel Spirit. The Blunck/Aldisert/Reichman Group is a Portland based trio (sax/bass/drums) playing improvisations based on original compositions and other thematic material. Dan Blunck - saxophone, Rob Aldisert - bass, Larry Reichman - drums. The Lloyd Arkestra Quartet features Harrison Hannon – drums, Nick Rawson – Bass, Rogan Keys and Ariel Calabria - tenor sax. Multi-instrumentalist Ariel Calabria’s engaging style features fearless runs at incredible speed, animalistic moaning and wailing and nods to melodies both familiar and unfamiliar.

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