8:00pm, Saturday, January 18th

The Orion LiveMusic Shocwases







Welcome to 2014 – and the beginning our 19th year of sharing unique musical experiences in our little sonic cubicle called the Orion Studios Showcase Room.

Back when Orion Studios had it’s start, in 1994, I had actually given a name to the showcase room; it was The Trapezium Room. The Trapezium is a small stellar asterism at the center of the Orion Nebula, a very vigorous region of star formation in the constellation Orion. So it seemed fitting, you know? Star formation in the center of Orion? Anyway, I never did give the space that name, but if I had our next show would certainly have been a good fit.

The Blue Cranes, hailing (or more frequently raining) from Portland, Oregon, have become a key player in the Portland, Oregon creative music/DIY scene. They’re certainly one of the most exciting groups to keep tabs on in the Northwest. They’ve developed a singular musical voice grounded in melody and explosive improvisations—marking off their unique microcosmic territory in “post-jazz/jazz-not jazz” circles, ala comparable bands like The Bad Plus, The Claudia Quintet, Happy Apple, Wayne Horvitz, Janel & Anthony, etc.

The members of the quintet, formed in 2007, – Reed Wallsmith on alto saxophone, Joe Cunningham on tenor saxophone, Rebecca Sanborn on keyboards, Keith Brush on double bass, Ji Tanzer on drums – bring a wide array of various musical experiences to their group-centered aesthetic. The band take an evolutionary step forward on their fourth full-length release.

Swim is a departure from Blue Cranes’ previous, and in some ways simpler, albums. More than half of the album incorporates arrangements for a string trio, and other tracks include other musical guests – cementing the group’s love affair with a lush sonic palette.

This is that album that you leave in your car stereo for a month on purpose.”
– Scott Borne, music director WWOZ

“The first time I saw Portland’s Blue Cranes live, I walked away trying to compare what I’d seen to anything I’d encountered before. I couldn’t do it, and I still can’t – the band is a force of nature…. Call it “creative music” or “post-jazz” or whatever you like, but the Blue Cranes sound is steeped in the ideas and concepts of jazz….a beautifully improvised sonic experience.”
– NPR/A Blog Supreme

Da Rulz!

  • All Ages Show
  • BYOB – coolers welcome
  • Small folding chairs – I have some but you’re welcome to bring your own
  • Show at 8:00pm – doors at around 7:30.  Or so.
  • Cover is $15 (all of which goes to the bands – not a penny to the venue!)
  • driving directions