From Maxville to Vanport

Tickets for April 28, May 23 and 24 performances.

“From Maxville to Vanport” is a multimedia concert of songs and short films with live music performed by the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble featuring vocalist Marilyn Keller. It tells the story of two historic blue collar Oregon towns with a special focus on the African American Oregonians that made them unique. With a joyful score of jazz, blues, R&B, and gospel-inspired music with music by Ezra Weiss, text by Renee Mitchell, video by Kalimah Abioto, and historical consultation by Gwendolyn Trice of Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center created in a community-guided process in 2018, this project celebrates a little-known part of Oregon’s history.

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Dance/Music/Poetry Collaboration with Performance Works NorthWest & Buckmxn Journal

Tickets for performances June 10, 11, 12

Crossings is a cross-disciplinary production celebrating discovery through collaboration. Three teams—each featuring a dancer, poet, and musician—mix skills and expressions to present a new brew of performance.

The three collaborating organizations, Performance Works NorthWest, Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, and Buckmxn Journal, place the creative impulse completely in the hands of the artists, intentionally selecting creators who are also adept performers. This is a grand collaboration focused deliberately on collaboration—dancers Sophia Tweed Ahmad, Danielle Ross, and Akela Jaffi; poets Rich Perin, Emmi Greer, and Carolyn Supinka; and musicians Michael Gamble, Machado Mijiga, and Cyrus Nabipoor; don’t know each other but are dared to create together. We can’t tell you what these artists will do just yet, and we like it that way. But we do know that you can expect a surprising, genre-defying show by some of Portland’s most captivating talent.

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