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Improvisation Summit of Portland: The Tenses, Grouper, Matt Carlson, Blue Cranes, Thicket, Tim Duroche, John Gruntfest, Megan Bierman 

When: Fri., June 8, 6 p.m. and Sat., June 9, 6 p.m. 2012
Price: $10-20
The Improvisational Summit of Portland is a brand-new festival, not only for entertainment, but also for the purpose of expanding creative boundaries and challenging the structures that have settled into place for the performing arts. Sometimes this type of event can leave you feeling like you just slept through a lecture, but it seems the Creative Music Guild (a Portland non-profit that cultivates the local avant-garde music community) has put in a lot of work to make sure this is a mind-blowing event. There will be two nights (Friday and Saturday) of live film scoring, dance, and experimental improvisational music. Intellectually stimulating interactive activities will happen early on Saturday, but highlights include performances by the beautifully hazy, ambient, noise-pop artist Grouper, the Tenses (reformed from the legendary underground experimental collective Smegma), and exploratory art-jazz quintet Blue Cranes on Saturday night. ROCHELLE HUNTER

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