If the fact that the Creative Music Guild has been in action for 21 years comes as a surprise to you, don't feel bad. Even though I have been familiar with the CMG as a group that supports experimental and avant garde music in the city, my best guess was that they were, at the most, eight years old.
In the last year, the profile of the CMG has been on the rise. The all-volunteer organization has shifted the emphasis firmly on to the wealth of local talent, first making sure that either a Portland musician or band had the chance to open up a CMG event, and now with a bimonthly series of performances called the Outset Series.
For the future, though, Kates wants to see the Guild's board (which features several local luminaries like Blue Cranes saxophonist Reed Wallsmith, flautist John Savage, and dancer/singer Alyssa Reed-Stuewe) push their programming boundaries even further.
"The one area I think about a lot is experimental rock. I don't want to get people that are so obscure or so experimental that no one knows what it is, because we can't lose a ton of money on the shows. But I want that to start happening a bit more. We have a lot of ideas. We just need to build the infrastructure more so we can start to build that kind of programming."
SEE IT: Frode Gjerstad Trio plays Revival Drum Shop, 1465 NE Prescott St., with Jon Shaw on Wednesday, Dec. 5th. 8pm. $5 - $15 (sliding scale). All ages.