The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) welcomes free jazz tenor sax master Charles Gayle to Portland for one show only, Saturday, February 17 at 8 p.m. at the Clinton Street Theater. Joined by long-time sidemen Michael Wimberly on drums and Wilber Morris on bass, Gayle creates an intensely physical and provocative density of sound that compares to none. Tickets for Charles Gayle in Concert are $10 and may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling PICA at 503/242-1419.

A veteran of the original liberation music scene, the 56-year-old Gayle spent twenty years playing for spare change in the streets and subways of New York. Despite a reasonably successful European tour in the early 80′s, it wasn’t until 1988, when Gayle recorded the first of three albums for the Swedish Silkheart label, that he was recognized as a truly original voice of the avant garde. An unrepentant, out-blowing, in-your-face master of the free jazz style, Gayle attracted the attention of post-punk artists Henry Rollins and Thurston Moore who began showing up regularly at his gigs at the Knitting Factory and introduced him to alternative rock audiences who packed the house when he played.

Though often compared with such free-form jazz greats as John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, the largely self-taught Gayle maintains a uniquely original style that is all his own. “Nothing is set,” says Gayle. “I just go for the spirit, the Holy Ghost, and push beyond ego consciousness to blow my guts out.”

Gayle’s recordings include Homeless (Silkheart); Spirits Before (Silkheart); Always Born (Silkheart); Touchin’ On Trane (FMP); Repent (Knitting Factory); More Live (Knitting Factory); Consecration (Black Saint); Kingdom Come (Knitting Factory, ); and Testaments (Knitting Factory).

Under the directorship of Kristy Edmunds, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) is dedicated to furthering the development of contemporary art and bringing the finest nationally and internationally known artists to Portland.

For further information on PICA call 503/242-1419.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 1996
CONTACT: Kathy Budas, 503/242-1419

Program

PICA
presents the 1995/96 performance season
featuring
Charles Gayle
In Concert

Charles Gayle/Biography

From the streets and subway stations of New York City comes one of most revolutionary jazz saxophonists of our time — Charles Gayle. A veteran of the original liberation music scene, the 56-year-old Gayle spent twenty years homeless and playing for spare change on the streets of New York. Despite a reasonably successful European tour in the early 80′s, it wasn’t until 1988, when Gayle recorded the first of three albums for the Swedish Silkheart label, that he was recognized as a truly original voice of the avant garde.

An unrepentant, out-blowing, in-your-face master of the free jazz style, Gayle attracted the attention of post-punk artists Henry Rollins and Thurston Moore who began showing up regularly at his gigs at the Knitting Factory. Consequently, they introduced his music to alternative rock audiences who packed the house whenever and wherever Gayle played.

Though often compared with such free-form jazz greats as John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, the largely self-taught Gayle maintains a uniquely original style that is all his own. “Nothing is set,” says Gayle. “I just go for the spirit, the Holy Ghost, and push beyond ego consciousness to blow my guts out.”

Gayle is currently on tour with long-time sidemen Michael Wimberly (percussion) and Wilber Morris (bass) to promote their latest release, Testaments (Knitting Factory).

Charles Gayle, In Concert is underwritten in part through the generous support of Johnny Sole.

Charles Gayle Discography

Homeless (Silkheart)
Spirits Before (Silkheart)
Always Born (Silkheart)
Touchin’ On Trane (FMP)
Repent (Knitting Factory)
More Live (Knitting Factory)
Consecration (Black Saint)
Kingdom Come (Knitting Factory, )
Testaments (Knitting Factory).

PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art)

is dedicated to advancing significant developments in contemporary art, by providing resources which engage audiences in creative and critical dialogue, and empower artists and arts professionals to create challenging new work.

Through exhibitions, residency opportunities, and educational forums, PICA’s programming focuses on the current trends and aesthetic concerns in contemporary art by exploring the work of visual and performance-based artists who have emerged nationally, internationally or regionally. Through shows which support experimental new art, and those cultural or philosophical contexts, PICA’s programming strives to expand our knowledge of what is current and possible in contemporary art.

Performance 95/96

As part of our exhibition program, PICA is pleased to announce our inaugural performance series, which takes place in a diverse array of venues throughout Portland, and features the work of some of today’s most compelling artists working along the boundaries of performance art, experimental theatre, contemporary dance and new music. The season is curated by Kristy Edmunds.

Calendar of Upcoming Performances

An Informal Evening with Rinde Eckert (February 21)
Conduit (918 S.W. Yamhill, 4th Floor) 8:30 p.m. tix $10

Rinde Eckert, “The Idiot Variations” (February 22-24)
Echo Theatre (1515 S.E. 37th) 8 p.m. tix $14

Peter Sellars Lecture, “Art as Community Action and Architecture as Performance Art”
(February 28)
First Congregational Church (1126 S.W. Park) 7:30 p.m. tix $8/$10

Elizabeth Streb/Ringside “PopACTION” (April 6)
Catlin Gabel/Cabell Center Theatre (8825 S.W. Barnes Rd.) 8 p.m. tix $17

PS 122 Field Trips (April 24-25)
Catlin Gabel/Cabell Center Theatre (8825 S.W. Barnes Rd.) 8 p.m. tix $14

Donna Uchizono, “The Ivy Project” (May 16-18)
Echo Theatre (1515 S.E. 37th) 8 p.m. tix $14

If you would like to be on our mailing list and receive information on upcoming performances, workshops and special events, as well as the upcoming visual exhibition schedule, please call 503/242-1419.

PICA is located at: 720 S.W. Washington, Suite 700, Portland, Oregon 97205