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October 6, 2011

nwFilmCenter's Reel Music Film Fest Is Back!

The Portland Art Museum's nwFilmCenter brings back their Reel Music Film Festival; now in its 29th rendition. There's usually something for any music fan here, and each installment of RMFF even contains something for us Avant-Garde music geeks.

On October 18th, at 7pm, you're not going to want to miss this triple header of DICK FONTAINE films.

A meditation on freedom of expression with three avant garde musicians, under the leadership of Ornette Coleman, as they make music for a Living Theater project in Paris.

A portrait of the great jazz musician during his self-enforced exile from his audience.

Sound??? [1967]
A poetic journey from zoo to echoic chamber in search of the limits of music with Rahsaan Roland Kirk and John Cage.

Who's Crazy is a live music performance of a movie score for the film of the same title. Hardcore Ornette fans probably have heard the audio before as it was originally issued on vinyl in 1966 as a two volume set. I've heard of import reissues being available, but I know digital materials do exist in the far stretches of the internet.

The music is exciting and offers more of an insight into Coleman's post-quartet, post-career hiatus trio that featured David Izenzon (bass) and Charles Moffett (drums). Also heard here are some fresh chops by Coleman on Violin and Trumpet. Who's Crazy is intense, somber, heavily rhythmic (Moffett really utilized his kick pedal) -- but ultimately it's still the melodic, harmolodic, and joyous Ornette that we all love.

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