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    Tim Berne & Gregg Belisle-Chi / Burnt Ends May 28

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    $12.00 Suggested Donation

    Brooklyn native and stalwart of the creative music scene Tim Berne brings his powerhouse alto saxophone playing and relentless curiosity back to the Northwest, where he was first drawn to the power of R&B through the music of Julius Hemphill while attending Lewis & Clark College in the 1970s. Berne has been performing internationally since 1982 with various ensembles including Caos Totale, Fractured Fairy Tales, Bloodcount, and Snakeoil among others. He has made over 50 recordings as a leader for labels such as Soul Note, Sony, JMT, ECM, and Intakt Records. Through his collaborative approach to improvisation, his distinct angular and off-kilter melodies, catalog of compositions, and work as record producer at Screwgun Records, Berne has left an indelible mark on the modern jazz and creative music scenes.

    Asian-American guitarist and composer, Gregg Belisle-Chi, will be touring the West Coast with the saxophonist in March. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, and now based in Brooklyn, Belisle-Chi embarks on a new collaboration with Berne on their debut duet record, Mars (Intakt Records). Belisle-Chi’s 2021 release on Relative Pitch Records, Koi, is Belisle-Chi’s solo acoustic guitar interpretations of ten Berne compositions, which were produced by David Torn and Berne himself. Described by the New York Times as “a subtle stunner,” his work draws from the spaces between the spiritual and the analytical, the ethereal and the tactile, inviting listeners to a place of pause and reflection; music that “oozes beauty both in concept and execution, making us luxuriate in its immersive sonorities” (Part-Time Audiophile). Berne and Belisle-Chi will perform works off the latest record during the second set of the night.

    In the silhouette of a distant desert sunset, The Burnt Ends come into view. Riding travel-worn steeds with musical paraphernalia strapped across their backs, they traverse the sonic desert with steadfast resolve. Stopping from town to town channeling ancient spirits through the brass, wood and skins of their instruments, they play for the people. Hard-working people. People connected with the sun and the earth. People that hear the coyotes call in the night.

    They came together from far and wide: California, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Pennsylvania, New York and Germany. With a shared love of slow-cooked meat and the tales of heartache and wide-open spaces told by the songwriters of the old west, they knew they had an opportunity to create something special. Something that would transport people to a train crossing a snowbound canyon, or next to a fireplace in a creaky old rocking chair. They aim to help people forget about their troubles and dance to their driving rhythm and lush harmony.

    So put on your snakeskin boots, pull a swig of grandpa’s cough medicine and stretch out under the prairie stars with The Burnt Ends.


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