Event

Biamp Portland Jazz Festival presents
I AM
Sat February 18, 2023
( Doors: 7:00 pm ) SHOW: 8:00 pm PST
Jack London Revue
529 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR
Ages 21 and Up
$20.00 - $210.00
Notes on Seating: The Jack London provides two options for ticket purchasers: Reserved Seating and General Admission. Reserved Seating is purchased on a table-by-table basis in the central part of the venue and is only available for select shows. Both Tables AND General Admission seating is limited on a first come first serve basis.

I AM – is the ground breaking duo of Isaiah Collier on woodwinds and Michael Shekwoaga Ode on drums. Throughout their new album Beyond, Collier and Ode take a deeper look within to reflect and gather before a full-on vortex occurs; the colorful swirling of sounds propelled by Collier’s breath control and full expression, with Ode responding in kind with his rare ability to present the abstract groove for the next phase of this journey.

Partly inspired by a solo exchange between the duo during the 5th movement of Collier’s acclaimed 2021 release, Cosmic Transitions, entitled “Mercury’s Retrograde,” Beyond finds both Collier and Ode searching deep within their individual spiritual consciousness to communicate the understanding that there is something “beyond” the limitations of the physical world and the understandings of everyday life. “The one focus of this album is to take the listener on a journey that is rare, uncompromising to any understanding other than the desire to tap into the higher forces in the universe and deliver that message to the world,” says Sonny Daze, the album’s producer. Recorded entirely in one take in the dead-of-night on June 23rd, 2021 in Studio 5 at the Chicago Recording Company, Beyond is informed by the presence of poet/sound healer Jimmy Chan, who attended the session with a gong, Tibetan singing bowls and a crystal didgeridoo to conjure trance state transcendency. Sans headphones, surely sacrilegious for a shaman, he began his invocation as Collier blew Hulusi flute, then piping sopranino. Daze burned a red light in the studio, a cauldron of incense, a bushel of sage, smoke to infuse and transport. Barely baffled, Collier and Ode battled it out face-to-face.

I AM