Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Galen Clark



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Galen Clark

Galen Clark

Galen Clark grew up in Massachusetts in a musical household where his early influences ranged from Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans to Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles. His influences have evolved from years of studying and playing jazz, western classical, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music, hip-hop and rock. Galen earned a BA in Music Composition from Lewis & Clark College in 2003, where he studied with composer Forrest Pierce and jazz pianist Randy Porter. Galen also studied with Jeff Gardner in Brazil and John Medeski in New York. In 2005 Galen formed Trio Subtonic with long-time friend and collaborator, Jesse Brooke. Soon after, they joined forces with the local rising bass star Bill Athens. Along with his duties in Trio Subtonic, Galen performs solo and collaborates with many great musicians including Scott Pemberton, Todd Clouser, Body Vox Dance Company, Sean Flinn, Lady Rizo, and Hannah Penn, among others. As a composer Galen is a frequent contributor to the Portland Jazz Composer's Ensemble and writes for various chamber music configurations including a commission in 2012 that was debuted by Washington National Symphony violinist Holly Hamilton and DC pianist Brad Clark. Galen teaches a wide range of levels in Portland, specializing in jazz studies and composition.



About Al's Den

Head downstairs at the Crystal Hotel to hang out in this music venue named for Al Winter, Portland's gambling overlord who, in the 1940s, managed his vast empire that spanned the Pacific Northwest and into Las Vegas from this very location. Today, we hold live music, artist residencies, pre- and post-concert performances and more. 





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