Chris Williams, Max Jaffe, Mike Gamble, Ava Mendoza

The science of diving has already reached a point
of perfection which fully entitles it to an important
place among the industries of the time. Yet up to
the present no attempt has been made in sound form
to deal with the subject in a comprehensive fashion. Join us for a mysterious, nautical evening as we dive in to the sounds of Chris Williams, Max Jaffe, Mike Gamble, and Ava Mendoza.



Ava Mendoza (NYC)

Mike Gamble (PDX)

Mike Gamble is an adventurous guitarist and multi-instrumentalist whose work with electronic modes of composition are integrated endlessly into his setup. Gamble has spent the last 20 years immersed in the creative jazz, experimental rock and improvised music scene primarily in NYC, with close ties to New Orleans, Burlington, Boston, San Francisco and now the Pacific Northwest. He has had the pleasure of recording over 25 albums and has been touring the states, Canada, and Europe with his critically-acclaimed guitar trio The Inbetweens, Counter Record’s Cougar, and alongside doom-metal originators Earth. His more recent collaborators include Bobby Previte, Todd Sickafoose, Nels Cline, Wayne Horvitz, Esperanza Spalding, Matt Chamberlain and Lori Goldston.

Since relocating to Portland, Mike Gamble has dived into the jazz and experimental, Pop, Indie Rock, and electronic/modular scene and gigs 4-7 times a week. He currently is a guitar instructor at Reed College, Willamette University, Oregon State University and is the Artistic Director of Portland’s long standing experimental music organization, The Creative Music Guild.

Max Jaffe

Max Jaffe is a drummer, improviser, and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. His solo music utilizes the Sensory Percussion system by Sunhouse, which enables a drummer to trigger and manipulate an endless variety of electronic sound. Armed with this technology, Max is able to create musical tapestries that are completely beyond the paradigm of the modern drum set. He aims to create a kind of soulful noise music, where the avant-garde intersects with the dance floor, where kinetic energy turns to stasis.

Max is a longtime member of NYC art-rock collective JOBS, Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones, and Leverage Models. He has toured extensively with producer Chrome Sparks, utilizing Sensory Percussion to help realize his live shows. He has also toured and recorded with Rubblebucket, Cass McCombs, Peter Evans, Ava Mendoza, Normal Love, Gavin Gamboa, Delicate Steve, David Wax Museum, Landlady, In One Wind, Steven Lugerner, and many others.

Max is currently pursuing a Performer-Composer MFA at California Institute of the Arts, Valenica, CA and endorses Sunhouse, Paiste Cymbals, and Hologram Electronics.

Chris Williams
Chris Williams is a performer, composer, improviser, trumpeter, and educator quickly finding himself in circles alongside LA’s finest contemporary improvisers and experimentalists. Concerned with building community across disciplines his live performances involve immersive music and multimedia aesthetics. Performing and recording with a wide array musical luminaries from Bennie Maupin to Eyvind Kang to Solange, Williams has proven a strong communicator in various settings. His most recent work Mehahn, a performative installation created in collaboration with director Natalia Lassalle-Morillo; is exploring the effects of hereditary dissension and draws upon works from playwright Gertrude Stein and improviser Bill Dixon. In the past year, Williams has had premieres of compositions at the Blue Whale, Zebulon, and Clockshop. Williams was invited to the 2018 summer residency in Jazz and Creative Music at BANFF Centre for the Arts where he mentored, performed, and recorded with Vijay Iyer, Graham Haynes, and Morgan Guerin among others. In 2019 Williams has been invited as an Associate Resident to the Atlantic Center for Arts residency in Florida to work with acclaimed composer/flautist Nicole Mitchell as well as perform with her award winning group Black Earth Ensemble. Williams will also be participating in ‘The Creative Gesture’ an artist residency hosted at BANFF Centre for the Arts, geared towards collective composition between composers and choreographers.

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