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SOLD OUT!: Ralph Towner Solo w/ Anja Lechner & Francois Couturier

ECM For Portland: Alone Together (Double Bill)

February 20, 2017 | 7:00 pm

- $30 – $35
The Old Church

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NOTE: Date Change. Show is now taking place on Monday, February 20 instead of Tuesday, February 21. All tickets previously purchased will be honored. 

Musical innovation is no easy feat. It not only requires an innate talent, but also a devotion to the art that is not blinded by the commercial glare of popular culture. Ralph Towner is such an innovator on the modern musical landscape, his ideas ever fresh, though they span a career of more than 30 years. Best known as the lead composer, guitarist, and keyboardist for the enduring ensemble Oregon. Towner has also had a rich and varied solo career that has seen fruitful and memorable musical excursions with such great modern musicians as John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette, Larry Coryell, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Gary Peacock and Weather Report. Towner’s working relationship with producer Manfred Eicher of ECM Records began in 1972 and would provide a forum for his growth as a leader and collaborator with other jazz giants, all while breaking open musical frontiers throughout the years.

Ralph Towner has always, it seems, made music of glowing introspection.” – The New York Times


Perhaps no other artist representing ECM Records’ New Series symbolizes its spirit of traversing both jazz and classical terrain much like Anja Lechner.  Since appearing on the label in 1998, Lechner has shattered boundaries between the two genres like no other. While her fondness for partnering with pianists is well documented, perhaps her best collaborator is pianist François Couturier. The musical affinity between Lechner and Couturier has been evident in their concerts and recordings with the Tarkovsky Quartet. In this most recent collaboration, the German cellist and the French pianist traverse a still-wider musical arc with a chemistry that most duos can only aspire to. New arrangements, free interpretation, and improvisation are all part of the work in their exploration of repertoire situated, metaphorically or musico-historically, at the crossroads of East and West in this exclusive For Portland Only performance.

Mellow and cozy…you have a sense that you’ve been listening in on an intimate conversation…cellist Anja Lechner’s tangy tone fits snugly with the delicacy of François Couturier…” – The New York Times

…lyrical music of a spiritual bent…” – Wall Street Journal