Combining the charismatic punch of a rock band with a sophisticated musical vocabulary, John King inaugurates TBA:06. Featuring dozens of electric guitar players from Portland’s music community, this unique concert is staged on the steps of Pioneer Courthouse Square. King’s richly textured compositions and wide-ranging stylistic imprints blend rock music, avant jazz, delta blues and experimental minimalism. After the concert, musicians and audience will parade on foot, bicycle, or other modes of transport to The Works, TBA’s late-night headquarters just across the Hawthorne Bridge for a free opening night event.

Known as a “downtown guitar hero” in New York, John King is renowned for his eclectic style of composed and improvisational music. His music has been performed at festivals including Fronteras Festival (London), Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival (Hamburg), Intermedium 1 Festival (Berlin) and BAM’s Next Wave Festival. Numerous commissions and collaborations include work for PICA alums Ethel and the Bang on a Can All Stars, and for the Kronos Quartet, New York City Ballet/Diamond Project, the Royal Danish Ballet, and Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the National Performance Network’s Performance Residency Program. Major contributors to the NPN include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), Altria and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.
This performance is supported in part by the Kristy Edmunds Fund for New Work, with additional support from AudioCinema and Showcase Music & Sound, Inc.