March Music Moderne Presents Ghost Town Poetry and Jazz with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and musicians Julio Appling, Rich Halley, Eric Padget, and Jim Templeton at Niche Wine and Art Bar in Vancouver, WA March 22, 2014

Please join me on Saturday afternoon in Ghost Town, USA for poetry and music at Niche- a wine & art bar. This will be the only event in the March Music Moderne festival that happens on the Vancouver side of the river. My thanks to MMM organizer Bob Priest for making this exception when we lost access to our original venue. I am very excited about the once-in-a-lifetime lineup I have assembled for your enjoyment. Don’t miss it!

2014 logo.aiMarch Music Moderne Presents Ghost Town Poetry and Jazz with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and musicians Julio Appling, Rich Halley, Eric Padget, and Jim Templeton at Niche Wine and Art Bar in Vancouver, WA March 22, 2014

 2 pm

Saturday, March 22

Niche Wine and Art Bar

1013 Main Street

Vancouver, WA

 Sponsored by Leah Jackson, Printed Matter Vancouver, and March Music Moderne

Double bassist, educator, techie, and coffee shop loiterer Julio Appling lives in Vancouver, WA, and serves as the primary bassist for Portland-based jamgrass group The Student Loan, and fusion group Trio Flux. Growing up in Tacoma, Washington, his upbringing included classical piano and guitar, gospel guitar and bass, a little bit of trombone, an Amiga computer, comics, and a lot of Legos. Julio earned his B.A. in Music (Bass Performance) from the University of Redlands and an M.M. in Musicology from Bowling Green State University. As an educator Julio has served as an instructor of both music and technology courses at BGSU Firelands, Tiffin University, and Clark College. For more info, please visit:

Carson Halley Christopher Luna and Rich Halley at Shemanski Park August 1 2011 by Toni Partington (2)Christopher Luna and Rich Halley at Shemanski Park, Portland, August 2011

Rich Halley is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He has released 15 recordings as a leader and is known for his asymmetrical and rhythmic compositions and his fiery playing. Halley emphasizes the importance what he calls compositional group improvisation. This is the spontaneous development of musical structures by the group as it improvises, creating a varied musical story which provides a foundation for the drama and emotion in the music. Rich Halley has worked with poets and dancers over the years and in 2011 he released Children of the Blue Supermarket with poet Dan Raphael and drummer Carson Halley. This CD was picked as one of the best recordings of the year by Tom Hull in the Rhapsody jazz poll. In 2011, the Rich Halley 4 released Requiem for a Pit Viper, which was picked by Francis Davis in the Village Voice as one of the best recordings of the year. Davis recognized Halley as one of the top up and coming saxophonists in jazz. In 2012, the Rich Halley 4 released Back From Beyond, which was listed in DownBeat as one of the best CD’s of the year. Halley has performed with Obo Addy, Michael Bisio, Rob Blakeslee, Bobby Bradford, Nels Cline, David Friesen, Vinny Golia, Julius Hemphill, Andrew Hill, Oliver Lake, Tony Malaby and Michael Vlatkovich. For more info, please visit:

Eric Padget has been tootin’ around Seattle for about seven years. In that time he has collaborated (on trumpet) with the likes of the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Andrew Joslyn, Mark Lanegan, Steve Fisk, Jason Webley, Pezzner, Sean Nelson (Long Winters, Harvey Danger), Orkestar Zirkonium and countless others. He has since performed at nearly every major music festival and performance hall in the NW. Besides the trumpet racket, he is the song-writer for FUTURE FRIDAYS (a duo with his partner Sari), teaches kids, teaches adults, arranges, composes, and generally enjoys himself. Prior to Seattle, Eric attended the Crane School of Music in NY, where he learned how to fix a bassoon and how to hold a drumstick. He is currently performing in “Seattle VICE”, a new musical based on the life and times of infamous Seattle pimp and racketeer Frank Colacurcio.

Jim Templeton is a pianist and composer.

For more than two decades, Christopher Luna has collaborated with musicians including Jason Levis (Heftpistole Chamber Ensemble, Joseph’s Bones), Rob Ewing (Disappear Incompletely), Tyler Burba, Matt Meighan, Totter, Liquid Logic, Steven Taylor (the Fugs, Allen Ginsberg), and local favorites Rich and Carson Halley, Eric Padget (Future Fridays, Sigourney Reverb, Orkestar Zirconium), Julio Appling (Trio Flux, the Student Loan), Five Guys Playing Jazz, Beth Karp, Lincoln’s Beard, headshapes, and Aram Arslanian. He has appeared on recordings by Pimpcore and Dystopia One. “Steve Buscemi,” an ode to actor and director that Luna recorded with Dystopia One, appeared on Dr. Demento and Vin Scelsa’s “Idiot’s Delight.” More Recently, Luna has appeared on the air on KBOO FM’s Talking Earth (hosted by Walt Curtis and Barbara LaMorticella) and Radio Lost and Found (hosted by Rich Lindsay).

Before being named the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, Niche and Angst Gallery owner Leah Jackson named Christopher Luna, the poet laureate of those two venues. Luna is the co-founder, with Toni Partington, of Printed Matter Vancouver, whose books include Ghost Town Poetry, an anthology of poems from the popular Vancouver, WA open mic reading he founded in 2004, and Serenity in the Brutal Garden, the debut collection by Vancouver poet Jenney Pauer. His books include GHOST TOWN, USA and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978, an important piece of film and literary history that Luna edited at Brakhage’s request, available on Michael Rothenberg’s Big Recent publications include Bombay Gin, Unshod Quills, The Understanding Between Foxes and Light, Chiron Review, and Soundings Review.

Musicians who are interested in collaborating with Christopher Luna at an upcoming event are asked to contact him at

Dan Raphael book release party featuring the music of Rich and Carson Halley/ Free poetry workshop with Dan Raphael at Niche Wine and Art Bar Saturday, March 31

Niche Wine and Art and Printed Matter Vancouver Present  

Book release party for Dan Raphael and Free Workshop

Dan Raphael photo by Toni Partington

Featuring Dan Raphael and the music of Rich and Carson Halley

Hosted by Niche Poet Laureate Christopher Luna


1013 Main Street

Vancouver, WA


Reading in the Rain

A free poetry workshop with Dan Raphael

Do you wish that you could read your poems with less fear and mumbling, more energy and applause? Poets tend to be quiet observers, but the words you write can show you how to say them. This free workshop will focus on strategies for performing your work, providing tools, tricks, and perspectives. We’ll explore several presentation styles, and consider ways to use your “outside” voice, engage the audience, and work in a variety of environments. Bring another poet’s poem you like, and a couple of your own; be ready to move around a little, and to use a pen or pencil.


Book launch for The State I’m In

Featuring the poetry of Dan Raphael and

The music of Rich and Carson Halley

The State I’m In (nine muses books, Winston OR) is a collection of 47 poems, divided up into 3 sections:  The City in Me (urban poems), Rain is My Favorite Color (rain and ocean) and One Among Many (other poems). Poems have appeared in 20 different publications/website, including Rattapallax, Portland Review, Otoliths, 5 trope Heavy Bear and Pemmican.

dan raphael has been active on the Portland poetry scene for over 3 decades as poet, performer, editor and reading arranger (including a monthly series that ran 13 years downtown.)  The State I’m In is his 18th & newest book, while last September’s Impulse & Warp: The Selected 20th Century Poems, includes work from his first 13 collections. Children of the Blue Supermarket, a CD of performances with jazz saxophonist Rich Halley and drummer Carson Halley, was released in February. Current poems appear in Rattapallax, Otoliths, Raft, Heavy Bear and Caliban. He has performed at places like Bumbershoot, Wordstock, Powell’s Books, Red Sky Poetry Theatre, Eastern Oregon U and the Portland Jazz Festival.

Rich Halley is a saxophonist and composer who has released more than a dozen critically acclaimed recordings. He performs in settings that range from solo to large groups and most frequently in trio and quartet formats.

Rich was the leader of the Lizard Brothers, a sextet whose performances were both exploratory and rooted in jazz tradition, and Multnomah Rhythm Ensemble, a group that combined new jazz with multi-media. He is the leader of the Outside Music Ensemble, a group that does site specific performances in outdoor settings. For the last decade The Outside Music Ensemble has performed annual hike-in concerts in Powell Butte Nature Park.

Rich has performed throughout the US and in Canada and the Middle East. He has performed with Bobby Bradford, Andrew Hill, Michael Bisio, Julius Hemphill, Vinny Golia, Obo Addy, Tony Malaby, Oliver Lake, Michael Vlatkovich and Rob Blakeslee. Rich is a founder of Oregon’s Creative Music Guild.

Rich Halley was educated as a field biologist. His lifelong interest in nature and his love of adventure has informed his music and led him on many trips into wilderness regions around the world. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Carson Halley is a drummer and percussionist based in Oregon. Carson studied with Bobby Bradford at Pomona College and later began playing with his father. He has eclectic musical tastes and brings contemporary musical sensibilities to the music. Carson has performed with a variety of musicians in jazz and rock groups including Bobby Bradford, Vinny Golia, Shakespeak, The Wayward Trio and Ruby Starfruit.

Other March events featuring Dan Raphael

3/l3 Reading at Milepost 5 850 NE 81st at 7 in the monthly series organized by Duane Poncy and Patricia McLean. Another featured reader or two, plus some open mike time. If you haven’t been to Milepost 5 yet it’s worth checking out, and not just for poetry.

3/24-25 is the fledgling Cascadia Poetry festival organized by Paul Nelson & SPLAB. I’ll be teaching a workshop on how to perform your own poetry and reading on Saturday, as well as joining in on the morning discussions on Saturday and Sunday. Other readers include Sam Hamill, Judith Roche. Tim McNulty and Kim Goldberg. For a full list of activities (readings, panels, workshops and a nature walk) and participants, see