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'Pioneers in the Hall'

A rare opportunity to be present at the creation of new music will present itself when percussionist and composer Nathan Hubbard travels up from Southern California to join Southern Oregon guitarist and improvisor Ted Killian for a concert in Ashland.

The performance, aptly dubbed "Pioneers in the Hall," will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, At Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland. The concert will consist of two solo sets and a collaborative duo set.

Hubbard's solo music combines his work as an improviser, composer and instrument builder. He uses acoustic and amplified instruments as well as electronics to create multiple layers of changing sounds. Hubbard has performed in venues from concert halls and festivals to freeway underpasses and desolate mountain roads. His CDs include "Born On Tuesday" (2004, Circumvention Music) and "Blind Orchid" (2007, Accretions Records).

Beyond his solo work, Hubbard collaborates with other musicians and headlines for several groups.

Killian's electric guitar performances are freely improvisational in nature and sometimes include references to Jean Sibelius, Herb Alpert, Jimi Hendrix, Isaac Watts, Phillip Glass or Krysztov Penderecki.

Killian's performance techniques include sawing on his guitar with a hack-saw, playing it with compressed air, kitchen utensils, springs, violin bows (or E-bow) in addition to banjo picks and brass slide. He also uses digital sound-processing and has been a pioneer of live "looping" technology for more than 25 years.

Primarily a solo performer, Killian has also played with jazz trumpeter Jeff Kaiser. Killian has a solo CD "Flux Aeterna" (2001, pfMENTUM) and live concert duet CD, "Mojo at the Vojo" (2008, BEMF/Kunaki) with guitarist Krispen Hartung. Killian has been performing throughout the Western United States for the past 20 years and makes his home in Medford, Oregon.

Cost is $5. Call 890-6225.

Percussionist Nathan Hubbard, along with guitarist Tek Killian, will present original compositions this weekend at Pioneer Hall in Ashland. - Photo courtesy of Ted Killian