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Stephanie Schneiderman at Alex's

When vocalist and songwriter Stephanie Schneiderman and electronic music producer Keith Schreiner teamed up, the two Portland-based musicians' sound took off in a new direction.

"The music is still very songwriter-based," Schneiderman says. "Our sound is folk, pop and jazz with electronica textures."

Schneiderman's partnership with Schreiner, of the Portland-based duo Dahlia, and keyboard player James Beaton has resulted in an 11-song compilation of ambient pop, trip hop, folk and soul called "Dangerous Fruit" released in November 2008 on Schneiderman's independent label, Papa J. Records.

The band left Portland early this week, heading for shows in California, playing at Monterrey Live, Hotel Café in Los Angeles, Lestat's in San Diego and the Rockit Room in San Francisco before heading back to Oregon for the show at Alex's.

"We're trying to create a sound that crosses a lot of boundaries," Schneiderman says. "I'm deep into the world and songwriting, and Keith is very much into production.

"What's really great is that the songs wrap around the production as much as the production wraps around the songs," she says. "Like the work we did on the lead track, '20 Slivers.' It began as a guitar-based melody and became an Isaac Hayes-style, down tempo groove."

Long a member of Portland's buzz band Dirty Martini, Schneiderman began performing as a soloist in 1999. She debuted at a Lilith Fair concert, the traveling music festival founded by Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan that featured solely female solo artists and female-led bands.

Since then, Schneiderman has garnered air play on radio stations around the Northwest, including KINK FM, along with a good following and opening act appearances around the nation.

Adam Zacks, talent buyer for House of Blues, says that "Schneiderman's ... songwriting talent and ... charm are a winning combination. Her honest, earthy presence and rich, serene vocals separate her from the hordes of 'girls with guitars.' "

Prior to "Dangerous Fruit," Schneiderman recorded five solo efforts, including "Stephanie Schneiderman" in 1999, "Unbelievably Unbroken" in 2001, the "Fall Sessions" EP in 2001, "Touch Down" in 2004 and "Live at Kung Fu Bakery" in 2005.

Schneiderman also has film and stage roles to her credit, and in late 2007 she founded and produced Voices for Silent Disasters, a humanitarian concert series that featured Portland's top musical acts at venues around the city. The series raised thousands of dollars for Mercy Corps' operations in northern Uganda.

Cover for the show at Alex's is $3. Call 482-8818.

Stephanie Schneiderman is turning heads on the Northwest music scene.