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Five​-​Pointed Star

by Quadraphonnes + Andrew Durkin

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Jocasta 04:43
Rover 04:10
Tossed into my mind, stirring the calm You splash me with beauty and pull me down 'Cause you come from out of nowhere oh oh My glance turns to a stare Obsession rules me, I'm yours from the start I know you see me, our eyes interlock 'Cause you come from out of nowhere oh oh My glance turns to a stare One minute here and one minute there Don't know if I'll laugh or cry One minute here and one minute there And then you wave goodbye Sifting to the bottom, every day for two All energy funnels, all becomes you 'Cause you come from out of nowhere oh oh My glance turns to a stare One minute here and one minute there Don't know if I'll laugh or cry One minute here and one minute there And it hurts inside One minute here and one minute there And then you wave goodbye (goodbye)
SHH 02:45
VmmV 03:58
Slunk 03:26
Prince Nez 02:52
Antenna Town 04:26
The Frog 03:57
Yoos 03:51


PJCE Records presents Five-Pointed Star, the long-awaited collaboration between Portland’s Quadraphonnes and Andrew Durkin, featuring the composer’s work for saxophone quartet. Please join Andrew, the Quads, PJCE executive Director, Douglas Detrick, and PJCE Records Director, Ryan Meagher on Friday, January 22nd at 4 pm through PJCE's Facebook and YouTube pages for a one-of-a-kind streaming release party. Links at bottom of description.

From the moment he first heard the Quadraphonnes perform back in 2008, Durkin knew he’d found the perfect vehicle for his music—and Five-Pointed Star is the result of that epiphany. Showcasing the talents of Mary-Sue Tobin on soprano sax, Chelsea Luker on alto sax, Michelle Medler on tenor sax, and Mieke Bruggeman on baritone sax, the album draws on a wide range of Durkin compositions—including some of his earliest pieces for the Industrial Jazz Group, as well as material written specifically for the Quadraphonnes. (For good measure, there is also a Durkin-arranged cover of “From Out of Nowhere,” by Gen-X alt-metal pioneers Faith No More.) With their effortless ensemble sound and their distinctive musical voices, the Quads bring a startling freshness to Durkin’s music and enhance his trademark melodicism and humor with their own brand of sharp wit.

Five-Pointed Star comes in the wake of Durkin’s initial offering on PJCE, the widely-praised Breath of Fire (2016), which earned a four-star review in Downbeat. Before that, Durkin led Los Angeles’s cult-favorite big band, the ​Industrial Jazz Group​, in which he honed an eclectic, personal style influenced by composers ​Frank Zappa​, Raymond Scott, Spike Jones, ​Charles Mingus​, Carla Bley, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk, and incorporated elements of metal, Baroque, and American roots music. Durkin released five albums with the IJG, with whom he also performed throughout the United States, as well as in the Netherlands, and Italy. Durkin has also written soundtracks for experimental films, commissions for various schools and performance groups on the West Coast, and a growing body of soul-searching songs for his rock band, Sunnyvale.

​ A veritable force on the Portland music scene for over a decade, The Quadraphonnes is a saxophone quartet that unapologetically flaunts female power. They play a wide range of styles, display their impressive instrumental technique, and have no qualms about showcasing their feminine stage presence. On their own, they have two full-length albums, and are known for putting on memorable performances, including playing this music of Andrew Durkin’s at the 2017 Montavilla Jazz Festival. Members of the Quadraphonnes have been involved with the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble and PJCE Records since their inception, and have played pivotal roles in the direction of the organization.



released January 22, 2021

Mary-Sue Tobin - soprano sax
Chelsea Luker - alto sax
Michelle Medler - tenor sax
Mieke Bruggeman - baritone sax
All compositions by Andrew Durkin except “From Out of Nowhere” by Bill David Gould, James Blanco Martin, Michael Patton, Michael Andrew Bordin, and Roddy Bottum, published by Big Thrilling Music and Vomit God Music
All arrangements by Andrew Durkin

Recorded August 2016 at Falcon Studios, Portland, OR
Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Dennis Carter
Executive Producer: Ryan Meagher
Associate Producer: Douglas Detrick
Art by Tiny Little Hammers

PJCE Records 041
Release Date: January 22, 2021


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PJCE Records is a grassroots recording label documenting the wide variety of original music being created by Portland area jazz composers and improvisers. We aim to provide an outlet to encourage the dissemination of new music in the area as well as fostering community within the jazz and improvised music scene in Portland. We release one album per month digitally and/or in limited CD pressings. ... more

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