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      November 26, 2019

      Tuesday   8:30 PM

      128 NE Russel Street
      Portland, Oregon 97212

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      Cautious Clay


      Ever since I started playing music, it was always about the feel, saysJosh Karpeh, AKA Cautious Clay. There are a lot of things in art that you can learn by practicing or studying, but feels not one of them. Its something youve just got to have.Its that feel, that deep emotional intuition that fuels Cautious Clays sound. Blending R&B, hiphop, and experimental indie, his productions are dark and engrossing, built upon a unique combination of organic instruments, digital programming, and soulful vocals. He writes with unflinching honesty, engaging in deeply personal selfreflection with boldly vulnerable and vividly poetic lyrics. At times recalling contemporaries like James Blake or Sampha, Cautious is a profoundly modern songwriter and a forward thinking producer, but hes also steeped in the past, quick to cite Burt Bacharach as an idol and credit Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones as everpresent influences in his artful arrangements.I used to think about songwriting and production as completely separate, he explains, but when I learned how to merge those two things, thats when I was able to start creating music that really connected with people.Originally from Cleveland, OH, Cautious began his artistic journey at the age of seven when he picked up classical flute. His studies led him deep into the worlds of blues and jazz, and by the time he hit college in Washington, D.C., hed added a number of other instruments to his repertoire in addition to songwriting and production. Now based in Brooklyn, Cautious is consistently working on music for both his own project and for others.

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