Hire us for your next party or event .:.

Call or email Michael, Mary Ellen or Joel:

Michael (503) 754-3250
Mary Ellen (503) 888-5796
Joel (971) 227-3347


The music of Alternate Destination makes me feel…


…inspired. Emily S

…like I might as well surrender to the odd meters and just groove. Wendy S

…hypnotized and snake-charmed. Jim P

…like moving. Anita L

…Alternatively Destined. (out of this country) Cathy H

The music of Alternate Destination makes me feel…

…entranced. Matt H

…transported. Mary D

Press Kit

Printed Press

"Alternate Destination ... spices its melodiously modal, odd-meter originals with improvisatory flights from jazz and other global traditions." BRETT CAMPBELL, Willamette Week, August 2015.

Music Benefits Q Center .:.

Alternate Destination made a recording of Michael Hagmeier's July specially for the Portland Q Center's fundraiser, Comp 175. Comp 175 is a benefit record for Queer programs & services in the Pacific Northwest. Produced by Portland pop musician Logan Lynn, this 45-song album features Scream Club, Peaches, Logan Lynn, God-Des & She, and Alternate Destination, among others.

You can order now for $15. Thanks for supporting our music and Queer services in the Pacific Northwest.

Who We Are .:.

Mary Ellen Grace .:. Joel Kleinbaum .:. Michael Hagmeier

Besides playing with Alternate Destination, Mary Ellen Grace also shares the stage with SaxQuatch, Classical Revolution PDX, Aszemar Glenn's Jazz Orchestra, Portland Gay Symphonic Band, and Matt Stanley Jazz Quartet. She has performed and recorded with Zoa Smith Band, Felina's Arrow, Poeina Suddarth, Terri Grayum, and Portland Lesbian Choir, and has been a soloist with Portland Gay Symphonic Band, and Aurora Chorus.

Mary Ellen has had a relationship with music her whole life, teaches saxophone and clarinet at her private studio, and has studied and played piano, saxophone, clarinet, cello, voice, harmonica, recorder, Native American flute, and hand percussion. Never one to stop learning, she has recently begun to play the Ukulele.

Joel Kleinbaum has been playing bassoon since age 12 and clarinet since age 10. Joel took a hiatus from the clarinet in order to study for a Bachelor of Music in bassoon performance from Boston University. While at Boston University, he studied with legendary bassoonists Matthew Ruggiero and Sherman Walt.

Joel has played bassoon professionally with the Des Moines Metro Opera. He played klezmer clarinet in the San Francisco Bay Area informally, with several different musicians. Joel currently plays bassoon with Classical Revolution PDX, Alternate Destination, and with a unique bassoon and piano duo called “Reed & Fitz.” Joel is also a cooperative teaching artist with the Music Studio on Harrison Hill.

Michael Hagmeier began playing the didjeridu in 1994, and didn't know what he was in for. He soon was performing at venues such as Seattle's Folklife Festival and playing in a world music trio. A few years later he added Middle-Eastern percussion to his repertoire, and, later still, guitar.

In 2005 Michael began writing music that mixes classical music with other influences, including world music, folk, and rock and roll. He appreciates the opportunity in Alternate Destination to blend instruments that are not commonly heard together in small groups.


Play One Donut Short by Michael Hagmeier.

Play The Adventures of M Kagmini by Michael Hagmeier


Trinities by Mary Ellen Grace.

Recent Shows .:.

Mar 15 Ides of March Show

Dec 9 Vie de Bohéme, 1530 SE 7th Ave., Portland. 7-9:30 PM.

Sep 29 In Concert at Tabor Space. 7:00-9:30 PM.

Aug 22 Cindy Novello House Concert. Opening act.

Aug 10 The Bite of Oregon, Vineyard Stage,Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland. 12:15-1:00 PM.