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TBA Diaries: Maya Beiser, Uncovered

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The hook for New York-based “cello goddess” Maya Beiser’s performance at PICA's Time-Based Art Festival was blatant: hear boomer rock and blues classics—played on a cello! So transgressive! So TBA, busting those rigid genre boundaries and gazing at pop culture with an artsy (maybe even, some might have futilely hoped, arch) sensibility.&...   More
 
Thursday, September 18, 2014 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Composer Christopher Corbell

A composer pushes for less Beethoven and more experimentation—and stirs tension in the indie-classical scene.


Fall Arts
If you wandered into one of Classical Revolution PDX’s monthly jams at North Portland’s homey Waypost bar a few years ago, you’d see a handful of classically trained amateur musicians sawi   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

Portland Fall Classical Picks


Fall Arts
Third Angle New Music and Mantra Percussion For the past few years, Third Angle has been familiarizing Portland with Bang on a Can, the New York ensemble that brought rock energy and 21st-century   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

Music Preview: Taylor Ho Bynum's Acoustic Bicycle Tour

Have cornet, will travel.


Music Stories
Some years ago, while jazz composer-cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum was at his day job at New York’s Creative Capital Foundation, he gazed up at a map of the United States and, remembering the 800-m   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

Album Review: Fractal Quintet

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Album Reviews
[JAZZ FUSION] The Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble’s record label continues to refresh the city’s jazz discography with a diverse range of monthly releases that usually veer beyond straig   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

Kneebody: Wednesday, April 9

Virtuosic electro-jazz for the indie rock generation.


Music Stories
Since a diverse group of teenage CalArts and Eastman School of Music students coalesced as Kneebody in Los Angeles in 2001, the instrumental ensemble has built the kind of growing young audience   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

Mic Check: Thara Memory


Music Stories
From gigging with the likes of James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie and the Commodores to long tenures in Mel Brown’s and Leroy Vinnegar’s bands, trumpeter-composer Thara Memory has earned a deserved    More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

Album Review: The Ocular Concern

Sister Cities(PCJE)


Album Reviews
[WORLDLY JAZZ] The title of the Portland jazz ensemble’s new album is a little misleading. Composer-pianist Andrew Oliver’s four-movement suite—which adds top classical musicians, some fro   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diaries: Third Angle New Music, In the Dark

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I often listen to parts of concerts with my eyes closed, the better to focus on the sounds rather than the onstage flash. It's not that flash isn't a valid part of the entertainment experience, but it's surprising how you hear a concert differently sans visual distractions.
That's what everyone has to do at the Third Angle New Music concerts this w...   More
 
Thursday, September 19, 2013 by BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diaries: Nick Hallett, Rainbow Passage

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Burbly vintage synth sounds, repeated arpeggios straight out of mid-period Reich/Glass high minimalism, trippy light show, mellow vocals, closed-eyed audience members…for one night, TBA's late-night social hub The Works turned into That '70s Show when singer/composer/keyboardist Nick Hallett presented his multimedia Rainbow Passage</...   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 by BRETT CAMPBELL
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