A composer pushes for less Beethoven and more experimentation—and stirs tension in the indie-classical scene.
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
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
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
[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
Virtuosic electro-jazz for the indie rock generation.
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
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
[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,
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...
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
Formed: In 1997 in Guinea’s Kalia refugee camp, near the border of Sierra Leone.
Sounds like: A rough mélange of retro reggae, Afro-funk, tribal chants, Congolese soukous and groovy soul.