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Agnieszka Laska-Dickson String Quartet

A remarkable family band tackles some serious strings.


Performance
When the piano-playing siblings the Five Browns began packing concert halls for their performances of popular classics, their story—a truly musical family—was just as responsible for their ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

Fanfare For The Fallen

Trumpeter turns to Copland for China quake relief.


Performance
At 6:30 on the morning of May 11, Jay Chen awoke in his home outside Corvallis to a phone call from a friend in Chicago. He’d seen reports of a major earthquake in China, its epicenter just 50 m ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

Too Cool For Words

NYC’s Wordless Music Series comes to Portland.


Performance
Despite corporate music’s attempts to squish creativity into tidy, discrete pigeonholes, the more out-there manifestations of alt rock, free jazz, post-classical avant garde and electronica shar ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

The Tudor Choir

Mozart: the original music pirate.


Performance
Think corporate control over music is a hassle now? Consider the 17th century’s Devotional Rights Management. In the 1630s, the pope commissioned Gregorio Allegri to compose a musical setting of ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

Third Angle: River of Life, Friday, Jan. 11


[ART FOLK] Pigeonholers often categorize music as either high or low—as “art” or “folk.” But composers have long been transforming folk songs into something more complex. And today’s postclassical tunesmiths draw on the very roots of such “common&rdqu...   More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Third Angle: River of Life Friday, Jan. 11

Folk gets highbrow with endless drums and plenty of H2O.


Music Stories
[ART FOLK] Pigeonholers often categorize music as either high or low—as “art” or “folk.” But composers have long been transforming folk songs into something more complex. ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

Gandharv Bhatara, owner of Pi-rem


[UNDERGROUND] You probably haven’t heard of Pi-rem, and its owner, Gandharv Bhatara, doesn’t necessarily mind. Bhatara opened the Chinatown gallery/lounge/venue in April of 2006—not long after the 30-year-old research engineer (originally from India) obtained his Ph.D. from Stanfo...   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Gandharv Bhatara, owner of Pi-rem


Music Stories
[UNDERGROUND] You probably haven’t heard of Pi-rem, and its owner, Gandharv Bhatara, doesn’t necessarily mind. Bhatara opened the Chinatown gallery/lounge/venue in April of 2006—not ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 BRETT CAMPBELL

The Fall ’01 Agnieszka Laska Dancers & Las Pléyades Danza Contemporánea

Agonies of Empire


Performance
When Portland composer Jack Gabel received a 2005 Oregon Arts Commission fellowship to create a dance score for the dance company headed by his wife, Agnieszka Laska, the daily news was filled with re ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 BRETT CAMPBELL

Note Taker

Why should you care about contemporary classical music? The New Yorker’s Alex Ross explains.


Performance
For more than a decade, New Yorker classical music critic Alex Ross has been showing readers why music composed in the past century—or the past week—matters. Still safely under 40 and a fa ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 BRETT CAMPBELL
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