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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

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.

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

Sonny Rollins at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Sept. 21, 2007

If you were silly enough to compile a list of candidates for the mythical title of Greatest Living American Musician, along with Bob Dylan and Neil Young, BB King and Smokey Robinson and Doc Watson and Steve Reich and all the rest, you'd have to give strong consideration to the snowy- haired and bearded 77-year-...   More
Tuesday, October 2, 2007 by BRETT CAMPBELL


Portland Jazz Festival and ECM Records give Portland a dose of old-school cool.

Music Stories
For the past three decades, an irrefutable signifier of cool has been the prominent placement of an ECM record jacket or CD in your dorm or living room. One of the original indie label successes, ECM' ...   More
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 BRETT CAMPBELL

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