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Primer: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars


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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. For fan   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble: Thursday, June 20

Portland jazz bids farewell to one of its leading lights.


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How will Portland jazz survive without Andrew Oliver? Since Hurricane Katrina blew the young pianist back to his hometown in 2005 after a few years at New Orleans’ Loyola University, he   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

Kenji Bunch: Sunday, April 28

One of Portland’s brightest composers escapes from New York.


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[CLASSICAL] Like it is in everything else these days, Brooklyn is all the rage in classical music. It’s an old story, really: For a century at least, if you wanted to be at the forefront of co   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

Primer: The Bad Plus


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Formed: In 2000 in Minneapolis. Sounds like: Classically trained piano meets indie-rock drums meets jazz bass. For fans of: Blondie, Igor Stravinsky, Paul Motian, Flaming Lips, Abba, Joshua R   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

The City of Tomorrow

A wind quintet, scattered to the four winds.


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French-horn player Leander Star and his partner, flutist Elise Blatchford, had already rented a truck to move from Chicago back to his hometown of Portland when they got the news. Their year-old   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

Requiem for a Conductor 

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More than almost any other single figure, long-time Oregon Symphony music director James DePreist, who died Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz. from complications following open heart surgery last spring, helped vault the state's major music institution to national prominence. He was 76.


During the years he led the orchestra, from 1980 to 2003, DePreist helped transform the OSO from a minor re...   More
 
Sunday, February 10, 2013 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Fertile Ground Diaries: Marilyn/MISFITS/Miller

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A group of famous—and famously needy and egotistical—performers and creators gathers in the early 1960s to revive their careers by putting on a production whose prospects of success are jeopardized by conflicts with institutional powers and friction among these volatile, creative personalities.
Why, this must be Orson's Shadow, Austin Pendleton’s award-winning 2000 play about two o...   More
 
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Cadence Fest: Sunday-Tuesday, Jan. 20-22

A legendary jazz magazine is reborn in Portland.


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In 2011, Cadence—one of the premier magazines in the country covering jazz and other improvised music—found itself at a deadly confluence of two rapidly drying streams: print journalism and    More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

The Alan Singley Orchestra: Saturday, Sept. 29

A Portland pop mainstay reveals his classical side.


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[CLASSICAL] When he was 11 years old, Alan Singley bought an album containing all of Beethoven’s symphonies. This wasn’t a parental directive; they listened mostly to classic rock. Rather, it    More
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

The Life of Obo Addy

Brett Campbell remembers the African music legend

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Obo Addy was a master drummer in one of the world’s most greatest musical traditions. He was a talented composer and a pioneer in the rise of Afropop. But he was even more important in the Pacific Northwest as a kind of Johnny Appleseed for African music.

Addy, who died Sept. 13 at age 76 after a five-year battle with liver cancer, wa...   More
 
Monday, September 17, 2012 by BRETT CAMPBELL
 

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