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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

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Pearls After a Lazy Lunch

How will an Oregon Symphony violinist do as a downtown busker?

It’s just after noon on a gorgeous late summer Friday at Pioneer Courthouse Square, and one of the best and most versatile violinists on the West Coast is getting ready to do some busking. Dre   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Nancy King: Wednesday, Aug. 15

A legendary jazz singer struggles to make ends meet.

Music Stories
[JAZZ QUEEN] On a recent Wednesday night at the Pearl District restaurant Touché, a large party of thirtysomethings chattered, laughed, drank and ate their way through the evening—oblivious to    More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Galileo Galilei (Portland Opera)

And yet it moves—backward.

Like the movie Memento, the play Betrayal and the musical Merrily We Roll Along, Portland Opera’s new production of Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei proceeds backward in time. Directed by Kevin Newbu   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

March Music Moderne

Bob Priest carpet bombs the city with new sounds.

In 1980, young composer Bob Priest visited Poland to attend Warsaw Autumn, one of the best known annual festivals of contemporary “classical” music. He resolved to create a similar celebrati   More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Here’s Where the Strings Come In

A survey of jazz guitar from Django to the Portland Jazz Festival.

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There’s no official theme for this year’s Portland Jazz Festival. That’s fine: They’re often contrived anyway. Still, the presence of Seattle’s Bill Frisell and Berkeleyite-turned-Brookl   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

One More Round of Fertile Ground Reviews

Groovin’ Greenhouse 1
Fertile Ground is best known for its showcases of new theater works, but the festival also nurtures dance in development in its Groovin' Greenhouse series. This year, the innovative Polaris Dance Theater offered its Goose Hollow studio theater space to a dozen presenters over five different shows. Beat Bangerz...   More
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Album Review: Bridgetown Sextet

New Old Fashioned (Self-Released)

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[THROWBACK JAZZ] The title of this spiffy new CD accurately describes the local retro-jazzers, who bring a relatively youthful exuberance to 15 concise takes on vintage pre-World War II hits by    More
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Opera Theater Oregon, Opera vs. Cinema

Want to make Wagner fun? Add pirates.

One of the city’s most innovative arts companies enters a new phase Friday, Nov. 25, with The Black Pirate vs. The Flying Dutchman, its first show under new artistic director Erica Melton, who’s b   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Review: Portland Opera, "The Marriage of Figaro"


The brilliance of The Marriage of Figaro lies in its cheery dramatization of serious political conflicts in the guise of a Shakespearean bedroom farce. In Portland Opera's production of Mozart and da Ponte’s proto-feminist classic, when the bed is front and center, cheeky sex comedy hijinks dominate. Suitors skulk in, under a...   More
Monday, November 7, 2011 by BRETT CAMPBELL
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