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This Time The Dream’s On Me

Koji Okuna brought sushi to Portland in 1982. Now he’s giving the gift of jazz.


Music Stories
[JAZZ] During his college days in Osaka, Japan, Koji Okuno was a pretty good jazz drummer. He performed regularly at clubs and coffeehouses until a bout with tuberculosis sidelined him; late nights in ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

CD Review: Tango Pacifico


Revirado (Furbco Records)

[NUEVO TANGO] The great Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla earned the ire of tango traditionalists for doing for that once-disreputable dance what composers from Dvorak to Gershwin, Louis Armstrong to Bob Dylan did with other grassroots musical forms: used it as the basis for a more sophisticated art music that never sounded like it was slumming. Si...   More
 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 by BRETT CAMPBELL

CD Review: Tango Pacifico

Revirado (Furbco Records)


Music Stories
[NUEVO TANGO] The great Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla earned the ire of tango traditionalists for doing for that once-disreputable dance what composers from Dvorak to Gershwin, Louis Armstrong to ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

The Mustachioed Man Sings

Making an opera is really hard, but musicians from The Who to Portland’s Vagabond Opera keep on trying. Why?


Featured Stories
VAGABONDAGE: Stern, center, and the rest of the Vagabond Opera. IMAGE: Alicia J. Rose“There’s nothing like telling a story,” says Eric Stern, the founder of Vagabond Opera, Portland& ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

LIVE REVIEW: A roundup of recent concerts of music by Portland composers.




"New music is old music now." That was the winning definition of “new music”—the inadequate and deliberately vague shorthand often used to describe contemporary music in the classical tradition—in    More
 
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Trouble In Tahiti (Portland Opera)

Love stings.


Performance
Opera companies tend to be conservative, regularly rotating the same-old same-old, big moneymakers (your Carmens, your Bohèmes, your Traviatas). Portland Opera’s Studio Artists series is ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, Sunday, Feb. 28


Hank Williams covers? Experimental dance music? Tom Waits collabos? Douglas does it!

[SPLENDOR IN THE BRASS] To call Dave Douglas the most important figure in jazz today might be an understatement. Still under 50, the New Jersey-born, New York-based trumpeter/composer is one of the most ambitious creators in all of contemporary music. Emerging from Horace Silver’s band in the...   More
 
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, Sunday, Feb. 28

Hank Williams covers? Experimental dance music? Tom Waits collabos? Douglas does it!


Music Stories
[SPLENDOR IN THE BRASS] To call Dave Douglas the most important figure in jazz today might be an understatement. Still under 50, the New Jersey-born, New York-based trumpeter/composer is one of the mo ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

Das Rheingold (Opera Theater Oregon)

Wagner on the beach.


Performance
When an opera company wants to make the leap into the big leagues, it raises millions and stages a Ring cycle. Since its completion in 1874, Richard Wagner’s 15-hour, four-opera cycle based on a ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

Kronos Quartet Monday, Feb. 1

Chamber music’s biggest innovators come home.


Performance
In more than 35 years and 45 recordings, the Kronos Quartet has seemingly explored every conceivable musical direction, from the jazz of Thelonius Monk and Bill Evans, through collaborations with comp ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL
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