Oregon Shakespeare Festival accountants, rejoice: In his world-premiere production of Bill Cain’s magnificent Equivocation, artistic director Bill Rauch has found a work that pleases both OSF&rs ...
Mandolinist Chris Thile’s splendid work with his prog-bluegrass trio, Nickel Creek, hardly prepared us for the ingenuity and ambition of his Punch Brothers project with classically trained, blue ...
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June 22-July 26: Chamber Music NorthwestAs usual, some of the world’s finest classical musicians (Alan Vogel, David Shifrin, Daedalus Quartet, Fred Sherry, Colin Carr, André Watts, the re ...
The Portland Jazz Orchestra heads in a funky new direction.
[AFRO-LATIN JAZZ] Wynton Marsalis calls Afro-Cuban music the “roux” of jazz, providing its essential flavor and body. Those rhythms—what Jelly Roll Morton called “the Spanish tinge”—“have been very much a part of jazz from the beginning,” says Charley Gray, co-director of the ...
"I was blessed with the gift of excessive volume," declares soprano wannabe Florence Foster Jenkins. The portly New York City classical music warbler was also cursed with the gift of, shall we say, unintentional microtonality, as well as a breezy indifferenc...
In a way, last weekend's 24/7 concerts didn't have to say anything about the seven years of continuing American wars they were commemorating. Although it's been used for antisocial ends (think of the Nazis and Wagner), classical music itself is a statement...
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It was a good week for classical music old and new in Portland, starting with an opera that's never been staged here.
Global warming! Cross dressing! Anti patriarchal feminism! Horny huntresses! Dreadlocks! Girl on girl action! You'd almost think La Calisto was written last week instead of in 1651. Portland Opera's original staging of Francesco Cava...
Jeff Mapes has good timing. When the veteran Oregonian political reporter began researching his new book on the resurgence of bicycles, he couldn’t have predicted that within months, gas price ...
Two different musicians and cultures come together for change.
Obo Addy hadn't been in Portland long when, in 1979, he got a call from local jazz master Thara Memory.
The trumpeter/educator had heard about the drummer from a friend who'd played in Addy's band in Ghana, home of the famed master drummers who were celebrated for their incomparably intricate polyrhythmic music.