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Portland Jazz Orchestra, Friday, May 15

The Portland Jazz Orchestra heads in a funky new direction.


Music Stories
[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 t ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Live Review: Glorious




"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...   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL

LIVE REVIEW: 24/7




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...   More
 
Thursday, March 26, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Classical Roundup: La Calisto, Cascadia Composers, Oregon Symphony and Bad Plus


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...   More
 
Friday, March 20, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Jeff Mapes Pedaling Revolution.


Books
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 ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Musical Reunion


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.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Musical Reunion

Two different musicians and cultures come together for change.


Music Stories
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 Add ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Cascadia Composers (Fear No Music)

The geekiest gang in town, in concert.


Theater
When composer David Bernstein retired after 28 years on the Cleveland State University music faculty and moved to Portland, he encountered three surprises: His new home boasted two veteran chamber ens ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

REVIEW: Fear No Music's Sesquicentennial Sounds



It took 150 years—that is, a grant tied to the state's sesquicentennial celebrations—but it was gratifying to see a concert featuring only music by contemporary Portland composers. Of course, that happens every night in the state's pop music clubs, and a contempor...   More
 
Thursday, February 19, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Home Grown (Fear No Music)

Meet the other local music scene.


Theater
Go to any Portland rock club and the chances are you’ll hear a local band playing original music. The same goes for most local art galleries, theaters and dance performances. The idea that local ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL
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