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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.


Theater
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.


Theater
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

Guiding Light


Portland bassist David Friesen rarely plays the same song twice.

Back in the mid-1960s, a young jazz bassist named David Friesen found his band playing opposite the classic John Coltrane Quartet at a Seattle club called the Penthouse. Although he sat just a few feet away from some of the most powerful and distinctive players in jazz history—Trane, drummer Elvin Jones, pianist ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Live Review: Pink Martini at The Schnitz, New Year's Eve '09


Despite the lamentable fact that you can't dance there, some of my favorite Pink Martini performances have happened in the august confines of the Schnitz — their gigs with the Oregon Symphony (to be released next spring), the New Year's performance featuring PM pianist Thomas Lauderdal...   More
 
Saturday, January 2, 2010 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Last-Minute Classics

Give the gift of Portland classical musicians.


Theater
Third Angle, Sound of the Five (New World)The veteran Portland new music ensemble has formed a close connection with the ebullient, Guangzhou-born Chen Yi, who now teaches and composes in the U.S. Whi ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Hell Of An Opera: Portland Opera's Orphée



Of the six Philip Glass operas I've seen live, 1993's Orphée is the most conventional in structure, in part because Glass derived the story from Jean Cocteau's screenplay for his celebrated 1949 film. Most of Glass' other stage work, especi...   More
 
Monday, November 9, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Portland Opera Scores Philip Glass Record




The contracts aren't yet signed, and the legal beagles have yet to complete their sniffing and gnawing, but it seems highly probable that Portland Opera is about to make its first-ever recording -- and it's a big one. At an interview this morning, Opera spokeswoman Julia Sheridan and composer Philip Glass announced plans for Glass's record...   More
 
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Bikes: Viagra for the Urban Landscape




If our city planners have their way, Copenhagen will be the model for Portland's urban transportation network. Mayor Adams has said he wants us to achieve the Danish city's world leading levels of bicycle use but we have a long way to go: bikes account for...   More
 
Monday, November 2, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL
 

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