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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.


Performance
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.


Performance
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

Roll Over Beethoven

The Oregon Symphony Orchestra's struggle to attract new listeners.


Featured Stories
Two weeks ago, Oregon Symphony President Elaine Calder took the stage before a rare, near-packed house at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. “How many of you are coming to an Oregon Symphony concert ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

Beta Collide. Friday, Oct. 17

The fortuitous pileup of two Oregon virtuosos.


Music Stories
Brian McWhorter is a real homegrown genius: When he attended the University of Oregon music school in the 1990s, the Portland native earned a national reputation as a trumpet prodigy and local notice ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

Songs (and Strings) of Summer

Recent releases from five local classical and postclassical performers.


Performance
Byzantium in Rome (cappellaromana.org), the ninth release from Portland vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, explores the little-heard yet immensely powerful 13th-century music chanted by expatriate Greek ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

Imani Winds and Roberto Sierra

Classical music without the powdered wigs.


Performance
Classical music is no longer the last bastion of white, upper-class Eurocentricity, and this week’s Chamber Music Northwest concerts prove it: The featured ensemble, Imani Winds, is composed of ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

Agnieszka Laska-Dickson String Quartet

A remarkable family band tackles some serious strings.


Performance
When the piano-playing siblings the Five Browns began packing concert halls for their performances of popular classics, their story—a truly musical family—was just as responsible for their ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL
 

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