Saturday: Music That Binds Us

Saturday, May 18 is the date of Music That Binds Us–stories told in their own words with musical accompaniment by living composers

The concert is this Saturday! If you can’t make it down to Lincoln Hall, tune into the livestream on the Portland State University School of Music and Theater Facebook page at 1:30 PST!

Cascadia Composers are All Wired Up

This Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm Cascadia Composers will present a mini-festival of electronic music by local composers at the Old Church in downtown Portland. Come check out the concerts, installations and presentations.

Coming Soon!

I’m excited to announce that my compositions will be heard in two upcoming concerts. This month, on April 27, The MTDuo, Mary Rowell and Tatiana Kolchanova will be playing my “Five Canons for Two Violins” at Portland’s Community Music Center (3350 SE Francis Street).

Then on June 1, The Camas-Washougal Orchestra will perform two short pieces that I wrote and arranged for the orchestra: “Quintessence” and “March of the Ants”. At Camas United Methodist Church.

MTBU Concert Coming

Coming on May 18: Music That Binds Us, a concert of oral history narratives accompanied by live music written by local composers. My contribution is music to accompany the story of a speech therapist about working with a little boy who couldn’t talk. Tickets are free, and are available at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-that-binds-us-tickets-55837928748?aff=eemailordconf&utm_campaign=order_confirm&utm_medium=email&ref=eemailordconf&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewevent

2018 Highlights

2018 has been an exciting year for me, musically. The year started off with a bang when Portland’s premier new music ensemble, Fear No Music, chose my piece, Burning Foliage, to play in their fourth Locally Sourced Sounds concert on January 8th. Joël Belgique on viola and Jeff Payne on piano gave a moving performance of the piece, bringing out things that I didn’t even know were in it. I felt honored that they asked me to speak about the piece at a second performance at Portland’s Univeristy Club on January 30th.

 

In February, my Five Canons for two violas had a tuneful premiere at a house concert in Lake Oswego with Sharon Eng and Shelley Mathewson on violas. My string trio, Glimpses, had its second performance at the Cascadia Composers’ Fabulous February Fantasia concert. Many thanks to Tatiana Kolchanova, Julie Asparro and Collin Oldham for making my music come alive.

 

In March, the Con Grazia Wind Quintet played my quintet Equinox with great verve as part of the March Music Moderne concert series at Portland’s Community Music Center. Thank you, Victoria Racz, Rebecca Olson, Jill Coykendall, Wendy Peebles and Danielle Goldman.

 

In April, as a lark, I signed up for a 48 hour composition contest organized by The Sound of Late. When I signed up, I didn’t know that I would be performing as well as composing. I played the cello part in my 48-hour composition Nocturne for Flute and Cello, and in three other pieces, a week after they were composed. Many thanks to Mike van Liew for coming to my rescue and playing the flute part for my piece when the original flute player was unable to be there!

Lullaby premiere today

Today the Pacific Crest Youth Sinfonietta will perform a new piece I wrote for the group: “Lullaby for the Monster under the Bed.”

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The concert will be at 5:00 pm at Pacific Crest Community School

116 NE 29th Ave.

Portland, OR 97232

Crazy Jane Concert a Success

I think last night’s Crazy Jane concert was our best one yet. Thanks to all the performers, who who played beautifully and to my fellow Crazy Jane composers who put in the work of organizing the concert!CJ 2015 program cover 8.5x11