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Today’s side deal gives the human ear three opportunities to experience contemporary musical compositions presented by Cascadia Composers for $10. The three-day nonprofit festival takes place on Wednesday, March 10, at Sherman Clay and Moe’s Pianos and March 11 and 12 at The Old Church as the works of more than 25 national musical minds are performed by the unflappable fEARnoMUSIC contemporary music ensemble and a series of lectures are given by composers.
Following daytime lectures and demonstrations held by featured composers, live performances celebrate modern music for three straight evenings. The morning and afternoon symposiums, which include a session with composer Gary Noland discussing a 90-minute, work-in-progress piano piece on Wednesday and Jack Gabel addressing scoring dance theater into film on Thursday, precede 8 p.m. concerts packed with eclectic and adventurous works that seek to expand the horizons of musical possibility. Explore the sonic creations of Alden Jenks’ Ghost Songs for soprano and piano, Bob Priest’s Cirque de Deux, and Greg Steinke’s Santa Fe Trail Echoes, amongst several other compositions.
Willamette Week and Northwest Reverb sing the praises of Cascadia Composers: > * The geekiest gang in town, in concert. – Brett Campbell, Willamette Week > * If the inaugural concert of the Cascadia Composers group is a sign of things to come, fans of the new music scene in Portland have much to look forward to. Friday’s concert featured a well-rounded selection of composing styles and instrumentation choices. From the shrill, phasing timbres of piccolo and orchestra bells, to the surprisingly pleasant blend of solo violin and xylophone, to the warm, rich sound of a string quartet, each composer stood distinct in his choice of instruments and styles. – Aaron Berenbach, Northwest Reverb