Viridian Reclaimed Wood for Timber

Most reclaimed-lumber companies find their material in old barns and schoolhouses. Portland’s Viridian Reclaimed Wood was born in 2004 down at the shipyard, where wood from far-off ports arrives daily as shipping pallets and crates. This amazing wood is extremely difficult to recycle, but with a couple of friends’ determination to prevent it winding up in a landfill—and years of trial and error—Viridian pioneered a method for up-cycling… Learn More » »

Guest Blogger Mark Powell: Cappella Romana collaboration featuring A Time for Life by Robert Kyr

Over here at Cappella Romana we are thrilled once again to collaborate with the musicians of Third Angle New Music. Cappella Romana and Third Angle have collaborated on a number of projects over the last decade and a half, with the first concert of Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians and Proverb as our first project together!

In 2009 Third Angle and Cappella Romana performed Robert Kyr’s environmental oratorio, A Time for Life, at the… Learn More » »

Guest Blogger Enrique Andrade: Reflections on Maria de Buenos Aires

Enrique Andrade

Maria de Buenos Aires is filled with the powerful sensuality of desperate beauty, like a flower blooming through a crack in the concrete of a hard and inauspicious city.  To pluck this flower is to kill her, and so the audience is left with the only choice available: be a witness of the redemption of tragedy.  The death of a young woman, Maria, who falls pray to the cruelty of the underworld and the resurrection of her spirit through… Learn More » »

Guest Blogger Brian McWhorter: The Universe is Trying to Tell Me Something

Brian McWhorter

Disclaimer no. 1: me no blog, but I’ve been told that I can do better, so I’m hoping that blogging will suffice. 3rd Angle asked me to write about whatever comes to mind. “Anything goes, Brian,” they said, “be your awesome creative self.” Well….if I must…..

As all my students know and joke about, I’m always very busy. Admittedly, I’m one of those people that is chronically busy (if not masochistically so) but it’s also the nature of… Learn More » »

Marty in the Clouds

Ehrlich pic
Saxophonist extraordinaire Marty Ehrlich will take on the final movement of David Schiff’s new concerto (Road Maps) for improvising soloists. The movement is titled Clouds and Stars, and will be the concluding section of this concerto, dedicated to the memory of recently deceased pianist Larry Karush. David describes this movement as “...reflecting, I hope, both a sense of loss and gratitude. Larry had a glowing, positive spirit both… Learn More » »

Myra Melford climbs Mountains

Myra

David Schiff’s new concerto, “Road Maps, for improvising soloists”, is an exciting project for us to present, an example of how context is everything in music! The idea of a master jazz improviser getting on stage and winging it isn’t so strange…but call it a concerto, then you’re treading on classical music holy ground. In David’s piece, the soloist is as much a co-composer as interpreter, and the accompanying ensemble is as much big… Learn More » »

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