A big thank you to the Spirit Mountain Community Fund for their support of our newly launched Music Education in Schools Program!  Thanks to their generosity, we have hired music educators to create new curriculum to teaches elementary school students about modern music and how to create music.  More details to come soon.

Thank you Spirit Mountain!


Third Angle New Music is pleased to present the following FREE community events surrounding FROZEN MUSIC III: Light & music in Aalto’s library.

Thank you to our community partners for collaborating on these additional events!

  • PSU SOA    PSU College of the Arts    University of Oregon    Yeon   
    AIA          AFO

  • Retuning Architecture: Viewing Alvar Aalto’s Architectural Style with an Artistic Eye

    A slide lecture by Linda Hathaway Bunza
    presented in partnership with AIA Portland, Center for Architecture
    Wednesday, Sept 30, 2015 | 6 pm
    Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th, Portland

    Alvar Aalto’s designs are as much artistic and organic as technical and functional. What role did nature and the arts play in shaping Aalto’s architectural process? We’ll take a look at Aalto’s Library at Mt. Angel Abbey in St. Benedict, OR (1970) as well as earlier Aalto creations.

    Lecture/Presentation: Juhani Pallasmaa

    Alvar Aalto’s Synthetic Rationality - the logic of form

    presented in partnership with Portland State University School of Architecture, John Yeon Center, University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts
    Fri, Oct 2, 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Shattuck Hall Annex, SW Broadway & Hall, PSU

    “The experience of architecture is transformative, fusing temporal dimensions and reconnecting us with layers of deep forgotten memories.”*

    The same could be said of music.

    We are indeed fortunate to have as our keynote speaker one of the foremost architectural writers of our time, Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa.  In sharp contrast to the trends of contemporary culture, Pallasmaa has been a strong voice advocating for the essential role of experience, not image, as the foundation for understanding architecture.

    In his talk entitled ALVAR AALTO’S SYNTHETIC RATIONALITY: The Logic of Form, Pallasmaa will explain that Aalto’s approach to design, while often labeled “irrational” or “organic,” in fact includes experiential, psychological, atmospheric, and neurological qualities as conscious parts of his design process, a process that could be called synthetic rationality.

    The Library at Mount Angel Abbey couldn’t be a more compelling example of the importance of this approach.  Whether your interest is in architecture or music – or both – Pallasmaa will help set the stage for more fully appreciating the weekend experience.

    *from the introduction to Understanding Architecture by Juhani Pallasmaa and Robert McCarter

    Mount Angel Abbey Library with an Aalto Scholar: William Tripp

    Sat, Oct 3, 2015 | 12 pm
    Sun, Oct 4, 2015 | 12pm & 4pm
    Mount Angel Abbey Library, 1 Abbey Dr, St Benedict, OR

    As we walk throughout the library, Architect William Tripp will give a brief description of some of the “layers of meaning” to be found, and how these are woven into a moving and meaningful architectural experience.  Participants will be encouraged to ask questions along the way.

    Mount Angel Abbey Library with an Aalto Scholar: Juhani Pallasmaa

    Sat, Oct 3, 2015 | 4 pm
    Mount Angel Abbey Library, 1 Abbey Dr, St Benedict, OR

    Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa’s talk at Mt. Angel - TWELVE THEMES IN MY WORK: Interplay of Thought and Form - will be a more informal presentation of his own work in architecture, design, artistic work and writing. This will be a wonderful opportunity to gain some insight into how different modes of inquiry and expression are interrelated.