Events in February 2017
Thursday, February 2, 2017
9:00 am – Yoga at The Old Church with Veranda
7:30 pm – An Evening of Classical Music StarsYoga at The Old Church with Veranda
Yoga at The Old Church with Veranda
Vinyasa with Veranda – All Levels Yoga Class. Veranda Haddon, a certified teacher since 2004, leads this one-hour class with emphasis on breath & body movement. Classes $10 / $5 for seniors and The Old Church members. First Class is $5. More info: verandahaddon.com/yogaAn Evening of Classical Music Stars
An Evening of Classical Music Stars
Join co-founders, soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra, violinist Eric Silberger, and pianist Carlin Ma, as they present a variety of solo and chamber music masterpieces by Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Piazzolla, Debussy, and Mendelssohn. Hosted by Robert McBride of All-Classical Portland.
Advance Tickets are $25 @ BrownPaperTickets.com or $30 Day of the Show
Doors open at 7pm
This fundraising concert is in support of the HAWAII INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL. Entering its second season, the Festival was founded by the artists to enrich the lives of the Hawaiian community by bringing first-rate performers to areas of Hawaii where access to classical music is limited.
About the Artists
Metropolitan Opera Soprano AMY SHOREMOUNT-OBRA made her much anticipated Metropolitan Opera Debut in October 2014 as First Lady in Mozarts Die Zauberflöte, singing all nine performances of the opera, three of which were Sirius XM Satellite broadcasts. Recent operatic engagements have included Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera Las Vegas, The Savannah Voice Festival, and NYC’s new Venture Opera, Marchesa in Verdis Un Giorno di Regno with Odyssey Opera of Boston, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte with Annapolis Opera, and most recently, Leonore in Beethovens Fidelio with Grand Harmonie. Ms. Shoremount-Obra has appeared at Carnegie Hall as the Soprano soloist in Fauré’s Requiem, Brahms Requiem, and Schuberts Mass in G and at David Geffen Hall as the Soprano Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem. She was a National Semi-Finalist and New York Regional Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. Ms. Shoremount-Obra will return to the Metropolitan Opera stage in Fall 2017. Ms. Shoremount-Obra was featured in SoundBite in the May 2016 issue of Opera News.
Virtuoso violinist ERIC SILBERGER is a prize winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2011. His performances have been described by critics as “spine-tingling – astonishing” (The Guardian), “dazzling virtuoso playing” (The Washington Post), “impeccable level of playing, a wonderful musician” (Heather Kurzbauer, The Strad), and “…he has got everything in his favour, technique, composure and personality. We are on the eve of a great soloist” (El Pais, Spain). Mr. Silberger received his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Mentors have included Glenn Dicterow, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Robert Mann, and Dorothy Delay, Maestro Lorin Maazel, among others. Mr. Silberger plays on a rare 1757 J.B. Guadagnini violin on generous loan from the Sau-Wing Lam collection.
Pianist CARLIN MA has dedicated her life to music and the arts, including solo piano, chamber music, photography, and multidisciplinary projects. As a pianist, she has performed for audiences at prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, Lübeck Musik Hochschule in Germany for the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Capella Hall and Philharmonic Hall of St. Petersburg, Russia, Blaisdell Concert Hall for Hawaii International Music Festival, and Seiji Ozawa Hall for the Tanglewood Music Festival. Ms. Ma finds it equally meaningful to initiate performances in local venues, including the inaugural Musicians@Google series in Seattle. She holds a Masters Degree of piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bachelors and Performers Degree from Indiana University. Her mentors include Menahem Pressler, Yoshi Nagai, Arnaldo Cohen, Evelyne Brancart, Emile Naoumoff, and Karen Taylor. As a photographer, she has been published in various newspapers, including Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and front page feature in Symphony magazine. In addition to individuals, festivals and major organizations have invited her to photograph, including Aspen Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Seattle Symphony, and Ravinia Festival.
Host ROBERT McBRIDE appears courtesy of ALL CLASSICAL PORTLAND, KQAC 89.9FM, and streaming online at allclassical.org
Join co-Founders, Amy Shoremount-Obra, Eric Silberger, and Carlin Ma on a special Portland appearance at the historic Old Church as they present a variety of solo and chamber music masterpieces by composers including Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Piazzolla, Debussy, and Mendelssohn.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
7:30 pm – Whimsical Sonic JubilieeWhimsical Sonic Jubiliee
Whimsical Sonic Jubiliee
Local muse and musician Whim Grace celebrates her birthday with a sonic jubilee!
Door 7pm – Tickets $12 at eventbright.com
All Ages Show – Bar with I.D.
Performances and original music from upcoming local musicians The Secret Sea, Glasys, Low Key, and Whim Grace and her amazing band; Danny Frye, Salvatore Manalo, Paisley Rose, and Evan Knapp. Music accompanied by visuals by local artist Annick Junota and video by Lance Page.
A night of community, sound, and magic!
Local muse and musician Whim Grace celebrates her birthday with a sonic jubilee!
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
12:00 pm – Sack Lunch FREE Concert – Jeff Wood, Organ Dance Revolution (or…So You Think You Can Dance on the Pedals)
7:00 pm – Music Beyond Benefit Concert and Art Auction with Internationally renowned flutist Kaori FujiiSack Lunch FREE Concert – Jeff Wood, Organ Dance Revolution (or…So You Think You Can Dance on the Pedals)
Sack Lunch FREE Concert – Jeff Wood, Organ Dance Revolution (or…So You Think You Can Dance on the Pedals)Organ Dance Revolution (or…So You Think You Can Dance on the Pedals)Local organist Jeff Wood presents a program of organ music based on dance forms, from Renaissance Allemandes to Viennese Waltzes, Baroque Ciaconas and Contemporary Tangos. Featured composers will include Buxtehude, Haydn, Schumann, and Hans-André Stamm.
Our gift to the community for 48 years! FREE Concerts every Wednesday, at noon. Relax and enjoy an hour of fine music performed by local artists.Music Beyond Benefit Concert and Art Auction with Internationally renowned flutist Kaori Fujii
Music Beyond Benefit Concert and Art Auction with Internationally renowned flutist Kaori Fujii
Internationally renowned flutist Kaori Fujii will pair with local musicians and artists for a special evening of music, art and drinks on February 8 to benefit Music Beyond, a charity Ms. Fujii created to support music education around the world. Filmmaker Jessica Jane Hart, who will be accompanying Music Beyond on an upcoming trip to the Congo to document the work of the organization, will host the event.
Tickets are $10 Student and $20 General Admission at MusicBeyond.BrownPaperTickets.com
Doors open at 7pm for drinks and silent art auction followed by a musical performances in the concert hall.
Founded just over two years ago, Music Beyond is currently active in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the organization works closely with the self taught musicians of the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra. Inspired by the achievements of these talented musicians, not just in music but in overcoming the rampant poverty and unemployment that surrounds them, Ms. Fujii founded Music Beyond to help the orchestra grow into a self-sustained music program. “No matter how tough and unstable the situation might be, never forget to be understanding, humble and hopeful. That’s the spirit of the musicians of DR Congo Music Beyond assists,” Kaori Fujii said.
A native of Tokyo, Kaori Fujii is among the world’s leading classical flute players. She was the youngest ever winner of three of Japan’s most prestigious competitions including the 7th Japan Woodwind Competition and the 14th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, and has performed at leading stages around the world including Carnegie Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, performing with some of the most renowned musicians and orchestras in the classical music world. At the event, Ms. Fujii will perform and speak about her experience with Music Beyond working in Kinshasa.
The event will also feature a silent auction featuring fine works of sculpture, painting, photography and jewelry by artists from around the world including Lachlan Thom, Junko Yamamoto, Marie Tomanova and Portland’s own Paige Wright. All proceeds will go to Music Beyond to support the charity’s activities and travel, administrative and security costs. Host Jessica Jane Hart said, “I am volunteering my time because I have been inspired by the great work Kaori is doing. As a photographer and filmmaker I saw the need for Music Beyond to have professional quality visual representation of the work they are doing in order to help spread the word and encourage people to support this great cause.”
All guests are encouraged to come and engage with Kaori and other artists in the reception hall before the concert.
An evening of classical music, art and drinks for the benefit of Music Beyond
Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:00 am – Yoga at The Old Church with VerandaYoga at The Old Church with Veranda
Yoga at The Old Church with Veranda
Vinyasa with Veranda – All Levels Yoga Class. Veranda Haddon, a certified teacher since 2004, leads this one-hour class with emphasis on breath & body movement. Classes $10 / $5 for seniors and The Old Church members. First Class is $5. More info: verandahaddon.com/yoga
Friday, February 10, 2017
8:00 pm – Monqui presents Cory Hanson (of Wand)Monqui presents Cory Hanson (of Wand)
Monqui presents Cory Hanson (of Wand)
Doors 7pm – All Ages – Bar with I.D.
Advance $10/Day of Show $12 @ Ticketfly.com
Drag City, Inc. is pleased to announce the solo debut full length from Wand’s Cory Hanson. The Unborn Capitalist from Limbo was recorded during May of 2016 in various locations across Los Angeles County, and features string arrangements by Heather Lockie.It came on as a panic, a car wreck, shivering and sudden liquefaction. You tried to hold it, to tend and cradle the damn thing like a child. But injury would only yield to injury. You stood in the darkened theater. The beam of a projector sliced toward you down the center aisle and struck the bag of dry rice in your arms with an image of a factory fire.Tender chiding and all manner of suggestion wouldn’t give pause to the restless flicker. One moment you knew you weren’t holding the ghost of an infant horse kicked dead in a desperate moment by its own mother. The next moment you knew you weren’t holding a hunk of ornate driftwood. Not the head of a handsome purebred dog. Not a scene of two brothers wrestling in the backseat of the car. Not a honeybee drowning in the pink berry smoothie you brewed to wake up by.But the images were plain. Your refutations were beside themselves in the midst of a plan for things arrayed in light.Of course, you know the drill already. An organized under- standing—pristine, therefore human—passes through a body on its wild, transmuting way from abstraction to matter careening through a minefield of physical laws. Value extracted at every turn. It’s a small and simple thing, just longer than a half hour of recorded music. Dressed in garlands of inherited words. Modest pools of rainwater punctuating the young volcanic expanse, marbled with fuel slicks.The Unborn Capitalist is a secret that didn’t need to be kept—conceived of and executed while a droughted Southern California autumn became a droughted winter, became a droughted spring, rolled on toward a broiling summer. It marks the disintegration of a long and dear coupling. It marks a domestic rhythm traded for a touring circuit, for these shrinking obsessions and all their shadowy company. You turn the topsoil of an ordinary childhood pocked by its needling wounds, you compost it with the dead leavings of your meals, you try to make new space for the promise of seedlings. You move back in with your mom. You wake up each day and let the pets out to sniff around and stalk insects back and forth across the fenced-in yard.Accordingly, records like this accumulate. Life calls for music, for lyric, and if you can somehow handle them without needing to possess them, they echo back again as life, vital in its total excess. Hanson’s lyrics here are his best to date. By turns naked, leering, playful, evasive, they present a mute, parading statuary—doughy figures waltzing in doomed configurations through bleeding watercolor backdrops across terrains of tangled information. The music is gorgeous and livable. Every surface threatens with the promise of an untold depth; every depth threatens to collapse into a surface. Every place you ply a solution turns out to be an intractable edge. You go looking for the soul, but there is no soul— just the things you had to lift to look behind. Children of Limbo, we are gathered here around a floor lamp, a darkening purple desert stretching out in every direction.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
3:00 pm – Portland Gay Men’s Chorus presents Lovestruck: A Soloist Concert (Matinee Show)
6:00 pm – Portland Gay Men’s Chorus presents Lovestruck: A Soloist Concert (Evening Show)Portland Gay Men’s Chorus presents Lovestruck: A Soloist Concert (Matinee Show)
Portland Gay Men’s Chorus presents Lovestruck: A Soloist Concert (Matinee Show)
Tickets are $5-25 at PDXgmc.org
The depth of talent within the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus is undeniable, and our annual solo concert is the perfect opportunity to see just how brilliant our singers truly are. This intimate event features soloists from within the Chorus performing their love songs. Bring your Valentine to what promises to be a beautiful afternoon of acoustic music, local wine, and delectable desserts. Seating is limited.Portland Gay Men’s Chorus presents Lovestruck: A Soloist Concert (Evening Show)
Portland Gay Men’s Chorus presents Lovestruck: A Soloist Concert (Evening Show)
Tickets are $5-25 at PDXgmc.org
The depth of talent within the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus is undeniable, and our annual solo concert is the perfect opportunity to see just how brilliant our singers truly are. This intimate event features soloists from within the Chorus performing their love songs. Bring your Valentine to what promises to be a beautiful afternoon of acoustic music, local wine, and delectable desserts. Seating is limited.
Monday, February 13, 2017
7:30 pm – Fear No Music presents Locally Sourced SoundFear No Music presents Locally Sourced Sound
Fear No Music presents Locally Sourced Sound
Doors open at 7pm – All Ages Show – Bar with ID
Tickets are $10-30 at FearNoMusic.org
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
12:00 pm – Sack Lunch FREE Concert – Harry Baechtel, baritone – Faure in the 1890’s
7:00 pm – Tim Ellis Music Foundation presents First Annual Tim Ellis Music Foundation ConcertSack Lunch FREE Concert – Harry Baechtel, baritone – Faure in the 1890’s
Sack Lunch FREE Concert – Harry Baechtel, baritone – Faure in the 1890’s
Gabriel Fauré in the 1890s with Baritone Harry Baechtel, pianist Michael Seregow, and Sylvestris Quartet.
Performing La bonne chanson, and the Piano Quintet Op. 89.
Our gift to the community for 49 years! FREE Concerts every Wednesday, at noon. Relax and enjoy an hour of fine music performed by local artists.Tim Ellis Music Foundation presents First Annual Tim Ellis Music Foundation Concert
Tim Ellis Music Foundation presents First Annual Tim Ellis Music Foundation Concert
Tickets are $50 at aaronmeyer.com/schedule (tim ellis foundation website coming in spring of 2017)All $$ will go to the 501c3 non-profit foundation to help raise $$ for children in need of music education opportunities.Featured performers:– Michael Allen Harrison– The Brown Sisters– Tom Ellis (Tim’s son)– Michele Van Kleef– Aaron Meyer– Jean-Pierre Garau– Josh, Martenson, a student of Tim’s and a budding professional musician– Steve Hale, who played in a band w Tim in the 1980’s– Selena Hing– And more…….This event will be a fun concert, a great cause, help underprivileged students have much needed music opportunities, and honor an outstanding Oregon legendary musician and human being.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
9:00 am – Yoga at The Old Church with Veranda
7:30 pm – 45th Parallel presents Voices of InnovationYoga at The Old Church with Veranda
Yoga at The Old Church with Veranda
Vinyasa with Veranda – All Levels Yoga Class. Veranda Haddon, a certified teacher since 2004, leads this one-hour class with emphasis on breath & body movement. Classes $10 / $5 for seniors and The Old Church members. First Class is $5. More info: verandahaddon.com/yoga45th Parallel presents Voices of Innovation
45th Parallel presents Voices of Innovation
Doors open at 7pm – All Ages Show – Bar with ID
Tickets are $25 General, $20 Seniors, $10 Students @ BrownPaperTickets.com
From the vocal pyrotechnics of Claudio Monteverdi, to the uniquely American sounds of Charles Ives, and the bizarre melodic excursions of Sergei Prokofiev, the works featured on this program were created by some of history’s most famously innovative composers. The program will also feature a performance by one of music’s newest innovators, Composer-in-Residence and violist Kenji Bunch.
Performers include OSO Concertmaster Sarah Kwak, OSO Principal Cellist Nancy Ives, pianist Cary Lewis, Artistic Director and violinist Greg Ewer, and a quartet of Portland’s finest vocalists performing madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi.
Friday, February 17, 2017
8:00 pm – SOLD OUT: Edna Vazquez – The Minor Key Concert SeriesSOLD OUT: Edna Vazquez – The Minor Key Concert Series
SOLD OUT: Edna Vazquez – The Minor Key Concert Series
8:00pm Show – Doors 7:00pm – All Ages – Bar with I.D.
$10 Advance/$15 Day of Show @ BrownPaperTickets.com
The Minor Key Concert Series at The Old Church was created to showcase the best singer-songwriters this world has to offer. Genres will range, but the stories will linger. Set in Portland’s oldest still standing church, you will find yourself set in one of the most intimate venues around.
We are ecstatic to wrap our fantastic concert series up with the one and only, Edna Vazquez! On Friday, February 17th Vazquez will embrace The Old Church stage with love and open arms.
Edna Vazquez is a Portland-based, openly gay, Latin American singer/songwriter who performs original compositions that pay homage to her international influences with a passion that comes through in every note of her music. Edna’s songs are deeply rooted in in universal human emotion providing a message of light, love and cultural healing. Mariachi music is all about emotion, something Edna embodies completely. Her ability to lift the spirits and touch the hearts of each and every audience member is an experience one must see for themselves.
Born in the Mexican state of Colima, then raised in Jalisco, Edna spent half of her life immersed in the culture and music of Mexico and Latin American. In her teen years she left her homeland bringing with her the rich culture of this music to the United States. Her self-discovery and expression came from a blending of these two worlds.
At a very young age Edna knew she could direct her music however she wished. After learning to sing one of her grandmother’s favorite songs she discovered she had a naturally strong voice. She also discovered the empowerment her voice could conjure when singing in front of thousands of people.
Winding up in the Portland area she soon began doing just that, instilling a strength of independence in her soul and pouring it into her music. After 34 years of boldly declaring her identity, Vazquez has a clear sense of who she is as a person and artist and the power her music and message.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
8:00 pm – SOLD OUT: Leonard Cohen: A TributeSOLD OUT: Leonard Cohen: A Tribute
SOLD OUT: Leonard Cohen: A TributeLeonard Cohen: A Tribute
The Old Church Concert Hall presents Leonard Cohen: A Tribute with Amanda Richards, Eric Stern, Will West, Anna Hoone, Santi Elijah Holley, Anna Fritz, and Casey Neill
$10 Advance/ $15 Day of Show @ BrownPaperTickets.com
All Ages Show – Bar with I.D.
A special candle lit homage to Leonard Cohen with performances by Portland musicians Amanda Richards, Eric Stern, Will West, Anna Hoone, Santi Elijah Holley, Anna Fritz plus many more. Proceeds to benefit the Jeremy Wilson Foundation.
Leonard Norman Cohen, (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter. Cohen was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2011, Cohen received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize.
Leonard Cohen, novelist who abandoned a promising literary career to become one of the foremost songwriters of the contemporary era! Over a musical career that spanned nearly five decades, Mr. Cohen wrote songs that addressed — in spare language that could be both oblique and telling — themes of love and faith, despair and exaltation, solitude and connection, war and politics. More than 2,000 recordings of his songs have been made, initially by the folk-pop singers who were his first champions, like Judy Collins and Tim Hardin, and later by performers from across the spectrum of popular music, among them U2, Aretha Franklin, R.E.M., Jeff Buckley, Trisha Yearwood and Elton John.
“This is the most challenging activity that humans get into, which is love. You know, we have the sense that we cannot live without love, that life has very little meaning without it.” Cohen, from a 2009 interview with the Guardian.
Jeremy Wilson Foundation
Founded in 2010, this foundation is a musicians’ nonprofit health and services organization supported by friends, family and fans. Making it easy to directly assist individual musicians and their families during medical emergencies. There is a dearth of relief organizations assisting working musicians who are at high risk of serious financial harm in times of medical crisis. Many artists simply cannot afford basic health insurance. They are self-employed and do not receive employee benefits and are twice as likely as the general public to be uninsured.*
Oregons own Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter, Amanda Richards, releases her fourth, highly anticipated studio album,Tough Ones to Love. Following her 2012 Independent Music Award-winning concept album,Play Dead, Amanda and her band, the Good Long Whiles, offer thirteen new songs of provocative, hard-hitting country and Americana. With Amanda on acoustic and electric guitars and lead vocals, Andy Clapp on bass, Mark Powers on drums, and multi-instrumentalist Steve Moore providing guitar, lap steel, banjo, and backing vocals,Tough Ones to Lovefurther establishes Amandas place as one of country musics most important singers. (Country Music People UK)Amandas ten original compositions explore the boundaries of love, heartbreak, and temptation, while showcasing her natural gift for storytelling. Whether skewering former lovers, or rebuffing the Devils advances, Amanda holds nothing back. Someday you might have some clout / When your teeth turn yellow and your hair falls out, she sings on Lame Tattoos. But therell be some things youll never lose / Like your battle scars and your lame tattoos. On opening track, Fresh Kill, she sings, Ill lick the salty tears right off your face / Its a bitter sadness, but Ive come to like the taste.Tough Ones to Lovealso includes a beautiful rendition of the Magnetic Fields song, Two Characters in Search of a Country Song, and Johnny Dowds badman ballad, First There Was, with Steve Moore taking over lead vocals. Paying homage to Amandas famous lineage,Tough Ones to Loveincludes Terry Gilkysons classic, Cry of the Wild Goose, previously recorded by Amandas grandfather, Rusty Richards, a long-time member of the Sons of the Pioneers.Rooted in the country tradition, but not confined to it,Tough Ones to Loveranges from country-soul to gritty roots-rock, all guided by Amandas smoky, commanding voice. Amanda Richards and the Good Long Whiles be celebrating the release ofTough Ones to LoveNovember 4, 2016, at Portlands historic Old Church.
Eric Sterntells stories with music. Hes appeared onNPRand performed at theKennedy Center,The Great American Music Hall, Joes Pub in NYCin San Francisco, throughout the Northwest, and internationally from Portland to Paris to Poland.
Stern grew up wandering the aisles ofThe Wooden Shoe Books and Records(an anarchist collective bookstore that his parents helped found) listening to every record he could get his hands on, then went on to formal training in piano and opera.
Eric Stern is best known for being the founder and artistic director ofVagabond Opera, an ensemble that has achieved worldwide success. Vagabond Opera was created in 2002 by U.S. and European-trained opera singer and composer Eric Stern. Then disillusioned with the classical opera world, Stern created a new context for opera: Performance on a more intimate scale incorporating not only opera but elements of Weimar Cabaret, Arabic and Balkan forms, and the original music that springs from the ensembles fertile creative work.
Will West creates a signature blend of Modern Folk, Roots, Pop, Bluegrass and more. Dynamic, Fresh and full of Inspiration (Improvisation) High Energy Dance Grooves to Intimate Space Vibes. The son of a fiddle player, Will West grew up in rural eastern North Carolina. Inspired by his parent’s vast record collection, he began playing guitar when he was 11years old. First finding a love for Old-Time Blues and Heavy Metal music.In 2002, he loaded up his guitar, his dog and a handful of original tunes and moved to Portland, Oregon. From his humble beginnings busking on downtown sidewalks and exploring open-mics, Will West has been on a steady risein this rich Northwest music scene.
Will West is performs with a collection of stellarmusicians called The Friendly Strangers. Together they create a signature blend of Modern Folk, Bluegrass, Pop and Groove elements. Will West & The Friendly Strangers live shows can be wildly different from night to night. They perform in a variety of Trios, Quartets and Big Band line-ups for special events.
Anna Hoone is a songsmith, singer, and revelator. Rooted inold-time gospel, country, and folk traditions,Anna’s classic Americanais influenced by the staggering beauty of the landscape around her and a certain ever-present longing for home and companionship.Her stark, straightforward lyricsreflect universal truths about the hardships and trials we all face. Her precise delivery shoots like an arrowstraight to the heart. Anna’s voice issoft and lilting, with anedge that comes from having lived the words she sings.
Anna grew up in rural southern Oregon, and has called Kentucky andMontana home at one point or another. Shehas studied music in Senegal and Austria, and discovered that no matter where you go, the truth of the song is what matters most.Currently based out of Portland, OR, Anna lives in a tiny trailer where most of these songs are crafted.When not making music, Anna is a hermit and a homebody who loves to knit, cook, and garden.
Anna Fritz is a cellist and folksinger based in Portland, Oregon. She trained as a classical cellist in the Midwest, then migrated to the Pacific Northwest and turned that training on its head.She is a founding member of the Portland Cello Project and has spent seven years as a touring member of the group, sharing stages nationally with the Dandy Warhols, Andrew Bird, Garrison Keillor (on Prairie Home Companion), Mirah, Horse Feathers, Laura Gibson, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, and many others.As a studio artist, Annas cello work has been featured on more than 50 albums by bands such asThe Decemberists,My Morning Jacket,Dirty Projectors,The Builders and The Butchers, andBlue Cranes.
Casey Neill leads Portland, Oregon based band Casey Neill & The Norway Rats, singing with a raspy vocal quality and playing electric and acoustic guitars. Neills style is folk-punk mixed with influences from punk, celtic and folk. He has done collaborations from Scottish musician and producer, John Cunningham creating his albums Skree and Brooklyn Bridge.
Neill has been included on numerous compilations. One tribute release, Where Have All the Flowers Gone: the Songs of Pete Seeger (Appleseed Recordings), won Top Independent Release of 1998 from the American Association of Independent Music. The compilation includes Neill alongside tracks from Bruce Springsteen and Bily Bragg, two artists to whom Neill has been compared.
*Musicians Healthcare Survey conducted for The JWF by Market Decisions Corp.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
7:00 pm – José Antonio Rodríguez, flamenco guitarist – Live in PortlandJosé Antonio Rodríguez, flamenco guitarist – Live in Portland
José Antonio Rodríguez, flamenco guitarist – Live in Portland
JOSE ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ – guitar
guest vocalist – Lamiae Naki
guest guitarist – Nat Hulskamp
admission: $15 advance/$20 at the door @ BrownPaperTickets.com
Don’t miss this concert with master flamenco guitarist and composer, Jose Antonio Rodriguez from Córdoba, Spain. He will play instrumental versions of his best-known works from “Cordoba en el Tiempo”, “Anartista”, and “Adios Muchachos” which was chosen by El País newspaper as the No. 1 flamenco CD of 2016.
Rodríguez is one of the great concert flamenco guitarists and his successful career has led him to work with the greatest artists in flamenco, such as Mario Maya, Manolo Sanlucar, Potito, El Pele, Carmen Linares, Alejandro Sanz, Niña Pastori, Remedios Amaya, Joan Albert Amargós, Manuel Soler, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Matt Bianco, Manzanita, Antonio Canales, and was featured in the film Flamenco by Carlos Saura. Earlier this year he was included as special guest on Al di Meola’s Spain tour.
For full bio, discography and awards, please visit http://joseantoniorodriguez.es/biography.html
José Antonio Rodríguez will also be offering a FLAMENCO GUITAR WORKSHOP, sponsored by ArtMax Academy on Feb 18th and 19th. For more info about workshops, please contact Nat Hulskamp at email@example.com.
Monday, February 20, 2017
7:00 pm – PDX Jazz presents Ralph Towner with Anja Lechner & Francois CouturierPDX Jazz presents Ralph Towner with Anja Lechner & Francois Couturier
PDX Jazz presents Ralph Towner with Anja Lechner & Francois Couturier
ECM For Portland: Alone Together (Double Bill)
February 20, 2017 | 7:00 pm
$30 – $35 @ pdxjazz.com
NOTE: Date Change. Show is now taking place on Monday, February 20 instead of Tuesday, February 21. All tickets previously purchased will be honored.
Musical innovation is no easy feat. It not only requires an innate talent, but also a devotion to the art that is not blinded by the commercial glare of popular culture. Ralph Towner is such an innovator on the modern musical landscape, his ideas ever fresh, though they span a career of more than 30 years. Best known as the lead composer, guitarist, and keyboardist for the enduring ensemble Oregon. Towner has also had a rich and varied solo career that has seen fruitful and memorable musical excursions with such great modern musicians as John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette, Larry Coryell, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Gary Peacock and Weather Report. Towner’s working relationship with producer Manfred Eicher of ECM Records began in 1972 and would provide a forum for his growth as a leader and collaborator with other jazz giants, all while breaking open musical frontiers throughout the years.
“Ralph Towner has always, it seems, made music of glowing introspection.” – The New York Times
Perhaps no other artist representing ECM Records’ New Series symbolizes its spirit of traversing both jazz and classical terrain much like Anja Lechner. Since appearing on the label in 1998, Lechner has shattered boundaries between the two genres like no other. While her fondness for partnering with pianists is well documented, perhaps her best collaborator is pianist François Couturier. The musical affinity between Lechner and Couturier has been evident in their concerts and recordings with the Tarkovsky Quartet. In this most recent collaboration, the German cellist and the French pianist traverse a still-wider musical arc with a chemistry that most duos can only aspire to. New arrangements, free interpretation, and improvisation are all part of the work in their exploration of repertoire situated, metaphorically or musico-historically, at the crossroads of East and West in this exclusive For Portland Only performance.
“Mellow and cozy…you have a sense that you’ve been listening in on an intimate conversation…cellist Anja Lechner’s tangy tone fits snugly with the delicacy of François Couturier…” – The New York Times
“…lyrical music of a spiritual bent…” – Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
7:00 pm – Portland Youth Rock OrchestraPortland Youth Rock Orchestra
Portland Youth Rock Orchestra
Performance will be a showcase of rock and orchestra skills by original arrangements of the Beatles, Muse, Beethoven and some film scores, old and new! FREE events with suggested donation of $10-$15 at the door.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
12:00 pm – Sack Lunch FREE Concert – Don Frueh, organist presents A Celebration of American Music and ComposersSack Lunch FREE Concert – Don Frueh, organist presents A Celebration of American Music and Composers
Sack Lunch FREE Concert – Don Frueh, organist presents A Celebration of American Music and Composers
A Celebration of American Music and Composers!In honor of President’s Day, organist Don Frueh will present a concert of American tunes and music by American composers. Including works by Francis Linley, Horatio Parker, John Behnke, Dale Wood and even John Philip Sousa.
Our gift to the community for 49 years! FREE Concerts every Wednesday, at noon. Relax and enjoy an hour of fine music performed by local artists.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
9:00 am – Yoga at The Old Church with Veranda
7:30 pm – PDX Jazz presents Craig Taborn Quartet: Keyboard MisteriosoYoga at The Old Church with Veranda
Yoga at The Old Church with Veranda
Because of another event, Yoga Class will be held downstairs in Jackson Hall today. Please follow the signs!PDX Jazz presents Craig Taborn Quartet: Keyboard Misterioso
PDX Jazz presents Craig Taborn Quartet: Keyboard Misterioso
CRAIG TABORN QUARTET: KEYBOARD MISTERIOSO
ECM Recording Artist w/ Chris Speed, Chris Lightcap & Dave King
February 23, 2017 | 7:30 pm
– $25 – $30The Old Church
NOTE: Show is now a single general admission performance at The Old Church. All tickets previously purchased for both the early and late shows will be honored.
Pianist, organist, keyboardist and composer Craig Taborn has become a mainstay on the renowned jazz label ECM Records. Taborn has a range of styles, and often adapts his playing to the nature of the instrument and the sounds that he can make it produce. He started playing piano and Moog synthesizer as an adolescent and was influenced at an early stage by a wide range of musical styles, most significantly by recordings of free jazz and contemporary classical music. To this date, Taborn has released six albums under his own name and appeared on more than 80 as a sideman including collaborations with Roscoe Mitchell, Dave Douglas, David Torn, Drew Gress, Evan Parker, Christian McBride and Dave Holland. In 2011, DownBeat chose Taborn as winner of the Electric Keyboard category, as well as Rising Star in both the Piano and Organ categories. Likewise, JazzTimes ranked Taborn in their 2013 Critics’ Poll as Best Piano Player, and in 2014, the Jazz Journalists Association awarded him the Pianist of the Year Award. Taborn will be touring in support of his quartet’s newest disc on ECM, Daylight Ghosts, set for release on February 3, 2017. His appearance at this year’s Festival will shine the spotlight on his keyboard wizardry and impeccable improvisational skill set.
“…one of the visionaries of the current wave…” – DownBeat Magazine
Friday, February 24, 2017
7:30 pm – Portand Jazz Composers Ensemble with the Portland Youth Jazz OrchestraPortand Jazz Composers Ensemble with the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra
Portand Jazz Composers Ensemble with the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra
Tickets are $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students. $10 PJCE Musician Members @ PJCE.org
Songs arranged by student composers and their mentors.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
7:00 pm – Friends of the Columbia Gorge presents pianist and local artist Greg LiefFriends of the Columbia Gorge presents pianist and local artist Greg Lief
Friends of the Columbia Gorge presents pianist and local artist Greg Lief
Photo Credit Cheryl Hill
Friends of the Columbia Gorge is hosting a benefit piano concert on February 25, 2017 from 7 – 9 p.m.
Accomplished pianist and local artist Greg Lief will perform a riveting set of classical and Amerian ragtime music. All proceeds go to support Friends of the Columbia Gorge. During intermission, enjoy a silent auction of stunning Gorge photography prints. Online tickets are $15 at www.gorgefriends.org/concert or $20 at the door.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
3:00 pm – The Ensemble of Oregon presents In Vino Vertias
8:00 pm – Emmet Cahill at The Old ChurchThe Ensemble of Oregon presents In Vino Vertias
The Ensemble of Oregon presents In Vino Vertias
Doors open at 2:30pm – All Ages show
Tickets are $25 General, $20 Seniors 65+, and $5 Students at BoxOfficeTickets.com
Throughout history, humankind’s love of wine is apparent through its many references in music. Join us for a grand pastiche of the many representations of wine throughout the ages.Emmet Cahill at The Old Church
Emmet Cahill at The Old Church
$45 Meet/Greet with Performance and $30 General Admission @ BrownPaperTickets.com
Meet/Greet Doors: 6:15pm
General Admission Doors: 7:30pm
Over the past four years, Emmets life has been transformed from a young man pursuing a career in classical music to being plunged into the world of touring across cities and performing to thousands of fans with world renowned Irish music show Celtic Thunder. After three years of phenomenal success, including three albums shooting to number 1 on the world billboard charts, Emmet is now carving out his own unique identity as a solo artist.
Emmets talents have been recognized both home and abroad. He has enjoyed success as a multiple prize winner in various competitions across Ireland, the RIAM Promising young singer of 2010, the John McCormack Young Tenor Award, as well as being voted Tenor of the year in 2013 by The Irish Music Association in the United States in recognition of his performances on stage. He also performed in stage productions at The National Concert Hall as well as The Gaeity Theatre, Dublin.
Growing up in a musical household, pursuing a career in music was always a natural path for Emmet to take. From the tender age of four, his father began to provide music lessons, leading to a 5 year Schola Cantorum music scholarship at his local secondary school. After attending formal classical training at the prestigious Royal Irish Academy of Music, Emmet soon found himself touring the world, from the United States, to Canada, to Australia as a lead singer with the Irish music group, and relishing every moment of it.
Its quite a surreal feeling waiting backstage in such famous venues like The Fox Theatres in America. You see the signatures on the walls of some of the most famous artists of all time. Your thinking, Im about to go on and perform on the same stage as those musical iconsThey are the moments you really cherish.
During his time with Celtic Thunder, he has been immersed in a variety of distinct musical genres, awakening his passion for Irish music as well as other styles.