Crossing Paths

Crossing Paths

Cascadia Composers is excited to announce the opening concert of its 2021-2022 season: Crossing Paths—New Music of Healing and Renewal. This unique concert experience will be our first live event in many months and will take place at the Leach Botanical Garden (6704 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236-5037) on Sunday, September 26th at 5 p.m.

Colored Hands, In Good Hands

In Good Hands 2021

Cascadia Composers is not about to let summertime slide into fall without a real, bonafide encore presentation of our beloved summer tradition In Good Hands on September 11th, 18th, and 25th at 3p.m. on YouTube. Join us in celebrating talented student performers from across Oregon and Washington playing brand new music written by Cascadia Composer members…

Aszemar at the piano

Aszemar Glenn

Cascadia Composers is saddened by the passing of esteemed colleague and board member Aszemar Glenn in April. Aszemar was a native Oregonian and Portlander who studied music at Pacific University, becoming a composer (ASCAP), writer, ethnomusicologist, and pianist...
NACUSA Conference 2021

NACUSA 2021 Virtual New Music Festival

April 17 — May 2, 2021 Cascadia Composers, the Northwest chapter of the National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA), in partnership with Lewis & Clark College, will host NACUSA’s biennial conference as a virtual experience with all events held online for the very first time in the organization’s 87 year history…

Promo Reel music clips (by members of Cascadia Composers), in order of appearance

1. “4 Silhouettes” for flute and viola, mvt. 1 by David Bernstein
2. “Diversions and Interactions” for percussion by Greg Steinke
3. “50/50” for piano and hurgy gurdy (improvisation) by Ted Clifford and Paul Safar
4. “Two Canons for 14 Pianos” by Tomas Svoboda
5. “You Cannot Liberate Me, Only I Can Do That For Myself” for amplified harpsichord, 2 EBows and live cymatics display by Jennifer Wright
6. “La’ah for fixed media and dancer by Mei-Ling Lee
7. “Tango Con Lo Desconocido” by Cynthia Gerdes
8. “Flowed Land (Only When I’m Ready)” for fixed media and dancer by Renée Favand-See
9. “The Sun Never Says” for choir by Jeff Winslow
10. “NeuroCantos” for fixed media and dancer by Susan Alexjander
11. “Songs of Silent Sorrow” for voice, flute and piano by Jan Mittelstaedt
12. “X Chromosome” for 5 toy pianos by Jennifer Wright
13. “Listen to the Earth” for fixed media by Daniel Brugh, video by Jennifer Wright
14. “Solstice” for fixed media and didgeridoo by Bonnie Miksch
15. “Surface” interactive sound installation by Jennifer Wright
16. “Welcome to the Future, Citizen #2406” for fixed media, dancer and live-operated aerial drone by Jennifer Wright
17. “Fever Dream” for chamber ensemble by Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson
18. “Obscure Terrain” for Skeleton Piano and electronics, mvt. 1 by Jennifer Wright
19. “Bleecker Street” for piano by Nicholas Yandell
20. “Inflight Movie” for piano duo by Paul Safar
21. “Song of Sanshin” for chamber ensemble by Bonnie Miksch

A toast to these intrepid imagineers as Cascadia comes of age in its eleventh year!

Brian Cutean

The Southeast Examiner, Portland

If you’re accustomed to thinking of contemporary music programs as wildly heterogeneous mixes of the accessible, the abstruse and the alarming, you’d likely have found Wednesday’s opening concert of the National Association of Composers/USA conference surprisingly cohesive and consonant

James McQuillen



by Greg A Steinke (composer), Amelia Lukas (flute)

The Cascadia Composers are a welcome addition to the Portland new music scene with a healthy blend of compositional styles and individual takes on musical forms

Aaron Berenbach

Northwest Reverb

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