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May 2021

Amplitude & Attitude concert

May 1 @ 5:00 pm

A one-hour, high-voltage concert of electronic, electroacoustic and media-only music from NACUSA members all across the USA. Features three delightfully absorbing videos, colorful and mesmerizing by turns. This concert will be streamed and viewable afterwards on the Cascadia Composers YouTube Channel. This concert is part of the NACUSA 2021 Virtual New Music Festival.

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Ben Kapp: Acoustic Ideas and the Development of Musical Structure

May 2 @ 3:30 pm
Free

Kapp offers an analysis of his compositional process of the piece Chromatic Limb, written, and rewritten, for various groups of ever-changing instrumentation, and ultimately two acoustic guitars...What is of compositional in a process such as this? What structures result? Is it music? This presentation will be done by Zoom and is part of the NACUSA 2021 Virtual New Music Festival.

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A Wider World concert

May 2 @ 5:00 pm

A celebration of acoustic chamber music from NACUSA members all across the USA, performed by Friends of Rain, members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and local musicians. This concert will be streamed and viewable afterwards on the Cascadia Composers YouTube Channel. This concert is part of the NACUSA 2021 Virtual New Music Festival.

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Presentations by Elizabeth Dyson and Drew Swatosh

May 10 @ 7:30 pm
Free

1st: Drew Swatosh (they/them), along with librettist Brain Dang, is composing a 20 minute chamber opera as part of the Seattle Opera Creation Lab. The opera “If Only I Could Give You The Sun” is a trans adaptation of the myth of Icarus and Daedalus that explores coming to terms with being trans/non-binary and the joy of facing your fears when the future is unknown.
2nd: Elizabeth Dyson — Music for One | “I will be presenting “Not A Dance Suite,” a set of three pieces I wrote recently for unaccompanied cello. Two of the pieces were composed for Cascadia Composers’ “In Good Hands” concert coming up this summer, and I added one more to make a set of three. Because of COVID restrictions, the pieces are unaccompanied. I will talk about how I used traditional and extended cello techniques to create a variety of musical sounds and textures using only the cello.”

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June 2021

Presentation by Dawn Sonntag — Opera: “For Life”

June 14 @ 7:30 pm

Dawn Sonntag's opera "For Life," with a libretto by Harvard-trained psychologist, dialogical therapist, and film director Kermit Cole, brings to attention the problem of iatrogenic illness caused by a for-profit mental health care system. This opera, which will be premiered online in late spring as part of the Cleveland Opera Theater's New Opera Works festival, captures the extreme, timeless, even absurd aspects of medication-induced infirmity. At one of the most significant moments of change in world history, at a time when peoples’ distresses are generally met with a misguided, often dangerous, response, this opera calls for a seismic shift in models of care and treatment for life’s inevitable challenges.

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