Watch our one-hour concert video, which was Cascadia Composers’ part of New Music Gathering, an annual conference dedicated to the performance, production, promotion, support and creation of new concert music! See and hear works by Christina Rusnak, Jay Derderian, Tomas Svoboda, Greg A Steinke, Theresa Koon and Daniel Brugh. The concert was introduced with Cascadia’s brand-new promo video, created by Jennifer Wright, who also assembled and edited the concert video.
You can also watch the video on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/newmusicgathering/videos/753031125504000/. This event was streamed live on June 17th, 2020 at 6:00 PM (PDT) via New Music Gathering’s Facebook Live page.
The following works are shown in this video:
- Hyas Tyee Təmwata (Willamette Falls), by Christina Rusnak (https://christinarusnak.com/): A major fishery supporting a thriving Native society before settlement, and a potent symbol of the Eden promoted to settlers, at the end of the Oregon Trail.
Performed in Portland at Landscape Music on 10/7/2018, and here by:
Matthieu Clavé, flute
Jeffrey Brooks, clarinet
Benjamin Shirley, cello
Paul Stevens, percussion
- Begin Again, by Jay Derderian (https://jderderian.com/): Celebrating the unity and honoring the perseverance of the Polish people in the face of constant adversity, and of the Polish nation that has repeatedly been torn apart and rebuilt.
Performed at Portland Polonia’s commemorative concert Poland — 100 Years — Free Again on 11/18/2018 by the Delgani String Quartet:
Wyatt True, violin
Jannie Wei, violin
Kimberlee Uwate, viola
Eric Alterman, cello
- Forest Rhythms, by Tomas Svoboda (http://www.tomassvoboda.com/): A lifelong lover of nature, particularly forests, Tomas wrote this for the artist Julia Stoll, who led a group that managed to convince Longview Fibre to spare a stream from logging in the Yale Valley, Washington.
Performed at Cascadia’s anniversary celebration Ten Years On: Cascadia Founders Speak on 3/22/2019 by:
Amelia Lukas, flute
Kenji Bunch, viola
Kevin Schlossman, xylophone
- Inquietude, by Greg A Steinke (https://gregasteinke.com/): Written for flutist Julia Larson in memory of the famous flutist William Kincaid (1895–1967), drawing on the composer’s memory of signature orchestral solos performed by Mr. Kincaid.
- I Come From Water, by Theresa Koon (https://tikkunmusic.com/): Inspired by concern over the health of water creatures in large areas surrounding the sites of potential missile testing by the US, in the Pacific Ocean near the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
Performed at Our Waters, Cascadia’s concert honoring water defenders, particularly Native Americans, on 5/12/2018 by:
Grace Skinner, soprano
Nicholas Meyer, baritone
Laura Kuhlman, alto flute
Justin Bulava, clarinet
Danielle Goldman, bassoon
Andrew Ehrlich, violin
Collin Oldham, violoncello
- Listen to the Earth, by Daniel Brugh (https://oregoncomposerswatch.blogspot.com/2019/08/daniel-brugh.html), video by Jennifer Wright (https://jenniferwrightpianostudio.com/index.html): An immersive piece that takes inspiration from Bernie Kraus’ book The Great Animal Orchestra, and that uses sounds of the Earth and its creatures as source material.
Performed at All Wired Up, Cascadia’s first festival of electronic and electroacoustic music, on 4/20/2019.
For the schedule for the New Music Gathering 2020 conference, please follow this link.