Composers at Play!

New art music that has some SERIOUS FUN with improvisation!

It’s all fun and games at this concert! See and hear what happens when seven local composers and their talented friends start SHAKING UP the music – by MAKING UP the music!

Composers at PlayEver wonder what kind of a classical piece calls for two pianos, a vocal score with no notes, and a whole bunch of colored lights? Or how a dancer would be moved to interpret intertwining melodies with their body in space? Or what you’d get when you give five toy pianos to five talented improvisers – along with a whole lot of free rein? Come find out at “Composers at Play”!

This creative concert explores the intersection of structure, spontaneity, seriousness and silliness. Music becomes a combination spectator sport/choose-your-own-adventure as each composer presents a fresh take on the idea of improvisation. You’ll hear classic jazz, poetry, narration, electronic soundscapes, irresistible modern grooves and holiday spirit – but maybe never as you’ve heard them before!

Audience members will get a chance to help the musicians choose the direction of one of the performances; you’ll even watch sounds become colors as an entire musical painting is created right in front of you (and you’ll have the chance to bid on this brand-new masterpiece at a silent auction following the concert!) This will be a great event for kids and families alike. (And did we mention that there will be cookies?!)

Featuring the playful compositions of
Daniel Brugh, Ted Clifford, Gary Noland, Art Resnick,
Paul Safar and Jennifer Wright.

Come out and play with us!


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Crazy Jane – Inner Nature

Crazy  Jane Poster - LargeA benefit concert for Environment Oregon.

Art Music Inspired by the Wild Earth.

Compositions by Susan Alexander, Lisa Anne Marsh, Jennifer Wright, Christina Rusnak, Bonnie Miksch, Stacy Philipps, Karen Bates-Smith, Jan Mittelstaedt, and Elizabeth Blanchy-Dyson.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14th, 2014. 7:30pm. 1620 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Tickets: $15 General, $10 Senior/Cascadia Member, $5 students, Under 12 – FREE

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The Warbler Sings

“The Warbler Sings: New music from Northwest composers looking east”.TheWarblerSingsPosterLg Join us for a one hour-no intermission concert of new music. All these pieces have some inspiration or connection to Asia and the Middle East. The centerpiece of the concert is the Eugene premiere of “The Warbler Sings”, a new song cycle for soprano, piano, double bass and trumpet written by Paul Safar for Nancy Wood with text from the haiku of Basho.

Also on the concert will be the rarely performed solo koto work of Tomas Svoboda entitled “Autumn” performed by Mitsuki Dazai-Church. A world premiere by Mark Vigil and songs from former Oregonian Derek Healey round out the concert. Held in the beautiful First Christian Church of downtown Eugene, this promises to be a special event.

Friday, October 17th at 8pm. First Christian Church – 1166 Oak Street, Eugene

$10 suggested donation/ $5 students.


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Cascadia opens Celebration Works Series

Only 10 days away! Come hear the latest from Cascadia composers Greg Bartholomew, Denis Floyd, Greg A Steinke, Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson, Brandon Stewart, Jan Mittelstaedt, Jackie T. Gabel, Jay Derderian, David S. Foley, John G. Bilotta, Art Resnick, Theresa Koon, and Gary Noland. That’s a lot of composers but the time will fly by. (It’s a normal-length concert at least.) Full details on the flyer below.

You won’t want to miss newcomer Brandon Stewart’s dramatic song on renowned Portland poet Judith Barrington’s “The Telephone”!


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NORTHWEST RESONANCE with Seattle’s RE:Percussion Duo

Cascadia and Friends would like to invite you to the premier of THREE new percussion duets performed by Seattle’s RE:Percussion Duo.


Featuring works by Troy Ramos, Charlie Copland, and Jay Derderian, this concert will be a one-of-a-kind experience using everything from fixed media to terracotta pots, all to celebrate the natural beauty and resonance of the Pacific Northwest.


Saturday, August 16th at 4pm. Community Music Center; 3350 SE Francis, Portland OR, 97202

$5-$10, suggested donation (no one turned away).

For more information, please contact Jay Derderian at

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THE ĄRCƠ-PDX DEBUT CONCERT featuring Skip vonKuske

ĄRCƠ-PDX-PortlandCascadia Composers present THE ĄRCƠ-PDX DEBUT CONCERT!  ĄRCƠ-PDX stands for Amplified Repertory Chamber Orchestra of Portland. We bring you high-quality orchestral music performed by memory, with attitude, on a rock-concert stage. Amped up loud enough so you can dance, shout, order a drink without disturbing anyone. All while keeping true to the composer’s intent. Top it off with state-of-the-art intelligent lighting in sync with the music, to create an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience!

This concert is a proof of principle—that anyone can appreciate classical music as long as it’s produced for today’s consumer. We’re simply taking classical music to the 21st century!  For our debut concert, we celebrate the 300th birth-year of C.P.E. Bach with movements from his two cello concerti and three of his symphonies, along with new music by Cascadia Composers member and ĄRCƠ-PDX founder Mike Hsu. Skip VonKuske of Portland Cello Project will join us as soloist.

Virtuoso accordionist Kiran Moorty will open the night with his mesmerizing renditions of classical and Tango hits.

Tickets: $13 in advance, $15 at the door

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