Prepare yourself Portland to share the life of Portland’s performer-pianist Dianne Davies, as she sojourns through the music of all local, living composers to tell her own story of tragedy to triumph. Not the typical piano recital, it is a synthesis of the arts experience combining music, dance, live art & theatre. This show challenges us all to look at our own attachments and detachments, to rise above the hurt and help others. Welcome to the New Wave of piano performance! You’re invited to be a part of it all for FREE at 3:00 P.M. February 28th, 2016, Portland State University, Lincoln Hall Room 75.
Program: This event, presented by the Cascadia Composers, features the music of some of Portland’s best and brightest composers: Tristan Bliss, Jan Mittelstaedt, Gary Noland, Art Resnick, Michael Rudolph, Jeff Winslow & Nicholas Yandell. This performance is collaborative with dancers Jonalyn Salzano & Samantha Barth, musicians-actors Kaleb Davies and Joshua Davies, along with live art by Margaret Parsons. Other artwork provided by Vicki Stickney & Stephanie Hilchen.
Motivation: In times of loss in my life, music was go-to, my anchor, my escape. Sharing my story through music and art with others has been cathartic for me. The details are different, but human pain is universal. In life’s series of attachments and detachments, many stages are inevitable, some expected, some never expected. Many detachments are for growth and positive change while others are forced upon us and have the potential to break us. We must walk through it all and learn to redefine our own ”new normal”. This show expresses my personal journey and pays tribute to everyone’s triumph in life.
About the Performers: Dianne Davies is hungry for the stage and has developed polar opposite shows. Attachments & Detachments is the serious, gripping series that is about being human and the triumph of overcoming. Dianne is passionate about new music and collaboration with multiple art forms to enhance the communication. She promotes student composition in her teaching studio, learning new music, and creative ways of performance. On the lighter side, her comic show titled, Dianne Davies Has Fallen Off Her Bench is devoted to laughter and the ability to laugh at ourselves. It is filled with traces of famous comedians, concert pianists, and current stars. Margaret Parsons is a senior at PNCA Pacific Northwest College of Art in downtown Portland. Jonalyn Salzano graduated from Marymount in New York and moved to Portland in 2014. She teaches dance at Moonstar Dance Studio in Beaverton, teaches yoga and is a personal trainer. Samantha Barth is 11 years-old, in 5 th grade at Hiteon Elementary School and dances at Moonstar Dance Studio in Beaverton. Kaleb Davies is a 2015 graduate from Beaverton High School currently studying at AJAM (Alan Jones Academy of Music) while free-lancing as a percussionist in Portland. He recently toured with ARCO-PDX Amplified Repertory Chamber Orchestra of Portland. Joshua Davies is a sophomore at Beaverton High School. He plays bass guitar, was an All-State Choir Bassist and is on the building team of BHS’s first Robotics Team.