Concerts

Del Sol String Quartet Livestream

Del Sol String Quartet Livestream

Please join us for a FREE concert of new music by four Cascadia Composers: Antonio Celaya, Dawn Sonntag, Paul Safar, and Jeff Winslow. Cello and viola duos and works for violin solo, specifically written for this special event will be performed by members of the terrifically talented and musically adventurous Del Sol String Quartet as part of their ongoing Saturday night presentations during the Covid-19 crisis. This Del Sol / Cascadia Composers co-production was livestreamed from the Bay Area on July 25, 2020 at 6:00PM via facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/delsolquartet/videos/1218477848544782

Cascadia Composers & Del Sol Livestream

Members of the Quartet - Sam Weiser, Charlton Lee, and Kathryn Bates - team up with 4 of the Cascadia Composers. Enjoy music by Antonio Celaya, Paul Safar, Dawn Sonntag, and Jeff Winslow, along with short chats with the composers.

Posted by Del Sol String Quartet on Saturday, July 25, 2020


Fascinated by the feedback loop between social change, technology, and artistic innovation, the San Francisco-based ensemble is a leading force in 21st century chamber music — whether introducing Ben Johnston’s microtonal Americana at the Library of Congress, taking Aeryn Santillan’s gun-violence memorial to the streets of the Mission District, exploring Andean soundscapes with Gabriela Lena Frank and traditional musicians, or collaborating with Huang Ruo and the anonymous poets who carved their words into the walls of the Angel Island Immigration Station during the years of the Chinese Exclusion Act.

The current Del Sol lineup, marked by the arrival of violinist Sam Weiser alongside mainstays Kathryn Bates and Ben Kreith, and violist Charlton Lee bring a fresh energy, freedom, and precision to the group.

Recognized as a “vigorous champion of living composers”, Del Sol has premiered hundreds of works by composers including Terry Riley, Gabriela Lena Frank, Frederic Rzewski, Ben Johnston, Chinary Ung, Mason Bates, Tania León, Erberk Eryilmaz, Theresa Wong, Reza Vali, Mohammed Fairouz and Peter Sculthorpe.

More information on the ensemble can be found at Twitter: @Delsolquartet and Instagram: @delsolquartet

For information on the composers, please check out:

Although the worldwide pandemic is keeping live audience events on hold, Cascadia Composers continues to present new music from its members via livestreaming. Please check this website regularly for updates on these and other livestreamed concerts and monthly Monday member presentations via zoom.

In Good Hands 2020 Concert (virtual concert)

In Good Hands 2020 Concert (virtual concert)

Cascadia Streams presents:

The 10th annual In Good Hands Concert featuring student performers playing Cascadia Composers works!

Tune in for the concert video of one of Cascadia Composers’ favorite yearly traditions, the In Good Hands recital. Talented student performers from both the Portland and Eugene metro areas play new music written by Cascadia Composers members.

Please check out the program for this virtual concert here: In Good Hands 2020 Program.

Oregon Arts Watch has done a wonderful write-up called Passing the Torch, discussing how In Good Hands works as well as the history and ideas behind this concert series. Please check it out here: https://www.orartswatch.org/passing-the-torch/. Thank you Oregon Arts Watch for your support of local and regional composers!

In this rewarding collaborative project, local music teachers work with their students on these pieces (some of which are premieres). In addition, the student gets to meet with the composer of the work ahead of time, gaining feedback and insight. This connection between young students and living composers is vital to moving contemporary music into the future.

This video was originally broadcast via Zoom on Saturday, July 11th, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.

Special thanks to our participating music teachers this year: Wilma Hawkins (NCTM), Irene Huang (NCTM), Sandy Hull (NCTM), Betsy Parker, Cindy Peterson-Peart (NCTM), Paul Safar, and Fen-Fang Tsao.

In Good Hands 2020 features piano works by the following composers:

Although the worldwide pandemic is keeping live audience events on hold, Cascadia Composers continues to present new music from its members via Cascadia Streams, a monthly livestream series hosted by Daniel Brugh. Please check this website regularly for updates on these and other livestreamed concerts.

2020 OMTA Composer of the Year — Nicholas Yandell

2020 OMTA Composer of the Year — Nicholas Yandell

Enjoy this video of Nicholas Yandell presenting his visual art, poem, and musical piece A Quiet Place in the Rain, commissioned by the Oregon Music Teachers Association honoring Nicholas as their Composer of the Year 2020. 

Nicholas has this to say about A Quiet Place in the Rain
“The title of this piece is based on the idea of an unconventional refuge. This is a confrontational place that is cold, damp, and unpleasant, where one purposely goes to face their buried fears and anxieties. In this work, the listener goes to such a place, away from the comforts of their life, plunging themselves into the darkness, and through exposure and catharsis, finds redemption on the other side.” 

Seasoned new music performers Hannah Hillebrand on cello and Kate Petak on harp performed the musical piece showcased here at Temple Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon. For information on Hannah, please visit http://www.northwestpianotrio.com/about.html. For information on Kate, please visit http://www.katepetak.com.

Portland based composer Nicholas Yandell’s music is often narratively driven and intends to both “immerse the listener in a vivid sonic realm and also take them on an enlightening emotional journey.” In addition to commissions from 45th Parallel and performances by the Delgani String Quartet, Nick has his own freelance sound and film score business: Basement Music, with composer Tristan Bliss. For more information on Nicholas, please visit https://www.nicholasyandell.com/.

New Music Gathering 2020

New Music Gathering 2020

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.

NMG2020 Concert: June 17 9pm

Cascadia Composers ConcertHyas Tyee Təmwata (Willamette Falls) Christina Rusnak 6:00 Matthieu Clavé, flute; Jeffrey Brooks, clarinet; Benjamin Shirley, cello; Paul Stevens, percussion Begin Again Jay Derderian 7:30 Delgani String Quartet:Wyatt True, violin; Jannie Wei, violin; Kimberlee Uwate, viola; Eric Alterman, celloForest Rhythms Tomas Svoboda 9:15 Amelia Lukas, flute; Kenji Bunch, viola; Kevin Schlossman, xylophoneInquietude Greg A Steinke 4:15 Celine Thackston, flute I Come From Water Theresa Koon 7:00 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 Daniel Brugh 16:00 Daniel Brugh, audio; Jennifer Wright, video

Posted by New Music Gathering on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

If the above video is not showing properly, you can see the video 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. This video may be taken down at the end of July, so watch while you can!

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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Performed at the 2019 Astoria Music Festival by Amelia Lukas, and here by Celine Thackston at Cascadia’s 2012 concert Bang On a Canon!

  • 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.

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    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.

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    Performed at All Wired Up, Cascadia’s first festival of electronic and electroacoustic music, on 4/20/2019.

For information on the rest of the New Music Gathering 2020 conference (free but requires registration for most events), please follow this link.

Past Concerts

Forward With Cascadia!

Forward With Cascadia!

We at Cascadia Composers hope you are all staying healthy and coping with the extraordinary circumstances of these days. If any of you or yours do happen to catch the pandemic bug, we wish you and them a mild case and a quick recovery. Everyone here is...

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HAIR, REED, HAMMER: The articulation of sound

HAIR, REED, HAMMER: The articulation of sound

Northwest composers Paul Safar and Daniel Heila present, in an intimate venue, saxophone, string, and piano works sure to charm, challenge, and inspire listeners. Featured performers include the Delgani String Quartet, Eugene pianist Matthew Pavilanis and vocalist...

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CONCERT MOSAIC – New Music and Art by Northwest Women

CONCERT MOSAIC – New Music and Art by Northwest Women

Concert Mosaic, presented by Cascadia Composers, is a bold, inspired, and multi-faceted program of chamber music premieres and visual art displays by Northwest women composers and artists. Featured performers include the Delgani String Quartet, along with special...

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Choral Arts Ensemble Performs Cascadia Seasonal Works

Choral Arts Ensemble Performs Cascadia Seasonal Works

Come hear Cascadia help "Portland's Choir" celebrate the season with three works by Cascadia composers: John Hidalgo's Lux Aeterna, Robert Lockwood's Ave Maria, and Dawn Sonntag's I Heard the Bells. The theme of the Yuletide concerts is "And on Earth, Peace," and...

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Concert Celebrating Tomas Svoboda’s 80th Birthday!

Concert Celebrating Tomas Svoboda’s 80th Birthday!

Oregon boasts maybe a handful of composers who are well-known in the world of contemporary musical art.  One is particularly known internationally, and that is Tomáš Svoboda.  Born in Paris to Czech parents, he lived on both sides of the Iron Curtain before finding...

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50/50 – Double Double Birthday Concerts

50/50 – Double Double Birthday Concerts

Cascadia Composers 11th concert season kicks off with new music celebrating the 50th birthday years of composers Ted Clifford and Paul Safar. Performers include members of the Delgani String Quartet, pianists Asya Gulua and Maria Choban, vocalist Nancy Wood as well as...

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