Monthly Presentations

Join us for a series of presentations by our members –

Free and open to the public!

Held (unless otherwise noted) every second Monday in

Room 219, Lincoln Hall at Portland State University.

(1620 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97201 –

Room 219 is just off the SW stairwell’s 2nd floor landing.)

Social time ~7:15 PM // First presentation 7:30 PM //

Second presentation (if there are two) 8:15 PM

For additional information, contact Liz Nedela.

September 16, 2019: Special Presentation on Koto – Mitsuki Dazai-Church

October 14, 2019 : Timothy O’Brien // Nicholas Yandell

November 11, 2019 : Mark Vigil // Greg Steinke

December 9, 2019 : Bonnie Miksch // Matthew Andrews

Bonnie Miksch: I’ll be sharing two pieces which demonstrate similar aspects of my compositional thinking: “I found this flower” for string quartet (for the Pyxis quartet) and “Somewhere like you, my darling” for violin and viola (for Joël Belgique and Inés Voglar). In both pieces I pursue beauty and expressivity. One moment leads to the next, and form creates itself in response to the demands of those moments. Variety must be balanced with coherence. Harmonic progression must be dependent on time. Endings do not need to be endings.

(NOTE, Bonnie Miksch is chair of the music department at Portland State University, and it’s thanks to her that Cascadia Composers is considered a Community Partner of PSU, which among other things gives these presentations a home there.)

Matthew Andrews: First, “Fifth & Harrison” from my Second Portland Suite. I’ll share audio of the trio version for flute, alto sax, and piano (from my June recital), with a demonstration of the composition’s five-beat rhythms and five-note scales. Then I’ll present “Erisian Liberation Front” for gamelan gong kebyar ensemble. I’ll share video of this composition, created in Bali for Gamelan Wahyu Dari Langit. Bandleader Erica Fuenmayor will join me for a live demonstration of gangsa pemadé, two of the gamelan’s unique metallophone instruments.

January 13, 2020 : Gershon Wolfe

February 10, 2020 : Alexander LaFollett // Lisa Neher

March 9, 2020 : TBA // Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson

April 13, 2020 : Aszemar Glenn

May 11, 2020 : David Bernstein

June 8, 2020 : Adam Eason