Cascadia Composers is proud to present what is certain to be one of the most spirited and memorable concerts of this season, the Fear No Music Ensemble in New Pearls from the Antilles. This concert celebrates Cuban Art Music and offers a chance to meet visiting Cuban composers and hear tales of musical adventure from the five Cascadia Composers who traveled to Cuba in 2016. The concert at Temple Baptist Church is Friday, May 19 at 8 pm and begins with a “Cuba Chat” at 6:30 that is free and open to the public.

Havana composer Guido López-Gavilán will lead his Cuban string quartet in Habanera Sensualy Contradanza Caprichosa. Maestro Lope-Gavilan is the director of the Festival of Contemporary Music held in each November and hosted five Cascadia composers to his festival in Cuba in November 2016.

Also, we are delighted to welcome composer José V. Gavilondo Peón for the premiere of a work especially written for the Fear No Music performers. Besides attending this premiere, he will give talks to students and faculty at Portland State University and other institutions during his stay in Portland. His composition is Half-Remembered Dreams for flute, piano and percussion. Pepe, as Jose is known, is the director of one of the contemporary music ensembles that we heard at the time we attended that festival this past year.

The entire program includes:

  1. Guido López-Gavilán: Habana Sensual…y Contradanza Caprichosa  
  2. Ariannys Mariño Lalana: Incongruencias
  3. Jorge Enrique Amado Molina: Tríptico cubano
  4. José Loyola Fernández: Preludio y tumbao for two violas
  5. 5.Juan Piñera: El Bolero de Ravel según Juan Piñera for violin, viola, and piano
  1. Javier Iha Rodriguez: En homenaje a un plátano maduro for piano trio
  2. Alfredo Diez Nieto: Monológo para flauta
  3. José V. Gavilondo Peón: Half-remembered Dreams for flute, percussion, and piano

The Fear No Music Ensemble will feature Inés Voglar Belgique, violin; Ruby Chen, violin; Joël Belgique, viola; Kenji Bunch, viola; Nancy Ives, cello; Monica Ohuchi, piano; Michael Roberts, percussion and Amelia Lukas, flute.

Temple Baptist Church is located at 1319 NE 7th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97232. For more information and to purchase tickets go to cascadiacomposers.org. Tickets prices are: General admission $20, Seniors $10, Working Artists $10, Students $5 and Children 12 years of age or younger are free.

Admission for Cascadia Composers members represented with works on a concert is free. Members not represented on the concert $10 (unless students), each attending member also receives one guest ticket at the same price as theirs.  This ticket is non-transferable, either to other members represented on a concert or to any other individual. Performers in a concert can attend the rest of it for free, and also each receive one non-transferable complimentary guest ticket. Each media person reviewing the concert receives two complimentary tickets.

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Inspired by this year’s Cuban exchange, Cascadia Composers celebrates our unique sense of place and the special qualities of the greater Pacific Northwest on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 pm. This concert will feature new works by eight local composers inspired by our landscapes, people and music.

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Postcards from Denali (Movements 1 and 2) for string quartet, by Dawn L. Sonntag
Beauty from Forgetfulness for piano trio by John Bilotta 
PDX (movements 1, 2 and 4) for solo piano by Liz Nedela
Portland Suite (movements 1, 4, then 3) for alto sax, electric bass, and percussion by Matthew Neil Andrews
Sturnella neglecta (Impromptu) for piano solo, by Jackie T. Gabel
Coal Creek for 2 violins, bass clarinet, and marimba) by Christina Rusnak
Combustion for fixed media by Mei-ling Lee
Songs for Nan for soprano and piano by William Toutant

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