Music

Navigating the wave: An interview with Kirsten Volness

The composer and Reed prof talks about doing what all composers should: releasing a whole album of her own music.

Festivals of the future

With vaccines on the rise, the Oregon Symphony plans a fall return to the Schnitz – and has more news.

Now Hear This: May edition

Robert Ham's monthly cruise through Bandcamp's catalog unearths some good new local sounds.

Sing a song of Oregon

An effort to remove offensive language from the state song could end up with dual anthems to Oregon.

MusicWatch Monthly: What flowers may come

At least April ended on a high note: FearNoMusic’s headliner show capped off its season brilliantly.

Mezzo-soprano Jasmine Johnson and the Portland Opera Chorus performing 'The Talk: Instructions for Black Children When They Interact with the Police.' Photo courtesy of Portland Opera.

Good men must plan: A review of ‘Journeys to Justice’

In 30 years of covering Portland Opera, Angela Allen writes, "I've never seen such a compelling program."

Kenji Bunch and Monica Ohuchi perform Adolphus Hailstork's 'Sanctum Rhapsody.'

Catching Up With: Fear No Music

ArtsWatch’s new series asks music groups: How are you doing? How about that last Year of Weirdness? What’s next?

Scene from 'A Time For Life.' Photo by Robert Kyr.

The soul of humanity and the fate of the planet are intertwined

Anima Mundi's Ashland-based Heart of Humanity spring concert series stirs up some excitement.

BRAVO Youth Orchestras: Social Change through Music

The Oregon affiliate of Venezuela’s famed El Sistema education system gives diverse students access to music education

Wyatt True, Eric Alterman and Kimberlee Uwate,of the Delgani String Quartet, rehearse new music for string trio by OCF composers. Photo by Gary Ferrington.

A year of hope and resilience

Eugene's Oregon Composers Forum is taking its Music Today Festival online – with more than 60 new works.

MusicWatch Monthly: April is the coolest month

Looking forward to a wild summer where the masks start to come off and the concerts slowly start coming back.

Madeline Ross in 'Secret Diaries of Pennsylvania Avenue.' Photo courtesy of Renegade Opera.

New horizons

"... Maddy called me up a year ago, and she was like, let’s start this thing. I have an idea, it’s called Renegade Opera.”

Bass-baritone Damien Geter.

Songs of Love and Justice

Though each of the six pieces is contemporary — written in the late 20th and early 21st centuries — Geter chose somewhat established works as well as freshly minted ones...

Now Hear This: April edition

Robert Ham scours Bandcamp for new local sounds and discovers multilingual hip-hop, bludgeoning metal, electronic improv & more.

Black Music Matters, Vol. 3: Smell the roses

"There’s a lot this country needs to explore, and understand, and comprehend about itself. Transformation--that’s what 'Revolution' is about."

Singing Strings

Composer Stephen Scott created singular music — and a unique instrument to play it.

The sound of dance across borders

Joe Kye’s new single "The Way Out" brings dance, Zoom, and social justice together to address the border crisis.

Composer Nicole Buetti and puppets. Photo courtesy of the comopser.

A Young Puppet’s Guide to the Orchestra

Put together a composer with a post-Halloween idea, a passel of puppets, and the Portland Columbia Symphony. Add YouTube and instruments. Voila!

Black Music Matters, Volume Two: Multiples

Matthew Neil Andrews on the joy of following Machado Mijiga, plus Joe Henderson, Bobby McFerrin, Freddie Hubbard & more.

Now Hear This: March edition

New and local on Bandcamp: Lizzy “Cardioid” Ellison and George “Theoretical Planets” Colligan, Mo Troper's audacious Beatles covers, epic from The Decemberists’ vault. Plus, fee free Friday!