We love this music.
We love this music.
Where We Live: Portland Winter Light Festival
The Portland Winter Light Festival (PDXWLF) is an annual event of the Willamette Light Brigade, a non-profit arts organization. PDXWLF is presented to guests for free and builds community by bringing art and technology to inclusive audiences while invigorating Portland in the winter.
John Pitman Review: Jonathan Biss completes Beethoven journey
American pianist Jonathan Biss has just completed a 9-year journey exploring the piano sonatas of Ludwig Van Beethoven. In his conversation, Mr. Biss shares how each sonata revealed a different side of the composer's character, which was definitely much more than the scowling face we often see on CD covers and books. The journey was also one of discovery for the pianist himself: Mr. Biss certainly doesn't feel like he's in the same place as when he started nearly a decade ago.
Where We Live: Black History Festival NW
Black History Festival NW is a Celebration of Culture and Heritage Showcasing African American artists, businesses, organizations and leaders. Through arts, education and advocacy 365 days a year, utilizing Black History Month to celebrate Black excellence, bridge gaps, amplify truth, unity, and hope in the Pacific NW.
John Pitman Review: String Trio debuts with “Silenced Voices” (Black Oak Ensemble)
2020 (specifically, January 27) marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the WWII concentration camp that is symbolic of the persecution and murder of millions of Jews and other groups by the Nazi regime. In addition to the handful of people who survived the camps, a small body of art, including music, has emerged over time. Music written by prisoners of the Nazis who persevered in their art despite the conditions. The string trio Black Oak Ensemble (violinist Desirée Ruhrstrat, violist Aurélian Fort Pederzoli and cellist David Cunliffe) first encounter of much of this music was in a shop in Budapest, and at first, they didn’t know the circumstances of the composers of these works. This debut disc is the result of several years of research and performance, including at the Czech camp at Terezín.
The music is at times filled with a sense of foreboding, at other times sadness, but also great energy and even humor. They were written between the late 1920s (when the first signs of fascism were appearing in parts of Europe) to the 1930s era of persecution, and finally to the last years of the war (most of the composers went from places like Terezín, where artists were kept, to the death camps such as Auschwitz. Only one composer on the disc, Géza Frid, survived the war and lived in the Netherlands to 1989).
The interview is with Cunliffe and Pederzoli, who share their unique connection and admiration for this music which, finally, is “silenced” no more.
John Pitman Review: Miloš Sound Of Silence
The Montenegro-born guitarist Miloš has just released his fifth album, and the first in about 3 years. Sound of Silence (Decca) is, in a way, autobiographical: in 2016, just after the release of his Beatles-inspired disc, Blackbird, Miloš began experiencing a tightness in his hand that affected his ability to play. He eventually stepped away from his busy schedule of successful international concerts, and too the time to heal. He used this time to reacquaint himself with the simple joy of listening. Miloš heard old favorites in new ways (such as Simon and Garfunkel’s melancholy “The Sound of Silence”), and new songs by artists such as Portishead, Skylar Grey and The Magnetic Fields. He eventually regained his full playing ability, and now, with this new album, shares his own playing with listeners around the world once again. Only this time, he’s taking time to enjoy the silence between the notes.
Youth Roving Reporter Olivia Dever: Daimh
Taking their name from the Gaelic word for kinship, “The Gaelic Super Group” Dàimh (pronounced dive) are based entirely in the West Highlands of Scotland. From pyrotechnic jigs and reels to achingly poignant ballads, they run the full expressive gamut of folk music at its best and are renowned for their thrilling live shows.