Cascadia Composers Present:
Crazy Jane in Technicolor
Local women composers present vivid and eclectic musical visions in vibrant, glowing COLOR.
Friday, November 4, 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln Recital Hall Room 75, Portland State University
1620 SW Park Avenue, LH 75, Portland, OR 97201
PORTLAND, Oregon – Sept. 30, 2016 – The sixth annual Crazy Jane Composers’ concert of new chamber, vocal, electronic and dance music lights up Lincoln Recital Hall at Portland State University on Friday Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Seven “Crazy Janes,” women composers from the Portland-metro area, will present their dynamic musical visions under the lights.
Dramatic works including modern dance, piano duets and songs, sultry tangueros, feverishly whispering musicians, an electrified harpsichord, stories from Rudyard Kipling, electro-acoustic sounds of the brain’s workings and a dazzling live visual display of musical waveforms create a riveting program!
“We are so pleased to continue the magic created by our Crazy Jane concert series,” said Jan Mittelstaedt, a founding member of Crazy Jane
Composers and president of Cascadia Composers. “This creative and collaborative concert is unique in featuring local women composers, and we’re anticipating another eclectic evening of interesting, provocative, powerful new music.”
A rich collection of some of Portland’s best performers including Dianne Davies, Maria Choban, Colleen Adent and Jeff Payne, piano; Jennifer Wright, amplified harpsichord; Tatiana Kolchanova and Erin Furbee, violin; Katherine Schultz, cello; Joel Bluestone, percussion; Alex Krebs, bandoneon; Adam Young, baritone; Matt Burnett, narration; and dancers Dominic Bridge, Rebekah Mitchell, Melissa St. Clair and Jonalyn Salzano bring together striking music, dance, improvisational movement and narration in one unforgettably colorful evening.
Crazy Jane Composers represent a variety of musical styles, yet are united each year by this shared concert venture and inspired by their namesake – Crazy Jane, a fictional character created by Irish poet W.B. Yeats and based on a real person. Yeats admired Crazy Jane for her audacity, lust for life, and satirical eye. In the tradition of strong, mythical, Celtic women who feel they have earned the right to speak their minds, Crazy Jane defended herself and her passionate stance with a whimsical but no-nonsense attitude – one embraced by these fearless female composers, as well.
“Crazy Jane in Technicolor” is modern art music like you’ve never SEEN it before! This concert is cosponsored by Elizabeth and Robert Dyson with additional support provided by Portland State University. Purchase tickets at www.crazyjaneintechnicolor.brownpapertickets.com: $20 general, $10 seniors/Cascadia members; $5 students (with valid ID); under 12 free.
Meet the 2016 roster of Crazy Jane Composers here:
Crazy Jane in Technicolor!
Penta-Moods for piano duet Liz Nedela
I. Prelude: Melody on the Miyako-bushi Pentatonic
II. “The Chase” on the Man Gong Pentatonic
III. Variations on the Blues Minor Pentatonic
Maria Choban and Dianne Davies, piano
2 songs for voice and piano Jan Mittelstaedt
I. Hard Hats
II. Red Hats
Adam Young, baritone; Dianne Davies, piano; Jonalyn Salzano, dance
Fever Dream Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson
Colleen Adent, piano; Tatiana Kolchanova, violin; Joel Bluestone, percussion
NeuroCantos Susan Alexjander
Susan Alexjander, digital sound design; Melissa St. Clair, improvisational movement
How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin Linda Woody
Matt Burnett, narration; Colleen Adent, piano; Tatiana Kolchanova, violin; Katherine Schultz, cello; Joel
Tango Con Lo Desconocido (Tango With The Unknown) Cynthia Gerdes
Erin Furbee, violin; Jeff Payne, piano; Alex Krebs, bandoneon
Dominic Bridge and Rebekah Mitchell, tango dance
You Cannot Liberate Me: Only I Can Do That For Myself Jennifer Wright
Jennifer Wright, amplified harpsichord, electronics, and live-cam cymatics display
“Meet-the-artist” reception to follow the performance!
Crazy Jane Composers (www.crazyjanecomposers.wordpress.com) are members of Cascadia Composers, a regional chapter of the National Association of Composers USA. “Like” us on Facebook for news and updates!