Crazy Jane in Technicolor

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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 $20 general, $10 seniors/Cascadia members; $5 students (with valid ID); under 12 free.

Meet the 2016 roster of Crazy Jane Composers here:

Susan Alexjander

Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson

Cynthia Gerdes,

Jan Mittelstaedt

Liz Nedela

Linda Woody

Jennifer Wright


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

Bluestone, percussion

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 ( are members of Cascadia Composers, a regional chapter of the National Association of Composers USA. “Like” us on Facebook for news and updates! 


Classical Keyboard Collage

 Classical Keyboard Collage


You are invited to an uplifting afternoon of music by J.S. Bach, Franz Schubert, and Howard Whitaker featuring Dennis Plies playing marimba and Colleen Adent on the piano.

Mr. Plies has been a professor of music at Warner Pacific College for more than 35 years. He has taught aural skills and piano, directed jazz ensembles, and taught a popular humanities course. He has had a lifelong interest in the art of teaching, having written his doctoral dissertation on the pedagogy of jazz improvisation.  He performs regularly as a jazz artist.

Ms. Adent is a classically trained, improvisationally minded pianist. She is a freelance musician, with over 35 years experience as a performer, arranger, and teacher and acclaimed as one of the PacificNorthwest’s accomplished pianists.

Date: Sunday, October 16, from 3:00 – 4:15 pm

Where: Warner Pacific College, McGuire Auditorium (SE 68th Avenue & Division, Portland)

Tickets: $10 at the Door

T & T House Concert/Party

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33605 NE 23rd St.
Washougal, WA 98671

Tony & Tatiana present:

T & T House Concert/Party

in Program:

  • Colleen Adent -Piano, Dale Tolliver – Cello, Tatiana Kolchanova – Violin & Piano
  • Students Recital
  • Jam Session


Grilled chicken and vegetables, smoked ribs, salad and some beverages will be provided.
Bring your own dish and or beverages if you wish.
Bring your instruments for the jam!

A $10 donation is suggested and appreciated.

Please RSVP to Colleen Adent at

Keys to the City 2016

Colleen is one of several pianists slated to perform at Mill Creek Pub in Battle Ground as part of Keys To The City, a fundraising event benefiting the School of Piano Technology for the Blind in Vancouver, WA.

Date: Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location:  Mill Creek Pub, Battle Ground, WA

*UPDATE: Colleen’s performance at Mill Creek Pub has been CANCELLED. Please support the other wonderful musicians you find playing there and enjoy the Keys to the City event!*

TIPS are encouraged!  All tips received will be matched not only once by Mill Creek Pub, but a second time by DeWils in support of the school!  Grab your friends and family and come on down!

The event takes place over 10 days, with different pianists each evening.  For more information, visit

Ten Grands On The Green

One stage, one night, ten of the most accomplished pianists in the world performing music we all love- from Classical, Jazz, New Age, to Pop Contemporary- arranged by brilliant composer and musician Michael Allen Harrison.

Colleen will be one of the featured pianists as well as the arranger for two of the numbers played this evening!


Date:  Sunday, July 31st

Time: 6:00pm

Location:  Reserve Vineyard and Golf Club



Cliburn Play Through Concert

This is my final play-though concert before heading off to Texas for the Van Cliburn Amateur competition.  It will be presented free of charge, and no reservations are necessary.  Hope to see you there!

  Sunday, June 12th @ 7:30 pm – Glenwood Community Church, Vancouver, WA

Click here for directions: Glenwood Community Church.

Cliburn Play-Through Concerts

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Four opportunities to hear Colleen play through music     being prepared for the Van Cliburn Competition!!

     Friday, May 20th @ 7:30pm – SW Portland home concert.  RSVP:

     Sunday, May 22nd @ 7:30pm – SW Portland home concert.  RSVP:

     Friday, June 3rd @ 7:00pm – Vancouver home concert.  RSVP:

Due to limited seating, RSVP is required for the     home concerts. For location and seat availability, please contact me at .

        Sunday, June 12th @ 7:30 pm – Glenwood Community Church.    No reservations necessary.


Colleen Adent & Neil Patton

Colleen Adent in concert with award-winning Pandora artist, Neil Patton. The evening will feature Neil performing his own compositions, and Colleen performing from the classical repertoire, plus plenty of improv, both solo and together at the piano.

Friday, March 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Glenwood Community Church, 12201 NE 72nd Ave., Vancouver, WA

Free Admission!

Artist product will be available for purchase.


More info, contact:


Energy & Restraint

Announcing a classically oriented concert of marimba and piano music, with Dennis Plies and Colleen Adent as soloists and collaboratively. You will hear pieces by composers that include Brahms, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schubert, Piazzola and Gershwin.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

7:00 pm

West Hills Covenant Church
5815 SW Gillchrest Ct.,
Portland, OR  97221


Sunday, January 17, 2016

3:00 pm

Michelle’s Piano Company