Saturday, March 9, 2013
March Music Moderne Special
A Willamette Week Top Five Must-See Act!
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Live at The Piano Fort!
The Late Now joins Portland's annual new music festival
with live performances, interviews, and intermedia mayhem
plus beer, wine & revelry!
- VENUE: The Piano Fort
1715 SE Spokane St
- TIME: 9:00 PM
Doors & Bar open at 8:15
- Beer provided by our friends at Ninkasi.
March Music Moderne is Portland's own annual new music festival with 32 events scheduled March 7-23.
On March 9 The Late Now hosts a kaleidoscopic MMM Special featuring live performances and interviews with MMM performers, and other edifying mayhem. Whether you're new to the new music scene or an habitué, this special will stimulate your ears in high-spirited TLN fashion.
The Piano Fort is a one-of-a-kind PDX venue: piano repair shop by day, music venue by night — with a stage made of grand pianos!
The Guest Stars ►
★ Thollem McDonas — We're thrilled to have this astounding, beyond-genre pianist (plus) in Portland and on TLN. Perpetually traveling as a truly one-of-a-kind soloist, collaborator, and prolific recording artist, Thollem has worked with symphonies, West African drumming troupes, Javanese gamelan ensembles, punk bands, free improv ensembles, and regularly collaborates as a comproviser for film and modern dance. Impossible to describe, not to be missed!
★ Northwest New Music Ensemble — Artistic Director ★ Diane Chaplin (cello), ★ Sydney Carlson (flute) & ★ Janet Coleman (piano) perform excerpts from George Crumb's remarkable Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale). Diane will also perform Esa-Pekka Salonen's intensely compelling solo cello piece, Yta III — and we'll interview her and her cello about the seagull effect and the state of new music.
★ Mattie Kaiser, Executive Director of Classical Revolution PDX, and her co-conspirator in CRPDX's Composer Project, ★ Scott Ordway, will talk to us about the revolutionary strategies, joys and challenges of "enriching and educating our community by making classical music accessible to the public."
★ [NULL], Smith, and Green — Two-thirds of the PDX avant-supergroup: Justin Smith and Dann Green (but not Doug Theriault, who will be on Mars) will celebrate Stravinsky's Rite of Spring's 100th birthday by inflicting some electronic-noise damage upon it, complete with heart-rate-monitored dancer.
★ A. Molotkov and ★ David Abel — We're pairing up these Portland poets to read in Russian and English, respectively, poems by Marina Tsvetaeva (“I know the truth”, 1915) and Osip Mandelstam (“Swallow”, 1920; “My eyelashes sting”, 1931). Their reading is accompanied by excerpts from Alexander Sokurov's exquisite 1981 film on Dmitri Shostakovich, Sonata for Viola. It's all inspired, if obliquely, by Shostakovich's string quartets, all fifteen of which being performed in Portland starting the day after our show.
The TLN Politburo
★ Leo Daedalus — Your electrodynamic, off-center host, Mister The Late Now himself. This is the guy to blame when the wheels come off the show.
★ Alex Reagan — The Late Now's high-altitude cohost keeps the drinks and the off-kilter banter flowing from the Big Red Chair.
Featuring the evening's Doc Severinsen:
★ Gordon Lee — We are digging the news that Portland jazz pianist extraordinaire Gordon Lee has come aboard to be our very special guest one-man TLN Band for this episode! Also catch Gordon with the Mel Brown Septet Tuesday nights at Jimmy Mak's, and don't miss his MMM concert of original music March 20 at The Old Church, Shining thru the Rain. Details here & on Gordon's site.
And that's not all…
We've schemed up a packed night for you, TLN style.
Can't afford tickets? We get it. (Hey, we're artists.) Here are 3 ways to get in on the cheap:
1. Volunteer: We always need more hands (and brains). To repeat, we would love your help. Just get in touch.
2. Request a discount code. Starving Artist rate too steep? We have some $5 Pale Poet tickets. Contact us and ask for a code to use on Brown Paper Tickets.
3. Take your chances at the door. Come pay what you can 15 minutes before curtain. To even the odds, like our Facebook page and check it to see if we've sold out. (We'll strive to keep that status accurate, but we can't possibly guarantee it.)