1. To explore and perform great music of the 20th and 21st centuries by:
- Commissioning new works;
- Building and developing relationships with world-class composers;
- Maintaining a special interest in performing works by Oregon and Pacific Northwest composers;
- Offering performances of the highest artistic quality.
2. To promote education and advancement of young composers by:
- Teaching, mentoring, and fostering the next generation of composers from 6th to 12th grade;
- Providing workshops and rehearsals with professional musicians performing their compositions;
- Presenting a public concert and recording of their works.
KENJI BUNCH, Artistic Director
Kenji Bunch has received worldwide acclaim from audiences, performers, and critics alike for his unique brand of New American music that draws inspiration from the locally sourced sounds of uniquely American art forms, combined with the techniques of classical training into a distinctive, compelling personal vocabulary. His works have been performed by over fifty American orchestras, have reached audiences in premiere venues on six continents, is regularly broadcast on national radio, and has been recorded on numerous labels.
Also an active performer, Mr. Bunch is committed to exploring connections with musicians and artists of different genres and traditions, as a violist, fiddler, and vocalist. He has collaborated extensively in the worlds of dance, film, theater, and with folk, jazz, rock, and experimental musicians. In 2013, after 22 successful years in New York City, Mr. Bunch returned to his native Portland, Oregon, where he resides with his wife, pianist Monica Ohuchi, and their family.
MONICA OHUCHI, Executive Director
Pianist Monica Ohuchi maintains an active international career as a soloist, chamber musician, and piano pedagogue. Hailed as a pianist performing “brilliantly with clarity, nuance and natural musicality” (Times Argus), Ms. Ohuchi has performed to wide acclaim from audiences across the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe. Her concert engagements have brought her to such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Meany Hall of Seattle, the Canadian Opera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheater, and Hakuju Concert Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Ms. Ohuchi is regularly seen and heard on television and radio broadcasts across the country. Ms. Ohuchi made her orchestral debut at age ten with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. Now, a seasoned performer, Ms. Ohuchi has been invited as guest soloist with numerous orchestras from coast to coast and abroad, most recently including the Colorado Symphony, Marin Symphony, and the New Millennium Symphony Orchestra of Gijon, Spain.
Ms. Ohuchi has been serving as Executive Director for the Portland based new-music group, fEARnoMUSIC alongside her husband Kenji Bunch, the group’s Artistic Director, since the summer of 2014. An enthusiastic collaborator and active chamber musician, Ms. Ohuchi frequently performs in a duo with Kenji, as well as with the piano quartet Thunder Egg Consort. She is a regular performer in the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Oregon, with the Craftsbury Chamber Players in Vermont. Ms. Ohuchi holds both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School. After fifteen years in New York City, Ms. Ohuchi recently relocated to Portland with Kenji, their daughter and Pitbull-mix rescue. The couple is expecting their second child in the early fall.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Joël Belgique has been an 8-year member of FearNoMusic. He has performed at Italy’s Spoleto Festival, Alaska’s CrossSound Festival, Wyoming’s Grand Teton Music Festival, and Michigan’s Interlochen Center for Arts. In Portland, he is Principal Viola of the Oregon Symphony, has performed with the Oregon Symphony String Quartet, and with the faculty of Portland Summer Ensembles. He also is the Principal Viola and Orchestra Manager of the Astoria Music Festival and a frequent guest with Portland-based band Pink Martini.
Joel Bluestone, D.M.A., is entering his nineteenth year as co-founder and percussionist with FearNoMusic. His project The_Waters_Bluestone_Duel for percussion and live electronics has taken him all over the world. He has been the head of the Percussion department at Portland State University since 1989. Joel’s current love: performing and traveling with the San Diego-based group Swarmius, where a sonic fusion of Hip-Hop and House-Lounge-Techno meets Modern-Classical.
Violinist Paloma Griffin Hébert joined FearNoMusic in 2009 and served as the group’s Artistic Director from 2011-2014. Formerly a member of the Oregon Symphony, Paloma has also been a guest concertmaster of the Eugene Symphony and a guest violinist in the Kristiansand Symfonieorkester in Norway. Her solo appearances include performances with the Oregon Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, and the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra. As a member of the band Pink Martini, Paloma performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris, the BBC Concert Orchestra and in such venues as Carnegie Hall, London’s Roundhouse and the Hollywood Bowl. Her chamber music and orchestra festival appearances include Festival International D’Art Lyrique D’Aix-en-Provence, Arizona Musicfest and Oregon Bach Festival. Paloma maintains a private violin studio and coaches summer chamber music programs at Oregon State University and the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. In the summer of 2014, she was honored to join FearNoMusic as a coach at the Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium. Paloma received her orchestral training at the New World Symphony, America’s orchestral academy led by conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. She was a student of Charles Castleman at the Eastman School of Music and Ian Swensen at the San Francisco Conservatory.
Nancy Ives rejoined FearNoMusic in 2009, having been acting Artistic Director during the 2003 –04 season. She is Principal Cello of the Oregon Symphony, and most recently has been a featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Cascade Festival Orchestra, Clark College Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony. She is a member of the Rovetti Quartet and Trio Arete, and has appeared with Chamber Music Northwest, Third Angle, New Music at Willamette, Music in Context, Friends of Chamber Music, the Oregon Symphony String Quartet, and the Astoria Festival.
Jeffrey Payne co-founded the FearNoMusic ensemble with percussionist Joel Bluestone in 1992. As a member of the ensemble he has appeared in New York City, California, and Colorado, as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest. During his tenure as Artistic Director for the group he was responsible for presentation of twenty world premiere or U.S. premiere performances of works by Pacific Northwest composers. In 1997 he founded the Young Composers Project as part of the mission of FearNoMusic and continues as its Director, overseeing the development of aspiring young creative minds around the region.
A Venezuelan native, violinist Inés Voglar Belgique is in her eighth year with FearNoMusic. Having served as Artistic Director from 2005-2011, Ines reached out to collaborate with internationally acclaimed composers, as well as present the great composers of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. She studied music under the program “El Sistema,” and came to the United States in 1996 to complete her undergraduate and graduate studies from Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University, respectively, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before Joining the Oregon Symphony in 2004, she played 2 seasons with the Pittsburgh Symphony as an extra musician. Currently, Inés is a faculty member at the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp and Portland Summer Ensembles, and serves as concertmaster of the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra. In September of 2012, Inés won a national audition for the title chair of Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Oregon Symphony. She now enjoys her time with her 2 year-old son, and regularly performs chamber music around Portland, and teaching several young violinists. Her most influential violin teachers have been Roberto Valdes and Andrés Cárdenes.
Board of Directors
- Kenji Bunch, Artistic Director
- Monica Ohuchi, Executive Director
- Bob Kingston, President
- Jeff Payne, Director, Young Composers Project, Secretary
- Tom Sessa, General Manager, Aladdin Theater, Treasurer
- Joel Bluestone
- Ryan Francis
- Umi Hashitsume Francis
- Andrea Gratreak
- Daphne Plaut
- Sarah Kirkland Snider, Composer and co-director, New Amsterdam Records
- Andrés Cárdenes, Concertmaster, Pittsburgh Symphony and Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
- Evan Kuhlmann, Contrabassoon, Oregon Symphony
- Karen Wagner, Asst. Princ. Oboe, Oregon Symphony and Princ. Oboe, Cabrillo Festival
- Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Tenor, Executive Director, PHAME Academy
- David Stock, Composer
- The Robert and Mercedes Eicholz Foundation
- WillaKenzie Estate
- RACC & Work for Art
- Lewis & Clark
- The Templeton Foundation
- The Willamette Week
- Classic Pianos, Portland OR
- The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
- Anna & Leo Daedalus / HELSINQI, website design
- Isabel Cattadoris, programs and graphic design
- Emily Overstreet, graphic design
- Martha Warrington, web tech
- Jack Gabel, audio/video recording
- Darius Kuzmickas, YCP photography
- Kevin Lefohn, Advisory Director
- Carrie Kikel, Public Relations
- North Country Productions, distribution
- David Hoerz, audio/video recording
- Beta Collide
- Agnieszka Laska Dancers
- Third Angle Ensemble
- Friends of Rain
- Conduit Contemporary Dance
- Arnica String Quartet
- 45th Parallel
- The Aladdin Theater
- Chamber Music Northwest
- Whitebird Dance
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