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Song of the Swifts

September 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Guest pianist (and Portland native) Kathleen Supové guides the audience on a musical exploration of natural phenomenon centered around the yearly Vaux’s Swift Migration. Touching on themes of immigration and open borders, these performances are offered in partnership with the Audubon Society of Portland and serve to remind us of the close, harmonic company we keep with other species. This mini pop-up concert takes place just a few blocks from the Chapman School. Visual artist Kris Jones‘ beautiful rusted steel artwork depicting the swifts around the Chapman School chimney (see below) will be on display.

This performance includes three WORLD PREMIERES, newly composed for the occasion:

  • Jay Derderian: The People They Think We Are (for piano, fixed media, and video)

  • Randall Woolf: A Face In The Crowd (for piano)

  • Paula Matthusen: …by the inexplicabilities we call coincidence (for piano with high- and low-tech sounds)

Jay Derderian’s work is fueled by the harrowing migrations of his immediate ancestors, the Armenian people; US government practices regarding the separation of family members today trigger the pain associated with the multi-year forced estrangement of generations past. Epic, angry, bleak, yet hopeful, Derderian utilizes field recordings and video imagery of the swifts flying into the Chapman chimney. Brooklyn-based composer Randall Woolf offers a romantic song about one bird, with abrupt intrusions swooping and rushing. With special attention to the visual notation of the piece, the look of the pages “sounds” like the music with gestures suggesting the patterns of the birds as they fly into their lodging for the night. Paula Matthusen is a low- and high-tech wizard, and is fascinated by things that happen in specific places. Her piece is about the repurposing of spaces—a chimney becomes a temporary home, the inside of a piano becomes a welcoming cave.

All ticket holders to this concert receive 10% off Steel Door Gallery artwork purchased that evening and a percentage of proceeds benefit Fear No Music.

$10 Online Presale Students/Seniors
$15 Online Presale Regular

$15 Door Sales Students/Seniors
$20 Door Regular

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September 23, 2018
4:00 pm
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Steel Door Gallery

2412 NW Raleigh Street




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