The FNM 2008-2009 Concert Season

Parallaxis: Music and Moving Pictures

April 17, 2009 at 8:00 P.M.
Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church
2828 SE Stephens Street, Portland, OR 97214

Parallaxis Promo Image

A live concert with accompanying video — silent-movie style — presented by fEARnoMusic and video curators Anna & Leo Daedalus of HELSINQI.

2009 Parallaxis

Greek for "a change," parallaxis gives rise to parallax, denoting the apparent change in an object viewed from different positions. Here, the positions are metaphorical: music and motion pictures as complementary angles. Curated in collaboration with Portland creative studio HELSINQI, this concert pairs works by contemporary composers and film/video artists. Putting these media on equal footing — like two halves of a holographic plate — frees them from habits of accompaniment or illustration. Each changes the other, generating syntheses more unexpected than the sum of their parts.

> See the official Parallaxis website for complete information.

> Download print program by HELSINQI (3.6 MB PDF)

  • Music Box Prelude by Karim Al-Zand
    • video by Pardis Bartesteh
  • String Quartet No. 2 by György Ligeti
    • II. Sostenuto, molto calmo: video by Samuel Miller
    • V. Allegro con delicatezza: video by James Coker
  • In a White Light by Matthew Burtner
    • video by sandre
  • String Quartet No. 1: VI. Adagio by György Kurtág
    • video by João Ricardo
  • three piano pieces by Morton Feldman
    • video by Nico Vassilakis
  • The Book of Imaginary Beings: IV. A Bao A Qu by Robert Parris
    • video by Leo & Anna Daedalus
  • String quartet No. 1, Part 3: Observing (Standing Still) by Benedict Mason
    • hand-painted slides by Eric Matchett
  • — Intermission —
  • Mild Violence by Steve Ricks
    • video by Ethan Vincent
  • Rebonds B by Iannis Xenakis
    • video by Thanos Chrysakis
  • Buttercup in Space by Mary Wright
    • video by Bruce Golla
  • Sept Papillons by Kathia Saariaho
    • I. Dolce, Leggiere, Libero: video by Charles Buckingham
    • V. Lento, Misterioso: video by Ryan Glenn & Ricardo Hernandez
    • VI. Sempre poco nervoso, senza tempo: video by Eric Ostrowski
  • Folk Songs (Set No. 11b) for String Quartet by Reza Vali
    • II. Folk Dance: video by Larry Buskey
  • Fünf Sätze op. 5 by Anton Webern
    • video by Konrad Steiner
  • King Friday by Michael Lowenstern
    • video by Koen Dijkman

Hearing the Future

April 26, 2009 at 3:00 P.M.
Evans Auditorium, Lewis and Clark College
0615 SE Palatine Hill Road, Portland, OR 97219

Hear the latest works from the startlingly creative minds of the Young Composers Project, the Messiaens and Towers of tomorrow, right here, today!

Currently sponsored by the Herbert Templeton Foundation, this innovative program gathers young composers (grades 6-12) from around Oregon for workshops over a nine-month period. During the workshops, the student composers develop their compositional ideas, experiment with orchestration, and have their works professionally performed and recorded. Since its inception in 1997, the project has resulted in composition winners at regional and national levels. Many of our young composers have gone on to further study and the beginnings of illustrious careers. You can't miss it!

Concert Sponsors: Lewis and Clark College and The Herbert Templeton Foundation.

Wieden+Kennedy 24/7 Concert

March 21, 2009 at 11:00 P.M.
Wieden+Kennedy auditorium
Portland, Oregon

By mid-March, the United States will have been at war in Afghanistan and Iraq for seven years. To mark this important, if tragic, anniversary, over 150 of the Portland areas best classical, contemporary and world musicians are uniting to make a giant musical gift to the city and beyond. "24/7” is a series of 24 dramatic concerts, each starting upon the hour, from 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21, and continuing through to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 22, in the W+K Atrium. FREE. WK Radio will broadcast a portion of the event. Check the podcast section to hear an interview with Bill Crane, organizer of 24/7.

> PDXpipeline blog entry

The Inaugural Concert of Cascadia Composers

Special Concert

March 13, 2009 at 8:00 P.M.
The Old Church
1422 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

The Cascadia Composers is a new alliance of regional composers formed under the aegis of The National Association of Composers/USA (NACUSA). It is the ninth chapter of this Los Angeles based association, with other chapters located in San Francisco, Southern Oregon, New York, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and beyond. Cascadia, a composition and performance-oriented group, will represent composers in Northern Oregon and Southern Washington. More can be learned at

Home Grown: Fresh, Delectable Sounds by Oregon Composers


February 13, 2009 at 8:00 P.M.
8371 North Interstate Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97217


February 17, 2009 at 8:00 P.M.
Presented by Vanguard Concert Series
Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon


February 19, 2009 at 7:30 P.M.
Presented by New Music at Willamette
Hudson Concert Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
Willamette University

Featuring musicans of Fear No Music: Inés Voglar, Joël Belgique, Mika Sunago, and Joel Bluestone; with Guest Artists: Tomas Svoboda, Evan Kuhlman, Nancy Ives, the Agnieszka Laska Dancers, and Gavin Larsen from the Oregon Ballet Theater.

2009 Gavin Larsen and Agnieszka Laska Dancers

Left: Oregon Ballet Theater Dancer Gavin Larsen in OBT's 2005 production of Julia Adam's Angelo (photo by Truitt Covert).
Right: Agnieszka Laska Dancers (photo by Chris Leck).

2009 Home Grown

As we prepare to honor Oregon's 150th anniversary of statehood, we will participate in this historic event in our "fear no music" way by adding a fresh, musical twist to the excitement, festivities and pride associated with the anniversary. Join Fear No Music for the world premieres of three new works, written especially for this grand occasion, plus two new choreographies by Agnieszka Laska and Paul Drestrooper. Hear supernatural sounds created by composer Bonnie Miksch, Professor of Composition at Portland State University; experience acoustical journeys by the daring Robert Kyr; explore new sounds by Robert Priest, Artistic Director of Marzena; and revel in the ballet version of "Jilted" by Robert McBride and "Mama's Song" by Jack Gabel. We are excited to collaborate with the Agnieszka Laska Dancers and Gavin Larsen, a lead dancer for the Oregon Ballet Theater, moving to the music of Tomas Svoboda, Jack Gabel, and Robert McBride. Also, featuring great works by John Peel, David Schiff and Ryan Francis. This concert is part of a regional tour that includes performances in Portland, Eugene and Salem.

> Download print program by HELSINQI (2.8 MB PDF)

Home Grown Sponsors

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon's arts, humanities and heritage, and presented as partners of Oregon 150. The concert in Portland is supported in part by a grant from RACC and Work for Art.

Olivier Messiaen:
Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus

November 2, 2008 at 3:00 P.M.
Kaul Auditorium, Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

Preconcert talk at 2:00 P.M. by Deborah Cleaver: "The Sound of Spirituality - Twenty Gazes on the Infant Jesus by Messiaen."

2009 Messiaen

Fear No Music founder Jeffrey Payne presents a complete performance of Messiaen's Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus (Twenty Gazes/Contemplations on the Infant Jesus), one of the grandest conceptions in the piano literature, and the summit of Messiaen's keyboard writing. These contemplations are at once tender and almost brutal, finally triumphant in the powerful apotheosis of the cyclical themes. Composed in 1944 in Paris for Yvonne Loriod, during terribly troubled times, the piece initially received a mixed critical reception. Though it is now recognized as one of the most important piano works of the twentieth century, complete performances of Vingt Regards are still rare.

> Download print program by HELSINQI (3.1 MB PDF)

Agnieszka Laska Dancers CD-release benefit event

fEARnoMUSIC performs Tomas Svoboda

November 7, 2008 at 7:00 P.M.
Polish Hall
3832 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Tomas Svoboda and Agnieszka Laska Dancers

Tomas Svoboda / Agnieszka Laska Dancers

fEARnoMUSIC performs two quartets from Tomas Svoboda's latest release, String Quartets, Vol. 2, Nos 5–8, and a single quartet from his previous release, String Quartets, Vol. 1, Nos 1–4, both on the North Pacific Music label.

For more information, visit the ALD website.

Fear no Messiaen

September 21, 2008 at 8:00 P.M.
Community Music Center
3350 SE Francis St, Portland, OR 97202

Part of Songs of Heaven and Earth: Celebrating the music of Olivier Messiaen on the occasion of his 100th birthday.

Composer Bob Priest and his ensemble Marzena present three evenings of music by Messiaen. Priest studied under Messiaen in Paris. For the third evening, fEARnoMUSIC performs excerpts from Messiaen’s piano masterpiece, Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus, as well as the Quartet for the End of Time and Joan Tower’s tribute to Messiaen for cello and piano.

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