CASCADIA COMPOSERS—NACUSA

January 18th, 2010 …

For Immediate Release!!!

 

CASCADIA COMPOSERS

 present

 

National Conference of

NACUSA

(National Association of Composers/USA)

FIRST TIME EVER IN PORTLAND!!!

 

3-DAY FESTIVAL OF

MUSIC ON THE EDGE

Concerts of contemporary classical concert hall music by composers from around the country as well as from the Cascadia region

 featuring one of Portland’s premiere contemporary music ensembles

fEARnoMUSIC

and guest musicians

 

 plus

 

 FREE Lecture/Presentations

on music by featured composers

Festival Day One:

 

FREE lecture/demonstrations by featured composers on their music (open to the public, all ages welcome)

 

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

11:00 am—12:00 noon

1:30—3:30 pm

4:00—5:00 pm

at Sherman Clay & Moe’s Pianos

131 Northwest 13th Avenue

Portland, Oregon 97209

 

Concert #1

Wednesday, 8:00 pm, March 10th, 2010

at Sherman Clay & Moe’s Pianos

131 Northwest 13th Avenue

Portland, Oregon 97209

 

$20 general • $15 seniors • $10 working artists • $5 students

 

Festival Day Two:

 

FREE lecture/demonstrations by featured composers on their music (open to the public, all ages welcome)

 

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

11:00 am—12:00 noon

1:30—4:00 pm

 

at Sherman Clay & Moe’s Pianos

131 Northwest 13th Avenue

Portland, Oregon 97209

 

Concert #2

Thursday, 8:00 pm, March 11th, 2010

at The Old Church

1422 Southwest 11th Avenue

Portland, Oregon 97201

 

$20 general • $15 seniors • $10 working artists • $5 students

 

Festival Day Three:

 

FREE lecture/demonstrations by featured composers on their music (open to the public, all ages welcome)

 

Friday, March 12th, 2010

11:00 am—12:00 noon

1:00—2:00 pm

 

at Sherman Clay & Moe’s Pianos

131 Northwest 13th Avenue

Portland, Oregon 97209

 

Concert #3

(Includes performances of NACUSA’s national prizewinning compositions)

Friday, 8:00 pm, March 12th, 2010

at The Old Church

1422 Southwest 11th Avenue

Portland, Oregon 97201

 

$20 general • $15 seniors • $10 working artists • $5 students

The lecture/presentations by composers are funded in part through Meet The Composer’s MetLife Creative Connections program.

 

 

 

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Concerts are made possible due in part to generous funding provided by The National Association of Composers/USA.

 

 

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details & ticketing: www.CascadiaComposers.org + www.ArtixPdx.com + 800.757.7384

 

 

“… It was heartening to see such a large crowd as well as an ever-growing number of younger listeners in the audience. The Cascadia Composers are a welcome addition to the Portland new music scene with a healthy blend of compositional styles and individual takes on musical forms …”

—Aaron Berenbach, Northwest Reverb

 

“… engaging music …”

—Brett Campbell, Willamette Week Online


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PREVIOUS CASCADIA COMPOSERS CONCERTS:


CASCADIA COMPOSERS—the newest chapter of NACUSA (the National Association of Composers, USA)—will be featuring a concert of new chamber, solo, and electro-acoustic works by composers Dan Brugh, Arun Chandra, Jay Derderian, Elizabeth Dyson, John McKinnon, Bonnie Miksch, Jan Mittelstaedt, Paul Safar, and Matthew Steele at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, 2828 SE Stephens Street, Portland OR 97214.

Cascadia Composers was founded in 2008 with the purpose of supporting and overseeing performances of concert hall music written by living composers from the Northern Oregon / Southern Washington regions. Cities such as Portland and Eugene and their environs have become recognized for their vibrant contemporary concert hall music scenes. The formation of Cascadia Composers thus represents an important moment in the cultural history of this region. General admission is $20.00, seniors $15.00, students $5.00. 

Concert of new works by Cascadia Composers
(Northern Oregon/Southern Washington Chapter of NACUSA)

Autumn Cascadia Composers Concert

Friday, 8:00 pm, October 30th, 2009
Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church
2828 SE Stephens St.
Portland, OR 97214

General Admission $20.00, Seniors $15.00,  Students $5.00



PROGRAM


1. Elizabeth Dyson

 Piano Trio in C Major for Violin, Cello and Piano, Movement 1—Prelude 

Katy Hubbard, violin

John Hubbard, cello

Jeff Winslow, piano 

2. Jay Derderian 

Variations on Constellations for solo piano

Scott Brazieal, piano

3. Bonnie Miksch 

Inklings on the loose for flute and tape

Sydney Carlson, flute

4.  Matthew Steele

Sonata for Solo Viola, Movement 2 

Joël Belgique, viola

5. Dan Brugh

Prelude IV for solo piano

Linda Barker, piano

6. Paul Safar

A Quartet in Red, Black and Blue for string quartet and two singers (2009) 

   I. Cappricio

   II. Autumn Moon

   III. Blue (text by Nancy Wood)

   IV. Isolation-Dance-Invocation

Nancy Wood, soprano

Paul Safar, baritone

Lisa McWhorter, violin

Matthew Fuller, violin

Leslie Straka, viola

David Straka, cello


INTERMISSION



7. Arun Chandra 

Channel computer generated work—TBA 

8. John McKinnon
 
Darkness under Pines: Two Poems of David Axelrod for piano & soprano

   I. Snowbound
   II. From a Forest Soon to be Logged

Nancy Wood, soprano

Jeff Winslow, piano 

  
9. Jan Mittelstaedt 

Stained Glass for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano

Kathryn Hill, flute

Ann van Bever, oboe

Nanita McIlhattan, clarinet

David Crane, French horn

Margaret McShea, bassoon

Jeff Winslow, piano

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PREVIOUS CASCADIA COMPOSERS CONCERT…

http://www.garynolandcomposer.com/cascadia_composersnacusa.html

To Whom It May Concern:

I want to bring to your attention an exciting new organization of composers from the Northern Oregon / Southern Washington region—the Cascadia Chapter of NACUSA (the National Association of Composers, USA), which is having its inaugural concert of chamber music by seven of the region’s most distinguished composers—David Bernstein, Jack Gabel, Gary Noland, Dan Senn, Greg Steinke, Tomas Svoboda, and Jeff Winslow—at the Old Church (1422 S.W. 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201) on March 13th, 2009 at 8:00 pm.  The organization of this chapter has been in the making for well over a year and its founding represents one of the first times in the history of this region that an organization has been formed with the sole purpose of supporting and overseeing performances of concert hall music written by living composers from the Northern Oregon / Southern Washington regions. As you may have noted, cities such as Portland and Eugene and their surrounding environs have increasingly become recognized as possessing vibrant contemporary concert hall music scenes. The formation of our group thus represents an historic moment in the cultural history of this region. We are proud to be having our chamber works performed by one of the region’s most daring contemporary music ensembles—fEAR no MUSIC—and several guest artists, including pianist Alexandre Dossin, who won First Prize and Special Prize at the Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2003. General admission is $20.00, seniors $15.00, students $5.00. 


Also: Prior to the March 13th concert, the Cascadia—NACUSA Composers are scheduled to give individual lecture-workshops on their music on the following dates:


Lecture-Workshoo III: Composers Jack Gabel and Gary Noland will talk about and present examples of their work on Monday, February 9, 2009, 7:00 pm, at Waterhouse Studio, 990 NW 161st Terrace, Beaverton, OR 97006. (Please click the link to the Waterhouse website for a detailed map.) Admission is free. Tax deductible donations will be accepted.


Lecture-Workshop IV: Composer Tomas Svoboda will talk about and present examples of his work on Monday, March 2, 2009, 7:00 pm, at Waterhouse Studio, 990 NW 161st Terrace, Beaverton, OR 97006. (Please click the link to the Waterhouse website for a detailed map.) Admission is free. Tax-deductible donations will be accepted.


Previous lecture-workshops by composers David Bernstein, Jeff Winslow, Greg Steinke, and Dan Senn have already taken place on December 7, 2008 and January 5, 2009.


Please review the information and links to high-res photos below. We would love to have a feature article written about us and are happy to answer any questions. Feel free to contact me, or the President of our chapter David Bernstein, for more detailed information on our group. To hear samples of our music, please go to the websites of the individual composers (listed hereinbelow) and/or go to www.northpacificmusic.com.


David Bernstein can be reached at: 503-396-5294 or you can contact him by e-mail at: db@davidbernsteinmusic.com

 

You may call me at: 503-235-3714. I look forward to hearing from you.


Best wishes for the new year,

 

Gary Noland


(503) 235-3714

 

3106 SE Tindall Circle

Portland, OR 97202



CASCADIA COMPOSERS

Chapter of NACUSA—the National Association of Composers, USA

http://www.cascadiacomposers.org

 
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December 9th, 2008:  FOR IMMEDIATE  RELEASE
Contact:  Gary Noland, (503) 235-3714 • 3106 SE Tindall Circle, Portland, OR  97202 • noland4530@comcast.net

 

 The newly formed CASCADIA COMPOSERS chapter of NACUSA
proudly presents its inaugural concert
of chamber music by seven of the Northwest’s most distinguished composers
performed by FEAR NO MUSIC 
and special guest pianist ALEXANDRE DOSSIN
(other guest performers TBA)

 

featuring works by composers

 

DAVID BERNSTEIN
JACK GABEL
GARY NOLAND
DAN SENN
GREG STEINKE
TOMAS SVOBODA
JEFF WINSLOW

 

at:

 

The Old Church

1422 S.W. 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201

8:00 pm, Friday, March 13th, 2009

 

General Admission: $20.00 • Seniors: $15.00 • Students: $5.00 • Children Under 13: free

CC-NACUSA-founders

Standing from left to right are composers Jack Gabel, Gary Noland, Jeff Winslow and David Bernstein. Seated from left to right are composers Dan Senn, Tomas Svoboda, and Greg Steinke. Photo by Chris Leck.

Click below for hi-res. Images:

http://www.JackGabel.com/NACUSA-Caascadia/NACUSA.Cascadia.Founders.tif   http://www.jackgabel.com/CC-NACUSA-founders.1.tif


The following works, several of which are world premieres, will be performed by:

FEAR NO MUSIC -- http://www.fearnomusic.org


Inés Voglar, violin
Joël Belgique, viola
Joel Bluestone, percussion
Jeff Payne and Mika Sunago, piano

And:

GUEST ARTISTS


Alexandre Dossin, piano -- http://www.dossin.net

David Buck, piccolo

Paloma Griffin, violin

Janice Johnson, voice

Nancy Ives, cello



PROGRAM:

 

David S. Bernstein     
                                  Late Autumn Moods and Images                                                                                                     
for violin, cello and piano

Inés Voglar, violin
Nancy Ives, cello
Alexandre Dossin, piano

Dan Senn                  
                                 Cartwheels                                                                 
                                 for piccolo and orchestra bells

David Buck, piccolo
Joel Bluestone, bells

Jack Gabel                
                                 That Old Song and Dance                                                                                                                 
for string quartet

Inés Voglar, violin
Paloma Griffin, violin
Joël Belgique, viola
Nancy Ives, cello
INTERMISSION


Gary Noland              

                                   Waltz Fantasy  (Op. 87)*                                                                             

for violin and piano

Inés Voglar, violin
Jeff Payne, piano

 Jeff Winslow             

                                   Aftermath (revised premiere)
                                   for voice and piano

                                   Janice Johnson, voice
                                   Jeff Payne, piano

Tomas Svoboda 
      
                                   Elusive Echoes (Op. 197a)
                                   for violin and xylophone

Inés Voglar, violin
Joel Bluestone, xylophone

Greg A. Steinke         

                                  Expressions on the Paintings
                                  of Edvard Munch *             
                                  for string quartet

Inés Voglar, violin
Paloma Griffin, violin
Joël Belgique, viola
Nancy Ives, cello

               

world premieres

 

COMPOSER BIOGRAPHIES


David Bernstein -- www.davidbernsteinmusic.com
 

            The music of composer David Bernstein has seen its expression in a wide variety of genres. His concert music ranges from compositions for the theatre and musical theatre to works for dance, opera, orchestra, chorus, band and many varied chamber music ensembles.

            His large and varied output has been heard in over 100 performances in the United States, as well as in Canada, South America and Europe, and he is published by G. Schirmer, Lawson-Gould Pub., Music for Percussion, Inc., The Acoma Co., Ludwig Music Publishers, Inc., Willis Music and Abingdon Press.

            His commercial endeavors include music for The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., The American Greetings Corp., The Ohio Farmers Insurance Co. (Westfield Companies); projects for Classic Video Inc., Perfect Pitch Studios, Beechwood Studios, as well as other smaller companies in the Cleveland, Ohio area and Atlanta, Georgia.

            David Bernstein's musical education includes composition studies with Carlisle Floyd at Florida State University (BM and MM degrees) and work with Juan Orrego Salas and Bernard Heiden at Indiana University (Doctorate "with distinction").

 

Jack Gabel -- www.jackgabel.com

 

            Jack Gabel, (b. 1949 -) presently lives in Portland, Oregon. He has traveled extensively, throughout Europe, Africa and Asia and worked many summers as a commercial fisherman in Alaska.

Jack Gabel has written numerous concert hall works for many different combinations of instruments and voices, with and without electroacoustic accompaniments and/or enhancements. He also creates mixed-media works alone and with collaborators, using musique concrete and poetry, frequently his own, some of which has been published apart from its use in contemporary performance pieces and more traditional settings for singers.

Though classically trained with composers Derek Healey, Tomas Svoboda and poet Ralph Salisbury, Gabel recounts as his most memorable musical experience, the impromptu jam session he had with an Afghan tribesman in a Herat tea house in 1972 -- the composer on mouth organ and the local talent holding forth on his handmade, rough-hewn, 3-string lute. The two miraculously found a common modality straight away and carried on for several hours. "No concert-hall premiere or recording session can to date compare," adds the composer, "nor likely ever will."

Today, Gabel's work is infused with widely varied ethnic and ancient colors and motives, most notably those of the ancient, native cultures of North America.

His 1997 article on electronic music for the All Music Guide can be found at 
www.allmusic.com 

In addition to his NPM releases, Jack Gabel's discography includes 

Whale Hunt Dream on the MMC (2000) release Viola Concertos, Vol. II by Karen Dreyfus with the Silesian Philharmonic, Jerzy Svoboda conducting

Etude de la Saison for solo koto, by Elizabeth Falconer on the Sparkling Beatnik (2000) release, Water Colors 

Auto-Mobile from original poetry for tenor sax, processed string bass and narrator/percussionist on a percussion battery infused with junked car parts, on the The Third Angle New Music Ensemble's Gagliano Records (1999) release, The Junkyard Concert.

 

 

Gary Noland – www.GaryNolandComposer.com 

 

            Gary Noland’s music has received ecstatic praise from some of the leading musicians of the era. He has been called the “Richard Strauss of the 21st century” and the “composer to end all composers” and has been described as the “most virtuosic composer of fugue alive today.” His music has been reviewed extensively and is historically acknowledged (Nicolas SlonimskyMusic Since 1900). Born in Seattle and raised in Berkeley, he grew up on a plot of land three blocks south of U.C. Berkeley known as People’s Park, which has distinguished itself as a site of civic unrest since the 1960s. As an adolescent, Gary lived for a time in Salzburg and in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (home of Richard Strauss), where he absorbed many musical influences. He earned a B.A. in music from U.C. Berkeley in 1979, continued studies at the Boston Conservatory, and transferred to Harvard where he worked as a teaching fellow and added to his academic credits an M.A. and a Ph.D. in 1989. His teachers in composition and theory have included John C. Adams, Alan Curtis, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, William Denny, Robert Dickow, Janice Giteck, Andrew Imbrie, Earl Kim, Leon Kirchner, David Lewin, Donald Martino, Hugo Norden, Marta Ptaszynska, Chris Rozé, Goodwin Sammel, John Swackhamer, Ivan Tcherepnin, and Walter Winslow. He has attended seminars with composers David Del Tredici, Beverly Grigsby, Michael Finnissy, and Bernard Rands, and he has had private consultations with George Rochberg and Joaquin Nin-Culmell.

            Gary’s compositions have been performed and broadcast in many locations throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Australia, and Japan, and are regularly featured on the Seventh Species composers concert series in Oregon, which he founded in San Francisco in 1990. Gary has taught music at Harvard and the University of Oregon and currently teaches piano, theory, and composition as an independent instructor in Portland, Oregon. Six CDs of his compositions are available on North Pacific Music at: www.northpacificmusic.com. 

    
       

 

            Dan Senn is a composer of experimental classical music, electronic and acoustic, a sculptor of kinetic instruments for exhibition and performance, an experimental video artist for installation and proscenium play, and a documentary filmmaker. He performs and exhibits world-wide and has produced ephemeral public art projects which bring experimental work to alternative audiences. His work is greatly influenced by the "elegant awkwardness" of the raku ceramic process and, while highly expressive, devoid of intended metaphor.

 

            Dan Senn is a sound artist who came to contemporary music by way of the visual arts. Trained since childhood as French horn player and vocalist, he began studying ceramics and raku pottery in 1972, an ancient ceramic method which fundamentally shifted his aesthetic. In 1977 he built his first sculptural instrument and soon after began developing computer software to emulate the raku process in musical compositions which, like his instruments, exhibits the peculiar paradox of raku--that is, highly considerate, non-linear systems which exist, in part, to confound the will of the artist. Since 1974 he has kept personal journals, a practice which has influenced his live performance and installation work. From 1994 to 2004 his instrument building has centered on the development of pendulum-based instruments which varied in size from 18"x18"x18" to outdoor versions covering 600sf. These are often integrated with his ethnographic and installation videos. Living a portion of each year in Prague, he regulary tours Europe and the U.S. exhibiting and performing at festivals and experimental venues. In 1995 he was awarded the McKnight Composer-in-Residence Award for the State of Minnesota where, among other projects, he produced the Catacombs of Yucatan Sound and Video Installation within a remote limestone cave located in the southeastern corner of that state. In 1997 he was awarded the Artist Trust 10th Anniversary President's Award (Seattle) for his influence on the arts throughout the Pacific Northwest, and in 1998 became the first Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington at Tacoma. Later that year he won the sculpture prize at the Papier Bienale at the Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren, Germany. In 2002 his documentary film, The Exquisite Risk of Civil War Brass, won at the da Vinci Film Festival in Corvallis, Oregon. His scored music is published by Smith Publications, Sonic Arts Editions, and AM Percussion Publications. His recorded music is available from the artist direct, Experimental Musical Instruments and Periplum Records.

 

            Dan Senn has a doctorate in Music Compositon and Ceramic Sculpture (minor) from the University of Illinois where his principal instructors were Salvatore Martirano, Ben Johnston, and Herbert Brün. At the UW-LaCrosse he studied art with Leonard Stach and music composition with Dr. Truman Hayes. He has been a Lecturer in Electronic Music at the Canberra School of Music in Australia ('80-84), an Associate Professor of Composition at Ball State University in Indiana ('87-92), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana ('86).

 

            In 1993 Dan Senn founded Newsense Intermedium, an non-profit presenting organization specializing in experimental performing arts for which he is the Artistic Director. NI has produced numerous concert series and ephemeral public art events including the Six Exquisites International Sound Art Festival ('85, '97 and '99) and The Municipal Dock Sound Installation ('93). Dan is a co-founder of Roulette Intermedium of New York City in 1978 and, in 2008, of the Cascadia Composers League. His instruments, video and music, since 1997, are part of the Sylvia Smith Archive at the University of Akron. His permanent sound installation work can be viewed in the main foyer at the University of Washington-Tacoma, at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle, and in the Sound Garden at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma.

 

 

Greg A. Steinke -- http://www.gregasteinke.com

 

 

         Greg A Steinke is Former Chair, Departments of Art and Music, (The Joseph Naumes Endowed Chair in Music), also Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon (now retired, 6/15/01); Associate Director, Ernest Bloch Music Festival (‘93–97) and Director, Composers Symposium (‘90–97) (Newport, OR); Professor Steinke holds a B.M. degree from Oberlin Conservatory, a M.M. degree from Michigan State University, a M.F.A. degree from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is the author of articles on new oboe literature and music composition; he has done the revisions to the Paul Harder Harmonic Materials in Tonal Music, 6, 7, 8 & 9th Ed., Basic Materials in Music Theory, 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11th Ed., Bridge to Twentieth-Century Music, Rev. Ed. for Prentice-Hall, and most recently with H Owen Reed a revision to the Harder-Reed Basic Contrapuntal Techniques for Warner Bros. Pub.; and an article, “Music for Dance: An Overview” in The Dance Has Many Faces, 3rd Ed., Ed. by Walter Sorell, a cappella books. He holds membership in a number of professional organizations. He has served as the National Chairman of the Society of Composers, Inc. (1988–97) and is currently Secty/Treas of Art Culture Nature, Inc. Professor Steinke is very active as a composer of chamber and symphonic music with a number of published/recorded works and performances across the United States and internationally, as a speaker on interdisciplinary arts and as an oboe soloist specializing in contemporary music for oboe. His most recent composition honors include: Finalist (of 4)- ‘01 Seoul International Composers Competition. Winner of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity Composition Competition, ‘02. Honorable Mention - ‘02 “Britten-on-the-Bay” Composition Competition Series XIII (Saxophone Quartet). Special Mention – ’03 USA International Harp Competition (Solo Harp). Finalist/Winner – ‘04 of COMA Open Score Project in England (Generic Quartet). Honorable Mention - ’05, VIII International Composition Competition of the Corfu Festival (Guitar).

 

Tomas Svoboda -- http://www.tomassvoboda.com

 

            Born in Paris of Czech parents, December 6, 1939, Tomas Svoboda composed his first opus at age 9 and was admitted to the Prague Conservatory 5 years later as its youngest student.

           By 1962, after graduating from the Conservatory with degrees in percussion, composition and conducting, numerous performances and radio broadcasts of his music brought national recognition to Svoboda, clearly establishing him as Czechoslovakia's most important young composer.

            In 1964, the Svoboda family departed Czechoslovakia and settled in the United States, where Svoboda enrolled at the Univ. of Southern California in 1966, graduating 2 years later with honors.
             In 1981, first publication of his music brought forth a front cover tribute to Tomas Svoboda by the highly respected PIANO QUARTERLY. In 1985, Svoboda was commissioned to write his CHORALE in E flat, for Piano Quintet, Op. 118 for Aaron Copland's 85th birthday celebration in New York.
            In July 2003, the Oregon Symphony Orchestra released an "All-Svoboda" orchestral CD, containing "Overture of the Season", "Symphony No. 1 (of Nature)" and "Marimba Concerto", which was named in a GRAMMY AWARD nomination: "Best Instrumental Soloist With Orchestra"; Niel DePonte, marimba; James DePreist, conductor. To date, 21 CDs have been released with 43 works by Svoboda on them.
            Today, over 1,200 known performances of his music have taken place throughout the world, including 450 symphonic performances, with such major orchestras as the Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco, Monte-Carlo, Prague, Nagoya and national symphonies of Guatemala and Costa Rica.
            Orchestral performances during the 2006-2007 season have been scheduled with the Dayton (OH), Yakima and Northwest (WA), Missoula (MT) and Knox-Galesburg symphony orchestras.
            Current recording projects underway include Svoboda's STRING QUARTETS, Nos. 5-8 [Martinu Quartet]; SONATA for Viola & Piano [Joel Belgique and Tomas Svoboda]; and AUTUMN for Koto [Mitsuki Dazai-Church].
 

Jeff Winslow

 

            Jeff Winslow was born into a musical family in Salem, Oregon in 1954. Twin discoveries, of Debussy and Mahler, inspired his first serious efforts at composition.  However, four things conspired to send him to the University of California at Berkeley as an electronics engineering student:  Middling performance chops, a disinclination for teaching, the harmonic monotony of most popular music, and spiky academic serialism. While at Berkeley, he studied theory and composition with Joaquin Nin-Culmell, Edwin Dugger, Michael Senturia, and Richard Felciano, but he remained inactive as a composer until the 90's, which brought mid-life crisis, and a long-overdue stylistic explosion in the world of art music. Years were lost, but not the dedication to piquant harmony, elegant line, and fluid rhythm. Two of his songs were performed at the 1998 benefit for Fear No Music. Recent performances have been by Cherry Blossom Musical Arts in Eugene, by Seventh Species in Portland, and by himself at the 2007 Oregon Bach Festival.

 

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Information on CASCADIA CHAPTER of NACUSA

Cascadia Composers is part of the National Association of Composers/USA (NACUSA), a national organization that currently has nine chapters in the following US locations: CS = Cascadia, EC = East Coast, LA = Los Angeles, MA = Mid-Atlantic, MS = Mid-South, SF = San Francisco, SO = Southern Oregon, TN = Tennessee, TX = Texas.

The Cascadia Chapter of NACUSA is the most recently formed group and represents composers in Northern Oregon and Southern Washington.

The NACUSA headquarters is in Los Angeles.

Founding Members and Governing Board

PRESIDENT: David Bernstein

VICE-PRESIDENT: Dan Senn

SECRETARY/TREASURER: Greg Steinke

RECORDER: Jeff Winslow

PUBLICITY: Gary Noland

ARCHIVIST (audio): Jack Gabel

ARCHIVIST (video): Dan Senn

AT LARGE: Tomas Svoboda

The Cascadia Mission Statement

The Cascadia chapter of NACUSA will promote the composition and performance of contemporary classical music by regional composers; stimulate national and international awareness of this music; and gather composers to share and disseminate information pertinent to its members and the community.

The Cascadia chapter is registered with the office of the Secretary of State of Oregon as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This chapter also falls under the umbrella of the 501(c)(3) of the national organization that is based in Los Angeles, CA.

Cascadia serves northern Oregon and southern Washington and was founded in 2008 (read more).


Cascadia Composers is a new organization formed under the aegis of NACUSA, the National Association of Composers, USA, in the fall of 2008. Its mission is to "promote the composition and performance of contemporary classical music by regional composers, stimulate national and international awareness of this music, and gather composers to disseminate information pertinent to its members and the community."

Cascadia's first offering is a series of four lecture-workshops, by its founding members, at Waterhouse Studio in Beaverton, culminating in an Inaugural Concert by Fear No Music at the The Old Church in Portland. The lecture-workshops will present "up close" the music and composers of the Inaugural Concert. For more information, contact David.Bernstein@cascadiacomposers.org.