Third Angle has a long tradition of celebrating the music of other cultures. In addition to tours to China and Thailand and commissioning international composers including Dai Fujikura, Narong Prangcharoen, and Wang A-Mao, our series of Music Now concerts (Japanese Music Now, Chinese Music Now, et. al.) has introduced 3A’s audiences to music they might not have experienced otherwise. These cross-cultural collaborations are vital in the world of contemporary music, particularly within our globalized contemporary society. Living in a reality broadened by Google, there is no excuse for hearing music only through Western-centric ears.
"For me, music is an invitation to the listener to become more fully present. If we can imagine a culture and society in which we each feel more deeply responsible for our own place in the world then we may be able to bring that culture and society into being."
---John Luther Adams
Third Angle New Music’s collaboration with John Luther Adams began in 1999 with a commissioned work, In a Treeless Place, Only Snow. We are pleased to announce that in 2019 we will host the NW premiere of his latest piece, Everything That Rises at OMSI’s Kendall Planetarium. This 360° explosion of color, sound, and sky features the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer’s own lighting design and promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A work like this encourages us to explore new geographies both physical and emotional. JLA reminds us all about the impact music can have on our world.
Play Like a Girl did not start as a political statement, but as it is a very personal program for me, it has become a platform for my passions and beliefs. The preparation for this program heralded an emergence of a new voice alongside the exploration of the music.