This way to the future...

We’ve had an incredible 2018-2019 season here at 3A, concluding with the final notes of our season quite literally disappearing up into the heavens in John Luther Adams’ Everything That Rises at OMSI’s Kendall Planetarium. It will be nice to have a few months for sunshine, planning, and maybe catching up on a little sleep, but all of us on Team 3A are already buzzing about what’s to come next season…

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Avery Waite, on MusAid, Micro-tones and Marriage...

In episode 4 of Anything but Ordinary, Sarah Tiedemann talks to one of the performers from the Everything That Rises concert that Third Angle will present at Kendell Planetarium on April 10th and 11th. Cellist Avery Waite is married to Violist Kim Mai Nguyen and together they make up the lower half of Third Angle’s string quartet. Tune in to hear his wonderful tale of falling in love and living a life filled with music and international service.

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Plucking at the heart strings...

Kim Mai Nguyen, viola and Avery Waite, cello make up half of Third Angle’s string quartet on our upcoming show Everything That Rises. They’re also married and have a wonderful tale of falling in love and living a life filled with music and international service. Enjoy Avery’s post below to learn more about this fascinating couple, and check out MusAid to learn more about the important work they do across the world through music education.

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7 Big Ears Performances That Blew Our Minds

Team 3A recently spent an unforgettable four days at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN, where we soaked up music from almost every imaginable genre—contemporary classical, electronic, English space rock, bluegrass, jazz, and world music, to name a few.

The place was teeming with some of our favorite musical friends. We had a great time eating fried pickles with Caroline Shaw, Brad Wells, Jonathan McCargar, and Sarah Brailey of Roomful of Teeth; caught a flight with Sean Connors from Third Coast Percussion, and read tarot cards with violist Wendy Richman from ICE and The Rhythm Method.

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Anything But Ordinary dives deep into HABITAT

In the newest episode of Anything But Ordinary, Sarah Tiedemann talks with Loren Chasse and Branic Howard, and learns about their collaboration for Habitat. What is the line between composer and sound artist? When are industrial sounds beautiful (and when are bird songs not?). All this and more when you tune in to episode #3 of Anything But Ordinary…

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Anything But Ordinary...meets Jason Treuting!

In the latest episode of Anything But Ordinary Sarah Tiedemann had the pleasure of talking with Jason Treuting (So Percussion, Orpheus Unsung) about a whole host of things including collaboration in percussion, improvisation and even what to do when your cactus goes missing (answer - toothpicks in a gourd of course!).

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Anything But Ordinary -- The Podcast!

We here at Third Angle are so excited to bring to you our inaugural episode of Anything But Ordinary — our brand new podcast series! Recorded out of KBOO community radio studios, the podcast features interviews and music, and is hosted by Third Angles own Terry Gross wannabe Sarah Tiedemann!

In the first episode Sarah has Portland’s Creative Laureate and 3A choreography collaborator Subashini Ganesan as studio guest. Their conversation ranges through topics such as Bharatnatyam dance beyond the athletic body to building meaningful cross-cultural collaborations and artistic equity.

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Nina Shekhar on Indian Music Now...

I grew up in two worlds.  My parents were born and raised in India, and they moved to the United States in the 1980s.  I was born in the U.S. and raised in a small, predominantly white suburb. My family frequently blended elements from both cultures.  During meals, we would enjoy eating my mom’s spicy chicken curry and my dad’s palak paneer, alongside macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes.  I grew up not realizing that this experience was unique, and I did not know any other identity besides this hybridized one.

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Sarah Tiedemann on Indian Music Now...

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.

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A letter from our Artistic and Executive Directors

Dear Friend:
 
 "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.  

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Cappella Romana and Third Angle New Music work spaces are wed at the Courthouse

The sounds of music, from medieval chant to math rock, are ringing out from a single set of offices in the Gus J. Solomon U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon. Third Angle New Music is delighted to announce that it has established its new office in the top floor of the former courthouse, subleased to them by their friends Cappella Romana Vocal Ensemble. Since 2016, Cappella Romana has been housed in the 1932 Renaissance Revival-style courthouse, downtown across from the Newmark Theatre and the Schnitzer Concert Hall.

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Welcome Lou Watson to Team 3A!

Third Angle New Music is excited to welcome Lou Watson to the staff as the new Communications Coordinator. This position has previously been held by Evan Lewis and Kim Gumbel, both of whom did a tremendous job for the organization. Evan helped propel Third Angle to new heights with his expert grant writing and education skills. Kim stepped in over the summer in a temporary position and provided infrastructure with great organizational skills during a transition time. They both leave behind huge shoes to fill and we are grateful for all their hard work and now fondly wave them off to new career paths elsewhere.

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Contralto

Traditionally, a group like Third Angle should kick off the season by highlighting our performers in a groundbreaking event. This year our season opener will be just as groundbreaking, but 3A will serve as the supporting cast as we turn the spotlight on a new group of heroines—the chorus of trans women featured in Sarah Hennies’s revolutionary work Contralto.

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