Anything But Ordinary -- The Podcast!
Nina Shekhar on Indian Music Now...
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.
Sarah Tiedemann 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.
A letter from our Artistic and Executive Directors
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.
Guest Blogger Luanne Warner Katz shares some of the many layers of Play Like a Girl
"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.
Cappella Romana and Third Angle New Music work spaces are wed at the Courthouse
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.
Welcome Lou Watson to Team 3A!
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.
Announcing Third Angle's New Artistic Director
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.
Third Angle is elated to announce our new artistic director.
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.