Orchestra Becomes Radicalized

Orchestra Becomes Radicalized

Brown Calculus

Wed Sep 5

8:30 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Featuring members of Deerhoof, Y La Bamba, Golden Retriever, Like a Villain, Dolphin Midwives, Why I Must Be Careful, FLOOM, AU, The Crenshaw, and Oregon Dep’t of Kick Ass, ORCHESTRA BECOMES RADICALIZED is a supergroup of Portland’s most creative musical minds and hearts coming together to forge an intricate and powerful work of sonic and visual art. 
This marks the third time composer John Niekrasz [Sporting, Why I Must Be Careful, Y La Bamba] conducts an all-star orchestra through a challenging text-based composition at Holocene. Inspired by the pointed resistance of Sophie Scholl and The White Rose, this new piece looks at how the individual must act under dictatorship. 

Orchestra Becomes Radicalized
Orchestra Becomes Radicalized
Featuring members of Deerhoof, Y La Bamba, Golden Retriever, Like a Villain, Dolphin Midwives, Why I Must Be Careful, FLOOM, AU, The Crenshaw, and Oregon Dep’t of Kick Ass, ORCHESTRA BECOMES RADICALIZED is a supergroup of Portland’s most creative musical minds and hearts coming together to forge an intricate and powerful work of sonic and visual art.

Holland Andrews (Voice)
Luz Elena Mendoza (Voice)
Ed Rodriguez (Guitar)
Maxx Katz (Flute, Voice)
Luke Wyland (Keys)
Sage Fisher (Harp)
Jonathan Sielaff (Bass clarinet)
Andrew Jones (Bass)
John Niekrasz (Drums, direction)
Vanessa Renwick (Kinetic imagery)

This marks the third time composer John Niekrasz [Sporting, Why I Must Be Careful, Y La Bamba] conducts an all-star orchestra through a challenging text-based composition at Holocene. Inspired by the pointed resistance of Sophie Scholl and The White Rose, this new piece looks at how the individual must act under dictatorship.

“Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?”
- Sophie Scholl

Press:
Portland Mercury

“Niekrasz is a deep one, always full of that exciting, unknowable energy that makes me remember why I like music in the first place.”

“Percussionist John Niekrasz is one of Portland’s true artistic treasures, having led and accompanied dozens of groups throughout his time in the city.”

Oregon Arts Watch

“With some of the most outstanding musicians in Portland on stage, drawing performers from local experimental, jazz, and classical scenes, the nonet, led by John Niekrasz, played a fantastic set.”

“Niekrasz … unites a fantastic roster of many of the leading musicians and artists producing experimental and new music in Portland.”

“An orchestra working within dissonance and conflict to respond to those same qualities in the world around it.”

“The orchestra demonstrated a level of awareness that tends to escape experimental groups of this size. While each musician played off each other’s melodies and improvisations, they also demonstrated an adept and tactile ability to be part of a larger whole, structurally anchored by John Niekrasz on the drum set.”

“It was an impressive, disquieting demonstration of Niekrasz’s peculiar methods and talents as a composer on a larger scale than most of his previous productions in Portland.”
Brown Calculus
Brown Calculus
Two spirits, sprung forth from the same body in a past life, we have traveled through time and space, reconnecting as two separate hosts on planet Earth and embodying the intergalactic values of jazz and unity.

“Producer Andre Burgos lays out a star-bed of jazzy keyboards and analog space sounds for Kimmons' fluttering alto, which she uses to lament digital age romance, affirm her blackness and gush over the cherry blossoms that sprout along the waterfront in spring.”
- Willamette Week
Venue Information:
Holocene
1001 SE Morrison St.
Portland, OR, 97214
http://www.holocene.org/