Third Angle presents...


Thu Feb 21

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$35 General / $30 Seniors / $10 Students (w/valid ID)

This event is 21 and over

Explore the blurred lines between opera, experimental music, and rock as composer and electric guitarist Steven Mackey and percussionist Jason Treuting (Sō Percussion) bring to life their unique twist on the Orphean myth in this wordless guitar opera.

Join Third Angle as it presents Orpheus Unsung. Grammy award winning composer Steven Mackey does not wield a lyre, but instead crafts the tale of Orpheus’ journey through the Underworld with rock guitar contortions, while Jason Treuting (So Percussion) wordlessly sets scenes and soliloquies with a wide ranges of percussive techniques. Guitar and percussion take the audience through an evocative musical encounter with life, love and loss; from Orpheus and Eurydice’s wedding, the death of Eurydice, and then to the deep dive down into the underworld.

"Mackey’s and Treuting’s fantastic musicianship and seamless teamwork effectively bring O to life, illustrate his dramatic story, and highlight a concept that is definitely something new for the world of new music." -- icareifyoulisten.com

Orpheus Unsung composed by Steven Mackey in collaboration with percussionist/composer Jason Treuting, will be performed by Steven and Jason, accompanied by multi-media visuals, at Holocene. This performance is 60 minutes without intermission.

Steven Mackey – a Grammy Award winner lauded by Gramophone for his “explosive and ethereal imagination” – is regarded as one of the leading composers of his generation, with compositions ranging from orchestral and chamber music to dance and opera. In the fall of 2017 Mackey releases a CD of his wordless electric guitar opera, Orpheus Unsung, on the New Amsterdam label, which he performs with Sō Percussion member Jason Treuting.
Mackey has been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kennedy Center, Sydney Symphony, Carnegie Hall, the Nasher Sculpture Center and New World Symphony among many others. Mackey’s orchestral music has been performed by major orchestras around the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco and Chicago Symphonies, BBC Philharmonic, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Austrian Radio Symphony, Sydney Symphony, and Tokyo Philharmonic. As a guitarist, Mackey has performed his chamber music with the Kronos Quartet, Arditti Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Next time Ensemble (Parma), Psappha (Manchester), and Joey Baron.
Mackey is currently Professor of Music and former chair of the Department of Music at Princeton University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1985.

Jason Treuting has performed and recorded in venues as diverse as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Walker Art Center, the Knitting Factory, the Andy Warhol Museum, Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center, DOM (Moscow) and Le National (Montreal). As a member of So Percussion, he has collaborated with artists and composers including Steve Reich, David Lang, John Zorn, Dan Trueman, tabla master Zakir Hussain, the electronic music duo Matmos and choreographer Eliot Feld. Jason is co-director of the So Percussion Summer Institute, an annual intensive course on the campus of Princeton University and also co-director of a new percussion program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

Third Angle New Music's mission is to perform and record the masterworks of the 21st Century while commissioning new works from regionally and nationally recognized composers. Based in Portland, Ore., the organization has earned abundant critical acclaim for its bold and innovative programming, high artistic standards and committed efforts to bring music of the 20th and 21st Centuries to a diverse audience. Third Angle engages notable local, national and international musicians to explore a variety of works for an array of instruments, from traditional strings to percussion to bagpipes, and even a Chinese pipa.

Third Angle has created and presented more than 125 programs of contemporary music, commissioned more than 66 new works and released 12 recordings to critical acclaim. (Sound of the Five, the chamber music of Chen Yi, was named a Top 10 recording for 2009 by National Public Radio.)
Venue Information:
1001 SE Morrison St.
Portland, OR, 97214