Performancessee past performances
Out of This World
Tessa Brinckman & Mitsuki Dazai
- Thursday, January 30th, 2014 - Noon
Portland State University - Lincoln 75
- 1825 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 — map
Horses Heads Were Towards Eternity - Yuji Takahashi (1988) – alto flute, koto
Pianist and avant-garde composer, Yuji Takahashi, studied stochastic music with Xenakis in the 1960s, later working as a composer/performer in electronic, orchestral, solo and pop settings. He collaborated with both the Asian and Western avantgarde, including John Zorn, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Musica Elettronica Viva, Ned Rothenberg, and Carl Stone. Takahashi sets Emily Dicksonson’s famous poem, "Because I Could Not Stop For Death", with a minimalist hand, leaving an element of improvisation to the performers.
Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.
We passed the school, where children strove
At recess, in the ring;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.
Or rather, he passed us;
The dews grew quivering and chill,
For only gossamer my gown,
My tippet only tulle.
We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.
Since then 'tis centuries, and yet each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses' heads
Were toward eternity.
5+13=Prime Number (1983) - John Kaizan Neptune - flute & koto
Virtuoso shakuhachi player and composer, John Kaizan Neptune, writes that “…this is the first duet that I wrote for koto and shakuhachi. Musical influences are from Japan, India, America (blues), and Africa. How did I come up with the title? I thought it was more interesting than "Duet For Koto and Shakuhachi Number 1".
Children’s Songs: #3, #4, #16 (1971) – Chick Corea - flute, bass koto
The famous American jazz fusionist aimed "to convey simplicity as beauty, as represented in the Spirit of a child". There are stylistic and structural parallels to the cycle, Mikrokosmos, by Bela Bartok. Corea dedicated it to Ron L. Hubbard, saying that, “…I no longer wanted to satisfy myself. I really want to connect with the world and make my music mean something to people.”
Kangen Hisho (1977) - Ichiro Higo - flute & koto
Kangen hisho roughly translates as “returning to the origins”. The composer, Ichiro Higo, writes that Japan had very little purely instrumental music, most of it being vocal with occasional instrumental sections. But those instrumental sections are powerful music, and he has tapped into that cultural memory “which secretly flows through our veins” and written this work.
Umi Sajin (2013) – Tessa Brinckman/Mitsuki Dazai - flute/piccolo/alto flute, bass koto
We constructed this piece together via Skype and intuition in December 2012, and premiered it at the March Music Moderne Festival, Portland in 2013. Inspired by accounts of the Dust Bowl and the Great Garbage Patches in the Pacific Ocean, this piece expresses the ambivalence of our own survival in a self-destructive world.
William Kraft Artist Residency
- Thursday April 17th, 2014
Southern Oregon University
William Kraft, one of the West Coast's best known composers, is composer-in-residence in April 2014 at Southern Oregon University. A concert will feature a wide variety of his work over the years, including the newly recorded "Encounters XVI" for flute and percussion, to be performed by Tessa Brinckman and Terry Longshore.
More details to come....
The White Snake
- May 3 - June 8, 2014
- 170 N Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60601 — map
- (312) 443-3800
Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman brings an ancient and beloved Chinese fable to life in a dazzling new adaptation hailed as “strikingly beautiful” by National Public Radio.
Still Dog Star After All These Years
Jack Gabel Ensemble
- Monday July 14th - 7-9pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland
Portland-based composer, Jack Gabel premiers (in a free-to-the-public music concert) new compositions alongside older works, all from his 5th album: STILL DOG STAR AFTER ALL THESE YEARS — decadal sequel to *DOG STAR 20-years of electroacoustics — a concert of live electro-acoustic musical performances, followed by a week of recording sessions.
Musical artists: Tessa Brinckman (flute); Tom Bergeron (alto sax); Brian McWhorter (trumpet); Diane Chaplin (cello); Florian Consetti (percussion); Susan Smith (piano). Composer at electronic consoles.
More details to come...
Mildred Hill Festival
Flute & Guitar Duo
- Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 7pm
Zion Lutheran Church
- PO Box 797, Port Orford, OR 97465 — map
An eclectic evening of early, contemporary, Turkish and tango music with David Rogers and Tessa Brinckman. More details to follow...