“the passage of time”: Guest Artist of Left Edge Collective @ Oregon Center for the Arts


the passage of time… brings together performers from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico for a virtual performance of two works: David Bithell’s Subterranean, a technological exploration of isolation, uncertainty, and the hope for connection – and Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together – a work that 50 years after its composition in reaction to the deadly riot at the Attica Correctional Facility, remains an enduring and prescient lens through which to view our world.

FREE and open to the virtual public as a streaming concert.

The concert is produced by Left Edge Collective a new music organization founded and directed by David Bithell and Terry Longshore at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University. Left Edge Collective composes, performs, improvises, creates interdisciplinary projects, and hosts an annual festival of contemporary performance which focuses on presenting and premiering new works by members of Left Edge, works by nationally recognized guest artists, and collaborations between artistic disciplines.

Bithell and Longshore will be joined by a cadre of established artists from Canada, Finland, Mexico, New Zealand, and the U.S. The featured artists are:

David Bithell, electronics/video (Ashland, Oregon, USA) – Interdisciplinary composer, artist, and performer exploring the connections between visual art, music, theater, and performance. Professor of Art and Emerging Media at Southern Oregon University.

Tessa Brinckman, flute (New Zealand/Ashland, Oregon, USA) – Interdisciplinary flutist, composer, and recording artist. Partner-in-crime with Terry Longshore in flute/percussion duo Caballito Negro.

Geoffrey Conquer, piano (Toronto, Canada) – Doctor of Musical Arts scholar at University of Toronto, faculty chamber music coach at The Royal Conservatory’s Phil and Eli Taylor Academy.

Fernando Dominguez, bass clarinet (Mexico City, Mexico) – Music faculty at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), member of Ónix Ensemble and bass clarinet/percussion duo duplum with Iván Manzanilla.

Aiyun Huang, percussion (Toronto, Canada) – Soloist, chamber musician, researcher, teacher and producer. Globally recognized since winning the 2002 First Prize and Audience Prize of the Geneva International Music Competition. Associate Professor of Music, University of Toronto.

Derek Keller, narrator (Ashland, Oregon, USA) – Composer/performer whose music explores hybridity between contemporary concert music, jazz and rock. Assistant Professor of Music at Southern Oregon University.

Terry Longshore, percussion (Ashland, Oregon, USA) – Genre-crossing performer, composer, and educator of percussion. Partner-in-crime with Tessa Brinckman in flute/percussion duo Caballito Negro. Professor and Chair of Music at Southern Oregon University.

Ivan Manzanilla, percussion (Guanajuato, Mexico) – Professor of percussion at University of Guanajuato. Soloist, chamber musician, and member of bass clarinet/percussion duo duplum with Fernando Dominguez.

Matti Pulkki, accordion (Finland/Toronto) – Master’s degree from the Sibelius Academy in Finland and currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Toronto. Member of Canadian crossover ensemble Quartetto Gelato.