March Music Moderne

For its fourth year, March Music Moderne has assembled a most inspired calendar of events musical and otherwise presented all over town in one ten day period, March 6 – 16. It’s a most cohesive imaginative, magnanimous offering of sounds that surely will never be heard this way again.

Photo ©2013 Chris Leck
Photo ©2013 Chris Leck

This year’s theme is Global Village 2014, Listening to the Here of the Now. One and look at the schedule shakes the foundation of time and space.

From a guided Soundwalk with composer Susan Alexjander in Mt. Tabor Park at noon March 8, to a performance of Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music with Joan Laage and the Seattle Kogut Butoh Dancers at Three Friends Coffee House later that same evening, The Erik Satie Tango Project, a Gamelan performance downtown, music from Piazzolla, Bartok, Britten, texts from Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles and fine art exhibits at Muse Art, the list goes on. Here are a few highlights (follow the bubbles) chosen for their SE locations that barely scratch the surface of what this assemblage offers. Many events are free and open to all ages.

Better download the schedule, think ahead and make your plan now. .




Saturday, March 15, at Saint David of Wales Episcopal Church, 2800 SE Harrison St. begins at 11 pm. Experience 21st–century music illuminated by 13th–century lighting as Portland performers play classical works by candlelight in this spacious acoustically alive sanctuary.

Musicians Beth Karp, Gulchin Tarabus, Valery Saul, Amalia Blumberg and Joel Kleinbaum present Benjamin Britten’s Cabaret Songs, Astor Piazzolla’s Novitango, and Ljova Zhurbin’s Sirota along with works by locals David Schiff and Aaron Berenbach. Admission is $10 suggested sliding scale. See




An eclectic piano/anti-piano concert is presented by Cascadia Composers Wednesday March 12. Dueling toy pianos, amplified harpsichord, prepared / detuned / electrified pianos and the world’s only Skeleton Piano. The concert will be at Michelle’s Piano Co., 600 SE Stark St. at 7:30 pm. The Cascadia Composers’ are Jennifer Wright, Art Resnick, Ted Clifford, Paul Safar and Olliver Barr and tickets are available at door, $15 adults, $10 working artists, $5 students and free for children under 12. See




An Aural Explo-ration of the Spaces Between is a non-stop performance for 24 hours beginning 9 am Sat-ur-day, March 8, concluding at 9 am, March 9 at 850 NE 81st Ave.

Imagine a single sym-phonic expe-ri-ence, in one 24 hour performance. Leif Inge’s 9 Beet Stretch is Beethoven’s 9th Sym-phony, stretched out to an amaz-ing 24 hours, an ethe-real, mind-blowing sound instal-la-tion including visual envi-ron-ments, alongside an exhi-bi-tion of poster art by Emek (whose “Island Guitar” is pictured here).

The event is free, but those who want to bring a sleep-ing bag and stay for the whole event, a $10 to $25 dona-tion to Artists’ Mile-post, will get you in on the Sat-ur-day night pizza party and sleepover.



Works by Xenakis, Alexie, Harley, Alexjander, Harvey, Westerkamp and The Residents, including James Harley’s “Spangled” – Hendrix’s live Star-Spangled Banner at Woodstock processed into a wall of sound as tribute to the 45th anniversary of his performance and the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s song written to the tune of the British drinking song, Anacreon in Heaven. Later that same evening, The Marzian Chronicles with Bradbury, Harley, Ligeti, Tabakova, Morricone, Reza and The Satie Tango Project all free at Community Music Center,  3350 SE Francis St., Sunday March 16 at 7:30 pm.


March Music Moderne

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