Saturday, December 19, 2009

CRPDX to present 3rd annual Bachxing Day on Dec. 26th.

Following is a press release from Classical Revolution Portland:

Classical Revolution Presents The Third Annual:
Bachxing Day!! December 26th at The Someday Lounge
WHAT: Bachxing Day
WHO: Classical Revolution PDX
WHEN: December 26th, 2009. 9 PM
WHERE: The Someday Lounge – 125 NW 5th Ave, Portland OR 97209
COST: $5

Bachxing Day has become staple Portland celebration as members of Classical Revolution PDX perform their own interpretations of Bach sonatas, cello suites, cantatas and a special performance of the Third Brandenburg Concerto in honor of their third year at the Someday Lounge.

“Bachxing Day is always one of my favorite Classical Revolution events,” says CRPDX founder Mattie Kaiser, “the evening is all about how we personally express the music of one of the greatest composers of all time. At the Someday Lounge every interpretation is valid - whether it’s Bach on baritone, bassoon or banjo!”

All are encouraged to bring their instruments and show Classical Revolution how they play Bach. Audience members can also join in on the fun by creating ridiculous Bach names, puns and haikus to win prizes.

Happy Bachxing Day!

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As a sidenote, I'd like to add that this event is really a blast and there's no better way to shake off thos post-Xmas blues. I'll probably even be playing a little something at this one...


Friday, December 4, 2009

Poetry and Purcell; my upcoming gig.

So a couple months ago, my very talented friend Jan Van Stavern asked me if I wanted to be involved in a project with her. She's written a book of poetry based upon her and her husband's experiences in adopting their daughter Zoe from China, and her publisher asked if she would do some readings by way of publicity's sake. (Read all about it here at Jan's entertaining blog.) I was honored that she asked me to collaborate with her and play some music, so next month we'll be doing two gigs: one for the kiddies and one for the grownups. I'll be playing mandolin and piano in a range of selections, including Bach, Henry Purcell, Eddie Vedder, Chinese folk songs, and even an original or two of my own. Would love to see any of my friends/peeps/fans who like wine or beer, poetry and music in the audience. No cover charge!