Our sold-out debut concert: Fire and Ice
Thanks to everyone who joined us! We had an amazing time. In case you missed it, here's what happened.
The stunning PLACE hosted an adventurous multi-sensory concert exploring the elemental extremes of fiery intensity, icy stillness, and the fluid water worlds between.
This debut event of the new group, "Burn After Listening," featured new chamber, vocal, acoustic, and electronic music by three Portland composers – Lisa Ann Marsh, Stacey Philipps, and Jennifer Wright – and remarkable artwork from multimedia Finnish sculptor, Melita Westerlund.
The smokin’ new music premiered by some of Portland's top performers combined electro-acoustic submerged soundscapes, an acrobatic piano duet full of fireworks, ethereal chamber music evoking the elements, and amplified songs of melting glaciers. The sounds of ice instruments, otherworldly piano techniques, strings and woodwinds, and haunting songs of change mixed in an unforgettable landscape of art at this unique concert/happening, a Design Week Portland featured event.
This event was the West Coast's first chance to view Westerlund's art in person. Encompassing both flat works and sculptures (as well as the intriguing area between the two), this show included a striking variety of media, techniques, and scale, the result of a lifetime engaged in exploring the interrelationship of color and form. Westerlund's striking graphic treatment and sense of form combine elements from her experiences and studies in America, Africa, Europe, and her native Finland. Her most recent works, many of which were on display, are motivated by the worldwide degradation of the coral reefs and provide a striking visual environment for the concert experience.