Confluence Series: Wayne Horvitz's Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (11 Places For Richard Hugo)

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Confluence Series: Wayne Horvitz's Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (11 Places For Richard Hugo)
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Confluence Series: Wayne Horvitz's Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (11 Places For Richard Hugo) says
Confluence Visiting Artist Series presents:

(11 Places For Richard Hugo)

Thursday, October 8, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm show
Michelle’s Pianos, 600 SE Stark St.
$12 - 20 sliding scale. All ages.

The Creative Music Guild is proud to present Wayne Horvitz and his project Some Places Are Forever Afternoon. The ensemble (Wayne Horvitz - Piano, Ron Miles - Trumpet, Peggy Lee - Cello, Sara Schoenbeck - Bassoon, Timothy Young - Guitar, Keith Lowe - Bass, and Eric Eagle - Drums) will perform a suite based upon writings by Pacific Northwest poet Richard Hugo as part of a Northwest tour in support of a CD + 26-page booklet release for the project on Songlines. The Portland performance begins at 8PM at Michelle’s Pianos in SE Portland. $12 - 20 sliding scale admission. All ages welcome.

New York Times review by Nate Chinen:

Commissioned with funding from the Shifting Foundation, the piece is a suite of 11 pieces based on the poems of Richard Hugo. The instrumentation combines two of Horvitz's working ensembles, The Gravitas Quartet and Sweeter Than the Day. Each composition is inspired by a different poem of Hugo's. In its final iteration, the poems will be published in the booklet accompanying the CD. As the suite travels in the Northwest, local readers will read each poem following the performance of the corresponding piece. Many of these readers knew Hugo, and all of them maintain deep connections to the places that inspired the poet.

Richard Hugo was born in White Center, and lived throughout the Northwest before settling in Missoula, Montana. He taught poetry at the University of Montana, and is the inspiration for a plethora of writers of the west, including James and Lois Welch, William Kittredge, Frances McCue and countless others. The Richard Hugo House in Seattle is named in his memory. Hugo passed away in 1982.

Hugo loved to visit the small towns and odd places all through this part of the world, from West Marginal Way to La Push to the Union Bar Grill in rural Montana. He would sit in a cafe or bar for hours before he returned home to write. He was a great lover of music, and jazz in particular. It is Hugo's enduring love of music, rambling, and the places of the Northwest that inspired Horvitz's interpretation of his work, which honors and celebrates the poet's legacy.

The members of the ensemble are: Wayne Horvitz-Piano, Ron Miles-Trumpet, Peggy Lee-Cello, Sara Schoenbeck-Bassoon, Timothy Young-Guitar, Keith Lowe-Bass and Eric Eagle-Drums. The tremendous talent in the band is available for workshops accompanying the performances.
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By: The Creative Music Guild