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Press Release: Muse:forward Emerging Music series begins May 18

attn: music, experimental music, arts scene
Portland, OR • May 2, 2014
Event Details:
Muse:forward Emerging Music Salon
Experimental, Ambient, Improvisational, Compositional, Mixed-genre
The Waypost – 3120 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR, 97227
Sunday May 18
7 pm
21 and over
No cover • donations go to artists

Emerging-music think-tank hosts genre-defying new music salon

Monthly event at the Waypost will give underground new-music afficionados an informal meeting place
On Sunday, May 18, the first Muse:forward Emerging Music Salon night will take place at The Waypost. As described on the Muse:forward Blog, the event is being designed as common ground for experimental, ambient, electronic, improvisatory and compositional artists:
“There’s an energy underground striving to get aloft… Sonic textures, new composed works, improvisations, experiments, interactive events, songs that stretch form and genre.”

The event will include an hour of showcase performances by selected artists each month, followed by 90 minutes of open-mic-style ad hoc performances. As the blog announcement states, “Anyone who feels their sonic art would be better suited in an emerging-music context than in a traditional open mic or new band night is welcome to participate.”

Classical Revolution PDX director seeks to bring “chamber jam” success to new music
Composer and CRPDX Executive Director Christopher Corbell founded Muse:forward as an emerging music think-tank at the beginning of 2014. Devoted to “emerging music community and economy”, the nascent effort has begun to garner attention for its “Pay Your Wage” sliding-scale campaign to increase club musician compensation. With this new Emerging Music Salon, Muse:forward takes its first step into active new-music community-building and presentation.
As a composer of both classicist chamber music and new music in many genres, Corbell has actively encouraged local composers to participate in Classical Revolution PDX chamber jams during his year as director. The casual gatherings of the alt-classical group were creating something like a “club scene” for young emerging composers, even as more traditionally-minded members of the community began voicing displeasure with the eclipse of more traditional repertoire.
Corbell hopes the Muse:forward event on third Sundays at The Waypost will diffuse some of the contention between what pianist Maria Choban has referred to as “The Futurists and the Librarians” in the alternative chamber-music scene.
“Having a releatively unscripted and informal place for new music to emerge is really important I think. It’s why underground rock is perennial. It was a blast to see young composers start making things happen at CRPDX chamber jams, and kind of a bummer to see so many traditionalists respond negatively to what was emerging. I’m hoping these new music nights will protect the momentum of this scene. These composers are connecting directly with audiences and don’t have the rarefied air of the conservatories – in fact they seem to be allergic to recital halls.
At the same time I know some great artists who wouldn’t consider participating in CRPDX because of the word “Classical”, who are doing more avant-garde things, with more sonic exploration and improvisation. Muse:forward is definitely as much for them as for those who still have a good time putting dots on staff paper.”
– Christopher Corbell, Muse:forward founder
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Muse:forward is a Fractured-Atlas-sponsored artistic project in Portland, OR