Northwest Folklife is honored and excited to share the 5th annual series of curated, family-friendly cultural arts performances featuring the music of the various cultures within the Pacific Northwest!
Dréos is a Celtic music ensemble of performing composers who invent and arrange new and old music using a traditional vocabulary. Following the release of their debut recording The Clearing, you’re invited to join with this exciting trio as they light up the dance music of Ireland and Scotland. Dréos brings together the blazing piping of Eliot Grasso, virtuosic fiddling of Brandon Vance, and powerhouse accompaniment of Glen Waddell, for an evening of fiery dance music and soul-filling songs, new and old. Bring your dance shoes!
Ballet Fantastique’s world premiere contemporary ballet The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a wickedly funny new adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic tale of superstition and rivalry.Choreographers Donna and Hannah Bontrager bring Ballet Fantastique’s signature wit and verve to this sumptuous and all-original romantic comedy spoof, fusing Colonial American whimsy with electric guitar and violin music as would-be hero Ichabod Crane confronts his desires, fears, and—of course—the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, in pursuit of his love, Katrina. Musical collaborators Dréos (with internationally acclaimed musician Eliot Grasso and his hand-picked musical ensemble) and Gerry Rempel Ensemble provide decadent and playful new rock and world music, as well as new original compositions created especially for this inimitable new romantic comedy ballet.
Also: performances on OCT. 28 AT 7:30 PM (tickets going fast!) and OCT. 29 AT 2:30 PM
The Music and Cognition Research Team is comprised of psychologists and musicologists who together explore two of the greatest frontiers in human civilization: music and the brain. The mission of this new research team is to build knowledge about the brain by studying cognitive and neuroanatomical function using musical creativity as a vehicle. Toward this end the research team will investigate differences in neuroanatomical functioning between highly trained musicians and non-musicians. This information will guide further exploration on how acquiring musical competence may affect neural processing.
Hailed as “exacting and exciting musicians” (Los Angeles Times), the three South Korean sisters have earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st century classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations, including works by Bernstein, Haydn, Jimi Hendrix, Kenji Bunch, and Prince. Eliot will comment on this diverse repertoire.
The event will recognize the seven Celtic Nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Galicia and Isle of Man) through live music, speakers, workshops and immersive/hands-on activities that will be educational and fun for the whole community.
Dr. Grasso will address the relevance of giving American students an education based in classical literature, for our modern day. This talk is part of a professional development seminar for the American Heritage Escondido Charter High School in California.
This event is free and open to the public.
Eliot will offer insights into the repertoire performed by the Shanghai Quartet. On the program is Mendelssohn, Bridge, and Dvořák
Dr. Eliot Grasso explains the aesthetics and concept behind his award-winning chamber work The Odyssey of These Days.
Come celebrate the week of St. Patrick with family-friendly live Irish Music at the Old Redmond School House, featuring Internationally acclaimed uillean piper and scholar Eliot Grasso, and two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, Brandon Vance, with Susan Burke also on fiddle, and northwest guitarist Dan Carollo.
They will be joined by the the extraordinary footwork of the Tara Academy Dancers.
Painter Wesley Hurd and composer Eliot Grasso have collaborated to produce The Odyssey of These Days, a multidisciplinary exhibit of art and music that explores the depths of loss, struggle, grief and hope.
Eliot will offer insights into the repertoire performed by the Dover Quartet and special guest, the virtuosic, charismatic, and Grammy Award-winning mandolin player Avi Avatal. The quartet showcases their prodigious talents with works from Bach to Bruce.
Celtic Music Hour hosts will interview Eliot Grasso and Wesley Hurd about their ongoing collaboration for the Eugene Art Exhibit The Odyssey of These Days.
Dréos premieres new, original work at the University of Oregon.
Eliot will give an Irish Flute Master class and public solo recital in the CWU Recital Hall.
Ancient Ireland is a mesmerizing world haunted by elemental powers and dragons, gatekeepers to other worlds and guardians of universal treasures. In Dragon & the Night Queen: Celtic Stories, Donna and Hannah forge a new telling of ancient Irish legends with live music by Gerry Rempel Ensemble and internationally-renowned Irish musician Eliot Grasso. New choreography, drama, and live songcraft capture the rich myths of Morgan le Fay (sea goddess of the legends of Avalon), the Night Queen Rhiannon, the Morrigan, and the Dragon King. Anchored in the medieval, Dragon & the Night Queen promises a bonny, defiant new ballet—a vivid exploration of new borders, filled with riotous spirit.