From the press release:
fEARnoMUSIC presents “DAVID SCHIFF:
Longtime Portland composer, author, teacher, conductor, and mentor to generations of Reed College students, David Schiff has a milestone birthday this year, and fEARnoMUSIC celebrates the occasion with a concert devoted to his chamber music. Renowned NYC saxophonist Marty Ehrlich will join fEARnoMUSIC as a special guest for a performance of Schiff’s seminal work “Singing in the Dark” for alto saxophone and string quartet.
"70th Birthday Celebration”
fEARnoMUSIC’s program will span over 30 years and a wide gamut of compositional styles. In addition to “Singing in the Dark,” the program will include the early Joycesketch II (1981) for solo viola (performed by FNM Artistic Director Kenji Bunch) and Schiff’s jazz-inflected love letter to New York City, “New York Nocturnes” for piano trio (performed by Jeff Payne, Inés Voglar, and Nancy Ives).
Combining the craft and complexity of American modernism, the rhythmic vitality and harmonic bite of jazz, and a soulful expression rooted in deep spirituality, Schiff’s has been one of the most important and unmistakable musical voices in the Northwest region for several decades.
Schiff himself will appear before the concert at 6:45pm for a talk with All Classical Portland radio host Robert McBride.
Tickets ($10-$30) are available for purchase online: