Play/Sculpture: Exploring Noguchi with the Portland Chamber Music Festival

Play/Sculpture: Exploring Noguchi with the Portland Chamber Music Festival

As part of the inaugural season for the Portland Chamber Music Festival’s new Artistic Director, Grammy-nominated violist Melissa Reardon, the PMA is thrilled to host the premiere performances of a new PCMF-commissioned work by cellist and composer Paul Wiancko, winner of the S&R Foundation’s 2018 Washington Award for “pushing the boundaries of artistic and performance practices.” Directly inspired by the sculpture of Isamu Noguchi, Wiancko’s piece is for the highly unusual, warm-toned combination of two violas and two cellos. This innovative collaboration adds a musical complement to Noguchi’s restless creativity and the concept of “playing” with shapes and colors in space.

Free admission.
Performances at 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

Composer's Note:
Vox Petra is directly inspired by the sculpture of Isamu Noguchi. I approached this composition as an extension of the way Noguchi approached stone--with a sense of absolute freedom despite working within a medium with strict limitations. Additionally, much of Noguchi's sculpture feels as if it turns inwardly on itself while still emotionally and aesthetically transforming the space around it--like nature itself. This piece aspires to that fundamental balance, attempting to look within itself in order to outwardly express something powerful. Essentially, it is music that Noguchi's stone sculptures might sing if they had a voice.