Join us at Holocene to celebrate marriage equality as part of the March Music Moderne Festival. An evening celebrating LGBTQ composers, featuring the works of Lou Harrison, Pauline Oliveros, local Portland composers, and more.

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Experimental 20th century composer Lou Harrison was a Portland native raised mostly in the Bay Area, and once described by colleague Nen Rorem as “like Orson Welles on a tulip stem.” In art and life this was a musician who offered the world an eclectic and expansive bouquet of sound. From the springboard of the 12 tone system and early 20th century experimental techniques, Harrison launched into an exploration of microtones, just intonation, and was heavily influenced by Javanese gamelan orchestra and Eastern tonality. His music often consists of “melodicles,” and is sparse in harmony. He was a pacifist, gay rights activist, florist, dancer and dance critic, poet, records clerk, and inventor of the tack piano.

Pauline Oliveros, 81, a much-revered doyenne in the experimental and electronic music world, and utilizes the accordion as her primary instrument. Originally from Texas, Oliveros was a central figure in mid-20th century San Francisco arts culture, and served as the director of the San Francisco Tape Music Center. Today, she is a champion of new music technology and theories, and the founder of the Deep Listening Institute, which aims to expand the human experience of sound and activate creative awareness across existing boundaries. Sound awareness, she says, isĀ “a synthesis of the psychology of consciousness, the physiology of the martial arts, and the sociology of the feminist movement.”