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Be prepared to stretch your definition of music.  Because a recently released CD features Southern Oregon University's Percussion Ensemble performing a piece by the boundary-stretching composer Mark Applebaum

And the piece includes such exotic instrumentation as bubble wrap.  That's right, the stuff that you use to pack fragile items into boxes.  Popping the bubbles makes a sound, a percussive one at that. 

Terry Longshore directs the Percussion Ensemble. 

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Is it possible the phrase "cry me a river" became common because of Julie London? 

She's the one who made the song by that title famous in the mid-1950s.  And Julie London's sultry style gets a tribute from vocalist Tiffany Cooper, in a new album called "Satin Mood." 

The Siskiyou Project hosts a CD release party on Sunday (February 11) at Paschal Winery near Talent. 

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The Journey song "Don't Stop Believin'" is a rock anthem, one of the most famous songs of recent history. 

A guitar-driven song, sure, but the drums matter, too.  And the guy who played them lives in Ashland, where he'll play this weekend at the Ashland Jazz Festival

Steve Smith still tours with Journey, but his jazz-fusion group, Vital Information, still records and tours. 

AND Smith creates visual art, too, using his drumsticks to paint a picture of motion. 

RV Peace Choir

Music can bind us together at a time in history when we can easily find reasons to disagree. 

Peace choirs sing to enhance the sense of shared humanity. 

The Rogue Valley Peace Choir is the host organization for a joint concert of peace choirs from both sides of the state line, coming up February 11. 

Heart and Hope Music

It's not generally considered a medical device, but the guitar does have some healing properties.  At least that's how it's used by Rogue Valley musician Donny Roze. 

As the founder and executive director of Heart and Hope Music, he and his guitar go where they are needed to bring a little cheer... to adult foster care homes and assisted living facilities and other places where aging people congregate. 

And they don't just listen; they sing and play instruments, too.  More such sessions will be possible with recent grants from the Oregon Community Foundation and other organizations.

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Ravel.  Berlioz.  Pinkston.  Pinkston?  Yes, he is among the composers whose works will be performed by the North State Symphony in concerts this weekend (Nov. 11 in Chico, Nov. 12 in Redding). 

Dan Pinkston chairs the music department of Simpson University in Redding, and is the composer of a concerto for violin and symphony premiering at the concerts. 

It is the latest in a series of Pinkston works performed to acclaim around the world. 

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Maybe the band name "Chumbawamba" rings a bell. 

Try the lyrics to the group's best-known song: "I get knocked down, but I get up again..."  You can take it from there. 

Danbert Nobacon (not his birth name) was a key figure in Chumbawamba, but an outspoken believer in anarchy and ecology before and since. 

He's also an author, with works including 3 Dead Princes: An Anarchist Fairy Tale.  Nobacon visits Ashland for words at the Ashland Literary Arts Festival and songs at a pair of Rogue Valley venues. 

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American children born the year the Rolling Stones first recorded music got their invitations to join AARP this year. 

Somehow, the band keeps going, after more than half a century.  But its composition has certainly changed over time, and in one case, tragically. 

Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones died young in 1969, but he left a distinctive stamp on the early group. 

Paul Trynka wrote a book about him, Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones, and joined us in 2014. 

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If you want to start a conversation that you know will last a while, ask Josh Gross about favorite bands. 

He loves music, and across a wide spectrum of genres and styles. 

Josh makes music, and writes about music for the Rogue Valley Messenger.  And once a month, he visits the studio with "Rogue Sounds," a compilation of musical samples and news of coming band dates. 

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Dar Williams is one of a kind, so a little hard to categorize.  Sure, she is a singer and a songwriter, and highly regarded for her pop/folk work. 

But she's a writer, too, with a new book out called What I Found in A Thousand Towns.  It details the changes she sees in communities she has visited in years of touring. 

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If you want to start a conversation that you know will last a while, ask Josh Gross about favorite bands. 

He loves music, and across a wide spectrum of genres and styles. 

Josh makes music, and writes about music for the Rogue Valley Messenger

And once a month, he visits the studio with "Rogue Sounds," a compilation of musical samples and news of coming band dates. 

San Francisco Early Music Society

It's not a viola, but it's not a cello, either. 

The Viola da Gamba is a stringed instrument that looks like both of the above, but rests between the knees. 

Sunriver Music Festival

The longstanding Britt Festivals in Jacksonville gobble up much of the attention, but there are other ongoing music festivals in our part of the world. 

The Sunriver Music Festival is starting its 40th season next week. 

George Hanson is the man with the baton, the music director of the festival. 

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Orchestral music gently (okay, not ALWAYS gently) drifts through downtown Jacksonville on summer weekend evenings. 

The Britt Orchestra is in the middle of its three-weekend run of masterworks old and new. 

Conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane brings his considerable keyboard skills to the stage in a concert Friday night (August 4th). 

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If you want to start a conversation that you know will last a while, ask Josh Gross about favorite bands. 

He loves music, and across a wide spectrum of genres and styles.  Josh makes music, and writes about music for the Rogue Valley Messenger

And once a month, he visits the studio with "Rogue Sounds," a compilation of musical samples and news of coming band dates. 

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It took some vision to put an orchestra on a grassy hillside in Jacksonville. 

And the vision took: 54 years later, the Britt Orchestra still entertains large crowds over three weekends in the summer. 

The players have changed, but the mission remains the same. 

And mission control takes over Friday, as the orchestra season begins.  Teddy Abrams leads the flock in his fourth full season as music director and conductor. 

Oregon Coast Music Festival

The Oregon Coast Music Festival (OCMF) has grown from a Coos Bay performance of Haydn music to an annual festival that draws 5,000 to its varied concerts in several Coos Bay area locations.   

The festival's classical concerts are scheduled next week (July 25-29) in the Marshfield High School Auditorium in Coos Bay. 

James Paul has been the Festival's music director since 1991. 

Black Sheep

You don't have to be Irish to appreciate the music of the Emerald Isle. 

And Irish music has been a fixture at Ashland's Black Sheep pub for years now, in a Sunday afternoon jam session that welcomed all musicians. 

Now the Black Sheep owners are closing the pub, forcing the Celtic instruments and their players to look for a new place to make music. 

Rock Out: "Rogue Sounds" For June

May 31, 2017
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Josh Gross has an addiction, and it's one we're only too happy to share. 

He loves music, and across a wide spectrum of genres and styles. 

Josh makes music, and writes about music for the Rogue Valley Messenger

And once a month, he visits the studio with "Rogue Sounds," a compilation of musical samples and news of coming band dates. 

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Craig Chaquico has played the guitar in a lot of circumstances; he was just 20 when he joined Jefferson Starship. 

But Chaquico has never played with a choir, he says.  Until now... a concert on May 20th has him strapping on his guitar to accompany the Jefferson State Choral Coalition

What do you know... another band named Jefferson? 

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