Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Alan Singley Orchestra debuts at The Old Church!!!

Blog founder Goldie, who is a show promoter for The Old Church, just pulled my coat on a very cool show coming up.

Alan Singley, formerly of the eponymous Pants Machine, has made a transition from rock to classical, and will be premiering his works in a benefit show for The Historic Old Church.  Having both seen and played shows there, I can attest that this is going to be awesome.  And I always support people learning how to compose!

Here's what the press release has to say:

The Alan Singley Orchestra will be making their world debut at The Historic Old Church on Saturday, September 29th at 8 p.m. The entire evening will be comprised of new instrumental works composed by Singley. The string section will be comprised of violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Singley will perform on the Steinway grand piano and the huge, rare, pipe organ that was installed in 1883.
After 4 years of orchestrating for acts across the country, Singley found he was finally ready to hold his first concert in the genre of modern instrumental orchestral music. The evening's program will feature 2 song cycles designed for healing and meditation, with an intermission. The evocative, soundtrack-esque songs coupled with the romantic ambiance of The Historic Old Church are sure to inspire and transform the listener.
The composer, Alan Singley, first rose to prominence in the Portland Indie-rock scene and garnered numerous accolades from both local and national media outlets in that genre. However, Singley has been hooked on orchestral music since elementary school when he first heard The 1812 Overture, The Blue Danube Waltz, and The Jurassic Park score. But it was not until recent years that he attended Portland Community College and learned the art of orchestration.
Prepare for a very special event that will pay homage to inspiration brought forth by Singley's latest orchestral heroes: Ravel, Ives, Eno, and Bacharach. There will be speckles of avant-garde and dustings of modern harmonies. Overall, it will be an evening of simply gorgeous, therapeutic bliss.
The orchestra consists of a six-piece string section and an organist performing on the pipe organ which dates back to 1883. Singley will perform at the Steinway grand piano and there will also be a guest jazz bassist on two pieces.
Lastly, we'd like to add that the all-ages event is a benefit for The Historic Old Church and will be priced on a sliding scale. Alcoholic beverages will be available to those over 21 and tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

So I'll be there.  Goldie will be there.  You should be there.  Check out the event on Facebook, listen to his demos, get tickets, and... be there!

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