Big Mouth Mainstage Presents: The Gonzales Cantata
Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

Big Mouth Mainstage Presents: The Gonzales Cantata

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Big Mouth is mounting our biggest presentation to-date: the Gonzales Cantata, right before the election season. It is time for us to talk to and encourage one another in the presence of beautiful, inspiring, and hilarious music.

The Gonzales Cantata is a neo-baroque cantata based on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales composed by Australian-American composer Melissa Dunphy. The libretto is taken directly from transcripts of the hearings and Mr. Gonzales’ resignation speech. The genders of the soloists have been reversed in relation to the characters they portray – sopranos sing Gonzales, Sen. Arlen Specter and Sen. Patrick Leahy, Orrin Hatch is sung by an alto, and Dianne Feinstein is a tenor. The Gonzales Cantata is scored for a choir with soloists, string orchestra and harpsichord. The sound of the cantata is something between PDQ Bach and Phil Kline.

We are excited to present you with an all-star lineup of soloists and fantastic ensemble with singers and instrumentalists from Curious Voices, and students from Willamette University and Reed College.

Big Mouth will be offering all our tickets to the general public on a "pay-as-you-can" basis. We encourage audiences to pay a ticket price equivalent to their hourly wage. 

Together, we have power. Together, we can change the course. Come, laugh, and be inspired!

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Big Mouth Mainstage Presents: The Gonzales Cantata
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

Big Mouth Mainstage Presents: The Gonzales Cantata

Reserve your tickets here

Big Mouth is mounting our biggest presentation to-date: the Gonzales Cantata, right before the election season. It is time for us to talk to and encourage one another in the presence of beautiful, inspiring, and hilarious music.

The Gonzales Cantata is a neo-baroque cantata based on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales composed by Australian-American composer Melissa Dunphy. The libretto is taken directly from transcripts of the hearings and Mr. Gonzales’ resignation speech. The genders of the soloists have been reversed in relation to the characters they portray – sopranos sing Gonzales, Sen. Arlen Specter and Sen. Patrick Leahy, Orrin Hatch is sung by an alto, and Dianne Feinstein is a tenor. The Gonzales Cantata is scored for a choir with soloists, string orchestra and harpsichord. The sound of the cantata is something between PDQ Bach and Phil Kline.

We are excited to present you with an all-star lineup of soloists and fantastic ensemble with singers and instrumentalists from Curious Voices, and students from Willamette University and Reed College.

Big Mouth will be offering all our tickets to the general public on a "pay-as-you-can" basis. We encourage audiences to pay a ticket price equivalent to their hourly wage. 

Together, we have power. Together, we can change the course. Come, laugh, and be inspired!

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Salon & Fundraiser on Sauvie Island
Jul
7
2:00 PM14:00

Salon & Fundraiser on Sauvie Island

RSVP LINK

Join Big Mouth Society in celebrating the end of our first year as a vibrant community and ecosystem of musical artists and art lovers at our Summer Salon and Fundraising event on Sauvie Island. We welcome Big Mouth members, friends, family, and anyone who is curious about Big Mouth.

Here is the agenda:

2pm-3pm

Small group improvisation, coaching, jamming, and sighreading groups led by various artists across the beautiful farm property (OPEN TO ALL)

3pm-4pm

supportive community music sharing in the natural epitheater by musicians from Big Mouth and also from the greater Portland musical community

Fundraising Nature Walk and Mini-Concert:

4:30pm-5:30pm (Limited to 25 participants)

Dr. David Taylor, professor of plant biology at the University of Portland, will be leading a nature walk along a trail on Sauvie Island (exact location/meeting point will be disclosed to registrants). He will share fascinating facts and ideas about the diversity of local plants species, while professional musicians will perform nature-themed music in the most intimate setting. It will be an absolute delight to the senses!

This fundraising walk and concert will be offered in a sliding scale from $30-$150 per person, all of which will go directly to support the mission of Big Mouth Society.

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Dr. David Taylor, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Portland, where he teaches courses such as Organismal and Population Biology, Field Botany, the Nature of Plants (an introduction to plant evolution and ecology), and Plants as Food and Medicine. David’s research projects have focused on plant
evolution and classification, ethnobotany (the study of how human cultural groups use plants for food, medicine, construction, and other purposes), plant alpine ecology, and plant-pollinator interactions. David has carried out his research in Australia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, and Vietnam, which in part has led David to recognize and name a new genus (group of species) in the large tropical family that includes coffee and gardenias. When David is not teaching or in the field botanizing, he enjoys hiking and all manner of dancing, especially Swing and Lindy Hop.

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First Preview @ Artists Repertoire Theater / Show: I and You
May
20
7:00 PM19:00

First Preview @ Artists Repertoire Theater / Show: I and You

The first 20 Big Mouth members can RSVP free of charge. After which members can attend for $15.

I AND YOU

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by JoAnn Johnson

Morrison Stage

Two teens – a sick and snarky girl who hates poetry, and a sweet and sporty boy who just wants to get his class workproject done– are thrust together to work on a school project about Walt Whitman’s poems. Like boxers in a ring, the mismatched pair spar their way through Whitman's epic Song of Myself into an uneasy friendship. With growing urgency and searing poignancy, I and You is a funny, tender and surprising journey about the strange beauty of human connectedness.  

  • Revelatory Drama

  • 2014 Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award

  • 2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

  • 2016 Dramatist Guild Award Winner

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MAINSTAGE PERFORMANCE - Verdent Bloom: Spring Time Music
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

MAINSTAGE PERFORMANCE - Verdent Bloom: Spring Time Music

  • McGuire Auditorium, Warner Pacific University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-mouth-mainstage-production-verdant-bloom-tickets-45499889394

Big Mouth studio ensembles and guests will be sharing an eclectic array of early and new music perfect for spring.

Major works presented include Missa Alma Redemptoris Mater by 14th century English master Leonel, Brandenburg 5 by J.S. Bach, Cantigas de Santa Maria from medieval Iberia, selections from B minor mass, and an west coast premiere of Melissa Dunphy's What do I think I fought for at Omaha Beach? 

Members of Big Mouth Baroque, Curious Voices, and Big Mouth Harmony Choir, and professional guests will enchant your hearts and minds with these tantalizing tunes and harmony.

Soloists: Alice Sheu (harpsichord), Bryce Caster (baroque violin), Jas Adams (traverso), Emily Lau (voice), Tim Galloway (voice), Jen Milius (voice), Ben Neubauer (voice), and Jess Gibson (voice)

 

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Big Mouth Salon
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Big Mouth Salon

Another Big Mouth Salon, full of music, friendship, and connection. This time we will give a lovely preview/sharing session in preparation of our May Mainstage, featuring ALL THREE of our studio ensembles. We will be joined by many friendly faces in the community as well.

 

 

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MAINSTAGE PERFORMANCE: Sirens, interrupted!
Mar
4
2:00 PM14:00

MAINSTAGE PERFORMANCE: Sirens, interrupted!

Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sirens-interrupted-family-friendly-event-tickets-42515417759

“For too many centuries women have been being muses to artists. I wanted to be the muse, I wanted to be the wife of the artist, but I was really trying to avoid the final issue — that I had to do the job myself.” ― Anaïs Nin

Our resident professional ensemble, The Broken Consort, will present a mesmerizing program of virtuosic polyphony and improvisation inspired by women innovators over a 800-year period. Music made by disobedient women; by courageous women; by thinkers and doers who dared to act outside the box.

We will start by exploring a group of innovative nuns in 13th century Iberia, who passed onto us the very first collection of virtuosic vocal music provably performed by and composed by women. These nuns at the Las Huelgas Convent was so powerful, the abyss had the ability to appoint local priests and pass law.  Many of these nuns came from privileged backgrounds, and saw a life in the convent as the only way out from the responsibility and burden of marriage and child-rearing. It was an opportunity to focus on intellectual pursuits. The result? Exceptionally beautiful art come from many years of dedication and experimentation. And the knowledge that women have always been making music. 

Then, we fast forward four hundred years and land in 17th c. Italy, where a collection of skilled women musicians were making a splash in the area of professional music. They inspired audience, patrons, and composers alike, and opened up a new line of musical language unlike anything prior. These ladies, known as concerto delle donne, or more famously the Ladies of Ferrara, performed and improvised extensively with one another, and with some of the most innovative thinkers and musicians of their time. Their musical pursuits inspired the development of madrigals, and also the seconda practica. They were paid and treated as any other male professionals (which was absolutely new in court music!).

And then, we fast forward another three hundred years and land in contemporary classical music. We will feature some of the most interesting creative voices of our time, alongside and echoing the courage and grace of all those who came prior and opened the door.

Artists:

Maggie Finnegan, soprano (Boston, MA)

Julie Bosworth, soprano (Baltimore, MD)

Emily Lau, mezzo-soprano, artistic director (Portland, OR)

Jessica Schaeffer, harp (San Francisco, CA)

Niccolo Seligmann, viola ga gamba, vielle (Los Angeles, CA)

Les Green, narrator (Portland, OR)

 

General admission: $35 / Premier seating: $50 / Students: $10

Big Mouth members: Always free

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MAINSTAGE PERFORMANCE: Sirens, interrupted!
Mar
3
7:30 PM19:30

MAINSTAGE PERFORMANCE: Sirens, interrupted!

TICKET LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sirens-interrupted-tickets-42515197099

“For too many centuries women have been being muses to artists. I wanted to be the muse, I wanted to be the wife of the artist, but I was really trying to avoid the final issue — that I had to do the job myself.” ― Anaïs Nin

Our resident professional ensemble, The Broken Consort, will present a mesmerizing program of virtuosic polyphony and improvisation inspired by women innovators over a 800-year period. Music made by disobedient women; by courageous women; by thinkers and doers who dared to act outside the box.

We will start by exploring a group of innovative nuns in 13th century Iberia, who passed onto us the very first collection of virtuosic vocal music provably performed by and composed by women. These nuns at the Las Huelgas Convent was so powerful, the abyss had the ability to appoint local priests and pass law.  Many of these nuns came from privileged backgrounds, and saw a life in the convent as the only way out from the responsibility and burden of marriage and child-rearing. It was an opportunity to focus on intellectual pursuits. The result? Exceptionally beautiful art come from many years of dedication and experimentation. And the knowledge that women have always been making music. 

Then, we fast forward four hundred years and land in 17th c. Italy, where a collection of skilled women musicians were making a splash in the area of professional music. They inspired audience, patrons, and composers alike, and opened up a new line of musical language unlike anything prior. These ladies, known as concerto delle donne, or more famously the Ladies of Ferrara, performed and improvised extensively with one another, and with some of the most innovative thinkers and musicians of their time. Their musical pursuits inspired the development of madrigals, and also the seconda practica. They were paid and treated as any other male professionals (which was absolutely new in court music!).

And then, we fast forward another three hundred years and land in contemporary classical music. We will feature some of the most interesting creative voices of our time, alongside and echoing the courage and grace of all those who came prior and opened the door.

Artists:

Maggie Finnegan, soprano (Boston, MA)

Julie Bosworth, soprano (Baltimore, MD)

Emily Lau, mezzo-soprano, artistic director (Portland, OR)

Jessica Schaeffer, harp (San Francisco, CA)

Niccolo Seligmann, viola ga gamba, vielle (Los Angeles, CA)

Les Green, narrator (Portland, OR)

 

General Admission: $35 / Premier Seating: $50 / Students: $10

Big Mouth Member: Always free

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Big Mouth Salon, Valentine's Edition
Feb
10
7:00 PM19:00

Big Mouth Salon, Valentine's Edition

BIG MOUTH SALONS: PROVABLY FUN SINCE 2014!!!

Join Big Mouth musicians, community artists, and guests for an evening of music, art, and fellowship at the beautiful office of Portland's own community action group: Our Oregon. This is one of the most natural and intimate ways to witness artists sharing their work-in-progress.

FREE for Big Mouth Members / $10 for general public

618 NW Glisan St #203, Portland, OR 97209

 

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First Preview @ Artists Repertory Theater / Show: Magellanica
Jan
20
2:00 PM14:00

First Preview @ Artists Repertory Theater / Show: Magellanica

The first 20 Big Mouth members can RSVP free of charge for this preview. After which members can pay $15 to attend.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-preview-at-artists-repertory-theater-big-mouth-members-only-tickets-41150045895

MAGELLANICA By E.M. Lewis
Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

Morrison Stage

In 1985, scientists and engineers from around the world converge at the South Pole Research Station to figure out, among other things, if there really is a hole in the sky. In the darkest, coldest, most dangerous place on Earth, eight imperfect souls are trapped together. Utterly isolated from the outside world for eight and a half months, this research team must face life or death challenges, their own inner demons, and depend upon each other for survival.

With epic scope in the tradition of The Kentucky Cycle or Angels in America, this play takes its inspiration from the true story of the discovery of the hole in the ozone layer at the height of the Cold War. Part historical adventure, love story and mystical foray into the unknown, it’s about a world that can either tear apart or come together for its own survival. It’s a vital story for today and an extraordinary excursion for audiences to the end of the Earth.

  • Epic. Captivating. Unforgettable.
  • A 5-act adventure, with a dinner break
  • Award-winning Oregonian playwright
  • Limited Run
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Big Mouth Holiday Bazaar and Music Salon
Dec
22
6:00 PM18:00

Big Mouth Holiday Bazaar and Music Salon

Join us for a night of festivities and fun! We have reserved the Lagunitas Community room, where we can drink beer & wine, sing songs, listen to music, support local artisans and artists, and celebrate the holidays with friends new and old. 

We will be featuring several local artists throughout the night, where you can purchase some last-minute holiday gifts or make creative connections.

Musicians from the Big Mouth Studio, under the direction of Emily Lau, will charm you with music from around the world. Big Mouth Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of Adam LaMotte, will be making their informal debut as well.

Bring your instrument (or instruments) of choice and head on over to join this exciting community: Big Mouth.

Members: Free (including a drink token and food)
Public: $10 (including a drink token and food)

This is an all-ages event. 

 

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MAINSTAGE PERFORMANCE: COLD SONGS | WARM SONGS (FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT)
Nov
12
1:00 PM13:00

MAINSTAGE PERFORMANCE: COLD SONGS | WARM SONGS (FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT)

  • 4420 Southeast 64th Avenue Portland, OR, 97206 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ease your mind with Winter music from all around the world, and come into a place of repose in this cold and rainy Portland weather. Gorgeous voices from The Curious Voices, expressive instrumentalists from Beauteous Excavation Ensemble and Baroque Orchestra, and other outstanding guests will take your mind and body through an aural and sensual journey.

Lullabies from eastern and western European traditions; meditation for peace and unity in Hindu and Middle-Eastern Traditions; nativity story and lamentation in early and contemporary European traditions; songs of humor and intrigue.

General Public: $50

Member: Free (Join today to attend for free!)

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Big Mouth Salon
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

Big Mouth Salon

A casual, cheerful, life-affirming musical and art event, provably awesome since 2015. Musicians and artists from all walks of life present their work, or work-in-progress to their supportive community. For newcomers, there will be group activities to make sure that you make at least a new friend or two! It is one of the most intimate way to witness art.

 

Big Mouth Members: Free

General Public: $10

 

Wine & Beer Reception

Location TBD, depending on number of RSVPS. It will most likely be at the Big Mouth Studio.

 

 

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