Here’s a sampling of photos from our recent events, and more can be found on our Facebook page.
New Vintage: A Medieval Feast for the Senses
Big Mouth Society opened its 2019-2020 season in September with an immersive sensory experience. We peeked into the medieval mind through a collection of stunning, virtuosic, and rarely heard instrumental and vocal music performed on hand-made instruments, and complemented by a colorful collection of photographic images from precious manuscripts. Olfactory and gustatory senses were satisfied by a medieval scent and spice bar and a tasting of famous medieval recipes. All this took place in the stunning gallery space, VESSEL by Eÿn Vas, in the vibrant Buckman neighborhood.
Summer Fundraiser & Season Preview
Our summer fundraiser was held in August at Cloudability, and featured five special courses of decadent bite-sized delights, interspersed with musical performances, lively conversations and announcements of the coming season. It was a wonderful party on a beautiful day, attended by Big Mouth Society community producers, producing artists, studio musicians, guest artists, volunteers, audience members, and our board of directors. All proceeds will fund our 2019-2020 Mainstage projects.
LOST | FOUND: a concert
Our Spring Mainstage concert, held in May at the Hallowed Halls, featured music addressing life’s inevitable challenges as well as its joy and solace. Every Big Mouth Society program celebrates diversity of viewpoints and discovery of rarely-heard music, and this one included a full array of instruments and colorful voices performing compositions by Guillaume de Binchois, Emma Lou Diemer, Emily Lau, Claudio Monteverdi, Palestrina, J.S. Bach, Edward Elgar, Eric Whitacre, and anonymous Sephardic women.
King of Monster Island: A Wild Memoir
In our April Mainstage production, celebrated performance artists and musicians Tina Chancey and Emily Lau joined forces to celebrate a life lived in music: forged in pain and tragedy, rich in creativity and joy, hard to talk about but fun to sing about, and especially fun to watch. Audiences experienced song, story, improv and movement in an inventive and moving tour-de-force that included viol solos, 14thc. lais by Guillaume de Machaut, Irish hornpipes, and Bosnian Sephardic tangos, as well as juvenilia, parody, satire and a shameless reworking of tunes by Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Tom Lehrer and Flory Jagoda.
Cold Songs Warm Songs: A Winter Musical Meditation
Cold Songs Warm Songs is our annual Fall Mainstage concert, and our November 2018 production included a stunning repertoire of music celebrating the season. It was a joyful gathering at the Hallowed Halls that included performances of Gabrieli’s “O Magnum Mysterium”, Eriks Esenvald’s “Stars” with singing bowls and glasses, Bach cantata and Monteverdi Madrigals among other beautiful pieces.
The Gonzales Cantata
Big Mouth Society kicked off its 2018-2019 season with the Portland premiere of Melissa Dunphy’s The Gonzales Cantata in October 2018. Just in time for election season, this beautiful, hilarious, neo-baroque cantata is based on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and features soloists whose genders are reversed in relation to the characters they portray.
Big Mouth Society’s Rainbow Soiree was our inaugural event held in July 2017, a celebration of musical magic in this colorful world. It included world-class musicians performing two world-premieres, storytellers, visual artists, and surprise guests. There was much to explore and many new friends to make. Our journey continues - we’re evolving and growing. Come be a part of it today!