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Featured Artist: Will Hornyak

22 Oct

Storyteller Will Hornyak.

Storyteller Will Hornyak, 2004 Sunburst Artist of the Year, has been a staple on our artist roster since 1996, and is this week’s featured artist. Hailing from San Carlos, CA, Will now makes his way in the world teaching through Young Audiences and others, performing at events, and sharing his talents with festival and groups including the Portland Storyteller’s Guild. You can catch some of Will’s spooky stories — just in time for Halloween — this Friday and Saturday at Stonehenge Studios.

What is your art practice outside of teaching? I relate strongly to the wandering, itinerant Irish storytellers known as “shanachies.” They were keepers of the old stories, but they were masters of the craft who adapted those stories to suit any occasion. They threaded their way across the landscape, stitching together as they did town and countryside, public house and private hearth. I am an omnivore of traditional stories and am inspired by everything from Mexican folk-tales and Greek myths to Native American legends and Russian fairy-tales. I am half Hungarian and half Irish and have recently developed a number of Irish myths into hour-long performances for adults during the Samhain (Halloween) and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. I love how stories and storytelling can open the door to work in schools and churches, prisons and pubs and beyond. Continue reading


Selfless Promotion 6/26/12

26 Jun

Airships, Accordions and Aeronauts

VAGABOND OPERA and ABNEY PARK present a summer STEAMPUNK Extravaganza!  At the Wonder Ballroom, July 6th.

A Mustache touting accordion player bellows opera from a Victorian hot air balloon while Tesla coils and theremins whistle on stage. The cellos’s begin to
duel. A belly dancing chanteuse sings of ancestors and wails to the moon. The  Guitarron’s been drinking. Portland’ own Bohemian Gypsy pop ensemble, Vagabond Opera and Seattle’s infamous and dance-able Abney Park present a wild summer Steampunk extravaganza. Victorian fashion, culture and art mingle with Steam Power, anachronistic technology and really cool outfits for an interactive evening not to be missed.  Featuring a Steampunk marketplace, audience interaction and costumes highly encouraged!

What:      Live music, cabaret, dance and Steampunk
When:     Friday, July 6th, doors 8:30pm, Show 9pm
Where:   The Wonder Ballroom, 128 Ne Russel, Portland
Tickets:  All Ages. For tickets call 503-284-8686, or go to www.wonderballroom.com

source: Vagabond Opera and Abney Park

DiaTribe: From the Village to the Streets

23 Apr

Obo Addy

International artist, Young Audiences’ Roster Artist and Portland treasure Obo Addy takes to the streets, collaborates with the local hip hop community for a one-night event.  Following are the details:

DiaTribe: From the Village to the Streets blends traditional Ghanaian drumming with modern day music and dance

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 23, 2012 – The newest production by the Obo Addy Legacy Project, DiaTribe: From the Village to the Streets, demonstrates the powerful connection between African traditions and the newer forms of dance and music popularized by today’s young African Americans. The legendary Obo Addy will be joined by well-known Portland artists Mic Crenshaw and Alan Wone to present a history of African music and dance from its traditional roots to urban dance music. The all ages show will take place May 25 at 7:30 pm at the Alberta Rose Theatre. Tickets are $20 in advance and $15 for ages 16 and under. Tickets can be purchased through the Alberta Rose website: www.albertarosetheatre.com/tickets.html.

Addy is an internationally acclaimed performer and composer whose music reaches far beyond the boundaries of his land of birth. Born into the Ga ethnic group in Accra, Ghana, Addy was one of the 55 children of Jacob Kpani Addy, a wonche or medicine man who integrated rhythmic music into healing and other rituals. Obo Addy’s earliest musical influence was the traditional music of the Ga people, but he was also influenced as an adolescent by popular music from Europe and the United States, and performed in local bands that played Westernized music and the dance music of Ghana known as highlife. He currently teaches at Lewis & Clark College and is the leader of two musical groups. Over the years, Addy has shared his music with more than one million Americans. He is passionate about rap and hip hop and believes that its positive messages need to be heard.

Crenshaw is a world class MC and poet emerging on the national and international stage. He has been the driving force for some of most popular hip hop artists in the region, including Hungry Mob, Suckapunch and Cleveland Steamers, releasing numerous albums. The Portland Mercury called Crenshaw (with the Lifesavas) “two of the very best hip-hop acts in PDX.” In 2009, he released his debut solo CD, “Thinking Out Loud,” which spent 10 weeks on CMJ’s National Radio Hip Hop Charts in the top 10, peaking at number four. He has since collaborated and shared the stage with major national and international acts including Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, the legendary Fugees, Ice Cube, Outkast, Wu-Tang Clan and many others.

Alan Wone is a writer, filmmaker and educator of the media arts who has been acting for more than 30 years and writing for 15. He branded a creative writing style that he developed as curriculum for teenagers called “Philosofloetry.” He has four feature films to his credit and is a self-published author with a poetry series called “Afro-Isms and Deja Views” complete with a companion CD featuring live nightclub performances appropriately titled “Audio-Isms & Deja Grooves.” Wone will be directing DiaTribe: From The Village To The Streets and states: “The world needs to be taught the birth of the drum and its universal journey throughout the body of rhythm, especially hip-hop. DiaTribe blends two of my loves – percussion and vocal expression – to form a most magical, mutually musical matrimony of heart and soul.”

This program is sponsored in part by The Collins Foundation and The Oregon Cultural Trust. For more information, interviews and photos, contact Susan Addy at susan@oboaddylegacyproject.org or 503-810-0496.

source: Chris Crabb, Crabbsoup Public Relations

Selfless Promotions 3/23/12

23 Mar
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I just have to say it – what a very strange week of weather we’ve had here in Portland. Torrential downpours which turned to snow which then became super dense fog and now sunshine.  That would be Spring in the Pacific Northwest.  But at least the weekend will be nice which leads me to what several of our Roster Artists are up to in the coming weeks…



Waken Your Voice, Empower Yourself ~ 
Song Workshop with Robin Jackson (Vagabond Opera)

Sunday, April 8th, 2-5pm
Awakenings Wellness Center, 1016 SE 12th Ave., Portland, OR
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Activate your musical birthright and sing!

Do you want more confidence in your singing voice? Are you scared of singing in front of other people? (or even in the shower) Are you self conscious when you sing?  Do you YEARN to feel confident with this part of yourself that has so much potential for connection, healing and personal freedom? Do you want to expand your voice in exciting and deeper ways through the power of shared musical creation?  If you answer YES to any of these, then this workshop is for you! Come engage and explore the power and beauty of your voice in this musical workshop for anyone who wants to sing. This workshop will be satisfying for all levels – From the experienced to the terrified.

• Build confidence in your voice and thus in yourself
• Expand your creativity and discover and expand your natural talent
• Learn some awesome new songs you can then share with others!
• Have fun!

You will learn simple songs and rounds in English and from other traditions and cultures like Orisha songs from Brazil, South African harmonies, Balkan beats, Gospel chants and more. We will use basic vocal improvisation and learn how to sing harmonies. You will get into your body, breath and heart as you step into the unknown and delight in a musical world where anything is possible, all with joy and playfulness. Guaranteed to expand your confidence and your consciousness!

HOW TO REGISTER: Cost is just $39 and $45 after March 31st. You must Pre-register in order to come!
(Some scholarships or trade avail – just ask)

Register using PAYPAL HERE

Or email me to set up other arrangements


About Robin Jackson:  Robin Jackson is a professional composer, performer, educator and multi-instrumentalist as well as a youth worker and community organizer. He has taught song workshops in arts based youth camps, community events and festivals for ten years. His musical exploits include Vagabond Opera, the March Fourth Marching Band the Everyone Orchestra and others. He studied music in New Zealand, the University of Oregon and holds a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from the Evergreen State College. He runs a monthly song writing event called the Songwriters Soiree and lives in Portland, OR on an urban farm with his cat Miso, some chickens and a circus.


 Anne Rutherford

You are warmly invited to come to my new show! It’s going to be a blast –
THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY – Storytelling Cabaret by Anne Rutherford
Sun Mar 25 & Sun Apr 1 / 2:30 pm
BodyVox Dance Theater / 1201 NW 17th PDX

Including live fiddle and guitar music by Eileen & Jeff Walters of Extra Measure on 3/25 and Andy Emert on 4/1.
Check out the sneak preview!

Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door ($10 in advance for a group of 5 or more) Order tickets, get more info at my website

source:  Robin Jackson and Anne Rutherford

Young Audiences’ Roster Artist Nancy Klos

9 Mar

Here’s what Young Audiences’ Roster Artist Nancy Klos is up to in the coming weeks… 

Nancy Klos’ pastel “After Rehearsal” was selected for the Oregon Society of Artists Spring Show

Opening this Sunday from 1-4pm. The show runs March 4th – April 6th.

Visit OregonSocietyofArtists for map and details

One Day Workshop at OSA with Nancy Klos, “Lessons from the Masters: Renoir-Beauty in the Everyday”

Friday March 9th,  9am-3pm.

Contact nancyklos@gmail.com to register!

One Person Photo Show,  “Lorikeets,” by Nancy Klos

Starbucks at 7th and NE Weidler

March 1st-31st

source: Nancy Klos

Hep Cats and Hound Dogs

8 Mar

Here’s what one of our Roster Artists is up to in the near future…

Red Yarn Productions, a new company created by Portland musician, educator, puppeteer and storyteller Andy Furgeson (AKA Red Yarn), is excited to annouce nine free shows at Multnomah County Libraries in March and April of 2012. “Hep Cats & Hound Dogs,” Red Yarn’s second musical puppet show through the libraries, follows the relationship of a rockabilly cat and a country hound dog through classic American folk and rock’n’roll songs. Find the details below:

Red Yarn Productions & Multnomah County Libraries present:

Hep Cats & Hound Dogs

Hep Cats & Hound Dogs performances at Multnomah County Library locations

“Hep Cats & Hound Dogs”

Can a cat and a dog be friends? Join Red Yarn, aka Andy Furgeson, and his hilarious animal friends Hep Cat Eddie and Jim the Hound Dog in this lively musical puppet show. Mixing classic rockabilly and country songs with puppetry, storytelling and interactive performance, this show is sure to be fun for the whole family!

All performances are free. First come first served. Generally, tickets are available 30 minutes before showtime.

Saturday, March 10, 10:30am-11:15am, Albina Library (3605 NE 15th Ave.)

Saturday, March 10, 2:00pm-2:45pm, Holgate Library (7905 SE Holgate Blvd.)

Tuesday, March 20, 10:15-11:00am, Hillsdale Library (1525 SW Sunset Blvd.)

Monday, April 2, 11:15am-12:00pm, Troutdale Library (2451 SW Cherry Park Rd., Troutdale, OR)

Saturday, April 14, 2:00-2:45pm, Gresham Library (385 NW Miller Ave., Gresham, OR)

Saturday, April 21, 11:00-11:45am, Fairview-Columbia Library (1520 NW Village St., Fairview, OR)

Saturday, April 21, 3:00-3:45pm, Northwest Library (2300 NW Thurman St.)

Friday, April 27, 4:00-4:45pm, Midland Library (805 SE 122nd Ave.)

Saturday, April 28, 10:30-11:15am, Sellwood-Moreland Library (7860 SE 13th Ave.)

Red Yarn

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source: Red Yarn Productions

Selfless Promotion 4/29/11

29 Apr

Selfless Promotions

As I have been reminded by the more “optimistic” people here at the office, it’s Springtime.  Somewhere else, I’m sure.  But here?  Not so much.  Come on!  It’s going to be May this weekend.  MAY!

Since Spring is a little behind schedule this year, why not get a jump on it and be entertained.  Indoors.  Where it’s warm.  And dry.  So very dry.

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