THE DIASPORA PROJECT
Grammy Award Winning artist
and the PSU Guitar Ensemble
“It was his technical ease and sense of style that impressed the most.”
— THE NEW YORK TIMES
“One of the extraordinary masters of the instrument.”
— SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
“A brilliant, sensitive, sparkling musician, full of feeling, knowing his instrument down to the ground, willing to take chances, and using all his gifts to communicate the inner life of each work to his audience.”— SAN DIEGO READER
WILLIAM KANENGISER: THE DIASPORA PROJECT
“The complete guitarist, capable of ranging with perfect ease from baroque through classical and romantic to jazz and boogie-woogie, William Kanengiser held a knowledgeable audience in rapt attention.” — DESERET NEWS (Salt Lake City)
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On Mother’s Day, May 12th, Grammy Award winner William Kanengiser of the LAGQ will perform the PNW debut of The Walls, a new concerto for guitar with guitar orchestra (PSU Guitar Orchestra). This is the first piece of a series of new guitar compositions in The Diaspora Project conceived by William Kanengiser and Sergio Assad (of the Duo Assad/Assad Brothers) in early 2017. This project was borne out of the artists’ need to do something “to stem the rising tides of fear and hatred” as well as the “ increasing drumbeats of tribalism and nationalism echoing around the world” brought on by recent political events. They thought that only creativity and music with its universality can quell these destructive forces, and reflect on the migrant-refugee experience. The Walls, will take you on a musical journey through mankind’s four most infamous walls - The Great Wall of China, Hadrian’s Wall, the Berlin Wall, and the West Bank Wall in Jerusalem. An epilogue entitled, No More Walls, is a musical commentary on the supposed exigency of these physical boundaries to migration and cultural assimilation.
A special Mother's Day Concert that will be an unforgettable experience!
Lincoln Recital Hall 75
Portland State University 1620 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201
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