Posted in: Podcast Volume IV

Vol. IV | Ep. 4 – Onry and Livin’ in the Light

Amidst the struggles of the pandemic and racial justice protests in Portland, Onry has taken the opportunity to clarify his priorities, taking his creative future in his own hands. Onry is a singer, dancer, actor, and pianist based in Portland, Oregon. He’s one of very few Black professional classical singers here. When the pandemic hit, Onry went outside to find places to sing, to keep his voice strong, and that led to some experiences that inspired his new project, a documentary and studio recording project called Livin’ in the Light. You can see a beautiful music video that’s part of the project at moredevotedly.com, as well as a link to a fundraiser that’s still in progress. We talk about how the experiences he’s had during this time showed Onry that it was time to step into his own light, and to show how others can do the same in their own way.

Posted in: Podcast Volume III

Vol. III | Ep. 5 – Michelle Fujii

Taiko artist and co-director of Unit Souzou Michelle Fujii’s “Constant State of Otherness” was set to tour the country and then was delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak. She talks with Douglas Detrick about “otherness” in American culture and what she learned by exploring this concept in a large-scale work for her taiko company. This episode was sponsored by Vanport Mosaic.

Posted in: Podcast Volume III

Vol. III | Ep. 1 – Sam and Lisa Adams, Meara McLoughlin

Sam and Lisa Adams, of the band Sama Dams, were about to embark on a five-week tour in Europe as the coronavirus outbreak took hold there and here at home in the United States. Meara McLoughlin, Executive Director of Music Portland, collected data on lost income from nearly one thousand musicians that helped to quantify the economic damage the outbreak was doing to musicians in Oregon helped to shape the response of Oregon’s congressional delegation. Hear their responses to this tragedy, and what they’re doing to help their communities move forward.