September 2021 Events
“Sanctuaries” a Jazz Opera by Darrell Grant
Gentrification in Portland and the city’s redlining past go under the microscope in Darrell Grant’s jazz opera, Sanctuaries, a new work commissioned and produced by Third Angle New Music.
This world premiere, site-specific opera is composed by critically acclaimed jazz pianist Darrell Grant (who ‘Gramophone’ has called “a composer of substance”), with libretto by two-time National Poetry Slam Individual Champion and Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani and stage direction by LA-based opera director Alexander Gedeon.
Blending elements of jazz, spoken word, and devised theater, Sanctuaries speaks to the experience of displaced residents of color in Portland's historically Black Albina district. Originally set to premiere in April of 2020, Sanctuaries will now debut at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum Pavilion on September 7th, with two additional performances on September 8th and 9th, all beginning at 8:30 pm.
DAMIEN GETER | bass-baritone | The Reverend
EMMANUEL HENREID | baritone | The Artist
MARILYN KELLER | alto | The Returner
ITHICA TELL | alto | Carpenter
JASMINE JOHNSON | mezzo-soprano
DERION LOMAN | dancer | White.
Augustana Lutheran Church
10:oo am [English] 11:30am [Spanish]
Francisco will post the link
and announcement mid-week:
George Mitchell, Piano
Kevin Deitz, Bass
Ron Steen, Drums
Marilyn Keller, Vocal Instrument
Rev. Dr. Mark Knutson, Message
Soul of Courage with Marilyn Keller
Gun reform, music, and the rhythm of relentlessness
By Kevin Teater
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
“I sing because I have to,” Marilyn Keller told me midway through our conversation.
“Singing is one of the ways that I feed my spirit. If I could not sing, I would be one very depressed, hopeless person. When I was a child, my family would tease me because I would burst into song at random occasions.”
Marilyn is an incredible vocalist. She’s been singing professionally for almost 40 years, resulting in her induction into the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame in 2016.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic we are worshiping through Live Stream Services each Sunday at 10:00 and 11:30 am. Although we are not physically gathering together for the health and well being of all we are very much the church. We are the church and God is gathering us each Sunday through the gift of technology as people are joining us from around the world. We are the church, we have never closed but are as committed as ever in walking with the most vulnerable, freeing the oppressed, feeding the hungry, caring for the sick and imprisoned, the refugee and the immigrant, the child and the elder. We are the Church and are as vital as ever as we publicly proclaim Black Lives Matter while striving with so many partners to end white supremacy as well as systemic and institutional racism. Come join us as together united in the Love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we weave the Beloved Community where we truly love God, our neighbor and ourselves.”
"She Preaches every time she sings..." Marty Jones, MJ Arts
“The new CD is here! The NEW CD is HERE!!!” Black Swan Classic Jazz Band worked all last year to get this done- remotely! #KitJohnsonIsAGenius Hat’s off to the pandemic-induced “Pandemonium!” I have hard copies. Also available digitally- Spotify, etc.
Pandemonium is a brand new recording from 2020 that includes early blues, ragtime and jazz favorites, three original songs composed by members of the band and featured vocals by Marilyn Keller. CDs may be pre-ordered at this time for shipment in February 2021. Click on our new HearNow page for sample clips from each track.
If you want a CD for their own library, you can pre-purchase through www.bscjb.com
CDs are expected in mid-March
Marilyn is a treasured veteran of Portland's jazz and gospel music scenes who is often called in to bring life to songs by others.
Purchase My Dreams, My Journey by Marilyn T Keller and Darrell Grant: https://pjce.bandcamp.com/album/my-dreams-my-journey
My Dreams, My Journey
by Marilyn Keller with Darrell Grant
Streaming + Download
Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. $7 USD or more