For audiences craving a summertime live music experience, Third Angle New Music presents “Fresh Air Fest” an outdoor new music mini-festival located at the idyllic Topaz Farm,
For audiences craving a summertime live music experience, Third Angle New Music presents “Fresh Air Fest” an outdoor new music mini-festival located at the idyllic Topaz Farm, just 10-miles from downtown Portland on Sauvie Island. The fun all starts on Sunday, July 11 beginning at 3:30 pm and includes three one-hour sets (with breaks in between), featuring some of your favorite 3A artists.
“There is no good way to play the flute while masked, so I personally haven’t performed for a live audience in 16 months,” says Sarah Tiedemann, Artistic Director of Third Angle. “Musicians across the globe are in a position we never could have imagined, and we’ve missed the experience of making art in community more than words can say. Knowing that we’re vaccinated now and will be safely reunited with our Third Angle audience so soon, and at one of the most beautiful places in Portland, feels absolutely life affirming. Being able to breathe the fresh air together, performing outside under a wise old oak—this is as dreamy it gets.”
Steel pan music kicks off the first set of 3A’s Fresh Air Fest with percussion powerhouses Andy Akiho and Sandbox Percussion’s Ian Rosenbaum. Set #2 creates a synesthetic burst of joy and beauty as Team 3A carries Debussy’s famous flute, viola, and harp chamber ensemble into the 21st century. Bringing the evening to a close, rockstar percussionist Chris Whyte takes center stage with works including Christopher Cerrone’s haunting Memory Palace and the premiere of Whyte’s newest composition, commissioned by 3A, about Oregon winemaking.
“We are encouraging ticket buyers to make a whole day of it on Sauvie Island,” says Executive Director Lisa Volle. “The island is a wonderland of sandy beaches to wander, farmer’s markets to explore, and trails to hike. A perfect Sunday for anyone who loves to partake in the bounties of the Pacific Northwest ”
Tickets are available online and range from general admission full-festival wristbands, which allow audience members to sit on picnic blankets or low chairs to watch the performances, to a VIP package that includes a reserved picnic table, a Topaz Farm picnic box, and a copy of Third Angle’s not-yet-released album Alone, Dancing: Music of South Asian American Composers.
“Come for the music, stay for the farm animals!” Volle exclaims. “The Fresh Air Fest, just like everything we do, will be anything but ordinary. We hope everyone will join us for this incredible day of new music.”
(Sunday) 3:30 pm PST
17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd Portland, OR 97231