Dan Mangan - About As Helpful As You Can Be...
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For his latest record, Oh Fortune, Vancouver, BC songwriter Dan Mangan enlisted jazz and classical violinist Eyvind Kang to arrange the songs. Kang — originally from Corvallis, Oregon — created stirring, almost orchestral sounds for a band drawn from Vancouver’s experimental jazz scene. Mangan’s songwriting has also taken on large themes, dealing with isolation and living in the open spaces of the Canadian plains (“Leaves, Trees, Forest”), war and PTSD (“Post-War Blues”) and the rare moment when world attention is focused on a singular event or person (“Oh Fortune”).
Mangan was in Portland in September for Music Fest Northwest and to tour with Blind Pilot. He stopped by OPB’s studios for this solo set and conversation.
Recording by Steven Kray with technical assistance from Randy Layton.
Video production: Lana Bui. Shooters: Nate Sjol, Molly Gard and Jeremy Petersen.
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