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Kenji Bunch: New Job, New Rules For Chamber Music

OPB | April 12, 2014 10:50 p.m. | Updated: April 16, 2014 10:30 a.m. | Portland

This week, the ensemble Fear No Music welcomes its new artistic director, Kenji Bunch, with a concert surveying his chamber music works. The phrase "chamber music" barely scratches the surface of Bunch's style. He talked to us about how his compositions, influenced by folk, jazz, and other genres, doesn't fit neatly into traditional classical genres.

Bunch moved his young family back from Brooklyn a year ago to take over Fear No Music's Young Composer's program. He'll now assume a larger role with the group.

Bunch moved his young family back from Brooklyn a year ago to take over Fear No Music's Young Composer's program. He'll now assume a larger role with the group.

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He's from Portland. But he spent two decades in New York — going to school, composing, performing with the Flux Quartet and hearing his compositions widely performed. Now he's moved back to take over at Fear No Music — a group dedicated to commissioning and playing new works, and expanding the playground of classical music. Bunch told April his relationship with the group goes back a while.

Here's the information for Friday night's show.

Want to read more about Kenji and his musical coming of age? Our Arts & Life unit produced this great video and Q&A a while back. Check it out.

 

 

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