Gypsy Jazz quartet Swing Papillon is quickly becoming one of the hottest acts in town thanks to their musical virtuosity and unique style. Gypsy Jazz basically comes from Django Reinhardt’s reinterpretation of old American jazz tunes, coming from this Romany, gypsy tradition. And Swing Papillon takes it to a whole new level. OREGON ART BEAT drops into a Portland violin shop to hear these masters of improvisation practice. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, June 16 at 8pm and hear why the quartet is getting rave reviews.  

Meet the man behind much of the music at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Todd Barton he says it’s okay if you don’t even notice the music. His goal is to affect the mood without being obvious. Barton has been composing music for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for over 40 years. He creates most of his compositions in his home studio – his virtual playground filled with electronic synthesizers, computer programs and various objects he uses to create sound – everything from an old bundt cake pan to a broken-down piano. 

Atelier 6000 Studio in Sisters honors the traditional art of printmaking through an unconventional event that features 20 local artists and a giant steamroller. It’s an unusual approach to large-format printing that encourages artists to experiment outside the printing press. 

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OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 12th season. ART BEAT profiles Northwest artists, musicians and artisans — from an operatic baritone to a bit-and-spur craftsman to everything in between. The program airs Thursdays at 8pm and Sundays at 1am and 6pm. In the Mountain Time Zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9pm Thursdays and repeats at 7pm on Sundays. Funding for OREGON ART BEAT is provided in part by James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and the Kinsman Foundation. More information is available online at

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