Symphony for Nature: The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake
Michael Gordon – Natural History

PBS – SOPTV (2018)

When classical musicians are joined by Klamath drummers for an extraordinary world premiere inspired by Oregon’s breathtaking Crater Lake, deep connections between people, art and nature are revealed in an environment rich with historic and spiritual significance.

This new half-hour documentary artfully portrays the world premiere of Natural History, the powerful composition by Michael Gordon inspired by and performed at the edge of legendary Crater Lake. The original score, commissioned by the Britt Music & Arts Festival in honor of the centennial of America’s National Park Service, brought members of the Britt Orchestra together with a diverse ensemble of musicians, including the Klamath tribe family drum group Steiger Butte Singers, regional choristers, brass and percussionists, led by charismatic conductor Teddy Abrams.

Britt Orchestra featuring Steiger Butte Drum and Singers
Michael Gordon – Natural History
Cantaloupe Music CA21138 (2018)

When Michael Gordon was approached to compose his epic, inspirational work Natural History, he had one question to answer: If Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park were a symphony, what would it sound like? Conducted by Teddy Abrams and performed by the Britt Orchestra with members of the Klamath Tribe’s percussion group Steiger Butte Drum and Singers, Natural History stands tall as a celebration of the park’s natural wonders, as well as a conduit to the spiritual history of the surrounding community.

Natural History was commissioned by the Britt Music & Arts Festival to commemorate the centennial of the National Parks Service, and was performed on August 20, 2016 at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, Oregon. As Gordon describes it in the short documentary film Symphony for Nature (directed by Anne Flatté and airing on select PBS stations): “Originally it was for an orchestra of 40 musicians, which is already a lot of people, but the plans for the piece kept growing. We added a chorus, and then [Britt] put me in touch with the Klamath Tribe, so now we have this project with a lot of forces working together.”

I had fun visiting The Jefferson Exchange last week, along with Mark Applebaum on the phone, to talk about the recent innova recordings release of his album, Speed Dating, featuring the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble’s recording of his work, Clicktrack. Thanks to John Baxter, and to Geoffrey Riley for a fun interview!

Check out the interview on The Jefferson Exchange here:

Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble
Mark Applebaum – Speed Dating (2018)
innova recordings 996

The SOU Percussion Ensemble performs Applebaum’s Clicktrack, the final track on the recording. Applebaum writes, “As its name suggests, Clicktrack is an unconducted work that employs click tracks in order to direct the players’ rhythms. Twelve percussionists are divided into three quartets, each player following his or her own click track on headphones.

The click tracks in this piece have four noteworthy qualities: (1) They are made of recited text (as opposed to mere clicks or regular beats); (2) They are recorded in advance by the members of each ensemble (as opposed to being supplied by the composer—thereby affording unique, personalized characters); (3) They are individual to each of the three quartets; and (4) Their content is made up of recordings of each player reciting a poem, a sonnet by flarf poet K. Silem Mohammad. When various words in the poem are heard, the players execute quiet musical articulations at the corresponding moment.

The sounds tend toward the noisy: sandpaper scratches, paper crinkles, ballpoint pen clicks, tin can clunks, stone thuds, coin tinkles, duct tape tears, slide whistle sighs, bird call squeaks, glass bottle plinks, bubble wrap crackles, and the like. Sometimes more conventional percussion instruments are used, such as triangles, woodblocks, cowbells, and even music boxes. And, on occasion, the players are called upon to whisper, speak, or sing individual words from the poem.

Mohammad’s sonnets—which he calls sonnagrams—are anagrams of Shakespeare sonnets. In this case, the sonnagram is a rearrangement of the letters in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 3 (Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest). The composer gratefully acknowledges the author’s generous permission to employ his text in this composition. Clicktrack was commissioned by the University of Wisconsin, River Falls for its 49th Annual Commissioned Composer Project, with great thanks to Patti Cudd. Thanks also to Terry Longshore and his Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble for their splendid recording of the piece.”

Check out audio on the innova website:

Composer Mark Applebaum and I will be featured on Jefferson Public Radio’s “Jefferson Exchange” on Friday, February 16, at 8:30am PST to discuss the new Innova Recordings release, Speed Dating, which features the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble’s recording of Applebaum’s Clicktrack. Tune in live on air or streaming, or listen later to the archived stream.

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Flamenco Pacifico to perform music from their debut album in #Corvallis at the Majestic Theatre on Jan. 27/28th w special guest artists! This rare event is not to be missed!!! Tickets available here:

Posted by Flamenco Pacifico on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

In 2015 composer Ivan Trevino was invited by the US State Department to perform and teach music for a week in Turkmenistan, with his cello-rock band, Break of Reality. Ivan wrote This is Like Jazz! as a response to hearing the rhythmic and metric complexities of traditional Turkmen music, and to time spent with young Turkmen musicians, who were not used to improvising. The contrabass flute grooves in a lyrical conversation with the marimba and spoken word, creating a narrative of Trevino’s time in Turkmenistan.  Commissioned by Caballito Negro, This Is Like Jazz! is a co-commission with Joe Perez, Ben Prima/Cathie Apple (Citywater), Dwayne Corbin/Ruth Polcari (Simpson University), Shane Reeves, and Tomm Roland/Christine Beard (Zephyrus).

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Ashland, Oregon

The Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Terry Longshore, will record Stanford University composer Mark Applebaum’s Clicktrack, to be released on a forthcoming CD by the composer.

SOU Percussion Ensemble Steps Portrait web

Friday, December 2, 7:30pm
Ashland, Oregon
Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall

Stay tuned…it’s gonna be good!

November 9-12, 2016
Indianapolis, Indiana

I will be working with the New Music & Research Committee and looking forward to seeing friends and colleagues, taking in lots of amazing music, and connecting with prospective students.


Wednesday, October 26 – Saturday, October 29, 2016
Northern California Tour

Wednesday, October 26, 8:00pm
Gold Lion Arts
Sacramento, California

Friday, October 28, 8:00pm
Concert – Center for New Music
San Francisco, California

Saturday, October 29
2:00pm – Workshop & Master Class
7:30pm – Concert
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
CCRMA – Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics

Other dates/locations TBA


Flute and percussion duo, Caballito Negro, (with special guest Left Edge Percussion) presents “Resist”, a diverse concert program utilizing six flutes, a truckload of percussion, spoken word, film and images. Resist is a passionate interplay of contemporary chamber groove and creative narratives, defining the word’s meaning and freight from surprising sources. Caballito Negro is also conducting workshops at schools such as Stanford University, offering a fresh look into how to make chamber music. The duo, flutist Tessa Brinckman and percussionist Terry Longshore, perform intercultural work, in a fearless, ecstatic blend of modern and traditional aesthetics. Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s poem, Canción de Jinete (1860), the duo collaborates with many prominent, innovative artists, creating contemporary music that pushes the flute and percussion repertoire to new heights, and always in the spirit of duende.

caballito negroFlutist Tessa Brinckman and percussionist Terry Longshore perform intercultural work, in a fearless, ecstatic blend of modern and traditional aesthetics. Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s poem, “Canción de Jinete (1860)”, the duo collaborates with many prominent, innovative artists, creating contemporary music that pushes the flute and percussion repertoire to new heights, and always in the spirit of duende.



An excerpt of our recording of William Kraft’s Encounters XVI:

Left Edge Collective is a new music organization founded and directed by David Bithell and Terry Longshore at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University. We compose, perform, improvise, create interdisciplinary projects, and host an annual festival of contemporary performance which focuses on presenting and premiering new works by members of Left Edge, works by nationally recognized guest artists, and collaborations between artistic disciplines.

July 29-30 & August 20, 2016
Crater Lake, Oregon (July 29-30)
Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville, Oregon (August 20)

On July 29 and 30, Britt will celebrate the unique majesty of Crater Lake when members of the Britt Orchestra and Music Director Teddy Abrams perform at the national park. Abrams will lead approximately 40 Britt Orchestra musicians in the performances, with the dramatic panorama of the lake as the setting. The musicians will perform a world premiere composition by New York-based composer Michael Gordon, commissioned by Britt and inspired by Crater Lake. Gordon has visited Crater Lake throughout the past year, to draw on the park for inspiration for his composition.

Joining the Britt Orchestra will be 10 percussionists I am coordinating from the SOU Percussion Ensemble.

We will also perform the work at the Britt Festival Pavilion on August 20. Left Edge Percussion will open the show at 6:45!

Visit Britt’s site here for more information.

caballito negro
Thursday, August 11, 2:30pm
National Flute Association National Conference
Town & Country Convention Center, San Diego, California

Caballito Negro are delighted to share excerpts of their Songlines program with flutists at the National Flute Association National Convention in San Diego. They will be performing This Is Like Jazz! by Ivan Trevino, and their own composition That Which Colors the Soul. Caballito Negro gratefully acknowledges Yamaha’s donation of a marimba for this concert.

Photo: Emmett Becker

Left Edge Percussion is a contemporary percussion group in residence at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, led by artistic director Terry Longshore. The group tours and performs throughout the Northwest and actively collaborates on innovative projects with composers and artists of various media. The members of the group have been featured around the globe at prestigious festivals, competitions, conferences, and workshops and bring a diverse array of influences and collective energy to the ensemble. 

Recent Left Edge Percussion performances include the Center for New Music in San Francisco, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, Gold Lion Arts in Sacramento, Northwest Percussion Festival (Ashland, Eugene, Salem, Bellingham, WA, and Twin Falls, ID), Britt Music & Arts Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Shows, Hipbone Studio in Portland, Ashland World Music Festival, the Oregon Fringe Festival, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), in addition to regular performances at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University.

Based in the majestic state of Oregon, Flamenco Pacifico is a dynamic, professional performance group dedicated to bringing the art of flamenco music and dance to audiences in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Led by virtuoso flamenco guitarist and composer, Berto Boyd, the group’s guitar-driven performances feature original modern flamenco compositions rooted in the time-honored forms of traditional flamenco. With inspired dancing by Elena Villa, the passionate vocals and guitar artistry of guitarist/singer Grant Ruiz, and the percussion brilliance of Terry Longshore, Flamenco Pacifico takes audiences on an unforgettable journey into the fascinating world of flamenco.


flamenco pacifico
July 9, 3:30pm
Gypsy Caravan Stage – Oregon Country Fair
Venita, Oregon

Flamenco Pacifico will perform a fiery set of flamenco music and dance on the Gypsy Caravan Stage at the notorious Oregon Country Fair! Free admission with fair admission.

Flamenco Pacifico
June 9 & 12, 2016, 6:45pm
Ashland, Oregon

Flamenco Pacifico will present 2 performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show. Featuring an all-star lineup of flamenco performers including:

  • Berto Boyd – guitar (Corvallis)
  • Grant Ruiz – guitar and vocals (Ashland)
  • Elena Villa – dance (Portland)
  • Terry Longshore – percussion (Ashland)

All performances are free. Check back for classes in flamenco guitar and dance that will also take place this week.

Thursday, June 9 & Sunday, June 12 – 6:45-7:30pm
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show


The Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Terry Longshore, will present an Ashland mini-tour of Steve Reich’s epic minimalist masterpiece, Drumming, at the following dates and locations:

Thursday, May 26, 7:30pm
Ashland, Oregon
Music Recital Hall
Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University
More info here

Saturday, June 4, 6pm
Ashland, Oregon
Lithia Park Bandshell
More info here

Wednesday, June 8, 6:45pm
Ashland, Oregon
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show
(note this will be a slightly shortened version)
More info coming soon


The Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Terry Longshore, is dedicated to the performance of contemporary percussion repertoire and providing the members with a variety of percussive experiences. The ensemble frequently collaborates with notable composers on premieres of new works, and repertoire ranges from contemporary music to world traditions to jazz- and rock-inspired compositions. The ensemble gives several concerts every year at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, as well as many performances throughout the Southern Oregon community and the Pacific Northwest, and has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). The SOU Percussion Ensemble has self-released two CDs, “La Alma del Árbol – The Soul of the Tree”, and “Electric Rebel Poetry”, and is featured on the Innova Recordings label on two CDs of the music of Stanford University composer Mark Applebaum: “30” (2015) and “Speed Dating” (2018). The SOU Percussion Ensemble endorses Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.

bender longshore tutunov

Friday, May 27, 7:30pm
Ashland, Oregon
Music Recital Hall
Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University
More info here

I will join my colleague, Rhett Bender, on a faculty recital at SOU. Also featured will be our colleague, Alexander Tutunov, on piano. Check back for updates on repertoire.

SOU Percussion Ensemble Steps Portrait web
Tuesday, May 17, 2:00pm
Ashland, Oregon
Southern Oregon University – Britt Hall Lawn

The Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble will premiere Colin Malloy’s Cascade at the Southern Oregon Arts & Research (SOAR) Conference 2016. Cascade is a piece for 3-channel audio and percussion ensemble, and was partially funded by a grant from the Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. This eco-percussion work features field recordings from the monument and photographic musical scores created by Colin Malloy. The performance is free.

Sunday, May 15, 4pm EST

I am honored to have been invited by Casey Cangelosi to be a guest on his @ Percussion podcast co-hosted with Megan Arns, Laurel Black, and Benjamin Charles. It will be broadcast live and archived on the @ Percussion YouTube Channel, or can be listened to on the @ Percussion BlogSpot page.

Selection from Ashland, Oregon by Bryan Jeffs

May 9-14, 2016
Ashland, Oregon
Oregon Fringe Festival 2016

I will be participating in 3 performances featuring 2 world premieres at the Oregon Fringe Festival 2016, a festival curated by students at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University. The theme is “The New New” and emphasizes exploring new realities through artistic experiences.

Monday, May 9, 3:30pm
Schneider Museum of Art
Premiere of Bryan JeffsAshland, Oregon, commissioned by and performed with Adam Lion. Ashland, Oregon is a graphic score based on maps of iconic Southern Oregon locations.

Tuesday, May 10, 3:30pm
Southern Oregon University Campus – Stevenson Union Rock Circle

Performance of Erik Griswold’s Strings Attached by Left Edge Percussion.

Friday, May 13, 11:00am
Southern Oregon University Campus – Lawn between Britt Hall and SOU Bookstore

Premiere of Bryan JeffsCollective Resonance, for singing bowls and audience participation. Commissioned by the Oregon Fringe Festival.

Saturday, May 14, 6:30-9:00pm – ** Note Time & Location Change Due to Weather **
SOU Art Building and Meese Auditorium

Left Edge Percussion performs world premiere of Joseph Howe’s Shake it up! and Aurél Holló’s José / beFORe John5, as well as Erik Griswold’s In The Dream and Steve Reich’s Drumming Part 1 with sound-activated lighting designed by David Bithell and students.

Tour Poster
May 4-7, 2016

Left Edge Percussion will be on a short tour in Oregon from May 4-7. The students are all helping to plan and manage the tour which will include live music venues and educational outreach presentations at high schools. Check back for developing venue information:

Wednesday, May 4
Roseburg, Oregon
Roseburg High School

Thursday, May 5
Springfield, Oregon
Thurston High School

Friday, May 6
Sherwood, Oregon
Sherwood High School

Friday, May 6, 8:00 PM
Portland, Oregon
Hipbone Studio
A high-energy, mesmerizing full concert – free admission!

Repertoire for all performances will be drawn from:

  • Mark Applebaum – Catfish
  • John Cage – Third Construction
  • Joseph Howe – Shake It Up!
  • Thierry de Mey – Table Music
  • Erik Griswold – Strings Attached
  • Steve Reich – Drumming Part 1
  • Steve Reich – Music for Pieces of Wood
  • Steve Reich – Nagoya Marimbas
  • Aurél Holló – José / beFORe JOHN5
  • David Lang – the so-called laws of nature, part 3

Erik Griswold‘s Strings Attached, performed by Left Edge Percussion – resident percussion group at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University. Recorded in the SOU Music Recital Hall by the Digital Media Center @ Southern Oregon University.

Bryan JeffsThe Shady Lady and the Rebel Frog, the latest work in his Rebel Frog series, performed by the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble, featuring Tessa Brinckman on piccolo as the Shady Lady. Recorded at the Digital Media Center @ Southern Oregon University with audio by Oregon Sound Recording.

Photo: Greg Eliason

Photo: Greg Eliason

Sunday, April 24
Seattle, Washington
Washington Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion
I’m looking forward to performing and giving a clinic/master class at the Washington PAS Day of Percussion! I am especially excited to give the premiere performance of Erik Griswold‘s Twos and Threes for solo prepared vibraphone. Erik and I started working on the piece in August while I was in Australia and it was completed in November. We just worked on it together in Ashland in January and it is so cool! I can’t wait to play it!

A huge thanks to Yamaha, Zildjian, Vic Firth, Remo, and Black Swamp for supporting my appearance, and to Melanie Voytovich and Larry Chamberlain of Yamaha.

Check back here for more information on the program, etc.

Friday, April 22, 2016
Grants Pass, Oregon
Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center

The SOU Percussion Ensembles will perform for the fourth annual Grants Pass High School World of Percussion Festival, directed by Evan Daggett. I will give a clinic and performances will start at 7pm and feature the Grants Pass High School and Middle School Percussion Ensembles, the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble, and Left Edge Percussion. More info to come – check back!