February 2 – Portland Guitar Society & CDZ-Collegium Musica Present Afternoon Youth Open Mic Forum at Casa Della Zisa 2:00 p.m.
(Featured performer to be announced)
February 8 – Laura Husbands – *Please note this event has been rescheduled for September 26th at the Community Music Center
February 15th (7:30pm) From Spain with Love! Música de España con Amore – Featuring solo guitar and flamenco dance with flamenco dancers Laura Onizuka and Julie Pacheco-Toye and guitarists Mark Ferguson and Peter Zisa at the Community Music Center. This program spans 300-year history of Spanish music: from the court composers De Murcia and Santa Cruz to Turina, Sabicas, and Paco de Lucia.
This program spans a 300-plus-year history of Spanish music: from the court composers Santiago De Murcia and Antonio Santa Cruz to Francisco Tarrega, Joaquin Turina, to flamenco guitarists Sabicas, and Paco de Lucia. Featuring solo guitar and flamenco dance with flamenco dancers Laura Onizuka and Julie Pacheco-Toye and guitarists Mark Ferguson and Peter Zisa at the Community Music Center. This program spans 300-year history of Spanish music: from the court composers De Murcia and Santa Cruz to Turina, Sabicas, and Paco de Lucia. Tickets are available online for purchase.
Laura Onizuka’s was one of courage, persistence, disciplined study, and emancipation through dance. Her flamenco pilgrimage took her to Spain where she studied at Matilde Coral’s Academy in Triana & Mercedes Ruiz in Jerez. Visit https://www.
Mark Ferguson is an accomplished flamenco guitarist and assistant professor of Spanish at Pacific University of Oregon. Mark’s pursuit of flamenco took him to Spain where he studied under the tutelage of flamenco guitar masters. The mentorship training he received directly infused his knowledge and passion for the art of flamenco song and dance accompaniment. After he began his studies in flamenco guitar, his understanding of the importance of falsetas within the flamenco performance grew. Mark held a position of flamenco guitarist at the University of New Mexico and he toured with the second company of María Benítez. He was the music director for Solo Flamenco‘s Arts Academy, where he taught flamenco guitar and serves as the primary guitarist for El Cuadro Solo Flamenco.
Dr. Peter Joseph Zisais an acclaimed performer on the six and eight-string classical guitar. His performance career, which started at age thirteen, has taken him across the U.S. and abroad. Zisa’s classical training includes his studies with such legendary performers as Maestro Andrés Segovia, José Rey de la Torre, José Tomas, Pepé and Angel Romero, Michael Lorimer, and Oscar Ghiglia.
March 1 Portland Guitar Society & CDZ-Collegium Musica Present Afternoon Youth Open Mic Forum at Casa Della Zisa 2:00 p.m.
(Featured performer to be announced)
March 7 – Arnica Quartet & Peter Zisa at the Community Music Center
The Arnica String Quartet (Shin-young Kwon and Fumino Ando, violins; Charles Noble, viola; Heather Blackburn, cello) was founded in 2005 by four leading Portland musicians; three of which are members of the Portland Symphony. Known for performances of the highest quality, their program celebrates the music of Mozart & Arriaga (“The Spanish Mozart”). Program includes Beethoven Quartet, Mauro Giuliani Guitar Concerto, op. 30, and S.L. Weiss’s Lute Concerto.
April 26th – Portland Guitar Society & CDZ-Collegium Musica Present Afternoon Youth Open Mic Forum at Casa Della Zisa 2:00 p.m.
(Featured performer to be announced)
May 9, 7:30 p.m. – James Bishop & Cameron O’Connor – at Casa Della Zisa
May 13 7:30 p.m. – Mak Grgic at Casa Della Zisa
Works by Ponce, Tedesco, Rodrigo, & Lynch
Momoko Muramatsu has appeared as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, South America, Japan and the United States. She has won top prizes from international competitions in Brazil, Japan and Italy, and has performed at numerous music festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen and the Iberia Music and Film Festival of Brazil. Since moving to Portland, she has been soloist with the PSU Symphony Orchestra and the Mount Hood Pops Orchestra and has played with Fear No Music and other ensembles. She frequently performs with Maria Garcia as XX Digitus Duo.
Dr. Peter Joseph Zisa is an award-winning performer on the six and eight-string guitar. Reviewers and audiences across the U.S. and abroad describe Zisa’s musicianship as “dynamic, sensitive, authentic, inspiring and emotionally expressive”. Zisa is grateful for his studies with David Grimes, and with legendary performers Maestro Andrés Segovia, José Rey de la Torre, José Tomas, Oscar Ghiglia, Michael Lorimer, David Leisner, Guy Horn, Bruce Patterson, Robert Strizich and Catherine Liddell, who have contributed to his musical development.
Folias Duo – Portland cross-country tour from Grand Rapids Michigan to Portland
Todd Gorman of American Record Guide calls the Folias Duo “daring compositions Daring compositions…[display] a great range of energy and sensitivity…and originality” American Record Guide
Fanfare Magazine: “Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron music is…mysterious… charming…evocative.”
CDZ Collegium Musica & PGS Present Guitar Festival
– Performance venue solo, duos, guitar ensemble – Guitar orchestra, Guitar ensemble, solo
– Performances – Masterclasses – Outstanding Achievement Awards
TBA – Summer Travel Concert Series
– Mexico – Gerardo Caledron
– Early Music – James Bishop
– Brazil – Gabriella Gimese
– Africa – Nii Ardey
– Spain – Espacio Flamenco
July 13th 7:30 p.m. – Cristobal Selame – Classical Guitar (American studying in Germany)
A native of Santiago, Chile, Selamé began his classical studies in his hometown, Santiago Chile, with Jaime Calisto at the Modern Music Institute, and with Luis Orlandini at the University of Chile. He came to the United States to study at San Francisco Conservatory, where he studied with the legendary guitarist Sérgio Assad. Selamé was recently accepted into the master’s program at the prestigious Academy of Music in Darmstadt, Germany under the instruction of the world-renowned musician and pedagogue Tilman Hoppstock.
July 27 (TBA) Sakura Guitar Duo with Laura Husbands
Graduate of Scottish Academy of Music, Top prize winner of 11 International Competitions, Winner of Chanterelle Guitar Competition, Winner of PSU Guitar Competition. Prof of Music at University of Denver. Member with husband of Sakura Guitar Duo.
August (TBA) Doug Smith & Toyoda Shohei
August (TBA) John Kaizan-Neptune (shakuhachi) Japanese Jazz. (Komagowa, Japan)
September 26th Laura Husbands at the Community Music Center
Graduate of Scottish Academy of Music, Top prize winner of 11 International Competitions,Winner of Chanterelle Guitar Competition, Winner of PSU Guitar Competition. Prof of Music at the University of Denver. Member with husband of Sakura Guitar Duo.
January 5 – Portland Guitar Society & CDZ-Collegium Musica Present An Afternoon Youth Open Mic Forum at Casa Della Zisa 2:00 p.m.
Peter Zisa & Friends 13th Annual Season of Lights Concert – Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
The spiritual theme of the program is peace, goodwill, and loving-kindness. Drawing from the four corners of the Portland metro, the program and its featured artists represent a collage of the cultural and faith traditions of the community. In the spirit of unity and goodwill, the program invites all in attendance to give generously to the charities which provide aid and assistance to the needy of the community and work to foster and advance peaceful relations.
Among the headline performers joining Peter in this year’s holiday celebration are Grammy-award winner Doug Smith, Award-winning singer-
Yuri Liberzon – Saturday, November 16 – 7:30 p.m. at Casa Della Zisa
“Hearing Yuri play is like opening a bottle of wine and realizing that you have just tasted one of the best wines you will ever experience. Ever.”— Stephen Roberts, President, Sacramento Guitar Society
“…If there were anyone in the classical guitar world that could manage to combine musical elegance with architectural logic, it would be Yuri Liberzon.” —Classical Guitar Magazine
New commissioned work and new published arrangements of Bach Violin Partitas by Yuri Liberzon
The Italian Renaissance Ensemble Lucidarium Ensemble Presents MACCHINE The Science and Music from the Time of Leonardo Da Vinci – Wednesday, 7:30pm October 30th at Casa Della Zisa (Da Vinci Program & Shylock Program)
Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace “… it was enough to be swept away, by the refinement and conviction of the performers, to a place where magic reigns…”
Lucidarium’s work is currently divided between different projects: Ars Italica, which explores different aspects of Italy’s culture through its music and poetry, and Ars Hebraicae, dedicated to a reconstruction of the soundscape of the Jews in Renaissance Europe. Innovative programs that explore the links between oral and written transmission, the mechanisms that brought tunes, texts, and dances across Europe and beyond are one of the group’s hallmark.
Beth Marlin & John Dodge – October 26th at 7:30pm
Venue: Casa Della Zisa 4624 NE Freemont, Portland OR
$20 single, $35 couple, $15 PGS members and seniors
RSVP email@example.com / call or text 503-307-4907
¡Con Fuego! – Friday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Community Music Center – 3350 SE Francis Street, Portland
Tickets $20 – door, $18 – online at cdz-confuego.brownpapertickets.com
Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar
La Conja, dancer & singer
Jerry Bobb – Cello
Portland Guitar Society & CDZ-Collegium Musica
Afternoon Youth Open Mic Forum
Venue: Casa Della Zisa, 4624 NE Fremont Street
Featuring Special Guest Performer: Flamenco guitarist Raven Dow-Hygelund, joined by Jude (her brother), and Berto Boyd (her teacher)
Click here to hear Raven performing Panaderos by Esteban de Sanlúcar for a recent house concert benefit for the Corvallis Guitar Society.
Jack Williams ~ Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Sunday, September 29th
Venue Casa Della Zisa: 4624 NE Fremont Street
Time: 7:30, Doors open at 7:00
$20 single, $35 Couple, $15 PGS Members & Seniors
RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org – call or text (with name) 503-307-4907
“His artistry… is nothing short of amazing. Dazzling picking, expressive voice, unique and interesting songs… a showman in the best sense of the word…” Rich Warren, WFMT “Midnight Special”, Chicago IL
“A Jack Williams show is a slam-dunk win-win-win for all. One of the most enlightened and entertaining performers I’ve ever encountered. Dave Humpreys, Two Way Street Coffeehouse in Downers Grove IL
Hillary Field (CD release concert)
Date: September 14th
Venue: Casa Della Zisa (4624 NE Fremont Street)
“Field is one of a growing number of gifted women gaining prominence in the classical guitar world…..Field displays sensitive musicianship, solid technique, and a burnished tone.” – Acoustic Guitar
“Field is a dynamic player. She doesn’t just recite what can often be complex work, but imbues it with fire and grace.” – The Seattle Times
Premier of newly commissioned works by Jorge Morel & Hilary Field
July 14-August4th – The Summer Musical Travel Series – FREE!
The Summer Musical Travel Series is a fun educational program suitable for children of all ages (family and friends included) at Casa Della Zisa. Each program will last 30 – 40 minutes, followed by a brief Q & A period, and an opportunity to see and hear the instruments up close. Our 2019 Musical Travels will take us to Spain, India, Japan, Argentina, Mexico, and West Africa (Mali). Performing artists and performing times listed below.
INSTRUMENTS FROM THE MIDDLE AGES AND RENAISSANCE – Sunday, August 4, 2:00 p.m.
Phil and Gayle Neuman are musicians, teachers, and instrument builders that engage in the performance of historical music from a variety of periods. The Neumans perform and conduct educational programs at universities and schools of music across the U.S. They have received international recognition as performers and scholars of Ancient Greek musicand have several recordings of this repertoire on the Pandourion label available from North Pacific Music.
“Portland’s reigning masters of early music, Phil and Gayle Neuman” – Brett Campbell, Oregon Artswatch, March 9, 2015
“Phil and Gayle Neuman are well known for their knowledge of Early Music, but they are also world-class experts in Ancient Music, music stretching back from pre-Medieval times to the very earliest days of our civilization in Sumer, Egypt, Greece and Rome.” Vancouver B.C. Recorder Society, October 3, 2015
THE KORA – MUSIC OF MALI, WEST AFRICA – Sunday, July 28, 2:00 p.m.
Will Dudley was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He began studying blues and jazz guitar. While studying ethnomusicologist with Dr. Ryan Skinner at Ohio State School of Music University, Will was introduced to the Kora, a 21-string lute-bridge West African harp built from a small calabash, covered with cow skin resonator with a long hardwood neck. His fascination and attraction to the instrument led him to study kora under the tutelage of Dr. Skinner, himself an accomplished kora performer. Will later traveled to Mali (West Africa) to further his musical skills on the kora, as well as his knowledge of the kora traditional music by studying with notable Mali kora virtuosi. Will now lives in Portland and performs with Koratet, an eclectic musical ensemble which he formed.
DOUG SMITH & SHOHEI TOYODA – Saturday July 27, 2019 7:30 p.m.
Grammy-award winning Doug Smith and Japan Fingerstyle champion Shohei Toyoda return by popular demand to do a joint concert at Casa Della Zisa.
THE SITAR AND TABLA – MUSIC OF INDIA – Sunday, July 21, 2:00 p.m.
Sandeep Koranne and Saikiran Madhusudan, both born and raised in India, are good friends and musical masters of the sitar & tabla. The sitar is 21 string instrument, with a curved-raised frets. Melodies may be fingered and played on six of the string, the remainder of the strings vibrate in sympathetic vibration. The tabla is membraphone percussion instrument.
Sandeep was a musical prodigy; he began his music studies at the age of four, and studies of the Sitar at the age 6. He gave his first public performance on India National Television at the age of 10. Sandeep is a disciple of Shri Mal Shankar in the Maihar-Beenkar Sitar style. He has extensive knowledge of Raga music, vocal as well as instrumental. Sandeep has performed regularly on All India Radio (AIR) national radio service of India. Besides his interest in music Sandeep has a Masters Degree in Computer Science and performs research in mathematics and electronics.
Saikiran Madhusudhan started formal training in tabla at the age of 5 and regularly performs and teaches the instrument. He also continues to study tabla with Sri Aditya Kalyanpur, a prominent student of Ustad Alla Rakha. Prior to this, growing up Saikiran received training in the lineage of Pandit Suresh Talwalkar and Pandit Shankar Ghosh. He is also very fortunate to be a regular attendee of Ustad Zakir Hussain’s immersive tabla workshops and has had the privilege to perform before him. With a Masters in Electrical Engineering, Saikiran is also pursuing his career in the chip verification industry as a Product Engineer.
SPANISH-FLAMENCO GUITAR – MUSIC OF SPAIN– Sunday, July 14, 2:00 p.m.
Mark Ferguson, professor of Spanish at Pacific University, is an accomplished flamenco guitarist who studied extensively in Spain with such notable maestros of flamenco guitarist as Pascual de Lorca, Flecha, Antonio Jero, Niño Jero, Juan Maya Marote, David Serva, Antonio Moya, José Antonio Rodríguez, Jesús Álvarez, Domingo Rubichi, Santiago Lara. Mark has performed with some of Spain’s finest flamenco artists: Luis de la Tota, Estefanía Sánchez, Timo Lozano, Jesús Montoya, Ali de la Tota, Jesús de la Esperanza, Vicente Griego.
Peter Joseph Zisa is a gifted interpreter of music whose classical training includes studies with such legendary performers as Maestro Andrés Segovia, José Rey de la Torre, José Tomas, Pepé and Angel Romero, Michael Lorimer, and Oscar Ghiglia. He performs as a soloist at universities and various concert series across the U.S. and abroad. His other musical collaborations include performances with Grammy-nominated violinist Adam LaMotte, Dr. Tatiana Kolchanova, Grammy-award winning guitarist Doug Smith, legendary Brazilian guitarist Celso Machado, noteworthy award winning Blues and Jazz vocalists Shirley Nanette, LaRhonda Steele, Marilyn Keller, and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, vocalist with Pink Martini.
Folias Duo perform at CDZ on their U.S. Tour Portland- Saturday, June 29th 7:30 p.m.
Andrew Bergeron and Carmen Maret are composers, educators and exciting young performers from Grand Rapids, Michigan known for their work as the Folias Duo. Folias Duo’s fifteen year performer/composer collaboration has taken this nomadic husband and wife duo to stages throughout the United States and around the globe including Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, and Chile.They have a fearless approach to developing new compositions for flute and guitar, and creating exciting virtuosic arrangements of Argentine tango, and South American music.
Robert Schulslaper of Fanfare Magazine writes: “Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron are facile players…they draw on tango rhythms and melodies sometimes; at other times they write with a scenic sensitivity…mysterious…
Adam Levin – A Fubright scholar and winner of international guitar competitions, Adam has been praised for his “visceral and imaginative performances” by the Washington Post. Levin has performed on four continents across the globe. Adam is also a champion of music education. He is the co-founder of Kithara Project Inc. which puts provides guitars and quality instruction for at-risk young people in two cities in the U.S. and a third in Mexico City.
James Manuele – An associated professor at Clark College in Vancouver Washington, James Manuele earned his Masters of Music in Guitar Performance at Portland State University, under composer and guitarist Bryan Johanson. In addition to solo performances, James performs chamber music with Foti Lycouridis as the Portland Guitar Duo.
2019 Northwest Musical Instrument Exhibit at Portland Community College’ s Sylvania Campus. Peter Zisa will perform Saturday May 4th at 3:00 p.m. on instruments made by Richard Prenkert. Peter Zisa will also perform at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday May 5th on an instrument made by John Mello. Joining Peter will be acoustic guitarist and songwriter John Dodge.
James Reid – May 4, 2019 – Classical Guitarist James Reid is a highly regarded performer. He has debuted works by Bryan Johanson, Andrew York, Maximo Diego Pujol, and Gwyneth Walker. Mr. Reid heads the guitar department at the University of Idaho. “The classical guitar has seldom had a more elegant steward, and here Reid performs a rich array of classical and contemporary pieces.” –Canon Press
Two award-winning guitarists in concert: Ikuo Inoue & Cameron O’Connor – May 3, 2019 – Friday, May 3, 2019 Ikuo Inoue from Tokyo and Cameron O’Connor, will team up on a program that will include Japanese guitar music (solos and duos of Takemitsu, Shingo Fujii, Joe Hisaishi, arrangements of traditional tune).
Charity Fundraising Performance with Phoebe McRae and Peter Zisa – along with solo works by Sor, Tarrega, and Brower and voice and guitar works by Handel, Mozart, Britten, and Gershwin. Saturday April 27th at 7:00 p.m.
Annual Sakura Event at Clark College – April 18th, 2019 at 1pm & 2:30pm:
Outdoor presentation in the Japanese Friendship Garden with Mayor Anne McEnerny Ogle, Clark College President Bob Knight, Japanese Consul General Takashi Teraoka, and Clark College Japanese Scholarship recipient Kiho Takedoa.
Collaborative Performance with Japanese calligraphy artist Sora Shodo in the Gaiser Student Center
Music x Shodo x Kimono – Featuring the first collaboration of Japanese calligraphy artist Sora, kimono instructor and stylist Takako, and singer Risaco, this event combined Japanese music and a modern take on the Japanese cultural traditions of kimono and Shodo calligraphy. – April 6, 2019
Duas Guitarras – Pam Beaty & Peter Zisa team up on a program ofBrower, Jobim, Almeida, Powell, and Alfredo Vianna (Pixinguinha) -Saturday, March 9, 2019
Arnica String Quartet – The Arnica String Quartet (Shin-young Kwon and Fumino Ando, violins; Charles Noble, viola; Heather Blackburn, cello) was founded in 2005 by four leading Portland musicians; three of which are members of the Portland Symphony – Saturday, March 2, 2019
Devin Kosloff – A Classical Guitar Graduate of PSU, David Kosloff studied with Bryan Johanson and Jesse McCann. Portland performing artist and teacher; performer-presenter for CDZ-Collegium Musica – Saturday, February 23, 2019
Mary & Tatiana Violin Duo – Tatiana Kolchanova and Mary Rowell (violin duo) From Baroque to Bartok. Saturday – January 25, 2019
Shirley Andrew & Peter Zisa at Casa Della Zisa – August 25, 2018
Seffarine ~ Nat Hulkamp & Lamie Naki (Middle Eastern, Flamenco, Jazz) September 15, 2018
Portland Guitar Society: Faces of the Guitar – October 14, 2018
Performers: classical guitarist Yuri Liberzon, flamenco guitarist Brenna McDonald, and Latin-Jazz Caminhos Cruzados. The members of the trio are jazz guitarist Dan Balmer, flamenco-jazz guitarist Nat Hulskamp, and Israel Annoh on cajon. – Sponsored by Casa Della Zisa
Jeff Ashton at Casa Della Zisa – October 20, 2018
Cameron O’Connor & Ryan Lee at Casa Della Zisa – November 10, 2018
Peter Zisa & Friends 12th Annual Season of Lights Season of Lights Holiday Concert – December 8, 2018
Shirley Andrew & Peter Zisa – August 25 2018
Arco Belo – August 15, 2018
Doug & Shohei Flyer – August 4, 2018
Shirley Andrew & Peter Zisa July 28, 2018
Folias – June 17, 2018
Juanito Pascual – May 5, 2018
Aaron Larget-Caplan – April 13, 2018
Scott Cossu – April 21, 2018
Travis Johnson – April 22, 2018
South Hill Guitars – March 10, 2018
Olivia & René March 11, 2018
Hiroya & John – March 23, 2018
Berto Boyd – February 17, 2018
Cameron O’Connor – January 20, 2018
– 2017 Season
– 2016 Season
Music & Tea at Two – Affordable afternoon concert series the whole family can enjoy. This program serves also to help prepare university graduates to prepare educational children friendly programs.
Education and Music Programs for Schools (K-12) – Interactive educational performances, Educational Workshops.
Spring Music Festival
CDZ Concert Series (past performers)
Local musicians have been Grammy award winning Doug Smith, Shirley Nanette (Jazz Hall of Fame), GFA Winner Travis Johnson, Espacio Flamenco, Mario Diaz (PSU) & Amelia Lukas (All Classical), Olivia and Rene, Ernesto Quilban, Maria Olaya, Gerardo Caledron, John Doan, John Dodge, Devin Kosloff (PSU), Cameron O’Connor (OSU), Brazilian ensemble: Choros Alegria, Pam Beaty, mandolin virtuoso Brian Oberlin, Hillary Field, Scott Kritzer, Flamenco guitarists Berto Boyd and Grant Ruiz, Thousand Waves (LeeAnn McKenna, Yukiko Yamaguchi, Peter Zisa, flute, koto, guitar respectively).
Visiting Artists Vito Paradiso (Italy), Celso Machado (Brazil/British Columbia), Luciano Tortilla (Italy), Shohei Toyoda (Japan). Aaron-Larget Caplan (Massachusetts), Adam Levin (Rhode Island), James Reid & John Paul Shields (Idaho and Washington respectively), Folias Duo (Michigan), Yuri Liberzon (California), Juanito Pascual (California), Hiroya Tsukamoto (Japan & New York).
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