Daily Archives: May 18, 2011

Americana band embraces variety

Buxter Hoot’n's album cover

San Francisco-based band Buxter Hoot’n is set to release its third album since 2007 on May 30. The self-titled album embraces the original spirit that the name suggests.

Led by vocalist and guitarist Vince Dewald, the band has created a distinct sound that develops throughout the album. A blend of styles and tempo create various moods from song to song all while maintaining the feel-good vibes that are sought heading into summer.

The instruments are incorporated in a brilliant sequence that keeps you coming back for more. There are no predictable tracks, adding to the purely enjoyable experience that is listening to this album.

Many of the tracks offer an original sound that will conjure up daydreams about summer days in no time. A blend of banjo, harmonica and violin sounds are guaranteed to get you moving.

The tracks take you through a plethora of genres that include folk, Americana, a hint of country and more typical indie rock for good measure. Buxter Hoot’n’s unity, however, is maintained through the common sound of Dewald’s rich, enticing lyrics and tones that radiate the innocence of freedom and youth.

Tantalizing solos are integrated throughout the album, featuring both electric and acoustic guitar, banjo and harmonica.

“Blue Night,” one of the many distinct tracks, incorporates the delightful vocals of Melissa Merrill that intensify diversity on the album. Merrill and Dewald tackle the song’s lyrics together resulting in what seems to be an unyielding radiation of warmth. The sounds are rich and melodious and give off warm sensations that could only be amplified through the dispatch of a record player.

The album has
expanded and developed sounds that one could traditionally associate with the past and has restored them in a refreshing, contemporary way through instrumentation, lyrics and tempo. The general composition is pleasurable, outgoing and has a little bit of everything to please a wide audience.

After its fifth year as a band, Buxter Hoot’n is a well-known name in San Francisco’s music scene and seeks to expand its recognition throughout the northwest.

Currently on tour, they are scheduled to perform at Laurel Thirst in Portland on May 14. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. and admission is $6.

Be sure to check out “Buxter Hoot’n” on KSLC 90.3 FM for some good vibes  or listen online at
www.linfield.edu/kslcfm.

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Brinn Hovde can be reached at kslcmusic@gmail.com.

 

Jazz Night concert marks music careers’ final note

The Jazz Night concert will feature the Linfield Jazz Band and the Linfield Jazz Choir, Double Vision, at 8 p.m. May 13 in Ice Auditorium.

The music will range from original compositions to big band favorites.

Several jazz band performers, including seniors Ryan Dickman, Tracy Beaver, Carolyn Blood, Helen Kehoe and Matt Moss, will perform solos during the concert.

Double Vision will feature guest artist Clark
Bondy on the saxophone. They will play songs by John Lennon and Little
River Band and jazz standards such as “Route 66.”

Senior Carolyn Blood said in an email that she asked to play clarinet in Kehoe’s feature piece. Blood used to play the baritone saxophone in the jazz band, but the clarinet is her
primary instrument.

“I’ve only been working on this piece and my solo in it for a few weeks with the band,” Blood said. “Generally, I prefer to play in an ensemble and be part of a cohesive sound in a jazz band. But to be heard, you have to solo.”

The jazz band meets twice a week, but band members have such varied schedules that it is hard to have a complete band for each rehearsal,  senior Matt Moss said in an email.

“But that’s how it is,” Moss said. “Even though it’s tough to get time for rehearsal, we always seem to put together a great set. It’s more a matter of investing yourself in the music, not your time.”

Moss and Blood joined the jazz band during their freshman year. Moss has been in the band every semester since freshman year, but Blood had to decide to cut jazz from her schedule during her junior year.

“I’m glad I got the opportunity to perform with the band again after being gone from it for a couple semesters,” she said. “It’s going to be fun to have the opportunity to end my musical career on stage with [Moss] and my other friends.”

Moss said that he has also faced challenges performing and preparing for this concert.

“After freshman year, I underwent jaw reconstruction surgery, which left most of my face senseless,” he said. “Playing a sax without feeling is no easy task. To this day there are parts of my chin and jaw that I can’t feel.  It’s been a slow progress.”

There have been other distractions for Moss in preparation of this concert.

“Both of my majors require thesis papers so it seems like I’ve been writing since last February,” he said. This summer also marks a huge change in my life with graduation, and I’m also getting married in August.”

This concert will be the seniors’ final jazz band performance at Linfield. Moss said that he has mixed feelings about this final performance.

“I’ve been a part of jazz ensembles since sixth grade so I’ll really miss it. On the other hand, I’m excited,” Moss said. “It feels right that this last concert will showcase the styles that we have been playing over the last four years. It’ll be a good send-off for all of us.”

Moss said that the best part of being in the jazz band is the music.

“It’s jazz,” Moss said. “It hits me deep.”

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Sharon Gollery/For the Review
Sharon Gollery can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

 

 

‘Concentrated Chaos’ reveals diversity in student artwork

Senior Adriana Daoust fluffs the feathers out of a pillow in a performance piece about losing her virginity during the opening reception of “Concentrated Chaos” on May 11. Megan Myer/Online editor
Senior Adriana Daoust fluffs the feathers out of a pillow in a performance piece about losing her virginity during the opening reception of “Concentrated Chaos” on May 11. Megan Myer/Online editor

Senior Adriana Daoust fluffs the feathers out of a pillow in a performance piece about losing her virginity during the opening reception of “Concentrated Chaos” on May 11. Megan Myer/Online editor

Ceramic teapots, an artist’s performance and wood carvings gave presence to the Miller Fine Arts Center on May 11, at the opening reception of the 2011 Thesis/Portfolio exhibition “Concentrated Chaos.”

The event, sponsored by the Linfield Gallery and the Department of Art and Visual Culture, began with presentations by junior and senior art majors in the Withnell Commons in front of family and friends. The students explained their influences, progression and style behind their beginning works to their final portfolio and thesis projects.

The artist talks were then followed by a reception in the Linfield Gallery, where the students’ artwork could be viewed up close.  For nine of these students, the event marked the end of a collegiate career.

“I’m hoping I can do this for a living,” said senior Amanda Holtby, who has already made a profit selling one of her 25 handcrafted, ceramic teapot sets. “I have several people interested in buying my sets.”

Holtby, one of four students required to create a website for her artwork, in addition to the final project, said she was inspired to create the teapots because they are the classic test of the potter’s skill, integrating the basic elements of a functioning piece. She also described her work as introspective and meditative.

Holtby said she has an idea of how she hopes visitors of her exhibit will react toward her project.

“Ceramics is not deeply philosophical,” she said. “I hope viewers will take away a sense of playfulness and appreciation [for my work].”

Senior Adriana Doust used her education in theatre courses and acting experience in the Linfield Theatre production “Execution of Justice” to perform her artwork.  In her piece “Loss of Innocence” Doust confronted her own spirituality and sexuality in front of viewers during the reception, using a knife to cut open a white, pillow and her hands to crush strawberries over the fabric.

“It was more heartfelt than any object could convey,” Doust said about her performance. “It was the easiest and genuine way to convey the message behind my art.”

Doust said she often relies on her journal to resurface emotions that influence her work.

“It helps me reflect on how I felt during a certain time and get back into the zone,” she said.

Junior Ebonee Atkins used the theme of man’s relationship with nature as the driving force behind her collection of pieces titled “TIMBER!!,” which featured two wood-carved pieces mounted on the gallery wall.

Atkins said she wanted to make a political statement with her art.

“It’s about the relationship between man and nature and how we destroy and take advantage of the environment,” she said.

Atkins said she is influenced by land art, the use of natural materials and organic media to make art in nature.

“I like the fact that it will be here forever and it would be interesting to see how it can change or stay the same overtime,” she said.

Other portfolios displayed works centered around beading, photography, video, sewing, paint, drawing and the use of sheet metal and chicken wire to convey diverse personal and political messages.

After listening to the artist talks and viewing the students’ portfolios, senior Emily Hopping found a connection within the exhibition.

“They all look physically very different, but in several of the artists’ speeches they mentioned elements such as identity, memory and the ephemeral which indicates passing and things that don’t stay the same,” Hopping said. “I see an exchange of ideas, but then the artists took those ideas and went in different directions.”

“Concentrated Chaos” will be open to the public for viewing through May 29.  The gallery, located in Building B of the Miller Fine Arts Center, is open Monday-Friday from 9-5 p.m. and Saturday from 12-5 p.m.

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Felicia Weller can be reached at linfieldreviewcopy@gmail.com.

 

 

Execution of Justice murders with emotion

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Senior Alessa Karlin, portraying the wife of Dan White, breaks down as riots occur during the production May 5 in the Marshall Theatre of Ford Hall. Megan Myer/Online editor

Senior Alessa Karlin, portraying the wife of Dan White, breaks down as riots occur during the production May 5 in the Marshall Theatre of Ford Hall. Megan Myer/Online editor

The Marshall Theatre invited a  welcoming audience May 5, for the opening night of the play “Execution of Justice.”

Junior Cody Levien said he doesn’t go to plays — ever. He attended the first “Execution of Justice” performance and summed it up in one word: “emotional.”

Levien’s uncle was a part of the gay community in San Francisco during the late ’70s when the city’s mayor, George Moscone and city supervisor, Harvey Milk were slain. Milk was the first openly gay man elected to public office in California during the 1970s

“He was there for the whole thing,” Levien said. “If anything, [seeing the play] was more of a learning experience.”

The aftermath of the assassinations drove the focus of the play.

Written by Emily Mann, the play documents the
trial proceedings of the man responsible for the 1978 double murders, Dan White.

“There were two murders that were committed and it was clearly proven, and yet they only gave him manslaughter,” Jane Lieber Mays, who watched the play with her husband, said. “That hit home because it’s indicative of what continues to happen in this country. People just make stuff up, and they are swayed by this emotional stuff that people make up and they vote according to that.”

Lieber Mays said she knows about Milk because she’s from that generation.

“I was in the ’60s when we were actually rioting,” she said. “I’ve been in it before.”

Lieber Mays praised the way the theater’s new equipment allowed the program to integrate varying forms of multimedia into the production.

“What they were able to do with [the equipment] was astonishing — we went through without a glitch tonight,” she said. “It was seamless; it was just beautiful.

The stage featured powerful projectors that the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts purchased using  a grant from the E.L. Wiegand Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves charitable and educational purposes.

Lieber Mays said despite understanding the levels of interpretation
attempted, some of the play’s symbolism was distracting. However, she was blown away by the acting.

“The level of acting was amazing,” she said. “The level of acting is always high-quality, but they were up a notch this time. It has to do with the director and the commitment of the actors and probably the subject matter.”

“Shedding light on a part of history was the main objective for the play’s production,” Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts anddirector of “Execution of Justice,” said.

“I felt like after the movie Milk came out, it was a good time to do this play because it picks up where Milk left off,” she said. “It’s a good chance for people to know what happened to Dan White and what happened in the trial.”

Levien and Lieber Mays said the summation scenes toward the end of the play stood out to them.

The audience was moved during the confession scene of Dan White, played by junior Aaron Granum and junior Daphne Dosset, who played the court clerk and the young mother roles in the play, she said.

“You could see people turning their programs into fans to dry their wet faces,” she said.

The gravity of the play was compelling, leaving  audience members in the middle of understanding and grief.

“It’s a lot of stuff to ask of them, but I think [the cast and crew] learned a lot by doing this show. [We] learned a lot of history and about the human psychology but also the human spirit,” Gupton said.

Gupton said that she has a high respect for public servants, those who are “willing to lay their life on the line knowing that they could
really make someone angry.”

“To discover these injustices in a world where we’re more accepting of everything, and realize that this happened in your own country, has to be a deeply moving experience,” Lieber Mays said.

The final show of “Execution of Justice” will run at 7:30 p.m. on May 14 inside the Marshall Theatre of Ford Hall.

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Septembre Russell can be reached at linfieldreviewcopy@gmail.com.