A new bridge is coming—and it needs a name!
For the first time in 40 years, a new bridge will soon span the Willamette River in Portland. The car-free bridge will connect the eastside and westside, helping improve commutes and transit across the region. While we know what the bridge will do and even what it will look like, we don't know what it will be called—that's why we need your help. Dream up a name for the region's newest bridge, and you could make history!
1917-2003, American composer, b. Portland, Oreg. He studied composition in California with Henry Cowell
and Arnold Schoenberg
. His early work stresses percussion while combining Western, Asian, African, and Latin American rhythms and often using unorthodox "found" instruments. In this period he also collaborated with John Cage
. Moving to New York in 1943, Harrison became a music critic, part of Virgil Thomson
's circle, and a friend of Charles Ives
, whose music he championed. All these composers influenced Harrison's extremely varied oeuvre. In 1953 he moved to W California.
"After Ives, Henry Cowell and Harry Partch were in essential agreement - the overtone series is the rule, world music the font."
Composer, calligrapher, painter, poet, instrument builder, critic - Lou Harrison was an American original. He began composing in high school and studied widely in only three semesters at San Francisco State College, but his most important studies were with Henry Cowell. He became a dance accompanist at Mills College and collaborated with several West Coast choreographers. In 1942 he entered Schoenberg's weekly composition seminar at UCLA and wrote many 12-tone pieces, but in a lyrical, personal style; American Indian and Asian music were equally essential elements in his own synthesis.
Work List of Lou Harrison