Jeff Winslow, a fourth-generation Oregonian, seeks the musical heart of natural and psychological landscapes, with emphasis on vocal and piano works. He is a founding member of Cascadia Composers, a chapter of NACUSA centered on the lower watershed of the Columbia River, and serves on the board as secretary / treasurer. His work has been performed by fEARnoMUSIC, Portland Vocal Consort, and the Resonance Ensemble, and also at Cascadia Composers, Seventh Species, Cherry Blossom Musical Arts, and Oregon Bach Festival concerts, as well as several other locations around the region, often with the composer at the piano. A recent piano work, "Lied ohne Worte (lieber mit Ligeti)" received honorable mention from the Friends and Enemies of New Music, a New York-based composers' group. He studied music and electronics at the University of California at Berkeley, getting serious about composition in the mid-90's as High Modernism finally relinquished its death grip on the world of art music.
Three Representative Works:
Cat Tale (2009), for voice and piano, words by Nancy Wood (mp3)
The Sun Never Says (2010), for SATB choir (divisi) and piano, words from "The Gift, Poems of Hafiz" © 1999 Daniel Ladinsky (Penguin Compass, 1999) (mp3)
Nocturne: Eola Hills (revised 2004), for piano solo (mp3)
Visit Me Online: Jeff Winslow
Oregon Connection: I'm a founding member of Cascadia Composers, which mostly serves northern Oregon and southern Washington composers, and my music has been performed in the Portland area since the late 1990's. A fourth-generation Oregonian, I grew up among the arching oaks, tall firs, and abundant fields of the hill country west of Salem. As a teenager I fell in love with the Columbia River Gorge and the dramatic headlands on the coast. I continue to be inspired by these landscapes and am always drawing on my experiences in them when writing my music, even when it isn't obviously related.