New Year’s resolutions don’t work for everyone. But for me, there is a strong pull to seize the opportunity for a fresh start and a clean slate. As I was preparing to embark on just such a round of slate-cleaning this week, I was reminded of some unfinished business.
Somewhere over the past couple of years, I developed the habit of jotting aspirational notes to myself as alarms in my iPhone. There, lurking alongside the jolting reminders that bleep and blurt at me throughout the day, I have planted these surreptitious directives that will (hopefully) tweak my unconscious as I scroll through my daily tasks and obligations.
In May, I was awarded a Regional Arts & Culture Council project grant for 21 Cartas, a song cycle based on letters written by mothers held at an immigrant detention center in Dilley, Texas. I am delighted to be collaborating with the luminescent singer/songwriter Edna Vazquez…
I am thrilled to share that my chamber opera on gentrification in Portland has been awarded a $90,000 Creative Heights grant from The Oregon Community Foundation. Slated for the spring of Third Angle New Music's 2019-2020 season, SANCTUARIES will use the rhythms of jazz and slam poetry to explore gentrification and the displacement of residents of color in Portland's historically African-America Albina district.
"Pianist Darrell Grant is a busy man. When he’s not teaching or playing with one of his several bands, you can find him preparing a chamber music or classical piece, or addressing an audience at the Portland Art Museum or PDX Jazz Festival. Hear Darrell speak about his music and wonderfully hectic creative life as one of the prominent faces of Portland, Oregon’s thriving Jazz scene.”