The grades are in. The teaching studio is packed up. The instructions have been passed on to those covering my responsibilities. The "out of office" message is written. All that is left is to turn it on. I feel like a sprinter at the starting line, waiting for the gun to go off, only I’m the one who is meant to fire it.
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.”
"...he played with a lightness and a subtle swing, whether that was via a Gershwin-by-way-of-Cecil Taylor original or a positively breathtaking rendition of James Taylor’s “Fire And Rain,” which was almost Rachmaninoff-like in its romantic warmth."