Reaction and Reception
The Portland premiere was called “irrepressibly energetic and finely polished.” by The Oregonian, and a “triumph of spirit!” by the arts journal Northwest Reverb.
A New York premiere of the piece followed in January of 2014 at The Jazz Standard in Manhattan, and The Territory was also selected as one of the works presented at the Chamber Music America Commissioning concert at New York’s’ DiMenna Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2014, Grant was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from Portland’s Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) to produce a CD of The Territory and to conduct a series of interviews with Oregon artists and artisans about the connection between art and place.
The album “The Territory” was released in November 2015 on the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble label PJCE Records. In his review of the CD release concert, James Bash of Oregon Artswatch called it “one of the most important compositions to emerge from our state in the 21st century” and a “masterpiece.”
The Territory has been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Artbeat, Think Out Loud, and State of Wonder. The third movement, “The Missoula Floods Pt. 2” was selected as one of KMHD Jazz 89.1’s Top Local Songs of 2015.