AU’s new collaboration with the Camas High School choir is an explosive, joyful expression of community and creativity that blurs the lines between propulsive art-pop and avant-garde choral soundscapes. This concert is the summation of a yearlong project that found AU’s Luke Wyland working directly with Camas students to produce an entirely new body of music. In addition, Wyland worked closely with Camas Choir Director Ethan Chessin and the trailblazing arts education nonprofit Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington to craft a curriculum that exposed Camas students to varying aspects of the music business via members of the local industry. For this latest incarnation of the project, Wyland will be joined by 80 of the Camas High students, plus his AU collaborators Holland Andrews (Like A Villain), Joe Cunningham (Blue Cranes), Andrew Jones (The Crenshaw), Dana Valatka (Aan), and Reed Wallsmith (Blue Cranes).
Luke Wyland is an interdisciplinary artist and composer based in Portland, OR. He is known primarily as the creative force behind the art-pop band AU, though he has been composing music for dance, film, and television for the past decade. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art, he has presented his work throughout North America and Europe to critical acclaim. Ethan Chessin teaches music at Camas High School. His choirs have collaborated with a wide variety of musicians and community leaders including Sufi mystics, Venezuelan harpists, indie rockers, klezmer bands, capoeira troupes, and composers from Mexico and the Czech Republic. Prior to his work at Camas High School, Ethan directed the Calcutta Foundation Orchestra, an orchestra of adult orphans in Calcutta, India, and the Dahoo Chorus, a psychedelic rock-opera choir in Portland, OR. He holds a B.A. in music from Yale University and an M.A. in music education from the University of Washington.
Presented in association with Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington.