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Dréos - 2nd Saturday Community Concert
Winona Grange #271
Tualatin, OR
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Dréos - 2nd Saturday Community Concert
Doors 6:45, show 7:30pm. Door price is $20 by cash or check only

Dréos is an ensemble of performing composers who invent and arrange new and old music using a traditional vocabulary. The word Dréos comes from Scottish Gaelic, and translates into the English word blaze.

Genesis: An instant, uncanny artistic chemistry was clear from the moment Eliot and Brandon first played together, years ago at a Friday Harbor festival in Washington State. This meeting would be remembered. For a time, they parted ways, their musical and academic careers propelling them along parallel tracks in different parts of the world. Brandon left the Pacific Northwest to study violin performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Eliot headed off to pursue degrees in ethnomusicology and musicology at the University of Limerick and University of Oregon. Despite these divergent paths, Brandon and Eliot kept in contact, and in February 2014, they convened in Eugene, Oregon, with accompanist Glen Waddell to perform in Beall Hall at the University of Oregon. That musical reunion ignited a performing and recording venture, out of which The Clearing is a kind of firstfruit.

Performer-scholar, Eliot Grasso has taught, performed, and recorded throughout North America and Europe for over two decades. He has performed for President Clinton at the NEA Awards, appeared as a featured artist on "Prairie Home Companion," performed and taught for Armagh's William Kennedy International Piping Festival, and appeared as a soloist in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Scotland's National Piping Festival, Piping Live. Grasso has over a dozen recordings to his name, including an album of unaccompanied uilleann piping, which is volume 1 of Na Píobairí Uilleann's series of master pipers, The Ace and Deuce of Piping. Grasso holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Oregon, and a M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick. Grasso's artistic and academic work as a performer, recording artist, and researcher has earned awards from the traditional music community, recording industry, and academic establishment.

Brandon Vance holds a B.M. and M.M. in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  At the age of 14, he made history as the youngest fiddler to win the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship.  Vance has taught and performed throughout North America, leading a Scottish fiddle seminar for the University of Oregon (2014), and premiering his own composition, Gael Storm for Fiddle and Orchestra, with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall.  In 2006, his composition, Twin Towers Lament, from Beyond the `Borders received a nomination for Best Celtic Instrumental Song from Just Plain Folks Music Awards in LA. In addition to having co-produced two duo albums and a debut album with his band, Alchymeia, Vance is much in demand as a recording artist.  His track with Steve Rice's klezmer band The Simchatonics, was featured on the 7th season of the TV-series Sons of Anarchy.  

A Canadian multi-instrumentalist, Glen Waddell was once punched in the face by his brother the day before a cornet competition, leaving him with the misfortune of having a split lip and the choice to play or sit out. He played.


Winona Grange #271 (View)
8340 SW Seneca St
Tualatin, OR 97062
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Celtic
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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