Darrell Grant’s “The Territory:” a Jazz Suite Inspired by Oregon’s Complex History and Future

Portland-area pianist, composer, PSU professor—and friend of the August Wilson Red Door Project—Darrell Grant has written a new jazz suite called “The Territory,” inspired by the Oregon’s landscape and cultural history. “The Territory” premieres at Chamber Music Northwest‘s 43rd Summer Festival next month.

In the meantime, CMNW has put together an in-depth video series that examines the people, places, and events behind “The Territory.” The videos feature interviews with Grant as well as Nola Bogle, who performs vocals for the suite; and Bill Lang, PSU professor emeritus of history and co-founder of the Oregon Encyclopedia. Each segment showcases Grant’s idiosyncratic music and provides insight into the historical events—such as the first settlements, Chief Joseph’s surrender, and Minidoka—that have shaped Oregon’s character, as well as the rivers and geologic formations that comprise the state’s unique terrain.

The four-part mini-documentary is available to watch YouTube, and you can check out Part 1 below.

“The Territory” by Darrell Grant and the Darrell Grant Ensemble has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2012 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Fore more about Darrell Grant, visit darrellgrant.com.