Week Three of Clatsop Community College's Musicians' and Songwriters' Expo features concerts, workshops and artwork by local and regional artists Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Performing Arts Center, 16th Street and Franklin Avenue.
Events begin with a presentation by pianist and composer Jennifer Goodenberger on "Music for Healing and Well-Being" from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Goodenberger will focus on the power of music to heal the body, strengthen the mind and unlock the creative spirit. The event is $5 and is open to the public.
Goodenberger performs original solo piano music, often accompanied by poetry and paintings she has created to illuminate the music. Her works draw on classical, Celtic and contemporary styles and represent music in the realm of healing, meditation and spirituality. She has released two CDs, "Return" (1999), and "Mystical" (2002).
From 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Goodenberger will be joined by songwriters Dick Weissman and Tom May for a workshop on "Songwriting and Composition." Topics include construction of lyrics and melodies, how they work together, and the way that various musical arrangements change a song. Enrollment is limited to 25 students. To reserve a space, call (503) 338-2408 or sign up at the box office at 12:30 p.m. A $20 admission fee for the day includes a ticket to the morning lecture and the evening concert.
Weissman is the author of eight published books about music and the music business. He has composed more than 100 recorded instrumental pieces and songs, written instructional music manuals and played on recording sessions in New York, Los Angeles, Austin and Denver, and has composed two feature film scores. For 12 years, Weissman taught in the Music and Entertainment Industry program at the University of Colorado at Denver, including two years as chair of the department.
Tom May. Submitted photo.Folk singer Tom May said he is influenced by his classical guitar background and the many musicians he has worked and toured with. He has performed in nearly every state in the country, as well as Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany and Belgium. In the 1970s, May toured with many well-known artists , opening concerts for Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot and others. He also produces and hosts his own national radio broadcast "River City Folk."
A "Songwriters Showcase" caps the day with performances by May, Goodenberger, James Low and Ray Raihala. Weissman is master of ceremonies. Tickets are $7 to $10, and books and CDs by the performers will be available for sale.
Portland singer-songwriter James Low released his debut album, "Mexiquita," in 2000. He began playing music in public while a student at the since-defunct, Quaker-affiliated Friends World College in New York City and studied music theory under Ann Ruckert, who had previously mentored Suzanne Vega and Victoria Williams. In 1995, Low returned to Oregon, where Portland songwriter Nancy Hess produced Low's 2000 debut and introduced him to the players in his eventual band.
Ray Raihala. Submitted photo.Ray Raihala has worked in a rhythm and blues band, as a sideman in various country bands, and as a member of the folk group Brownsmead Flats. He also performs occasionally as a solo act, and will be joined Saturday by his daughter, Teresa, and wife, Denise, in an acoustic trio, "Trihala."
The expo also features a lobby show, "Art Inspired by Music." Pieces include recent work by Goodenberger, new calligraphy by John Rippey, mixed media collage by Grant Wood, digital photography and gift cards by Kathleen Paino and traditional photography by Heidie Johnson and JoAnne Cremer.