I'm delighted to be playing a solo show at St. Catherine Episcopal Church in Nehalem. The north coast is a dear place to me. I used to live in Arch Cape years ago and now spend a lot of my writing/composing time in Manzanita. There is an old Sitka spruce tree there on Neahkahnie Mountain that gifted me a song that I will surely sing with you this night. Excited to connect with community at the ocean!
cellist / folksinger
Music for Transgender Day of Remembrance
I'm honored to be providing cello music again for the Interfaith Vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance here in Portland, Oregon. I'm so grateful for the unique brilliance of each of the trans and nonbinary people I've had the privilege to love, witness, collaborate with, and know in my life. Mourning the loss of those taken from us and recommitting to fighting for justice is an important practice for me and I'm grateful to do it in interfaith community. I hope that you'll join us in person, online, or at your own TDOR event locally.
Saturday, November 19th, 2022
(gathering music begins at 3:40pm)
First Unitarian Church, Eliot Chapel
1211 SW Main St.
Gather with us in person or virtually for an interfaith service featuring local spiritual leaders, public officials, music and a candle lighting ceremony for the fallen. This TDoR service is open to the entire community and is being hosted by transgender and interfaith allies. We invite all people, transgender or cisgender to join us in this reverent observation.
There will be a reception after with the opportunity for both indoor and outdoor socializing with light refreshments provided.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED for in-person attendance. Click here for more info and livestream details.
Writing a play....?!?!
There’s a reason there’s been little news to report here for many months: I’ve been deep in the process of writing a dramatic work that incorporates theater, music, and projections of visual art called The Antigone Cycle. After bringing it into the light for an initial read through of the script with music cues in May, it required some rest, some breathing room. As the season turns, I’ve put some writing retreats on the calendar to edit, re-draft, and start making a plan to workshop the play.
If you’re curious, you can hear an excerpt of the score for solo cello, read more about the project, and support the writing process here:
My Patreon Page.
That’s what makes this all possible!
Me with Neahkahnie Mountain, my direct supervisor.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Interfaith Vigil
November 20, 2021
5pm - 6:15pm (pacific)
hybrid (online with limited in-person attendance in NE Portland, Oregon)
Honoring and remembering transgender people around the world whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence. This observance is open to the entire community and is being hosted by transgender and interfaith allies. The event will include music, speakers, and a candle lighting ceremony by interfaith leaders.
I'll be playing instrumental cello music (my own compositions from theater productions in Oregon prisons) to open the event and during the candle lighting. Click here for more information, to register to attend in person, or to attend online.
Prayer for the Living World: Music in the Garden
First live performances in the time of covid....
August 27th, 28th, and 29th at Multnomah Friends Meeting in Portland, Oregon.
This series of mid-day offerings will involve prayerful performance, singing together, and silent worship in the style of Friends (Quakers). It is with unending gratitude that I hold this space for us to return to the use of song to reach for the holy. Through the resonance of the cello and the power of our raised voices we will celebrate and give thanks, grieve and lament, and plead for help in these difficult times.
Those who attend will need to be vaccinated and masked. In order to limit the number of people in the garden, a reservation will be required for attendance. Request a reservation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people and the date you wish to attend (Friday August 27th, 12:30pm - 1:30pm; Saturday August 28th, 12:30pm - 1:30pm; or Sunday August 29th, 12:30pm - 1:30pm). You will receive a reply either confirming your reservation or letting you know the event is full. There is no cost for this offering, but there will be an opportunity for attenders to make donations as they are led.
Photo by Mulysa Melco
WE ARE EVERYTHING - a new single
Painting by Reeva Wortel
I’m offering this song to my people - all people - for free. It is medicine, and all who need medicine should have it, especially in the midst of pandemic.
If you have the means to offer something in return, you can set your own price. Or, if you want to help see me through this time when it may be a year or more before I can return to most of the work that I do, my Patreon page is a way to offer a monthly gift automatically.
I pray that you are well.
I pray that your beloveds are well.
I pray that we can move through our lives knowing that we are all one great heart beating.
QuakerSpeak Video: Music as Ministry
It was a huge honor to be interviewed and play some of my music for QuakerSpeak. This is a video project of the publication Friends Journal, based in Philadelphia. The work I do as a songwriter, singer, and cellist was named by my Quaker meeting here in Portland, Oregon as a ministry in 2016. You can learn more about what that means to me and how my spiritual life has changed the way I approach my work:
More Devotedly Podcast
Actor Paul Susi and I got to talk about our experiences bringing our production of AN ILIAD to prisons across Oregon. We were interviewed for the October 17, 2019 episode of this great new podcast that focuses on artists using the power of their work for positive, progressive change. It was a deep and moving conversation with Douglas Detrick (executive and artistic director of Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble) and it's beautifully curated for the podcast. Enjoy hearing an in-depth account of this work, and check out the other episodes - conversations with other great Portland artists working for change.
AN ILIAD in October!
I wrote a score for solo cello for this modern interpretation of Homer's Iliad. We toured it to eleven prisons, two schools, a homeless shelter, and two public venues last fall. This month we are remounting the show, offering performances at colleges, prisons, houses of worship, and Portland City Hall.
This project is focused on knitting together disparate audiences, using an ancient text that examines the cycles of violence, trauma, and rage that continue to affect us today. Every performance involves a conversation with the audience immediately afterward: a moving way to deepen the experience of the work and to bring together the splintered pieces of our communities, on either side of the prison walls. All shows are either free or by donation with no one turned away.
Thank you to Judy Lackey for beautiful poster design!
Alberta Street Pub: Sunday, August 4th
Live Solo Show
1036 NE Alberta St.
An article I wrote for a magazine!
Sunday, June 16th in Portland with Mirabai Peart
I'm excited to split a bill with Mirabai Peart for the debut of her solo project in Portland! She's an incredibly talented musician I've had the pleasure of playing with on many recording sessions. I'm delighted that we'll get to experience her original compositions for viola and voice in such a perfect intimate setting. Advance tickets highly recommended!
In her solo project debut, Mirabai Peart gathers her many folk influences and her curiosity for dark and complex harmonies to see how a viola and voice can weave together. Some textures and melodic inflections are reminiscent of Bjork while the dynamic lyricism of other moments may recall Joanna Newsom, two major influences. Her songs are deeply personal and explore the subjects of creative journey and discovery, grief and loss along with hope and determination to live honestly and fully in these times.
Friday June 14th in Portland with Juniper and the Wolf
Looking forward to sharing the stage with this magical troubadour! Juniper & The Wolf (aka Genevieve Andersen) is a duo of one; a storyteller turned singer-songwriter, traveling around the world to collect, study, reproduce & re-imagine folk traditions, old & new—from different eras, languages, countries & cultures.
February 9, 2019 at the Sou'wester
We're going to the beach! My long-time collaborator David Waingarten and I are playing out at the lovely Sou'wester Lodge on the Long Beach peninsula just north of Astoria, Washington. The show itself is free! We'll be playing in the cozy living room of the main lodge building where you can get a room, or stay in one of their cool vintage trailers. There's a sauna and the beach is about a block away. It's a good excuse to get away for the weekend, reconnect with the great waters of the Pacific, and steep your soul in healing music. And you'll get 20% off your lodging if you tell 'em you're coming to see us!
David and I will each play our own sets, but I'll be contributing some cello to David's songs. If you want a taste of what that's like, I played all over his last record. You can listen to it here!
Praise for An Iliad
"Paul Susi plays 'The Poet,' who gives an impassioned telling of the story of the Trojan War. He's joined by Anna Fritz, who composed and performs original cello music for the play. The music she creates is haunting and beautiful – capturing both the thunder of war and the soft mourning of death. When Fritz, a Portland folksinger, finally shares her voice with the audience, it's an ethereal sound, as if from the Muses themselves."
- The Oregonian
Public performances in Portland, Oregon
Sunday, October 28th and Sunday, November 4th
Public Performances of An Iliad
We are one week into our five-week tour of correctional facilities in Oregon and tickets are now available for the two public performances we'll be giving. It is proving to be a profoundly moving experience, sharing this work with people who are living in prison. The connection felt in these rooms has been deep and the post-show talk backs full of hearts brimming with gratitude, both on the stage and in the audiences. Please join us as we perform this play on the outside - bridging the divide in our community made by prison walls.
Portland Tribune Story
October Prison Tour: An Iliad
I'm composing and performing the music for this play touring prisons all over Oregon this fall.
Help make this project possible! You can provide support (and learn more) on my Patreon page right HERE.
Immigrant Rights Fundraising Concert
Project Voice Fundraiser
Justice & Music
Saturday, September 22nd, 7:00 - 9:00pm
First Congregational UCC, Portland
1126 SW Park Avenue
Mark Babson, Bajo Salario, Anna Fritz, Jill Townley
$20 in advance, $25 at the door (cash or check only at the door)
Mississippi Pizza with Douglas Detrick
Anna Fritz and Douglas Detrick
Sunday, July 8th
early show! 5:00 - 7:00pm
Mississippi Pizza Pub