October 11-15, 2023
Wednesday, October 11
at Jansen Art Center
12:00 PM – Lynden Music Festival Opening Ceremony
2:00 PM – Spencer Hoveskeland, Cello & Bass
Spencer Hoveskeland is a musician and composer with over three decades of experience. Spencer’s work as a performer has been featured in numerous films, TV shows, and commercials, including the Netflix original series “Love is Blind”. His unique ability to create music that perfectly captures the mood and tone of any project has made him a sought-after composer. With a passion for music that began at a young age, Spencer has worked with some of the most respected names in the business, including Grammy-winning producers and renowned musicians. Despite his success, Spencer remains grounded and committed to his craft. He continues to explore new musical styles and techniques, always striving to push the boundaries of what is possible.
7:00 PM – Festival reception and Virtuoso Masterworks with Jason Stoll
Southern Californian pianist, Jason Stoll, enjoys a multifaceted career as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, educator, and collaborative artist. Past concert highlights include giving the U.S. premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Rondo Concertante for piano and strings, numerous solo recitals and chamber music throughout his native California, across the United States and internationally, and has appeared with numerous orchestras as soloist including the Santa Monica Symphony, the Loyola Law School Symphony, the MUSE/IQUE Orchestra, the North Charleston Pops, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Miami Music Festival Orchestra, the Westlake Village Symphony, the California State University, Northridge Symphony, the Antelope Valley Symphony, the York Symphony Orchestra, and the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Stoll has also competed internationally and was named a Semi-finalist in the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition and Finalist in the 2013 American Paderewski Piano Competition.
Thursday, October 12
at Jansen Art Center
11:30 AM – Open Piano Workshop with Jason Stoll
6:00 PM – Pre-concert jazz by Lynden High School Jazz Band, directed by Mr. Galligan.
7:00 PM – Beatles Music/Jazz Standards with Brent Jensen, saxophone, and Bill Anschell, jazz piano – Seattle, WA
Brent Jensen has performed & recorded with a wide range of jazz artists including Gene Harris, Bobby Shew, Bill Anschell, Jeff Johnson, John Bishop, John Stowell, Jamie Findlay and others. His recording, “The Sound of a Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond” charted at the #1 position on jazz radio stations across the country and was featured on JazzWeek’s Top 100 and NPR’s JazzWorks’ Top 25 lists. Brent’s duo recording with pianist Bill Anschell, “We Couldn’t Agree More” was named a “Critic’s Choice” pick by Jazziz magazine and one of Jim Wilke’s “Best Northwest Jazz CDs. His recordings are available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify & Pandora and other online music streaming services.
Pianist Bill Anschell has performed in premiere venues throughout the U.S. and abroad, both leading his trio and as pianist/musical director for vocalist Nnenna Freelon. His concert credits include eight European tours with Freelon and seven South American tours with his trio, including concerts in many of the leading international jazz festivals. Anschell was the creator, producer and theme music composer for JazzSouth, a syndicated radio program broadcast from 1990 – 2002 on more than 200 stations around the world. In 1998 his CD, a different note all together, was selected by UPI (United Press International) as one of the year’s “10 Best” jazz releases. That CD and his two follow-up releases When Cooler Heads Prevail (2001) and More to the Ear than Meets the Eye (2006) both enjoyed critical acclaim and extensive stays on the national jazz radio charts. His 2009 duo CD of spontaneous improvisations with saxophonist Brent Jensen was described by Cadence as “startlingly beautiful, surprising, and powerful…a transforming experience.” Anschell is also highly regarded as a composer; his original pieces have been placed more than 70 times in network and cable programs including NBC’s The West Wing, HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire, and the Paramount Plus show Yellowstone. Anschell, a Seattle native, returned to the Emerald City in 2002 after a long residency in Atlanta, Georgia. He received Earshot’s Golden Ear Award as the “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year” in 2005, 2010 and 2011; his trio was named “Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year” in 2006; his Figments CD was named “Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year” in 2011, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame.
Friday, October 13
at Jansen Art Center
4:00 PM – Matthew Kocel, Cosmic Throat Singer – British Columbia
With over 40 years of experience as a performer, recording artist, and multidisciplinary healing arts practitioner, Matthew Kocel has mastered the art of using sound and vibration to facilitate inner healing and personal growth. His unique blend of throat singing, overtone chant, and natural voice brings you into profound states of deep inner peace. The harmonic frequencies in Matthew’s voice seem to dissolve the boundaries of space and time, giving you a direct experience of the oneness of all things. Matthew Kocel’s music has touched the hearts and souls of people from all walks of life, and his impact is truly transformative. Accompanied by simple acoustic instruments and ancient technology, he creates a powerful experience that can lead to waking dreams, visions, aha moments…even physical healing. His work has been widely documented online, with countless people sharing stories of the profound impact his music has had on their lives. Matthew’s teachings and music offer a powerful path to inner transformation and spiritual growth. His message of oneness and healing resonates deeply with his listeners, inspiring them to live their lives with greater authenticity, compassion, and joy.
Lynden Music Festival
October 11, 2023 - October 13, 2023
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue: Chamber Hall
The Chamber Hall at the Jansen Art Center is located in the NW corner of the second floor: