Bug Toast has received a coveted 2018 Regional Arts & Culture Council (Oregon) grant to compose a progressive folk oratorio (libretto by playwright Merridawn Duckler) in honor of Portland, Oregon’s pioneering Blackfish Gallery, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019.  Performances will be in the acoustically ideal Blackfish Gallery in April 2019!

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News, a free download of “Going Home,” and some current events

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Christopher:  I composed “Going Home” in response to my father’s journal about returning to his boyhood farm (land his family had worked for 17 generations) for the first time, 50 years after having escaped from it at the end of World War II. I made the nighttime field recording that features frogs in Wilsonville, Oregon. My uncle made the field recording in the 1970s that you hear at the end of the piece, featuring frogs from northern East Prussia, now Poland.

(instrumental; the singing is in an invented language)

from Migration, released May 25, 2010
by Christopher Shotola-Hardt


Currently, Bug Toast is completing final details of its fourth CD project, “Compound Eyes.”  We are close to having our material ready for our fifth recording project, “Be About Love.”

Exciting recent projects:
*  A benefit concert for the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) in Portland, OR, sharing the stage with nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters Stephen Cohen and Nicole Campbell, and Oregon poet Alberto Moreno.
* A benefit concert for Camp More, a ground-breaking camp for teens who stutter, held annually on the Oregon Coast.

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FREE DOWNLOAD of  “The Upper Bunk,” off our CD Migration!

This tune features bouzouki, two bouzouki-guitars, vibes, and a beautiful lap steel guitar solo by Alan Ames.

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