Crystalline for 2 pianos and percussion – Recording available

Crystalline (2017) for two pianos and percussion was premiered Sunday, July 2nd in Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music on the program “Sonic Clusters II” produced by pianists Olga Shupyatskaya and Futaba Niekawa:

Olga Shupyatskaya and Futaba Niekawa, pianos
Matt Witten and Chris Jones, percussion

The composition is inspired by the fusion of natural elements resulting in the creation of these beautiful crystal-like patterns/structures found in nature. In Crystalline, the pattern is a melody line that is first heard in its entirety by the vibraphone. Throughout the piece, the interplay among the instruments evokes images of these elements coming together and breaking a part as the structure is formed, creating a sparkly, crystal-like atmosphere.

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Music Video: “I”ll Not Weep” – Jennifer Bellor

My first music video! I can’t thank Zen Ritual enough for their creative vision in producing “I’ll Not Weep,” the first song from my EP “Songs in the Dark.” I have always dreamed of someday collaborating with videographers to evoke the feelings and atmosphere I had in mind for the music I was creating. The whole process was really fun and it gave me an opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone, remove myself from the composer role and be open to what Allen and Petrina envisioned for the film. I look forward to many more collaborations with them!

Creative Music Video produced by Allen Muresan and Petrina Olson of Zen Ritual Creative Services LLC

Jennifer Bellor’s song “I’ll Not Weep” from her EP “Songs in the Dark”
text by Emily Brontë (181801848)

Jennifer Bellor, voice
Christina Wright-Ivanova, piano
Jason Corpuz, synth
Summer Kodama, electric bass

Ron George, recording and mixing at UNLV
Chuck Foley, recording at UNLV
Gil Kaupp, mastering

“Stanzas” by Emily Brontë

I’ll not weep that thou art going to leave me,
There’s nothing lovely here;
And doubly will the dark world grieve me,
While thy heart suffers there.

I’ll not weep, because the summer’s glory
Must always end in gloom;
And, follow out the happiest story—
It closes with a tomb!

And I am weary of the anguish
Increasing winters bear;
Weary to watch the spirit languish
Through years of dead despair.

So, if a tear, when thou art dying,
Should haply fall from me,
It is but that my soul is sighing,
To go and rest with thee.


"I'll Not Weep" by Jennifer Bellor from EP… by jennifer-bellor

Crystalline for 2 pianos and percussion

Crystalline (2017) for 2 pianos and percussion was premiered Sunday, July 2nd in Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music on the program “Sonic Clusters II” produced by pianists Olga Shupyatskaya and Futaba Niekawa:

Duration: 7 minutes
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Crystalline was commissioned by pianist Olga Shupyatskaya and Futaba Niekawa for premiere at the Eastman School of Music July 2, 2017 in Kilbourn Hall on Shupyatskaya’s summer faculty recital. The composition is inspired by the fusion of natural elements resulting in the creation of these beautiful crystal-like patterns/structures found in nature. In Crystalline, the pattern is a melody line that is first heard in its entirety by the vibraphone:


 
Throughout the piece, the interplay among the instruments evokes images of these elements coming together and breaking a part as the structure is formed, creating a sparkling, crystal-like atmosphere.

Photo Shoot by Zen Ritual

June 2017 in Las Vegas, NV

Album Release: Songs in the Dark

Fusing contemporary art song with pop and alternative rock, Songs in the Dark is a musical exploration into the dark, haunting and evocative poetry of Emily Brontë (1818-1848) and John Donne (1572-1631).

Credits

Jennifer Bellor, composer and singer
Christina Wright-Ivanova, piano
Jason Corpuz, synth
Summer Kodama, electric bass

Ron George, mixing at UNLV
Chuck Foley, recording at UNLV
Gil Kaupp, mastering

Zen Ritual Creative Services, album cover photo

Check out Songs in the Dark on CD BABY

Songs in the Dark will be available on ITunes, Amazon, and Spotify June 21, 2017.

Two music videos for I’ll Not Weep and Fall, Leaves, Fall will be produced by Zen Ritual Creative Services and released late Summer/ early Fall 2017.

For more information, visit SONGS IN THE DARK

Music Video Shoot with Zen Ritual Creative

Zen Ritual Creative Services is currently collaborating with me not only to produce photos and two music videos for my upcoming EP release SONGS IN THE DARK, but also photos for my brand new album project work-in-progress titled TO SLEEP.

Ever since I wrote these songs with text by Emily Brontë (1818-1848), my goal was to someday take some of these songs and produce a creative music video to communicate the emotions and imagery from her evocative poetry. When i came across Zen Ritual, I knew this would be the perfect fit for the collaboration I had in mind: a team of open-minded, experimental and creative artists who wanted to explore making my music and Brontë’s poetry come to life in a new way with all of the artistic forces combined.

Here is part of the photo shoot from Thursday at the Fort Apache Mines and Caves in Las Vegas:

The second half of the photo shoot was inside (see the FB post at the top of this page). On Friday, we shot the music video for the song I’ll Not Weep from my new EP SONGS IN THE DARK that will be released soon. I sang this song a lot over the course of the evening in various positions: on my stomach, back, in water… in order for my singing/breathing to look more organic for the final product of video placed with mastered audio. It was a fun challenge! Here are the lyrics to the song, the poem “Stanzas” by Emily Brontë:

I’ll not weep that thou art going to leave me,
There’s nothing lovely here;
And doubly will the dark world grieve me,
While thy heart suffers there.

I’ll not weep, because the summer’s glory
Must always end in gloom;
And, follow out the happiest story—
It closes with a tomb!

And I am weary of the anguish
Increasing winters bear;
Weary to watch the spirit languish
Through years of dead despair.

So, if a tear, when thou art dying,
Should haply fall from me,
It is but that my soul is sighing,
To go and rest with thee.

They told me I had to come looking very pale with dark eyes, and had so much fun doing the makeup for this:

They also told me that I would be getting wet at some point…
I have to say, my skin never felt so silky smooth!

This was one of the most fun, theatrical and adventurous experiences I have had thus far being a composer and performer. I cannot wait to see the final product, and look forward to many more collaborations with Zen Ritual!

‘Sonic Cluster’ Concert featuring premiere of “Crystalline”

On Sunday, July 2 at 7:30pm in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music, pianists Olga Shupyatskaya and Futaba Niekawa will be premiering my composition Crystalline for two piano and two percussion. Joining them will be Matt Witten and Chris Jones. This will be an exciting concert, not only to hear fabulous performances, but also to reconnect with alumni friends and colleagues. Click here to see the Eastman press release

When Olga approached me back in December about writing a piece for them, I envisioned a composition that would be inspired by crystals with the piano and bell-like percussion instruments (vibraphone, glockenspiel, crotales, triangles) mixing together. It is more or less a theme and variations based off of an order of pitches to represent the process of building a crystal as all of the pitches are eventually introduced in the vibraphone part. I created a line that not only provides melodic/thematic material, but also influences the harmony:

The vibraphone primarily plays the line over and over again. At then at the end of the piece, it is is retrograde before it moves forward once again. The textures in both of the piano parts and the second percussion part using bell-like and metallic sounds all work together to create a sparkling, crystal-like atmosphere very much inspired by
both Chick Corea’s “Crystal Silence” and Bjork’s “Crystalline.”

Release of “Bordello Nights” – Available on Spotify

The UNLV Wind Orchestra album “The Return” has now been released! Thrilled that my composition “Bordello Nights” is included on the album. It was such a wonderful collaboration with Tom Leslie and the UNLV Wind Orchestra, Eric Marienthal, Colin Gordon, Mitchel Forman, Kevin Axt, and Bernie Dresel 🎼😊🎧🎷🎸

Here are links to some of the reviews from Fanfare Magazine:
Review by Huntley Dent:
http://fanfarearchive.com/ntbm/articles/leslie-int-dent.html

Review by Henry Fogel:
http://fanfarearchive.com/ntbm/articles/leslie-fogel.html

Premiere of “898 Hildegard” with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Master Singers

The premiere of the revised version of “898 Hildegard” went incredibly well, and it was such an honor to work with the Las Vegas Philharmonic under the direction of Donato Cabrera and the Las Vegas Master Singers under the direction of David Weiller. Moreover, it was wonderful to have the opportunity to share my music with so many of my very talented friends, colleagues, and students who were performing it. I’m so happy my parents were able to fly in to be with me for this very special night! 💞🎼🎶🎻