Debut Album “Stay” to be released August 21, 2016

Debut Album “STAY” to be released August 21, 2016
Album release show at the Bop Shop in Rochester, NY: http://www.bopshop.com/event/jennifer-bellor/
All compositions by Jennifer Bellor
Jennifer Bellor - Album Cover STAY

PREFACE
Over the past year while planning out the music for this album, I was trying to tie together all of the pieces into one overall concept. I thought I would keep to this initial idea of developing a concept album that focused on the story of Baudelaire’s “The Generous Gambler.” While stepping through the process of writing/recording the music, I realized that the initial idea didn’t really fit all of the pieces conceptually. Therefore, I took a step back and reflectively discovered the pieces tied together because the compositions carried strong extra-musical associations to memories I have had throughout my development as a composer, and through my life. Even as a performer during my development (pre-college), the strong connections I had to a piece were tied to specific events, images, words, friendships, relationships, and artistic interactions. Truly each piece I chose for my album reflects some of these meaningful extra-musical associations; those that will stay with me as I continue to evolve as a composer.

TRACKS with instrumentation and preview excerpts

1. Chase the Stars (2015)

Lyrics from poem “Ah! Why, Because the Dazzling Sun” by Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

Chase the Stars - InfoJennifer Bellor, vocalist
Rasar Amani, rapper
Lynn Tsai, flute
Ivan Ivanov, bass clarinet
Samantha Ciarlo and Tammy Hung, violin
David Chavez, viola
Lindsay Johnson, cello
Tim Jones and Kyle Bissantz, percussion
Sean Carbone, electric guitar
Bennett Mason, piano
Summer Kodama, electric bass
Jeremy Klewicki, drums
Bronson Foster, conductor

 

2. Stay (2016)

Cory Tiffin, clarinet
Luigi Ng, vibraphone
Jae Ahn-Benton, piano

 

3. Burning Light (2015)

Lyrics from poem “Ah! Why, Because the Dazzling Sun” by Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

Burning Light- InfoJennifer Bellor, vocalist
Tim Jones, vibraphone
Jae Ahn-Benton, piano
Sean Carbone, electric guitar
Summer Kodama, electric bass
Colin Woodford, drums
Bronson Foster, conductor

 

 

4. Moments Shared, Moments Lost (2016)

Ivan Ivanov, clarinet
Jae Ahn-Benton, electric organ

 

5. Interlude: AfterHours (2014)

Aaron Staebell, drums

 

6. Noir (2013)

Colin Gordon, soprano saxophone
Wendy Eisenberg, electric guitar
Tyrone Allen, electric bass
Aaron Staebell, drums

 

7. Fallen Veneer (2015)

Lyrics adapted/inspired by the poem “Christabel” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) with help from Alex Burtzos

Fallen Veneer - InfoJennifer Bellor, vocalist
Hunter Rose Turner, vocalist 2
Lynn Tsai, flute
Ivan Ivanov, clarinet
Samantha Ciarlo and Tammy Hung, violin
David Chavez, viola
Lindsay Johnson, cello
Tim Jones and Kyle Bissantz, percussion
Sean Carbone, electric guitar
Jae Ahn-Benton, piano
Summer Kodama, electric bass
Colin Woodford, drums
Bronson Foster, conductor

 

8. Interlude: Time’s Arrest (2015)

Tim Jones, vibraphone

 

9. Familiar Stranger (remix) (2015)

Colin Gordon, soprano saxophone
Andrew Links, piano
Tyrone Allen, electric bass
Aaron Staebell, drums

 

10. Out of the Shadows (2012)

Mike Kaupa, trumpet
Samantha Ciarlo and Tammy Hung, violin
David Chavez, viola
Lindsay Johnson, cello
Andrew Links, piano
Wendy Eisenberg, electric guitar
Tyrone Allen, electric bass
Aaron Staebell, drums
Jennifer Bellor, conductor

 

11. Nightingale (2011)

Nightingale - InfoLyrics from the poem “Nightingale” by E. Louise Beach

Jennifer Bellor, soprano
Christina Wright-Ivanova, piano

 

 

12. Familiar Stranger (2015)

Lyrics adapted/inspired by “The Generous Gambler” by Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) with help from Elizabeth Reeves

Familiar Stranger - InfoJennifer Bellor, vocalist
Lynn Tsai, flute
Ivan Ivanov, clarinet
Samantha Ciarlo, violin
Lindsay Johnson, cello
Tim Jones and Kyle Bissantz, percussion
Jae Ahn-Benton, piano
Summer Kodama, electric bass
Bronson Foster, conductor

 

13. Chase the Stars (remix) (2015)

Mike Kaupa, trumpet
Andrew Links, piano
Wendy Eisenberg, electric guitar
Tyrone Allen, electric bass
Aaron Staebell, drums
Jennifer Bellor, conductor

 

ASSISTANCE IN PRODUCTION OF ALBUM
Gil Kaupp for mastering
Arthur Chivis, graphic design
Ron George, UNLV sound engineer for tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12
Greg Thompson, Eastman School of Music Sound engineer for tracks 5, 6, 9, 10, and 13

898 Hildegard for SATB and Orchestra – newly revised version for Las Vegas Philharmonic April 1, 2017

I recently revised 898 Hildegard for SATB and Orchestra, and very excited about this new version! The premiere of the original version for the Genesee Valley Orchestra June 3-4, 2016 was a success, and thrilled with their performance. I realized after hearing it that I still wanted to re-visit a couple sections: the climactic point and the ending of the piece. Knowing that I could have the opportunity to incorporate harp for the Las Vegas Philharmonic premiere April 1, 2017, this opened up many more creative possibilities for me, and decided to completely re-write the ending to feature the harp, clarinet, and flute.

Audio recording at this time is not available. For an idea of the piece, here is a MIDI realization:

898 Hildegard pg 2898 Hildegard pg. 3898 Hildegard pg 25898 Hildegard was commissioned by the Genesee Valley Community Orchestra to honor their founder, Sister Virginia Hogan, through the verse and melody of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). The title is borrowed from the name of a planetoid in our solar system, 898 Hildegard, thus connecting civilization’s ancient cosmos with the one that it continues to discover. I used excerpts from her chants “O Vis Eternitatis” and “O Gloriosissimi Lux Vivens Angeli,” in which the text is about eternity and angels. Then, I listened to the recordings of these chants on the Hildegard Society website (www.hildegard-society.org), and transcribed the performances in order to learn how these chants are presented rhythmically. After studying the intricate details of both chants, I then intertwined the original chant material with my own variations throughout, melding it together into a through-composed composition that not only displays my compositional style, but also highlights these beautiful chants by Hildegard von Bingen.

898 Hildegard was first premiered in Rochester, NY June 3-4, 2-16, and later revised for premiere by the Las Vegas Philharmonic April 1, 2017 at the Smith Center. http://lvphil.org/concert_schedule/performance.php?ID=69

http://lasvegasweekly.com/ae/2016/apr/05/las-vegas-philharmonic-2016-2017-season-star-wars/

“Afterglow” for solo marimba: focus on one-handed rolls for his new marimba methods book

Afterglow - pg 2I wrote Afterglow for Mark Boseman to perform and incorporate in his new marimba methods book he is currently in the process of producing. The miniature composition focuses on one-handed rolls. Here is a Facebook video of him performing the piece: https://www.facebook.com/mark.boseman.3/videos/10102178551901527/

A/tonal performs “Stay” on WUOL Classical 90.5 12pm EST

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The A/tonal Ensemble performed my composition Stay today on the program THE UNHEARD at 12:30pm EST on WUOL Classical 90.5, http://wuol.org/streaming-audio-on-classical-905/

Carrie RavenStem, clarinet
Tanner Leonardo, vibraphone
Jessica Dorman, piano

Here is a link to a 1-minute video clip that was posted on their Facebook page: video excerpt from performance

Congrats to them on a beautiful performance!

“Bordello Nights” premiered in France June 26, 2016

13537606_10104185815763485_2251726814839350949_nThe UNLV Wind Orchestra under the direction of Tom Leslie premiered the 8-minute version of my composition “Bordello Nights” for wind orchestra and jazz band at Le Festival des Anches d’Azur in La Croix-Valmer Sunday evening, June 26. It was an honor having the opportunity to work with Tom and the amazing guest artists who were featured in the jazz band: Eric Marienthal (alto sax); Colin Gordon (soprano sax); Mitch Forman (piano); Kevin Axt (electric bass); and Bernie Dresel (drums). Here are some photos from the premiere:
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I had a wonderful time hanging out with the musicians in La Croix-Valmer! When the musicians weren’t rehearsing, we spent time exploring the nearby villages, and enjoyed having dinner together each night. Here are some photos:
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Revised version of song “Air and Angels” ready for performance

I recently revised my song Air and Angels with text by John Donne (1572-1631) that existed in two of my earlier song cycles (Songs of Ethereality and Between Realities). There are two versions available: for voice & piano or for voice, piano, synth and electric bass. I will be premiering the ensemble version of this piece August 21, 2016 on my showcase at the Bop Shop in Rochester, NY.

Since an audio recording isn’t available yet, here is a MIDI realization of the version for voice, piano, synth, and electric bass:

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TV clip of GVOC music director promoting upcoming concert featuring my new orchestra piece

Video clips and Photos from Show May 22

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On Sunday, May 22nd, I performed a few of my compositions scored for voice, clarinet, piano, electric bass, and drums for a concert in Ham Hall at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I consider these versions remixes, since the original versions were written for a different instrumentation, and also modified in various ways in order to create versions suitable for this instrumentation in a live show context. It meant a lot to me to have this opportunity to showcase a 15-minute set, and grateful to the musicians I asked for joining me to make this happen: Cory Tiffin (clarinet), Jason Corpuz (piano), Summer Kodama (electric bass), and Jeremy Klewicki (drums).


Excerpt from Burning Light (remix); Video recording by Joshua Sjoen


Excerpt from Familiar Stranger (remix); Video recording by Joshua Sjoen


Excerpt from Moments Shared, Moments Lost (remix); Video recording by Joshua Sjoen

Here are some photos from the dress rehearsal:
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Brian Shapiro Show this morning to plug May 22nd concert!

Neon Residency April 23-24 – Photos and Publicity

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Saturday April 23rd and Sunday April 24th, I worked with people of all ages to create music on the spot in reaction to the historical Las Vegas Signs in the Neon Museum. I began with an interactive composition I wrote that involved teaching rhythms to separate groups, giving people percussion instruments to beat out the rhythms, and then groove with the parts I wrote out for piano, clarinet, and voice. Following that exercise, they broke out into small groups and chose a sign in the gallery. Their task was to create a composition together in reaction to the visual elements. Many of the groups used words and set them to a rhythm, and some people even added choreography and song. Closing each session, pianist Jae Ahn-Benton, clarinetist Ivan-Ivanov and percussionist Manny Gamazo played the shortened remix version of my composition Moments Shared, Moments Lost. It was such a fun event, and was a pleasure to engage with so many people (both locals and tourists) in the area! I hope to have the opportunity to do many more programs like this in the future!

Fox5 News:http://app.criticalmention.com/app/#clip/share/22337701?token=7168c7d8-06e1-4ee3-b826-8150841096b6

Las Vegas Weekly:http://lasvegasweekly.com/as-we-see-it/2016/apr/27/neon-museum-jennifer-bellor/#/0

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