“Lulling Charities” by Jennifer Bellor to “Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens” (1919) by Lotte Reiniger

My favorite animated short film 🎞️was created in 1919 by Lotte Reiniger titled “Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens” (The Ornament of the Lovestruck Heart❤️). Ever since I was introduced to it at Eastman back in 2008 for a composition project at the time, I envisioned writing a new piece for it in the future – a song with original lyrics that was inspired by dreams and how we experience love. “Lulling Charities” is one of the first songs I have completed thus far for my new video concept album project. It is also the first piece of mine that utilizes my antique pump organ – harmonium – and toy piano. This project is really special to me because I fell in love with this animation and am really excited to share it! 😍🎵

Lulling Charities (2017)
Music and Lyrics by Jennifer Bellor
Film “Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens” (1919) by Lotte Reiniger

Voice, Harmonium, toy piano by Jennifer Bellor
Acoustic guitar by Phil Joy
Mixing and Editing by Phil Joy
Mastering by Gil Kaupp

Film “Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens” (1919) by Lotte Reiniger
film from the George Eastman House

Here is the audio on Soundcloud:

Music Video shoot for “O Soothest Sleep” to be released this fall

The filming of O Soothest Sleep is complete and is now in post production! This is one of the songs/videos that will be featured in my video concept album titled TO SLEEP, which explores the various ways humans escape reality.

O Soothest Sleep is a lullaby sung by the protagonist’s inner voice calming her down, reassuring her that she has the ability to leave her reality and escape to a beautiful place of wonder and serenity in her dreams. The setting in the music video will go back and forth between her lying in bed and escaping to a place outside in nature where she feels alive and empowered (various outside venues in Las Vegas including Spring Mountain Ranch park, Calico Basin and the Clark County Wetlands). The video is being produced by Zen Ritual Creative Services, LLC and will be released late October.

The filming of O Soothest Sleep was made possible by a 2017 Nevada Arts Council Jackpot Grant.

Here are some photos from the video shoot by Zen Ritual:

Lyrics to O Soothest Sleep:

“Lulling Charities” with 1919 animated silhouette film by Lotte Reiniger

Written for and inspired by Lotte Reiniger’s animated short film “Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens” (1919)
Voice, electric guitar, harmonium and electronics
Music, lyrics and voice by Jennifer Bellor
Electric guitar w/improv and mixing/editing by Phil Joy
Duration: 3 minutes

Will be premiered at the October 2 Nextet Concert at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 7:30pm, Doc Rando

Lulling Charities is a song I wrote that is not only inspired by and can be featured with Lotte Reiniger’s animated short, but is also written for my new concept album “To Sleep.” The title of the song is taken from the poem “To Sleep” by John Keats. While writing the music/lyrics, I envision a dream where the character wakes up to a world where hearts grow on trees. Ingesting these hearts will give one a hallucination of euphoria and intense feelings for the person with whom the heart is shared. Like every hallucination, however, it could be short-lived and reality could set in sooner than we want, perhaps leaving the couple heart-broken from any issues that can arise in a relationship. For this couple, however, despite the pain that occurs, they are able to prevail because love for one another is strong and can “withstand the test of time.”

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.

Also available on SoundCloud:

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
PDF Score: $20


PDF Parts: $10

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!