BIO

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Jennifer Bellor writes music that blends contemporary dark jazz and classical styles. Her debut album Stay was featured on NewMusicBox’s 2016 Staff picks, and was praised as having the ability to “maintain a highly individual identity without needing to take refuge in pre-post-genre musical silos.” Her music has been presented by Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, American Composers Orchestra JCOI Readings, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, UNLV Wind Orchestra, ShoutHouse, Florida State University Festival of New Music, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Ritsos Project, Elevate Ensemble, and many others in the US and abroad. Bellor’s music draws on a variety of influences, evidenced in her debut album “Stay,” which is a melting pot of different music styles largely based on poetry. Her composition Chase the Stars has been recognized not only for its “dazzling eclecticism” combining opera, hip hop and jazz, but also for her singing. No Depression’s Stacey Zering proclaimed: “Bellor’s gorgeously haunting vocals hypnotizes in Chase the Stars like a seemingly innocent mermaid who will later capture you with no intentions of bringing you back.” In addition to Stay, Bellor’s self-released EP Songs in the Dark, jazz single Midnight Swim and most recent single O Soothest Sleep have been digitally released and available on iTunes, Amazon Spotify, among others.

Bordello Nights commissioned by the UNLV Wind Orchestra received its France premiere June 2016 at the Festival des Anches d’Azur in La Croix Valmer featuring jazz saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Colin Gordon, pianist Mitch Forman, bassist Kevin Axt, and drummer Bernie Dresel. It was recorded by Klavier Records and praised as being a “terrific piece of big band jazz.” (Henry Fogel, Fanfare Magazine) and “evoking smoky erotic haunts in New Orleans” (Huntley Dent, Fanfare Magazine).

Currently, she is working on a new concept album inspired by the poem “To Sleep” by John Keats. Each song with original lyrics is titled with a snippet from the poem and is about the concept of sleeping to experience other realities.Turn the Key (voice, pipe organ, jazz clarinet, bass clarinet, percussion), Lulling Charities (set to the 1919 animated silhouette film “Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens” by Lotte Reiniger) and O Soothest Sleep (featured in a music video produced by Zen Ritual Creative Services, LLC) are three of the compositions thus far for the new album.

Born and raised in Northern NY, Bellor earned a PhD in music composition at Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music at Cornell University. The 2016 winner of The American Prize for her composition Chase the Stars, Bellor also has received awards by Elevate Ensemble for Moments Shared, Moments Lost, IAWM Judith Lang Zaimont prize for Skylark Lullaby, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra Composition prize for Noir, and a Downbeat Award for Midnight Swim. Her primary composition teachers included David Liptak, Bob Morris, Andrew Waggoner, Sally Lamb-McCune, and Steven Stucky. She is currently Visiting Lecturer at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she teaches courses in music composition and theory. Please visit www.jenniferbellor.com.

SHORT BIO

Jennifer Bellor writes music that blends contemporary dark jazz and classical styles. Her debut album Stay was featured on NewMusicBox’s 2016 Staff picks, and was praised as having the ability to “maintain a highly individual identity without needing to take refuge in pre-post-genre musical silos.” Her music has been presented by Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, American Composers Orchestra, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, UNLV Wind Orchestra, ShoutHouse, Lviv Philharmonic, Elevate Ensemble, and many others at venues in the US and internationally, in France, Greece, Japan, and China. Bellor also has received awards for her jazz/cross genre compositions Midnight Swim (DownBeat) Noir (SWOJO), and Chase the Stars (The American Prize).

Bellor holds a PhD in music composition at Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music at Cornell University. Her primary composition teachers included David Liptak, Bob Morris, Andrew Waggoner, Sally Lamb-McCune, and Steven Stucky. For more information, please visit www.jenniferbellor.com.