BIO

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Praised as having the ability to “maintain a highly individual identity without needing to take refuge in pre-post-genre musical silos” (Frank J. Oteri, NewMusicBox), composer Jennifer Bellor writes music that is inspired by personal experiences, text, and imagery. 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. Stay was featured on NewMusicBox’s 2016 Staff picks, and her composition Chase the Stars has received critical acclaim 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.”

Bellor’s works have been commissioned and performed by ensembles, and artists throughout the world, including the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra Jazz Orchestra Institute Readings, Eastman Saxophone Project, ShoutHouse, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus, CSU East Bay Wind Ensemble, Nazareth College Wind Symphony, UNLV Wind Orchestra, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Elevate Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Sirocco Flutes, A/Tonal, Ritsos Project, Kansas Virtuosi and many others. Her music has been heard at festivals and conferences including the Missouri State University Composition Festival, Neon Museum Artist Residency, Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Florida State University Festival of New Music, Hildegard Festival, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, Rochester Fringe Festival, and Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, which her opera Duffy’s Cut and was praised as showing a “flair for full-bodied, operatic sound” (Washington Post), and for “using contrasting rhythms and clever harmonies to an intriguing effect” (Huffington Post).

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).

Recent projects include her release of SONGS IN THE DARK, which she recorded on vocals with pianist Christina Wright-Ivanova, Jason Corpuz (synth), and Summer Kodama (electric bass). It was released in June 2017 and are settings of selected poems by Emily Brontë (1818-1848) and John Donne (1572-1631). Her music video “I’ll Not Weep” was produced by Zen Ritual Creative Services. In July, her new composition Crystalline for two piano and percussion was premiered at the Eastman School of Music on Olga Shupyatskaya’s faculty recital.

Currently, she is working on a new concept album that will have a video component to each of the tracks. Titled “To Sleep” and inspired by the poem “To Sleep” by John Keats, each song with original lyrics is about various ways of escaping reality. “Lulling Charities” was released on Youtube in October with music that was inspired by and set to the 1919 animated silhouette film “Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens” by Lotte Reiniger. “O Soothest Sleep” will be released November 2017 and the production of the music video by Zen Ritual Creative Services, LLC was made possible by a Nevada Arts Council Jackpot grant.

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.

 

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Praised as having the ability to “maintain a highly individual identity without needing to take refuge in pre-post-genre musical silos” (Frank J. Oteri, NewMusicBox), composer Jennifer Bellor writes music that is inspired by personal experiences, text, and imagery. Her music has been presented by Washington National Opera, American Composer’s Orchestra JCOI Readings, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, ShoutHouse, 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. Stay was featured on NewMusicBox’s 2016 Staff picks, and her composition Chase the Stars has received critical acclaim 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.” Additionally, her composition Bordello Nights for the UNLV Wind Orchestra and jazz band was recorded on 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).

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. For more information, please visit www.jenniferbellor.com.