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), and “creating her own world of music with symbolisms, imagery, and poetry all fused together to form a creative synergy that is distinctly hers” (No Depression), composer Jennifer Bellor writes music that is inspired by personal experiences, text, and imagery, and has been hailed as “gorgeously ethereal” (Rochester City Paper), “haunting” (JazzCorner) and “erotic” (fanfare magazine). 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 professional and college orchestras, ensembles, and soloists throughout the world, including the Las Vegas, Lviv, and Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic; American Composers Orchestra; Henderson Symphony; Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus; Millersville University Orchestra; Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra; UNLV and Eastman New Jazz Ensembles; UNLV Wind Orchestra; Eastman, Adams State, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Central Connecticut State, CSU East Bay, and SFA university, Nazareth college wind ensemble/symphonies; jazz saxophonists Eric Marienthal, Colin Gordon, and Grace Kelly; jazz drummer Aaron Staebell; rapper Rasar Amani and tap dancer Alex Dugdale; singers Emily Mills Woodruff, Natasha Drake, and Pablo Bustos; clarinets Cory Tiffin, and Ivan Ivanov; pianists Olga Shupyatskaya, Futaba Niekawa, Jae Ahn-Benton, Christina Wright-Ivanova; cellists Jonathan Golove, Ignacy Gaydamovich, and Caroline Stinson; Mitch Butler (jazz trombone) and Mike Kaupa (jazz trumpet); percussionists James Doyle, Tim Jones, Caleb Pickering, Sean Connors, and Mark Boseman; Elevate Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Sirocco Flutes, Eastman Saxophone Project, Ritsos Project, A/Tonal, ShoutHouse, and Cuon Vu Trio; UNLV Chamber Chorale; and many others. Her music as been heard at concert halls including the Kennedy Center, and at festivals including Festival des Anches d’Azur, Missouri State University Composition Festival, Neon Museum Artist Residency, Aspen, June in Buffalo, Florida State University Festival of New Music, Hildegard Festival, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, Composers Now Festival, 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).

Recent performances include the Las Vegas premiere of 898 Hildegard at the Smith Center, a piece for orchestra and chorus that intertwines chant excerpts from the medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen and premiere of her composition North Star: A Listener’s Guide to the Flute Choir commissioned by Sirocco Flutes of Las Vegas that was made possible by a Nevada Arts Council Jackpot grant, and the premiere of Querencia for wind ensemble featuring vibraphone commissioned by James Doyle and Adams State University wind ensemble. “From My Doleful Prison,” a theatrical scene for soprano, piano, electronics and projected imagery was commissioned by soprano Emily Mills Woodruff and premiered at the NYC Composers Now Festival in February. Bordello Nights commissioned by the UNLV Wind Orchestra received its France premiere 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).

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Bellor presented her album release concert of Stay at The Bop Shop in Rochester, NY featuring live-show jazz versions of music from the album along with a premiere of her new song cycle, Songs in the Dark, which she performed with Colin Gordon (soprano sax), Julian Garvue and Andrew Links (piano and keyboard), Tyrone Allen (electric bass), and Aaron Staebell (drums). In addition to receiving recognition on her album as a whole for her “dazzling eclecticism” (NewMusicBox) and how “every cut tells a story that is worth listening and understanding” (Jazz Corner and Wavelengthla).

Upcoming events include the release of her new EP titled SONGS IN THE DARK, which she recorded on vocals with pianist Christina Wright-Ivanova, Jason Corpuz (synth), and Summer Kodama (electric bass) and Summer Kodama (electric bass) setting poems by Emily Brönte (1818-1848) and John Donne (1572-1631). Two music videos will also be produced soon by Zen Ritual Creative Services to highlight two of the tracks. On July, 2nd, her new composition Crystalline for two piano and percussion will be premiered at the Eastman School of Music on Olga Shupyatskaya’s faculty recital. Additionally, she will be spending the summer working on new songs and original lyrics for her next album titled “To Sleep,” a concept album inspired by the poem written by John Keats.

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), and “creating her own world of music with symbolisms, imagery, and poetry all fused together to form a creative synergy that is distinctly hers” (No Depression), 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.