Amethyst Sunset – Video – UNLV Nextet series

Amethyst Sunset
Jennifer Bellor, composer
for 2 pianos and 2 percussion

This is the Southwest, UNLV premiere featuring:
Timothy Hoft and Katie Leung, pianos
Tim Jones and Yupeng Wei, percussion
Ioannis Protopapas, conductor

Monday, September 23
UNLV Nextet series concert

Amethyst Sunset (2019) was inspired by the beautiful sunsets on the Whitney Mesa Trail in the Las Vegas area (Henderson, NV). It was commissioned by pianists Olga Shupyatskaya and Futaba Niekawa, and the recording featuring them is released on Innova Recordings on the album “Reflections at Dusk.”

ClevelandClassical review of “Of Maker and Movement”

Great review of “Of Maker and Movement” performed by Clocks in Motion last week: “The simple, yet detailed beauty of the sounds, some motoric, others melodic, was arresting”… Bellor writes ravishingly and imaginatively for percussion.”
https://clevelandclassical.com/clocks-in-motion-at-drinko-hall-cleveland-state-university-sept-23/?fbclid=IwAR0aqU5ReJZfHyopSWdv6BtxqgOPMrtrJxVNnaGbyBfpbiJFkR_AFAoYwxI

Premiere and Recording of Amethyst Sunset for 2 pianos and percussion

Amethyst Sunset was commissioned by pianists Olga Shupyatskaya and Futaba Niekawa, and premiered at the Eastman School of Music July 23rd with percussionists Hannah Weaver and Kyle Peters. They recorded it the following day, and the studio recording (what is uploaded on SoundCloud) will be officially released by Innova Records November 15th! https://www.innova.mu/albums/jennifer-bellor/reflections-dusk

Amethyst Sunset was inspired by the photo taken of the Whitney Mesa Trail at sunset by Phil Joy:

New studio recording of “Crystalline”

Crystalline for 2 pianos and percussion was recorded July 23, 2019 by Rich Wattie at the Eastman School of Music. It was commissioned by Olga Shupyatskaya and Futaba Niekawa for premiere July 2, 2017, and has been revised since then and featured at the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival October 2018 on the Music Now Winners concert. Here is the studio recording, and it can be performed with Amethyst Sunset (2019):

Features:
Olga Shupyatskaya and Futaba Niekawa, pianos
Hannah Weaver and Kyle Peters, percussion