Last night, May 31st, the Oregon State University under the direction of Chris Chapman performed Uprising for wind ensemble featuring jazz drum set, featuring Ryan Biesack. It was a fantastic performance and the recording will be available soon!
The Nevada Chamber Orchestra performed Echo’s Lament and Out of the Shadows Sunday, May 6 at the Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium in Las Vegas. The concert was called “Celebrating Women,” which honored various women of the Nevada School of the Arts including dean Shakeh Ghoukasian and UNLV College of Fine Arts dean Nancy Uscher.
Guest Conductor Alexandra Arrieche led the ensemble, delivering a beautiful performance of Out of the Shadows, which featured the NSA strings with jazz trumpet, vibraphone (performed by guest faculty Rachel Julian), piano, electric bass and drums. This was the string orchestra premiere of the piece, that was originally written back in 2012 for string quartet and commissioned by Mike Kaupa (jazz trumpet) with vibes, piano, bass and drums for premiere at the Eastman School of Music.
Conductor Chuck Cushinery led the NSA strings in a beautiful performance of Echo’s Lament, a piece written back in 2009 for the Millersville University Orchestra under the direction of Reuben Blundell, inspired by the Greek mythological story of Echo along with being in memoriam of Jennifer Mathiason, an artist and friend, whose works inspired the piece.
This Sunday, the NSA Chamber Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Alexandra Arrieche will perform my piece “Out of the Shadows” for string orchestra, jazz trumpet, vibraphone, piano, electric bass and drums. This will be the premiere of the string orchestra version. They rehearsed it beautifully last night and I’m very excited for Sunday! It’s going to be a great concert! 🎶🎻🎺🎹🎸🥁
UNLV Compilation CD titled “Nexus” features compositions by Jennifer Bellor, Charles Halka, Diego Vega, and Cynthia Wong. The two recordings featured by Bellor are:
Turn the Key
It is available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0YrqXCH3y1xXruwzKZXTSF
The Composition Division faculty released their debut compilation album at their CD release concert on Thursday, May 3! Composers Jennifer Bellor, Charles Halka, Diego Vega and Cynthia Wong are featured. Photo credit: Shahab Zargari.
Songs in the Dark received an Honorable Mention in the vocal chamber category of The American Prize: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2018/04/winning-composers-vocal-chamber-music.html
Turn the Key
Turn the Key
Music and lyrics by Jennifer Bellor
Jennifer Bellor, voice and pipe organ
Julian Tanaka, clarinet with improvisation
Adam Schroeder, bass clarinet
Gabby Ordonez Villalobos, congas and bass drum
Mixing/Recording by Ron George at UNLV
Producer (vocals) by Phil Joy
Uprising (rev. 2018)
for wind ensemble feat. improvised drum set
Duration: 8 minutes
Piccolo – 2 Flute – Oboe – English Horn (opt.) – 2 Clarinet in Bb – Bass Clarinet – 2 Bassoon – Contrabassoon (opt.) – 2 Alto sax – Tenor Sax – Baritone Sax – 2 Horn in F – 3 Trumpet in Bb – Flugelhorn (or Trumpet 4) – 2 Trombone – Bass Trombone – Euphonium – Tuba – Timpani – Drum Set (feature) – Percussion 1 (triangle, suspended cymbal, temple blocks) – Percussion 2 (bass drum, large gong, medium gong) – Vibraphone – Piano – Electric bass (or double bass)
The West coast premiere of Uprising (rev. 2018) will be May 2018 by the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Chris Chapman.
Uprising (rev. 2018) was originally written for the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mark Scatterday and premiered October 2012. A second performance featured drummer Tom Giampietro and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Wind Ensemble under the direction of James Patrick Miller in March 2013.
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