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Carousel is inspired by the piece Alone in Kyoto by the french band Air which was featured in the Sophia Coppola Film, Lost in Translation. Scarlett Johansson’s character is exploring the Heian Shrine by herself to the sounds of electronic music, plucked piano and guitar. Carousel features rhythmic pizzicato strings in all four parts with bowed solos in the violins and cellos. The constant driving pizzicatos evoke the feeling of being on a mysterious carousel.
Total playing time is under 5 mins and is Level 4.
Carousel was premiered by the Las Vegas Youth Chamber Orchestra on May 1, 2023, conducted by Tim Warren.
I finished my first piece of the New Year! A Grey Dream for violin and piano will be premiered by the Irrera Brothers on February 6, 2023 at the UNLV Nextet series concert. Here is a MIDI mockup:
I also have another piece for violin, vibraphone and double bass titled Reviravoltas Sonoras, which is now available for purchase. Here is the audio of the MIDI mockup and for more information, please click HERE.
Thank you, I Care if You Listen, for helping us share this video with the world! This science fiction short showcases the very special collaboration I had with the brilliant animator Christine Banna.
From Christine: “The concept for “Oneira” originated as a direct response to the music. I took in Jen’s composition and studied it before I started the process of conceptualizing the animation. I let my response to the music develop organically. From the start, the percussion felt like it had a crystalline sound, so I knew crystals would be an essential aspect of the narrative and visuals…From there, I started to develop a character who was thrown on a journey to mirror the flow and change in the composition itself. Science fiction felt like a genre that would give me a lot of freedom aesthetically and narratively, and with those initial seeds, I began to explore, research, and plan.”
My new album with Clocks in Motion Percussion drops today! ONEIRA is now available for streaming and the links provided take you to Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube, etc.
“It turns out that Ms. Bellor came through with music that is not rote-ly repetitively Minimalist or New in an expected sense. Rather you might experience this music as I did, as a kind of New Classical Ethnic-Folk hybrid of pentatonic and diatonic musics of infectious rhythm and brightly chiming and syncopating excitement, like perhaps in essence Balinese Gamelan, only wholly original and local to the US like the legacy of percussion group music classics from here, only evolved and inventive in its own ways. Each work unfolds in nicely built structures of expression, in ways that those who love melodic percussion groups will doubtless find as charming and continually invigorating as I did. Happily recommended!” – Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
This new album features all of the music I wrote for Clocks over the last four years as their resident Clock Shop composer. It was a very special collaboration and I’m thrilled to be able to share this album with everyone!
Click HERE for links to Bandcamp, Apple Music, YouTube, Amazon Music, etc.
The album release concert will be in Chicago on August 28th at Constellation. Livestream tickets are also available. For more information, click HERE.
Stay tuned for more news about the music animation video that will be released very soon!
Oneira (2022) will be released on August 19, 2022 by Aerocade Music featuring all of the percussion quartet music I composed for Clocks in Motion percussion over the last four years as their resident Clock Shop composer.
Oneira is a variation of the word “oneiric” meaning dreams or dreaming.
From the label, Aerocade Music:
“Our 2022 release is Oneira by Clocks in Motion. We know you’ll love this album of percussion quartets written by Jennifer Bellor.
We think Oneira sounds like it could be a collaboration between Dave Brubeck, Enya, and Steve Reich. If they were in an alternate universe… inside a video game… on a different planet? ???
What it really says is that Jennifer Bellor’s music is too big for one square genre! We’d love to hear your thoughts on the album when it comes out!!”
Check out Marvin Rosen’s show Classical Discoveries aired on July 13, 2002. My composition Oneira is featured in the program at 1:31:44. It was written for and recorded by Clocks in Motion percussion ensemble. The album, also titled “Oneira,” will be released by Aerocade Music on August 19, 2022. This track will also be paired with an animation produced by Christine Banna and will be released early August (date TBD).