New Single – Interlude: Eyelids Close

My new single “Interlude: Eyelids Close” dropped today! This is one of the piano/electric guitar interludes I wrote that links two of the art songs on my new album. I am playing piano, and Tasos Peltekis is improvising on the electric guitar. My entire album, Long These Days, will be released by Lexicon Classics on August 16 and begins with songs and instrumental interludes about dawn and morning and ends with music about night and dreaming.

Music video was shot and edited by Shahab Zargari

Location provided by Alexandria Le

Ron George, recording and mixing

Gil Kaupp, mastering

Coming soon:

July 26: Second single, “Echo” feat. soprano Olivia Yokers, Tasos Peltekis and Jennifer Bellor

August 16: Full album released by Lexicon Classics (feat. Jennifer Bellor, Tasos Peltekis, Olivia Yokers, and Norman Espinoza)

New piece for flute and percussion

Dream of a Falling Star (2024)

flute and percussion (vibraphone, crotales, and piano)

Commissioned by Sophia Tegart and Chris Wilson and members from the consortium, the piece is titled “Dream of a Falling Star” and is kind of related to a dream I once had of being up in space witnessing the journey of a shooting star. The percussion part is primarily vibraphone and crotales, and I added a small piano part (just some low piano octaves) for each of the players to play here and there throughout the piece. It’s 10 minutes long and broken up into small movements and interludes with no pause:

A duet between a star and its sky

Interlude: Floating above the stillness

Lament of a falling star

Interlude: Reflecting on its fate

Embracing its destiny

Coda: Return to dust

The premiere is set for 7:30pm (Pacific Time) on October 17 at Washington State University featuring Sophia Tegart and Chris Wilson. Can’t wait to work with them on the piece and experience this coming to fruition! 🎶

NEW ALBUM – LONG THESE DAYS (2024) – AUGUST 16TH!

Long These Days (2024)

In anticipation of her forthcoming album, Long These Days, slated for release on August 16, 2024, through EMITHA’s prestigious label, Lexicon Classics, Bellor continues to push artistic boundaries. Collaborating with soprano Olivia Yokers, bass singer Norman Espinoza, and electric guitarist Tasos Peltekis, the album promises a captivating journey from dawn to night. Inspired by the timeless poetry of Christina Rossetti and Pablo Neruda, the album’s thematic depth is enriched by instrumental interludes crafted by Bellor on piano and Peltekis’ improvisations on electric guitar.

Jennifer Bellor, piano

Tasos Peltekis, electric guitar

Olivia Yokers, soprano

Norman Espinoza, bass

Click HERE for information about Lexicon Classics and purchasing Bellor’s album.

Mark these dates in your calendar:

July 5, 2024: release of single, Interlude: Eyelids Close

July 26, 2024: release of single, Echo

August 16, 2024: release of full album

The production of the album was supported by a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship and a Nevada Arts  Council Jackpot grant. 

Memories from Alba Music Festival Composition Program

A truly amazing time at the Alba Music Festival Composition Program. Heard a lot of great music, taught private lessons to the very talented composition fellows, ran every morning, and had a lot of fun getting to know all of the composers and performers. Connected over delicious meals and entertaining excursions with Aaron Jay Kernis, Elliott Miles McKinley, Erich Stem, and Carl Schimmel. Many thanks to SOLI Chamber Ensemble violinist Ertan Torgul and pianist Carolyn True for such a gorgeous performance of A Grey Dream. And special thanks to Elliott for organizing such a fantastic composition festival and for inviting me to be a part of it. As bittersweet as it is that the festival has come to a close, I’m leaving with new friendships and beautiful memories. ☀️🎶

New song cycle for bass

Cuatro Canciones de las Últimas Horas

Bass singer Norman Espinoza asked me to write him a new song cycle with text by Pablo Neruda. He chose four sonnets from the book Cien Sonetos de Amor, a collection of 100 love sonnets by Pablo Neruda that were categorized by Mañana (Morning), Mediodía (Afternoon), Tarde (Evening), and Noche (Night). Click HERE to view the texts and translations.

I am playing piano, and we recorded these songs from February – March 2024.

For my new album, Long These Days, these songs will also include electric guitar featuring Tasos Peltekis. The combination of electric guitar with Norman’s voice sounds unique and haunting, and I can’t wait to share these once the album is released by EMITHA’s Lexicon Classics on August 16, 2024.

Indigo Nocturne – alto sax and piano

Shawna Pennock (alto sax) and Jennifer Bellor (piano)

Performing my piece “Indigo Nocturne” with Shawna Pennock at the March 20th Nextet concert at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas . I’m so happy Shawna asked me to write this new version of the piece, and it was so special to me that I got to perform it with her! 😊

Click HERE for more info about the piece.

Premiere of NOIR for tenor sax, electric guitar, and orchestra – September 26

I composed a new, expanded version of Noir for the Georgia Tech Concert orchestra under the direction of Andrea Pérez Muksi. It was premiered September 26, 2023 and featured jazz saxophonist Daniel Juárez and electric guitarist Nat Condit-Schultz.

Click HERE for more information about the piece.

For this new version, the piece has been extended to feature both the sax and electric guitar, along with giving the orchestra a more prominent role in various sections. Furthermore, I grew up listening to a lot of progressive rock, and wanted to incorporate more of that stylistic influence into this new composition.

The tenor sax melody at the beginning is originally from my art song composition, Nightingale (2011). In 2013, I decided to create an instrumental jazz version, which I titled Noir referencing the dark and mysterious atmosphere throughout. The chamber jazz version was premiered at the 2013 Rochester Fringe Festival, and the 2014 big band version was the winner of the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra Contest and performed at the Ear Shot Festival featuring alto saxophonist Grace Kelly.

Premiere of “Echo” for soprano and electric guitar feat. Olivia Yokers and Tasos Peltekis – September 18

Tasos Peltekis and Olivia Yokers perform Jennifer Bellor’s “Echo” from “A Smile and a Sigh”

Gorgeous performance of “Echo” from my song cycle, “A Smile and a Sigh,” at the Nextet concert on September 18th! There is a short video clip on my Instagram page, and if you want to hear the entire performance, click HERE to access the video.

Olivia and Tasos will be recording the entire song cycle for release on my new album (release date TBD 2024).