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).
Reviravoltas Sonoras was commissioned by bassist Molly Redfield and premiered May 5, 2022 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with Lucas Martins (violin) and Grabriela Ordoñez-Villalobos (vibraphone). The trio came up with the title of the piece after their first rehearsal. A note from the violinist: “The title is from Portuguese and aptly describes the playful soundscape full of twists and turns, creating the juxtapositon of percussive sounds and soaring melodies. The etymological root of the word “Reviravolta” comes from the junction of “revira” and “volta,” which both express some sort of turning, twisting, or dancing. “Sonora” is an adjective that can be translated to express resonance, reverberance, or singing.” – Lucas H.T. Martins (violin)
The University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Rachel Waddell, performed the orchestral version of my composition 898 Hildegard Thursday, April 21st in Strong Auditorium. Originally written for SATB choir and orchestra, this version features fragments of Hildegard’s chants performed by various members of the symphony orchestra. The performance was also paired with beautiful imagery of the asteroid 898 Hildegard.
Light Awaken was premiered at the UNLV Nextet new music series concert on March 23, 2
Light Awaken was premiered at the UNLV Nextet new music series concert on March 23, 2022 featuring Shawna Pennock (alto sax), Lauren Zwonik-Stutz (flute), Weiwei Le (violin), Jennifer Bellor (piano), and Gabriela Ordoñez Villalobos (percussion). The premiere also featured a robotic arm playing mini cymbals.
While composing Light Awaken, I was inspired by the motion and sound the robotic arm makes. I imagined a beautiful, melodic composition that includes the sweeping motion and sound of the robotic arm paired with saxophone multiphonics, flute wind tones, and violin harmonics. Phil Joy built the robotic arm that inspired this composition, and we call it, “Theo.”
My new composition LIGHT AWAKEN for alto sax, flute, violin, piano, percussion and robotic arm was premiered on March 23rd at the UNLV Nextet concert.
Shawna Pennock (alto sax); Lauren Zwonik-Stutz (flute); Weiwei Le (violin); Jennifer Bellor (piano); Gabriela Ordoñez-Villalobos (vibraphone/suspended cymbal); “Theo” the robotic arm (cymbals); Phil Joy (mechatronics engineer); Tim Warren (conductor)
While composing Light Awaken, I was inspired by the motion and sound the robotic arm makes. I imagined a beautiful, melodic composition that includes the sweeping motion and sound of the robotic arm paired with saxophone multiphonics, flute wind tones, and violin harmonics. Phil Joy built the robotic arm that inspired this entire composition, and we call it, “Theo.”
The piece was written to include a robotic arm(s) on stage to perform alongside the live performers. However, the piece can still be performed without a robotic arm.