New Album – Oneira – August 19th!

Just received the physical copies of my new album with Clocks in Motion percussion quartet, which will be officially released by Aerocade Music on August 19th! Thank you, Meerenai Shim!

Our new album will feature all of the percussion quartet music I composed for Clocks in Motion the last three years as their resident Clock Shop composer. The program note story was created by Shawna Pennock, and there will be a music animation film released soon that was produced by Christine Banna for my composition, also titled “Oneira.”

Use this link https://show.co/5Nt0wV4 to pre-save on Spotify, or enter your email to get more info about the album. More soon! 🤩🎉🎶

New music – spring 2022 – chamber music and orchestra

Looking for some new music? Here is a list of new compositions I completed for spring 2022 deadlines:

CHAMBER MUSIC:

Light, Awaken (2022) for alto saxophone, flute, violin, piano, and vibraphone/suspended cymbal

Oneira (2022) for percussion quartet (MalletKAT, vibraphone, 2 marimbas)

Reviravoltas Sonoras (2022) for violin, vibraphone, and double bass

ORCHESTRA:

Ballad of a Wanderer (2022) for orchestra

898 Hildegard (2022) for orchestra

BRASS:

Ballad of a Wanderer (2022) for horn choir

New music! Reviravoltas Sonoras for violin, vibraphone, and double bass

Premiere May 5, 2022 at the University of Nevada Las Vegas featuring Lucas Martins (violin), Gabriela Ordoñez-Villalobos (vibraphone), and Molly Redfield (double bass)

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)

Recording will be available fall 2020.

Click HERE for more information about the piece.

898 Hildegard – Performance by University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

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.

For more information about the piece, click HERE

Light, Awaken – video of premiere

March 23, 2022 at University of Nevada, Las Vegas – conducted by Tim Warren

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.”

New music alert! Light Awaken – premiere with robotic arm

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.

Excerpt from Light Awaken

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)

Excerpt from the premiere of LIGHT AWAKEN

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.

New music video! Damselfly Prelude

Check out my new music video!

Damselfly Prelude is a composition by Jennifer Bellor for the five-string baroque cello and fortepiano.

Music Credits:

Jennifer Bellor, composer Ka-Wai Yu, five-string baroque cello 

Jonathan Rhodes Lee, fortepiano 

Ron George, recording and mixing

Gil Kaupp, mastering

Video Credits:

Cast: Jonathan Rhodes Lee, Ka-Wai Yu, Jennifer Bellor, Christie Leone

Directed and edited by: Shahab Zargari

Executive Producer: Jennifer Bellor

PA: Ramses Cantu

Production Design and Props: Jennifer Bellor, Jonathan Rhodes Lee, Shahab Zargari, Mike Willoughby, Edward&Sons

Link to Damselfly Prelude music video release -Feb. 1st!

Damselfly Prelude will be released February 1st at 10 AM on YouTube! Here is the link:

Music Credits:

Jennifer Bellor, composer 

Ka-Wai Yu, five-string baroque cello 

Jonathan Rhodes Lee, fortepiano 

Ron George, recording and mixing 

Gil Kaupp, mastering 

Video Credits: 

Cast: Jonathan Rhodes Lee, Ka-Wai Yu, Jennifer Bellor, Christie Leone

Directed and edited by: Shahab Zargari

Executive Producer: Jennifer Bellor

PA: Ramses Cantu

Production Design and Props: Jennifer Bellor, Jonathan Rhodes Lee, Shahab Zargari, Mike Willoughby, Edward&Sons

New Music Video dropping soon! Damselfly Prelude

The Damselfly Prelude music video and track will be dropping on February 1st! Stay tuned!

Music by Jennifer Bellor

Ka-Wai Yu (five-string baroque cello); Jonathan Rhodes Lee (fortepiano)

Cast: Ka-Wai Yu, Jonathan Rhodes Lee, Jennifer Bellor, and Christie Leone

On January 15th, the music video shoot took place in Jonathan Rhode Lee’s house. Directed by Shahab Zargari, we turned the room into a steampunk inspired parlor. Here are some photos from the shoot: