Greeting from the Composer
Hill Dance for clarinet choir, the Ebonists, England, 2015
Hill Dance for clarinet choir, performed by a large group at ClarinetFest in Lawrence, Kansas USA 2016, conducted by Stephan Vermeersch of D’Addario Clarinets.
Daniel Chaney, Sarah Goldman, Veronica Christenson, David Avshalomov, Connie Grisham/organ, “The Lamb” (Blake) and “The Shepherd”, St. George’s Episcopal, La Canada.June 26, 2016.
The Chocolate Carol, funny slideshow by my son Jesse, Torrance Civic Chorale/Burks
Hill Dance, Band, University of North Texas Wind Ensemble, Jack Eaddy (candid).
Sonata for Solo Harp, movements 1 and 2. Maria Casale, for whom it was written.
Diversion for Violin and Timpani, Mark Sliva and Jon Lou, Indiana U. (Intro from my middle section spliced on by George Gaber)
“Around the Year“, 4 seasonal miniatures. Winner of the Miles Playhouse”Debut” award 2005. Santa Monica Symphony Woodwind Quintet in concert.
“Around the Year,” pre-concert talk by the composer, Miles Playhouse.
Do You Believe in Angels? Premiere by Concerto Delle Donne and string orchestra at the Alabama School of the Arts, led by Laura Doss.
Avshalomov – Songs of Life/Death (Dickinson), 1-7
Torn Curtain , Suite for Viola and Piano, Dan Avshalomov, viola, Pamela Pyle, Piano
Albany, “Three Generations Avshalomov”
Elegy for Strings, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer
Blue Sky, the album. Light jazz and early pop merge with classical touches and even bossa nova in this collection of original songs written and scored by composer David Avshalomov to lyrics by Meredith Kennedy, who sings them here. Purchase on CDBaby
“We catch the spark from the past; we make it glow–and we pass it on.”
These fine artists in particular have taken up my music and carried it forward in the world. I am in their debt. (Listed in alphabetical order)
See the list of the 26 bands who signed up for the 2012 Bandwagon International Commissioning Consortium
Alyce Rogers, solo contralto, Seattle
Amelia Russo Neustadt, oboist, Irvine, CA
Barbara Day Turner, Music Director, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Utah Festival Opera; freelance opera conductor
Brad Harris, Music Director, Woodbridge HS Concert Band, Irvine, CA. Part of the fantastic school music program in Irvine. They took up the “Hill Dance” in 2015 to provide the best recording I received (including several from college bands), to submit to a major contest. Their enthusiastic effort was written up in the Orange County Register online. In March 2016 they were designated a National Grammy Signature school–and “Hill Dance” took a Second Prize in The American Prize Competition!
Brendan Townsend, Music Director, Laredo Philharmonic
Christopher Rhodes, Choir Director, Cedar Hill HS, Texas
Daniel Avshalomov, violist, American String Quartet, NY
Denali String Quartet, Los Angeles
Doris Preucil, Founding Director, Preucil School, Iowa City, IA
The Ebonists, Abi Barnett, leader, professional clarinet choir in England who picked up my “Hill Dance” and have played it amazingly and all over.
Ellen Burr, flutist and master improviser, Venice, CA
Emily Ray, Music Director, Mission Chamber Orchestra, San Jose, CA
G. Edward Bruner, Choral Conductor, UC Riverside, Vox Pro
Gonçalo Lourenço, Music Director, Odyssea Chorale, Lisbon, Portugal
John David Lamb, composer, Seattle
John Tafoya, timpanist, educator, Prof. of Percussion, Indiana U., former timpanist, Florida Philarharmonic and National Symphony, DC
Jonathan Haas, virtuoso timpanist, NYC
Jonathan Talberg, Director of Choral, Vocal and Operatic Studies, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, Cal State Long Beach
Judy Drake, conductor of the Ravenna Strings in Seattle, who picked up “Trotzky’s Train III” immediately after it won a citation from The American Prize in 2012 and continues to champion my works for strings.
Kevin McKeown, Band conductor and educator par excellence, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica College, and UC Irvine, whose demo recording of “The Last Stand” with his college band helped me win The 2014 American Prize for Band Composition!
Laura Doss, Vocal Teacher, conductor, Alabama School of the Arts
Margaret Thornhill, Music Director, Los Angeles Clarinet Choir, Master Teacher
Maria Casale, award-winning professional harpist, Los Angeles
Maurita (“Bunny “) Phillips-Thornburgh, Music Director, Cantori Domino, Santa Monica, professional soprano
Pamela Pyle, ferocious genius concert pianist/collaborative chamber musician, U. of New Mexico/NYC
Patricia McCarty, sola violist, New England Conservatory, principal violist (ret.), Boston Pops Orchestra
Phil Gaskill, Founding Music Director, Musica Bella Orchestra of NY and professional cellist
Rodion Zamuruev, virtuoso violinist, Moscow
Sanne Niewhausen, Conductor, Vocoza Chamber Choir, Holland
Timm Adams , Conductor, Chicago Chamber Choir
Virginia Davidson, conductor, Davidson Singers and New York Treble Voices
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