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Blood Stripe - A Spouse's Story

by Adelaide Federici & Jean Gay

Neo-classical metal chamber music for two violins and two cellos composed for a contemporary ballet and documentary depicting the struggles and challenges faced by the families of veterans who suffer from the invisible wounds of war.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Estrangement
Adelaide Federici & Jean Gay
4:37 $0.99
2. Despair
Adelaide Federici & Jean Gay
5:17 $0.99
3. Network
Adelaide Federici & Jean Gay
5:31 $0.99
4. Acceptance
Adelaide Federici & Jean Gay
4:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Curtis Bryant’s four movement suite of music for string instruments was commissioned by Hearts of Patriots, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping spouses of returning veterans afflicted with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Choreographed by Hearts of Patriots co-founder Denise Gula-Weller, Bryant was commissioned to compose music for selected dance movements of the documentary film BLOOD STRIPE - A SPOUSE’S STORY, which depicts the struggles and challenges faced by families of veterans who suffer from invisible wounds of war. The original work was entitled BLOOD STRIPE and created by Gula-Weller as a multimedia, theatre and dance stage production for Ohio Dance Theatre. The documentary tells the spouse’s story of a combat veteran who served with the 3/25 Marine Battalion in Iraq during the War on Terror. He survived, but lost dozens of comrades and now suffers from PTSD and TBI, the result of three IED land explosions.

Bryant’s choice of composition in neoclassical metal style for the unusual string quartet combo of two violins and two cellos was both a practical decision and an artistic one. The extended range serves to magnify the intensity of Gula-Weller’s bold choreography depicting the struggles of these veteran’s families. The small ensemble also will facilitate future live performances of the ballet. The four dances represent the progression through the stages in the effort to recover and cope with the lifelong effects of TBI and PTSD. They are titled as follows:

1. Estrangement
2. Despair
3. Network
4. Acceptance

Performed by violinist ADELAIDE FEDERICI and cellist JEAN GAY, the music was recorded at 800 East Studio in Atlanta with MARTIN KEARNS, recording engineer.

Praised by Strad magazine for her "ingratiating tone" and "consistently reliable technique," violinist, ADELAIDE FEDERICI enjoys a varied musical career. She is concertmaster of the Johns Creek Symphony, assistant principal second of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, member of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Arizona Musicfest Orchestra and frequently performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide currently performs with contemporary music ensembles Bent Frequency, Sonic Generator, and Terminus Ensemble. In the non-classical world, Adelaide has recorded with performers such as Bruce Springsteen, Train, Joe Gransden, and Monica. Adelaide received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Eastman School of Music studying under William Preucil and her Masters from The University of Southern California under Robert Lipsett. She also spent time in Europe studying at Holland Music Sessions and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Other teachers of significant influence were Richard Simon and her mother, Lynn Baughman. Adelaide lives in East Atlanta with her husband, two small children, and two big dogs.

JEAN GAY is an active solo artist, chamber musician, and cello instructor currently based in Atlanta. Always looking for new ways to engage and involve audiences on a deeper level, in 2016 she presented a year-long series of concerts for solo cello based on three themes - metamorphosis, passion, and boundaries. These concerts are in collaboration with local composers, visual artists, and other creators and are a celebration of the unique people working to grow the Atlanta music and arts community. Jean also performs frequently with ensembles focusing on contemporary classical works, such as Chamber Cartel and Terminus Ensemble. Her degrees were completed in both Atlanta and Chicago; in 2013 she received an Artist Diploma from Georgia State University studying with Christopher Rex, in 2011 a Master’s degree from the College Conservatory of Performing Arts in Chicago studying with Wendy Warner, and in 2009 a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University studying with Martha Gerschefski and Pamela Devenport.

CURTIS BRYANT composes and teaches in his studio in the Atlanta area and has served on the faculty of Georgia State University School of Music and other area educational institutions. For over three decades Bryant’s music has been heard in live concert performances as well as in broadcast and other media worldwide and throughout the United States. Composing in virtually all concert forms including chamber, art song, choral, orchestral, and opera, his music has been praised for being “immediately attractive and accessible, with an emphasis on beauty of sound, simplicity of means, and expression of feeling” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution). Bryant was the recipient of a Faith Partners residency from the American Composers Forum in 2009. He has also composed music for numerous television series and specials, including the award winning Portrait of America series produced by Turner Broadcasting. He has garnered seven Southern Regional Emmy Award nominations for original music from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2016 Bryant was awarded Second Place from The American Prize in the category for composers of music for opera, theater, and film, for his opera Zabette.

DENISE GULA-WELLER co-founded Hearts of Patriots upon retiring in June 2017 after 25 years as founder and Artistic Director of Ohio Dance Theatre. The non-profit’s mission is to support and care for spouses and caregivers of veterans who suffer from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The ballet BLOOD STRIPE - A SPOUSE’S STORY was created to raise awareness of these conditions and to facilitate treatment and networking for the families of our military patriots.



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Dov Jacobson

Neoclassic Heavy Metal? They ain't kidding!
Here is the ballsy-est string quartet since JVB went deaf,

Get out your Lipitor, people because that first movement will raise your blood pressure big time.
The "Dspair' movement is a cascade of tragic energy.
The third movement gives us a bit of respite. I
and the fourth movement rebuilds our equanimity with clean bold strokes,.

Brave music and vigorous performances


A Lover of Strings
As a lover of strings, especially in quartets, I've very much enjoyed exploring Curtis Bryant's Blood Stripe. Even though it's written specifically for this ballet, when listening I can easily envision myself processing the stages during my own trying times. Well written and well performed!


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