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O Soothest Sleep

by Jennifer Bellor

Praised as having the ability to “maintain a highly individual identity without needing to take refuge in pre-post-genre musical silos” (Frank J. Oteri, NewMusicBox 2016 Staff picks of debut album STAY)
Genre: Avant Garde: Modern Composition
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O Soothest Sleep
a lullaby about dreaming to experience other realities

Music and Lyrics by Jennifer Bellor
Jennifer Bellor, vocals
Phil Joy, electric guitar

Mixing and Editing by Phil Joy
Mastering by Gil Kaupp

Check out the music video at: https://youtu.be/b4S-Wvw1Mt4
More info at www.jenniferbellor.com

Praised as having the ability to “maintain a highly individual identity without needing to take refuge in pre-post-genre musical silos” (Frank J. Oteri, NewMusicBox), composer Jennifer Bellor writes music that is inspired by personal experiences, text, and imagery. Bellor’s music draws on a variety of influences, evidenced in her debut album Stay, which is a melting pot of different music styles largely based on poetry. Stay was featured on NewMusicBox’s 2016 Staff picks, and her composition Chase the Stars has been rocognized not only for its “dazzling eclecticism” combining opera, hip hop and jazz, but also for her singing. No Depression’s Stacey Zering proclaimed: “Bellor’s gorgeously haunting vocals hypnotizes in Chase the Stars like a seemingly innocent mermaid who will later capture you with no intentions of bringing you back.” In addition to Stay, Bellor’s self-released EP Songs in the Dark, jazz single Midnight Swim and most recent single O Soothest Sleep have been digitally released and available on iTunes, Amazon Spotify, among others.

Bellor’s works have been commissioned and performed by ensembles, and artists throughout the world, including the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra Jazz Orchestra Institute Readings, Eastman Saxophone Project, ShoutHouse, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus, CSU East Bay Wind Ensemble, Nazareth College Wind Symphony, UNLV Wind Orchestra, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Elevate Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Sirocco Flutes, A/Tonal, Ritsos Project, Kansas Virtuosi and many others. Her music has been heard at festivals and conferences including the Missouri State University Composition Festival, Neon Museum Artist Residency, Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Florida State University Festival of New Music, Hildegard Festival, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, Rochester Fringe Festival, and Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, which her opera Duffy’s Cut and was praised as showing a “flair for full-bodied, operatic sound” (Washington Post), and for “using contrasting rhythms and clever harmonies to an intriguing effect” (Huffington Post).

Bordello Nights commissioned by the UNLV Wind Orchestra received its France premiere June 2016 at the Festival des Anches d’Azur in La Croix Valmer featuring jazz saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Colin Gordon, pianist Mitch Forman, bassist Kevin Axt, and drummer Bernie Dresel. It was recorded by Klavier Records and praised as being a “terrific piece of big band jazz.” (Henry Fogel, Fanfare Magazine) and “evoking smoky erotic haunts in New Orleans” (Huntley Dent, Fanfare Magazine).

Currently, she is working on a new concept album titled “To Sleep” that is inspired by the poem “To Sleep” by John Keats. Each song with original lyrics is titled with a snippet from the poem and is about the concept of sleeping to experience other realities. “Lulling Charities” was inspired by and set to the 1919 animated silhouette film “Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens” by Lotte Reiniger. “O Soothest Sleep” has also been featured in a music video produced by Zen Ritual Creative Services, LLC made possible by a Nevada Arts Council Jackpot grant.

Born and raised in Northern NY, Bellor earned a PhD in music composition at Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music at Cornell University. The 2016 winner of The American Prize for her composition Chase the Stars, Bellor also has received awards by Elevate Ensemble for Moments Shared, Moments Lost, IAWM Judith Lang Zaimont prize for Skylark Lullaby, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra Composition prize for Noir, and a Downbeat Award for Midnight Swim. Her primary composition teachers included David Liptak, Bob Morris, Andrew Waggoner, Sally Lamb-McCune, and Steven Stucky. She is currently Visiting Lecturer at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she teaches courses in music composition and theory.



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