Things I Learned From #SAVVY17


Projeto Arcomusical was a finalist in the 2017 SAVVY Chamber Music Competition held in Columbia, South Carolina. We had an incredible experience sharing our music with this community as well as spending the week learning about arts entrepreneurship.

On my way from Savvy and to the 2017 nief-norf Summer Festival, I stopped for an impromptu trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It gave me personal time to reflect on the work from this past week. I created a short list of major takeaways from #savvy17 :

1. NEVER take anything personally (refer to The Four Agreements for further detail)
2. You are the average of the 5 closest people to you, so choose wisely
3. Writing or drawing something helps reinforce commitment
4. There’s a difference between working hard and working smart, as well as being busy and “smart-busy”
5. It’s ok to not be the absolute best in the world, but it is not ok to settle for mediocrity
6. You can be whoever you want to be as long as you make a positive impact with what you do
7. Don’t become mentally exhausted by always looking to the top of the mountain when you are climbing. It takes one step at a time to get there.

Thank you to all the Savvy faculty and colleagues for their mentorship, guidance, inspiration, and camaraderie. Let’s go out and change the world with our art!

Lamb and Projeto Arcomusical Present Spring 2017 Eastern US Tour

Between March 28th and April 1st, Projeto Arcomusical traveled to Michigan State University, Bowling Green State University, Baldwin Wallace University, The Juilliard School, Princeton University, UMass Amherst, Boston Conservatory, and National Sawdust in Brooklyn! We presented music from MeiaMeia as well as a few new compositions. I am always in awe of where this music takes me. If you are interested in knowing more about MeiaMeia (scores, recordings, etc.) please visit Here are some photo highlights from that week:


New composition, “Seeing Double,” to be premiered at NIU on February 26th

Alexis C. Lamb’s newest composition, “Seeing Double,” will be premiered at Northern Illinois University on February 26th at 1 pm CST. It will be performed as part of Nicole Chopp’s senior percussion recital. Chopp and Aaron Marsala commissioned this piece, which is written for double second steel pans and Amara (C# Celtic minor) and Equinox (in E) hand pans. This performance is free and open to the public. For more information about this composition, please click here.

MeiaMeia Featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday

MeiaMeia was featured in an NPR interview with Gregory Beyer on Weekend Edition Sunday (January 22, 2017) with host Lulu Garcia-Navarro. Alexis Lamb had two featured pieces in this interview, “um só” and “Apenas seja.” To hear the complete interview and read more, please visit Unraveling the Berimbau, A Simple Instrument with a Trove of Hidden Talents.

Scores for “um só,” “Apenas seja,” and other berimbau works can be found here.

MeiaMeia makes “Honorable Mention” in Top 100 Albums of 2016 by Ted Gioia; “Palíndromo” makes Best Tracks of 2016

Musician and author Ted Gioia listed Arcomusical’s MeiaMeia as an “honorable mention” to his Top 100 Albums of 2016. Gioia, mostly known for his activities in the jazz world, also ranked “Palíndromo” by Alexis C. Lamb as one of his Best Tracks of 2016. For the complete listing of best albums and best tracks, please click on the links below:

MeiaMeia is now available on innova Recordings, iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.