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!
On Friday, April 28th, my good friends Aaron Marsala and Nicole Chopp will be performing “Seeing Double” on Aaron’s graduate handpan recital, “Sound Sculptures.” They have done a fantastic job of learning this music, and I look forward to their performance. Event information for the live performance and live webcast can be found HERE.
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 www.arcomusical.com. Here are some photo highlights from that week:
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 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.
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.
MeiaMeia was officially released on Friday, October 28th through Innova Recordings! This album includes six compositions for berimbau written by Alexis C. Lamb and six by Gregory Beyer. The album was recorded by Projeto Arcomusical in May 2015. Order your copy of it now!