Murmuration Commission Fundraiser for Percussia!

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I have been collaborating with Queens, New York-based ensemble Percussia to compose a new work for their ensemble. Percussia consists of two percussionists, flutist, violist, and harpist. Two members of Percussia recently performed my duo Sacred Spirits: Forces of Nature at the Queens New Music Festival in May 2015.

This new composition is going to be entitled Murmuration, and more information about the project can be found on the Razoo campaign website: https://www.razoo.com/story/Alexis-Lamb-Murmuration.

Thank you for your support!

MeiaMeia Recording Session Complete!

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I just finished recording the MeiaMeia song cycle with Projeto Arcomusical this past week! All twelve compositions that Dr. Gregory Beyer and I have written for the berimbau over the past five semesters will be released as an album through Innova Recordings later this year! Thank you to our outstanding engineer, Dan Nichols, for his work in recording and future work in editing, mixing, and mastering. It is going to be an incredible album, and I am so excited to move on to the editing stages of the process!

Performance of “Um Só” (World Premiere) and “Apenas Seja” at NCUR 2015

On Friday, April 17th I will be presenting a clinic at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research at Eastern Washington University entitled Projeto Arcomusical – The Berimbau Beyond: An Innovative Approach to an Ancient Musical Bow. This will mark the world premiere of my solo berimbau piece “Um Só,” which is part of the MeiaMeia song cycle for Projeto Arcomusical. I will also be performing a traditional ladainha from Capoeira Angola called “O Mundo de Deus É Grande” and will show a video performance of my berimbau sextet, “Apenas Seja.” I am looking forward to sharing my compositions with the research community here in Washington!

More information about NCUR and my presentation can be found here:

https://ncurdb.cur.org/ncur2015/search/Display_NCUR.aspx?id=91109

Premiere of Berimbau Sextet, “Apenas Seja” on Tuesday, April 7th at Northern Illinois University

Tonight will be the premiere of my newest berimbau composition, Apenas Seja. It will be performed on the NIU Percussion Ensemble concert at 8 pm in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. Here are the program notes for the piece:

Apenas Seja (or “Just Be”) is a celebration of the past five semesters of composing for the Afro-Brazilian berimbau with Dr. Gregory Beyer. This sextet was written at a time when I was dealing with issues of self-confidence and my “artist statement,” so to speak. Writing this work helped me through that time and became a mental refuge that I could resort to for peace. One of the most inspiring mentors in my life once told me that I should just be, and everything will fall into place; this piece is dedicated to that philosophy. This composition explores various ostinati that pass through the ensemble, additive processes, and layered textures over seemingly simple and familiar harmonic progressions. Apenas Seja is also inspired by the music of Imogen Heap, the XX, and Emmy Rossum and is written for Projeto Arcomusical and the MeiaMeia song cycle.

I am looking forward to sharing this sextet with the community tonight! To see the performance on LIVE WEBCAST, please tune in here:

http://niu.edu/music/media/webcasts/index.shtml

Enjoy!

“Sacred Spirits: Forces of Nature” to be performed at the 2015 Queens New Music Festival

I am thrilled to announce that my marimba and harp duet entitled “Sacred Spirits: Forces of Nature” will be performed by Ingrid Gordon and Susan Jolles of Percussia at the 2015 Queens New Music Festival! Their performance will be on Saturday, May 16th at 8 pm. The evening consists of “Music for Harps and Lots of Percussion,” and I am honored to have my composition included on this concert. For more information about the festival, here is a link to the site:

http://queensnewmusicfestival.org/?p=600

New Composition: “The Yellow Wallpaper,” for Solo Vibraphone with Speaking Percussionist

Please check out my newest composition for solo vibraphone with speaking percussionist entitled The Yellow Wallpaper:

https://alexislamb.com/compositions/the-yellow-wallpaper-2014-15/

This is my first composition that incorporates a speaking element in the music. The text is excerpted from Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story about a woman who goes insane. The text and music intertwine because as the text becomes less sane, the music grows more out of control and hectic. I premiered this piece on my Senior Percussion Recital at Northern Illinois University on March 1, 2015.

I hope you enjoy!