“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

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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!

Alexis Lamb Senior Percussion Recital with LIVE WEBCAST!

Alexis Lamb Senior Recital Poster

My first of two recitals this semester will be held on Sunday, March 1st at 1 pm. This will take place at the Northern Illinois University School of Music Recital Hall, and I will be performing works by:

Eric Sammut

Casey Cangelosi

Frederic Rzewski

Olivier Messiaen

Alexis C. Lamb (including a world premiere!), and

George Harrison

If you cannot attend in person and would like to tune in to the live webcast, please follow the link here:

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

I am super excited to share my love of music with the community, and I hope you enjoy!

Berimbau Quintet “Mudança de onda” Video Performance

Here is a video performance of my newest berimbau composition, Mudança de onda! This is part of the twelve-work song cycle that Gregory Beyer and I are co-composing for the berimbau. Mudança de onda was premiered at the Northern Illinois University Percussion Ensemble Concert on November 10, 2014 and was part of the Arcomusical PASIC 14 Tour.

This video was filmed at the Quilombo Cultural Center in Chicago, home of FICA-Chicago. Big thanks to Contramestre Beto Defreitas and Treinel Huu Nguyen for allowing us to record in their beautiful space! Enjoy!

Projeto Arcomusical- Gregory Beyer and Alexis Lamb at PASIC 2014

This past November, I had the incredible opportunity to share my berimbau compositions with the percussive community at the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Projeto Arcomusical, the professional ensemble for Arcomusical, performed seven of the most recent works composed by Greg Beyer and myself for the Afro-Brazilian berimbau. Of these seven pieces, Descobertas por pau e pedra, Caída de quatro, and Mudança de onda were three of them. The performance was an unforgettable experience, and I was so thrilled and honored to be a guest artist at this year’s convention. I hope that the performance inspired other people to study berimbau and compose for their own creative outlet.

Projeto Arcomusical also toured around Illinois and Indiana prior to the PASIC performance, playing at DePauw University, Joliet Junior College, and Millikin University, to name a few venues. There were thirteen performances and clinics in total. By the end of the PASIC 14 tour, we sold all the berimbaus we had brought with us and scores of our compositions. I am looking forward to seeing other musicians performing these pieces soon!

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