Timothy Lee Miller
Timothy Lee Miller is an American composer, arranger and publisher writing contemporary concert music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, wind ensemble, and voice, as well as jazz music. He has earned degrees from the University of Tennessee, the University of Miami and Vermont College of Fine Arts. His principle composition teachers have been John Anthony Lennon, James Progris, Tamar Diesendruck, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Andy Jaffe, John Fitz Rogers and Roger Zahab. He has received numerous commissions and awards, including several ASCAP awards. His works have been performed throughout the US and in Europe. His music is recorded on ERMMedia, PARMA Records and Phoenix Classics. He lives in Mahwah, New Jersey with his wife and son.
Don Bowyer is Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Arkansas State University. Having previously taught at every level from kindergarten through university in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Sweden, Bowyer received his Doctor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado, Master of Arts from California State University-Northridge, and Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Active in the fields of composition, music technology, and performance, Bowyer has published more than 60 pieces of music, developed an educational computer program that has been used in at least 120 countries, and has performed as a trombonist in more than 40 countries. Among other performing credits, he spent five years playing trombone on eleven cruise ships in the Caribbean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Gulf of Alaska. The first ten didn’t sink. (See donbowyer.com/aground for an account of the eleventh.)
Bowyer and his wife have also served as foster parents, having provided a home to eighteen foster children between 2003 and 2010.
This is jazz pianist/composer/recording artist Bunny Beck' third album produced by PARMA Recordings – the others are “From the Spirit” released 2014 and "Sound Tapestries" released 2010.
As a jazz pianist, Bunny typically gigs in the NY metropolitan area, both as a solo pianist as well as with other musicians. Most gigs are special event engagements held within a variety of cool venues. For more information check out Bunny's website www.bunnybeck.com.
Bunny comes from a long line of musicians – dad was a bandleader, granny sang with opera companies and aunt played vaudeville violin.
A native New Yorker, Bunny is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art (La Guardia). As a teenager, she was teaching piano students, both adults and children. Originally trained as a classical pianist from age 6, Bunny studied with a range of teachers and is grateful to have had the honor of being the only child student of renowned concert pianist Selma Kramer.
Ultimately Bunny realized that jazz was her passion, so she sought out jazz mentors. She studied with performer, composer, arranger Lee Evans, pianist Fernando Hernandez and jazz piano legend Harold Mabern.
In 2002 Bunny had the unique opportunity to study and play in Cuba with Reinaldo Gomez Ruiz and his band “Gens”, in 2013 studied and played clubs in Rio de Janiero, and in 2015 had the honor of recording in Havana 6 of her latest compositions selected by PARMA, performed by topnotch Cuban musicians.
An admirer of many great jazz pianists, Bunny gravitates toward the sound and style of Bud Powell, Wynton Kelly and Sonny Clark.
Professional memberships include American Federation of Musicians (Local 802), ASCAP and International Women in Jazz.
Roger Bourland (b. Dec. 13, 1952, Evanston, Illinois) received his education from the University of Wisconsin/Madison (B.Mus),the New England Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and Harvard University (A.M., Ph.D.). His teachers have included Leon Kirchner, Gunther Schuller, Donald Martino, John Harbison, and Randall Thompson. He received the Koussevitzky Prize in Composition at Tanglewood, the John Knowles Paine Fellowship at Harvard, two ASCAP Grants to Young Composers, numerous Meet the Composers grants, and was a co-founder of the Boston-based consortium “Composers in Red Sneakers.” Bourland has composed over one hundred works for all media: solo, instrumental, chamber, vocal and choral music, electro-acoustic music, and music for orchestra, wind ensemble, and other large ensembles, which are published by Yelton Rhodes Music, ECS Publishing, Dorn Publications, Inc. and Associated Music Publishers, Inc. His works have been recorded on Northeastern Records, 1750 Arch, Open Loop, Cambria, and GM Recordings.
As a film composer, he has scored “The Wolf at the Door” (1987, CBS/Fox), “The Trouble with Dick” (1986, Academy Video), “Night Life” (1988, RCA/Columbia), and James Merrill’s “Voices from Sandover” (PBS, 1990). In 1991 he scored a 13-part radio series for National Public Radio entitled “Poets in Person,” and received his second National Endowment for the Arts grant for a CD of saxophone music. From 1992 to 1994, Bourland received commissions for three full-length cantatas (“Hidden Legacies,” “Flashpoint/Stonewall,” both with librettist John Hall, and “Letters to the Future”) from five GALA Choruses which have been performed throughout America. Two documentaries were created and televised on the impact of “Hidden Legacies” on gay men’s choruses.
In 1993, Bourland established Yelton Rhodes Music, a publishing house for choral music. In 1994, he was commissioned to compose “Ozma” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. “Rosarium a drama for chorus” a 2 hour work for chorus, soloists, and orchestra with a libretto by William MacDuff, was premiered in 1999 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. In 2000, Bourland and MacDuff fulfilled a commission for the US Navy’s choral ensemble, The Sea Chanters entitled “Keeping the Ocean Free” in honor of their 45th anniversary which received its premiere on June 2001 in Washington D.C.. In 2001, Bourland’s “Four Painters,” scored for piano quartet, was premiered by the Los Angeles Chamber ensemble, Pacific Serenades. For the post-9/11 2001-2 concert season, Bourland and MacDuff composed “The Crocodile’s Christmas Ball and other odd tales” which was premiered by the UCLA Wind Ensemble and Chorale with the composer conducting.
For the 2004-5 concert season, Bourland had four new works premiered: “The Night Train” commissioned by the St Matthews Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Neenan, conductor, a new film entitled “Cages” directed by Graham Streeter, a new song cycle premiered by Juliana Gondek (May 2005) entitled “Four Apartsongs”, and an arrangement of Mozart’s “Trauermusik” for wind ensemble, performed by the UCLA Wind Ensemble, D. Thomas Lee, conductor. Two new choral works were premiered in 2007: Vox Femina/LA (“Alarcon Madrigals, Book 3”), and the “A More Perfect Union” premiered by the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus; and a commission for a new work for string quartet, “Four Poets” from the Ives Quartet. HOMER IN CYBERSPACE with a book and lyrics by Mel Shapiro, was premiered by the UCLA Theater Department in May 2008.
Since 1983, Professor Bourland has taught composition, music theory, orchestration, electronic music, and other classes and seminars in the UCLA Department of Music. As an administrator at UCLA, Bourland has served as the Chair of the Committee on Committees (1997-98, and 2001 – 2003), the Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee in the Arts (5 yrs), and as the President of the UCLA Faculty Center (2004-5). Dr. Bourland was awarded the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award for 2005-6. In 2007, Bourland was appointed Chair of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Department of Music. In 2013 Bourland took an early retirement from UCLA to focus on composing.
Bourland’s first opera with a libretto by Mitchell Morris, THE DOVE AND THE NIGHTINGALE, received its premiere at the Angela Peralta Theater in Mazatlán, Mexico in November 2014. His first ballet, EL RUISEÑOR MEXICANO will be premiered in November 2017 at the same theater by Ballet Mazatlán with Scott Dunn conducting. Bourland and Morris are currently beginning their second opera FRIDA AND THE SMOKING MIRROR which will be premiered at UCLA, in Mazatlán and San Jose, CA in it first run.
Roger Bourland’s popular blog, rogerbourland.com, has been widely read for many years.
John A. Carollo
John A. Carollo studied piano as a child and was a member of a Catholic Church choir who sang for the congregation during weekend services. In 1986, he began composing for the piano and graduated from San Diego State University with a Masters Degree in Psychology. After moving to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1987, he started a career as a mental health counselor and social worker with the State of Hawaii, Department of Health. In 1997, he began private composition lessons with Dr. Robert Wehrman.
He retired in March of 2006 to compose full-time and to establish a music business named, Musica Baudino. Musica Baudino published the artist's first CD, Ampersand, in June 2006, which won best Classical CD at the 10th Annual Hawaii Music Awards Ceremony. Parma Recordings published his 2nd solo effort in 2009, Transcendence in the Age of War and his 3rd solo effort in 2011, Starry Night. Musica Baudino published his 4th solo musical release in 2012, Volere.
John’s works have been performed in various venues/festivals in Hawaii and abroad. He is an ASCAP member and a lifetime member of the Society of Composers in America. A full catalogue of his works can be found at: http://www.johncarollocomposer.com
Margaret Brandman was born in 1951 into a musical family who had immigrated to Australia in 1939 from Berlin, Germany. Playing an instrument, or singing, was highly valued and enjoyed by the whole family.
Margaret began studying music with her mother at the age of four, later completing her formal music studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and at the prestigious Sydney University. To date, her stellar 45 year career in music has encompassed composing, performing, music education, publishing and professional music arranging.
Margaret has won world-wide acclaim for her compositions, many of which are saturated with her deep love and intimate knowledge of Australian creatures, natural sounds, nuances and seasons. Many of these works are available on her first PARMA production on the Navona label ‘SENSATIONS’. Her Jazz and Latin-American influenced works reflect both her formal compositional training and her musical experience gained whilst working as a professional pianist performing in modern music ensembles. As you immerse yourself in the sounds of Warm Winds in Havana Suite for Saxophone Quartet and Percussion, you will become aware of Brandman’s great variety of compositional styles, underpinned by strong melodic aspirations and thorough enjoyment of the visceral power of rhythmic syncopation.
A native of Texas, Mel Mobley (b. 1966) currently resides and teaches in Monroe, Louisiana. He holds degrees from the University of Texas, University of South Florida, and University of Illinois. Active as a performer, composer, and advocate of new music, Mel has been involved in new music festivals and performances around the country. Performed here and abroad, his works include orchestral, band, chamber, choral, and electronic music. His largest work to date, a chamber opera titled Sylvan Beach, premiered in the spring of 2010. His percussion trio with piano titled [pleez], (plez), /pliz/ was released on the 2013 Ravello Records album, Piano Concerti with Percussion Orchestra.
Commissions have included Tributaries (Louisiana Music Teachers Association), Concerto for Wood (Monroe Symphony Orchestra), and [pleez], (plez), /pliz/ (Three-Headed Monster). Mobley’s current work centers around his performance art group M2. This collaboration with dancer Tina Mullone combines electronic audio, video, live percussion, and dance in performances that blur the line between dancer and musician and between live and recorded performance. His compositions seek to inspire varied and new interpretations of music/art from both performers and audiences. Mel was the 2014 Louisiana Music Teachers Association (LMTA) commissioned composer of the year and has had recent premieres performed by the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, The Black Bayou Brass Trio, and the ULM Wind Ensemble.
Dr. Mobley is the head of music composition and theory at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he currently holds the Biedenharn Endowed Professorship in Music. He is an active member of the Louisiana chapter of the National Composer’s Association, USA (NACUSA) as well as a member of the Louisiana Composers’ Consortium (LCC) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
More information about his music can be found at www.melmobley.com.
Reviewers have praised composer Michael Murray (b. 1964) as "a contemporary craftsman-artist of original stripe" (Gapplegate), and "a master at writing for the human voice" (Music & Vision). His music has been described as "well crafted," "expertly and adroitly handled," and "easy to listen to in the best possible way." Murray's compositions have been performed and recorded across the United States and Europe, featured in venues in Cuba, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, the Czech Republic, over 20 different states and the District of Columbia. In addition to works for the concert hall, he has written music for film, theater productions, dance, and visual arts installations. His music has been recorded for Navona Records and is published by Ars Nova Press. He lives in Springfield, Missouri, where he teaches composition and music theory at Missouri State University.
Murray has won awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. Among his commissions are those from the Missouri Chamber Players and the music fraternities of Missouri State University. He earned a BM in composition from the Catholic University of America and his MM and DMA in composition from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Prior to coming to MSU, he taught at Loyola University New Orleans and Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.
For more information, please visit www.michaelmurraymusic.com
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