New Music Central - Lawrence Axelrod (US)
For this concert, Lawrence will present a programme where each of the pieces have something to do with the concept of "journey". Journey can be an indistinct marker, as in Nathan Lincoln-De Cusatis' "The Map's Void Spaces" and Samuel Holloway's "Terrain Vague". For others, it is a life-encompassing movement, as in George Crumb's "Processional" and Leoš Janáček's "On An Overgrown Path". For Eve de Castro-Robinson, the journey can be an intimate one in the form of "Chat" and for Ken Steen it can be an annoying one in the form of "Driving Me Crazy". It can also be the ear-opening result of foreign travel, as in Lawrence Axelrod's "Journey/Dream".
A recent review in Opera News states that Lawrence Axelrod is “a … composer whose fresh and distinctive music deserves to be more widely known.” At once composer, pianist and conductor, Mr
Axelrod’s musical activities have taken him around the United States, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Mr. Axelrod has had works done by Quintet Attacca, The Chicago Composers Orchestra, Palomar, Ensemble Dal Niente, Pinotage, The Lincoln Trio in recent seasons. Most recently, Brown Line,
a scherzo sort of was premiered by the Chicago Composers Orchestra in January 2018. Fits and Starts was premiered by the renowned woodwind group Quintet Attacca in October 2016. Two of his Brandenburg Fantasias were premiered by the Chicago Composers Orchestra in November 2014. His music will be included in the Sound of Silent Film Festival presented by Access Contemporary Music in April 2018, following inclusion in an earlier similar project in 2012, which was performed both in Chicago
and New York’s Symphony Space.
A CD of solo and small chamber works was released in the Fall of 2003. A CD featuring Mr. Axelrod’s Six Brandenburg Fantasias, compositions using the instrumentation from Bach’s famous works, was released in October 2013 on the Innova label, garnering significant attention, and was considered for Grammy nomination. The Heart Revived, a new recording, featuring works for soloists and chamber orchestra and solo piano, was released in August 2016, garnering an excellent review and critic’s choice in Opera News.
Mr. Axelrod has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, Chorus America, Meet the Composer and Arts International for the performances of his works.
Mr. Axelrod is a founder and current member of the Chicago Composers’ Consortium. and was a member of CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. He has taught a highly successful opera appreciation class in Santa Fe each summer for fifteen years, which has become a springboard for leading cultural travel trips. His teaching experience also includes Music Theory at Columbia College
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