Celebrate World Music!
A concert of beautiful original world music brought to you by the Composition Lab and Burmer Music.

Celebrate World Music - Composition Lab - Burmer Music

Celebrate World Music! was a concert of original beautiful music that featured instruments and gorgeous new melodies representing cultures from around the world. This sold-out event took place on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at magnificent Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle.

Eight composers created original pieces that represented music from different cultures, ranging from Spain to Africa, the Caribbean to the Isle of Skye, Australia to Persia and Hungary to Appalachia. The concert featured virtuoso soloists for each piece, accompanied by a chamber orchestra of musicians from the NW Sinfonia, conducted by David Sabee.

This concert was brought to you by Tim Huling's Composition Lab and Burmer Music, the producers of the hugely successful Symphonic Stories concert.

The CD is now available for sale at CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/NorthwestSinfonia), iTunes, and Amazon.com.

Watch the entire concert on Youtube -- Celebrate World Music! 

Eight composers from Celebrate World Music nominated for 13th annual Independent Music Awards

Mar. 17, 2014 - Celebrate World Music, a CD featuring original works by eight composers and 11 solo artists accompanied by Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra and conducted by Grammy award-winner David Sabee, was nominated recently for the 13th Independent Music Awards. The music was presented at a world premiere concert at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Wash., in 2013. 

Participating composers are: Lonnie Mardis, Eric Nielsen, Catherine Grealish, Todd Kovell, Jason Staczek, Nan Avant, Glenna Burmer and Tim Huling. All are Seattle-based musicians, except for Grealish (Los Angeles). Solo artists are:  Kevin Auld, Eliot Grasso, James Howard and Danny Godinez, Greg Powers, Paul Beck, Shourangiz Pourahmadi, Chuck Deardorf, Tom Dziekonski  and Arturo Rodriguez. More information at http://www.celebrateworldmusic.com.

Celebrate World Music was nominated in the Contemporary Classical category, one of five albums nominated in that category. Other nominees are from England, Mexico and California.

The CD for Celebrate World Music is available at CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon.com.

The Independent Music Awards cover a broad spectrum of today’s global independent music scene. More than 330 nominees in some 80 categories representing albums, songs, music videos and design were culled from thousands of submissions from around the globe.

Winners, to be announced in May, will be determined by a panel of influential artists and industry judges including performers Ann & Nancy Wilson, Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega, Judy Collins, Tom Waits, Brandi Carlile and many more, as well as respected industry representatives.  More information at http://www.independentmusicawards.com/ima/.

Celebrate World Music brought together eight composers invited to create original works for an instrument associated with a particular country or culture. The instruments included a stringed Persian tar, didgeridoo, bagpipes, Uilleann pipes, Flamenco guitar and cimbalom, among others.

The concert was the brainchild of Glenna Burmer, president of Burmer Music and co-produced with Tim Huling of The Composition Lab. It followed in the footsteps of the highly successful concert, Symphonic Stories, which had its world premiere in 2012 in Benaroya Hall. This year, Burmer Music commissioned three new ballets with original music, choreography and costumes. The ballets, Dante’s Inferno, Demeter and Persephone, and Sacred and Profane, were seen at Meydenbauer Center in February 2014.

“Music is a universal language,” says Burmer. “Although religion, politics and customs may differ from country to country, the love of music transcends boundaries. With these concerts, my goal is to bring Northwest artists into fresh, new and exciting collaborations. I am thrilled that this work is recognized by the Independent Music Awards.” 

Called “an unexpected new presence in Seattle culture” by the Seattle Times, Glenna Burmer has several new productions in the works. They include:

  • Origins, juxtaposing music with dazzling images from outer space. Produced in collaboration with the Departments of Astrobiology and Astronomy, University of Washington. Premieres in fall 2015.
  • Fashion 2500, a futuristic fashion runway show with projected backdrops, set to original electronic dance music. Premieres in 2016.
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