Amplify

All Classical Portland’s RII Vol. 1

Lauren McCall composer
Mélanie Hélène Bonis composer
Keyla Orozco composer
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson composer
Jasmine Barnes composer

Release Date: October 28, 2022
Catalog #: NV6456
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Romantic
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Flute
Piano
String Quartet

Globally recognized for its unique radio programming, innovative collaborations, and community outreach, All Classical Portland presents AMPLIFY, a response to the industry’s inequities in classical music recordings. The works of five contemporary composers are brought to light in this album, each infused with recollections of stories, cities, and movements that have made an impact along the artists’ journey. As the 1,000th album brought to life by parent organization PARMA Recordings, this important Navona Records release marks a monumental achievement in highlighting voices in classical music, and is a step in helping to change America’s playlist.

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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 A Spark and a Glimmer Lauren McCall Caitlin Edwards, violin; Nancy Ives, cello; Monica Ohuchi, piano 8:59
02 Femmes de légende: Mélisande Mélanie Hélène Bonis María García, piano 2:55
03 Femmes de légende: Desdémona Mélanie Hélène Bonis María García, piano 2:58
04 Femmes de légende: Ophélie Mélanie Hélène Bonis María García, piano 5:31
05 Femmes de légende: Viviane Mélanie Hélène Bonis María García, piano 3:31
06 Femmes de légende: Phœbé Mélanie Hélène Bonis María García, piano 3:32
07 Femmes de légende: Salomé Mélanie Hélène Bonis María García, piano 5:14
08 Femmes de légende: Omphale Mélanie Hélène Bonis María García, piano 5:35
09 Souvenirs: Paris Keyla Orozco Inés Voglar Belgique, violin; Keiko Araki, violin; Hillary Oseas, viola; Nancy Ives, cello 1:24
10 Souvenirs: Amsterdam Keyla Orozco Inés Voglar Belgique, violin; Keiko Araki, violin; Hillary Oseas, viola; Nancy Ives, cello 1:36
11 Souvenirs: Barcelona Keyla Orozco Inés Voglar Belgique, violin; Keiko Araki, violin; Hillary Oseas, viola; Nancy Ives, cello 2:55
12 Souvenirs: Caracas Keyla Orozco Inés Voglar Belgique, violin; Keiko Araki, violin; Hillary Oseas, viola; Nancy Ives, cello 1:20
13 Souvenirs: New York Keyla Orozco Inés Voglar Belgique, violin; Keiko Araki, violin; Hillary Oseas, viola; Nancy Ives, cello 1:55
14 Souvenirs: Washington DC Keyla Orozco Inés Voglar Belgique, violin; Keiko Araki, violin; Hillary Oseas, viola; Nancy Ives, cello 3:13
15 Souvenirs: Havana Keyla Orozco Inés Voglar Belgique, violin; Keiko Araki, violin; Hillary Oseas, viola; Nancy Ives, cello 2:23
16 Souvenirs: Santiago de Cuba Keyla Orozco Inés Voglar Belgique, violin; Keiko Araki, violin; Hillary Oseas, viola; Nancy Ives, cello 1:52
17 Souvenirs: My Inner City Keyla Orozco Inés Voglar Belgique, violin; Keiko Araki, violin; Hillary Oseas, viola; Nancy Ives, cello 3:13
18 Sonata for Flute and Piano: Movement I Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Adam Eccleston, flute; Monica Ohuchi, piano 5:39
19 Sonata for Flute and Piano: Movement II Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Adam Eccleston, flute; Monica Ohuchi, piano 3:31
20 Sonata for Flute and Piano: Movement III Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Adam Eccleston, flute; Monica Ohuchi, piano 3:09
21 Taking Names Jasmine Barnes; Lyrics by Shana Oshiro Karen Slack, soprano; Yoko Greeney, piano 4:57

Recorded May 25-27, August 10-12, August 31-September 2, September 16-18 & December 13-14, 2021 at Bodecker Foundation’s Halfling Studio in Portland OR
Executive Producer Suzanne Nance
Producer Chris Funk
Engineer, Editing & Mixing Adam Lee
Mastering Engineer Chris Gehringer, Sterling Sound
RII Project Manager Kristina Becker

Cover art by Monica Obaga (monicaobaga.co)

Label Executive Producer Bob Lord

A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Jeff LeRoy

VP of Production Jan Košulič
Audio Director Lucas Paquette

VP of Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming, Morgan Hauber
Publicity Patrick Niland, Aidan Curran

Artist Information

All Classical Portland

Organization

Broadcasting from the heart of the Pacific Northwest, All Classical Portland is consistently ranked in the top three classical music radio stations in the United States. Creator of the award-winning Recording Inclusivity Initiative (RII), All Classical Portland is leading the public radio industry nationwide by amplifying composers of our time and expanding access to outstanding classical music recordings. RII seeks to address the gap of classical music composers and musicians from underrepresented communities that make it onto the airwaves. All Classical Portland is globally recognized for its unique programming, innovative collaborations, and community outreach.

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Lauren McCall

Composer

Lauren McCall is a composer and educator from Atlanta GA. She has had compositions performed around North America and in Europe, including her piece for piano, Shake the Earth, which was performed at the Morehead State University’s Contemporary Piano Festival, and at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers’ Symposium. Her arrangement of the spiritual I’m Troubled was performed at Florida Southern College for the Grady-Rayam Prize in Sacred Music, and her graphic score composition The Fish Wife was performed by the ensemble Les Amis de l’Orgue de Montréal.

www.laurencmccall.com

Mélanie Héléne Bonis (1858-1937)

Composer

Mélanie Bonis was a French pianist, organist, and composer. She studied with César Franck at the Paris Conservatory. Her catalog of compositions includes over 300 works, many of which were published in her lifetime, including chamber music, choral music, songs, orchestral music, and over 150 works for piano. Bonis frequently published under the androgynous name “Mel Bonis.”

www.mel-bonis.com/EN/Biographie  |  photo by Charles Corbineau, 1877

Keyla Orozco

Composer

Cuban composer and educator Keyla Orozco’s international career has been recognized by a Guggenheim Fellowship, Fromm Music Foundation Composition Grant (Harvard University), Cintas Fellowship, and MacDowell Residency Fellowship, among other awards. Commissioned in the Netherlands and the United States, Orozco’s works have been performed by internationally-acclaimed ensembles. Orozco studied composition at the University of the Arts in Havana, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

www.keylaorozco.com  |  photo by Gabriel Guerra Bianchini

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

Composer

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson was an African American composer and conductor. Perkinson’s conducting career included positions as co-founder and director of the Symphony of the New World, and as music director of Jerome Robbins’ American Theater Lab and Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater. He also promoted performances of new music at the Center for Black Music at Columbia College Chicago. Perkinson’s catalog includes ballets, film scores, vocal works, chamber music, and more.

wikipedia.org/wiki/Coleridge-Taylor_Perkinson  |  Image courtesy of Center for Black Music Research

Jasmine Barnes

Composer

Jasmine Barnes is a Baltimore MD native and a multifaceted composer and educator, specializing in vocal music. Barnes has been commissioned by numerous organizations including the Washington National Opera. Her opera, The Late Walk, is archived in the Library of Congress. Residencies include a composer fellowship at Chautauqua Opera, and an artist residency for American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program in New York City.

www.jasminebarnescomposer.com

Adam Eccleston

Flutist and Chair of All Classical Portland’s RII

A flutist of international renown dedicated to promoting diversity and equity in classical music, Adam Eccleston made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2021 and is a Powell Flute Artist. His collaborative work with All Classical Portland began in 2020 when he was named an Artist in Residence, a coveted position he held for two consecutive years. Hailed for his advocacy of arts education, Eccleston helped start BRAVO Youth Orchestras’ Cesar Chavez Wind Program in 2015 in Portland OR, where he now serves as BRAVO’s Director of Orchestras.

www.adameccleston.net

Caitlin Edwards

Violinist

Caitlin Edwards was the recipient of the 2018 Rising Star Award from the Gateways Music Festival. She has performed with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Nairobi Philharmonic, Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, the ReCollective Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and more. A featured soloist in the PBS documentary Dreams of Hope, Edwards has performed and recorded with Lauryn Hill, Common, India Arie, and on John Legend’s Bigger Love album, for which she received a GRAMMY Certificate. Edwards released her debut solo album Exhale in August 2021.

www.caitlinedwards.com

Hillary Oseas

Viola

Known for her versatility as a performer throughout the Pacific Northwest, Hillary Oseas is principal violist for the Portland Opera Orchestra in Oregon. Oseas also performs with Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, 45th Parallel Universe, and Fear No Music. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with the renowned teacher Helen Callus, and received a Master of Music degree from Rice University as a student of the highly-esteemed violist James Dunham.

www.orsymphony.org/discover/orchestra/strings/hillary-oseas

Inés Voglar Belgique

Violinist

Born to a Slovenian family in Venezuela, where she studied music under the program “El Sistema” and violin with Roberto Valdes, violinist Inés Voglar Belgique came to the United States in 1996 to study at Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University with Andrés Cárdenes, then concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Inés Voglar Belgique has toured internationally and is the principal second violin of the Oregon Symphony. She has served as guest concertmaster of the Galicia Symphony Orchestra and concertmaster of the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra. A renowned educator, Inés serves on the faculty of Lewis & Clark College.

www.orsymphony.org/discover/orchestra/strings/ines-voglar-belgique |  photo by Sankar Raman

Karen Slack

Soprano

Hailed for possessing a voice of extraordinary beauty and great dramatic depth, award-winning American soprano Karen Slack has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, and San Francisco Opera. Slack was featured as the Opera Diva in Tyler Perry’s movie and soundtrack For Colored Girls. Slack is an Artistic Advisor for Portland Opera and has served in director and chair positions at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Women’s Opera Network with Opera America. A graduate of the Adler Fellowship and Merola Opera Program at the San Francisco Opera, the native Philadelphian is also a graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music.

www.sopranokarenslack.com  |  photo by Kia Caldwell

Keiko Araki

Violinist

A native of Vancouver BC, Keiko Araki received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Vancouver Academy of Music and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute. Her primary teachers were Lawrie Hill, Gwen Thompson, and Herbert Greenberg. Araki is a member of the Oregon Symphony and has made recordings with Pink Martini, The Decemberists, Storm Large, and The Stolen Sweets. Araki is a member of Portland Taiko, the Asian-American drumming ensemble in Oregon, and has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival, Fear No Music, the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra, and the Astoria Music Festival.

www.orsymphony.org/discover/orchestra/strings/keiko-araki

María García

pianist

María García made her debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra at 10 years old. An active chamber musician, soloist, and educator, García performs internationally and has participated in festivals such as the Bergen (Norway) Festival and the Casals (Puerto Rico) Festival. A sought-after collaborator, she has performed with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, as well as with artists such as soprano Christine Goerke, violinist Mayuko Kamio, and trombonist Joseph Alessi. María García is All Classical Portland’s 2022 Artist in Residence.

www.mariagarciapiano.com  |  photo by Andrew Wallner

Monica Ohuchi

pianist

Hailed by The New York Times for her “commanding pianism,” Monica Ohuchi maintains an active international career as a soloist, chamber musician, and piano pedagogue. From Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall to the Hakuju Concert Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Ohuchi has performed internationally to wide acclaim. Since capturing first prize at the Chinese International Piano Competition at the age of 5, she has been awarded top prizes in over 20 international piano competitions, including the 2006 William Garrison International Piano Competition. Additionally, Ohuchi was named a New York Steinway Hall Recital Award Recipient. Ohuchi holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School where she studied with Julian Martin.

www.monicaohuchi.com

Nancy Ives

Cellist

Composer and cellist Nancy Ives (D.M.A.) has served for more than 20 years as principal cellist of the Oregon Symphony. A relative of the composer Charles Ives, she “carries on the tradition of her namesake with modern relevance,” (Oregon Coast Today). Her profound collaborative work Celilo Falls: We Were There received its world premiere to wide acclaim in 2022. Ives has appeared with Oregon-based Chamber Music Northwest, Third Angle, Portland Piano International, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the Vancouver Symphony. She has performed with avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, Brazilian pop star Gal Costa, and rock star Lenny Kravitz. A sought-after educator and arts leader, Ives is an instructor at Lewis & Clark College and serves on the Board of Directors for All Classical Portland.

www.nancyives.com |  photo by Charles Noble

Yoko Greeney

pianist

A native of Japan and an acclaimed soloist and collaborative pianist, Yoko Greeney has won top prizes at numerous international competitions. Greeney holds a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University, and a master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where she was awarded the prestigious Piano Accompaniment Assistantship. A dedicated educator, Greeney has taught at institutions such as the International School of Music in Washington DC, and at the Instituto Superior de Musica in Mexico. Greeney actively performs in the Pacific Northwest, sharing stages with the Oregon Symphony, the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Third Angle New Music, and others.

college.lclark.edu/live/profiles/4144-yoko-greeney

Notes

A Spark and a Glimmer by composer Lauren McCall was influenced by visual artist Alison Saar’s sculpture Summer, which was part of a larger installation inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone, titled Feallan and Fallow. Summer depicts Persephone’s mother Demeter, who is pregnant with fireflies, representing fertility and the blooming fruit of summer.
Femmes de légende by composer Mélanie Hélène Bonis (Mel Bonis) was the title chosen by music publisher Furore for their first volume of complete piano works. The volume was published in 2003, and it contains seven piano pieces by Bonis. Although Bonis did not intend these pieces to form a cycle or a set, she did name each after a “legendary woman,” including Ophélie and Salomé.
Souvenirs by composer Keyla Orozco was inspired by places she has visited or lived in, and the music and rhythms typically heard in those cities. Orozco sought to capture the personality of each city from Paris to Havana; therefore, the style of each piece differs greatly. According to the composer, this work is not required to be performed as a whole, or in a specific order.
Sonata for Flute and Piano by composer Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson is a three-movement piece dedicated to acclaimed flutist Harold Jones. Perkinson and Jones were co-founders of the Symphony of the New World, which Leonard Bernstein called “a truly integrated symphony orchestra.” The sonata premiered in 2003 at the 2nd International Symposium and Festival on “Composition in Africa and the Diaspora” at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, U.K.
Inspiration for Taking Names by composer Jasmine Barnes came from the poet Shana Oshiro, who expresses the irony in the idea of Black Girl Magic in relation to social and political movements. In a spell-like manner, the soprano conjures the names of fallen Black women who are connected yet often forgotten in the national narrative surrounding racially-motivated violence.

Acknowledgements

All Classical Portland extends heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported this important recording initiative including but not limited to: Bob Lord and PARMA Recordings; the RII Panel; Tanya Cerda and the NM Bodecker Foundation; Mara Miller; Ari Solotoff; Kim Eisenhower; Mark Fuerst and Local that Works; Kim Faraci; Oregon Cultural Trust, Wende Persons and The Sorel Organization, Regional Arts and Culture Council; and the loyal listeners, supporters, staff, volunteers, Community Advisory Group, and Board of Directors of All Classical Portland.

Scores

A Spark and a Glimmer (excerpt)

Lauren McCall

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Femmes de légende (excerpt)

Mélanie Hélène Bonis

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Souvenirs (excerpt)

Keyla Orozco

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Sonata for Flute and Piano (excerpt)

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

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Taking Names

Jasmine Barnes

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