New York, NY - Albany Records has announced the November 1 release of "Pure Colors" (Troy 785) - a new CD featuring six works by Judith Lang Zaimont for solo instruments and small chamber ensembles.
CD highlights include the first recordings of the required competition piece for the 2003 International San Antonio Piano Competition, works for solo clarinet, solo cello and solo flute, and two small-ensemble works that are already recital 'hits' (2005 National Flute Association, and National Association of Teachers of Singing). The performers are primarily Minnesota-based artists.
The works included on the composer-supervised release are:
WIZARDS - Three Magic Masters (2003) - Young-Ah Tak, piano
ASTRAL ... a mirror life on the astral plane (2004) - John Anderson, clarinet
Virgie Rainey - Two Narratives for Soprano, Mezzo and Piano (2002) - Wendy Zaro-Mullins, soprano, Jean del Santo, mezzo-soprano, Timothy Lovelace, piano
Valse Romantique (1974) - Immanuel Davis, flute
'Tanya' Poems (1999) - 1:Couplet - 2: Sestina - Tanya Remenikova, cello
'Bubble-Up' Rag - Concertpiece for Flute and Piano (2001) - Immanuel Davis, flute, Nanette Kaplan Solomon, piano
The composer has written the following about this disk, "When a new piece really clicks with the musicians preparing it for first public performance there is a splendid side benefit to composer and performer alike, and a boost to the potential for the music's healthy after-life. I've been fortunate throughout my three-decades' teaching career to have experienced performance collaborations involving my music with a goodly number of top-rate faculty colleagues including the past 14 years at the University of Minnesota, where I taught composition amidst a group of performance faculty many of whom are notable interpreters, and eager proponents, of the newest notes. This disc celebrates several mostly "Minnesota" collaborations, centering on more recent solo works. Several of these pieces received their premi¸res in vital interpretations by the same artists heard here." Publisher information for the works is listed below.
"Pure Colors" will be available at all fine record outlets and also through Albany Records at http://www.albanyrecords.com/.
This recording was made possible in part by Scholar of the College of Liberal Arts award to Judith L. Zaimont in recognition of her creative accomplishments at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
Composer Judith Lang Zaimont is internationally recognized for her distinctive style, characterized by its expressive strength and dynamism. Recent accolades include a 2003 Aaron Copland Award, and a 2005-6 Artists Fellowship from the Bush Foundation, and the 2006-7 Kaplan Foundation wind ensemble commission; appointments as Commissioned Composer of the California Music Teachers Association, Commissioned Composer for the International San Antonio Piano Competition, and Honored Composer at the 11th Van Cliburn International Competition (2001). Among her many earlier honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, artist's grants from both National Endowments (Arts and Humanities), and First Prize in the international 1995 McCollin Competition for Composers (for "Symphony No. 1", performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1996). Her music is widely performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and has been recorded for the Naxos, Koch International Classics, Arabesque, Milken Family Foundation, Albany, Jeanne, Leonarda, Northeastern, and 4Tay labels. Her principal publishers are MMB Music, Inc., Galaxy/ECS, Vivace, Jeanné, C. F. Peters, Lyra and Walton.
Her music has been widely documented (12 doctoral papers to date), and her biography is found in most standard reference works (e.g., New Grove's). Zaimont works are cited on two "Best of the 20th Century lists" (Chamber Music America; Piano & Keyboard Magazine), and she is the subject both of individual chapters in specialist volumes and major articles in professional journals. Judith Zaimont also brings outstanding academic credentials to her musical activities, having served for many years as a distinguished composition teacher at New York's Queens College and Adelphi University, Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory, and Minneapolis's University of Minnesota School of Music. More information about Ms. Zaimont, including sound clips of many of her compositions, is available at her website http://www.jzaimont.com/.
She is represented by Jeffrey James Arts Consulting, who can be contacted at 516-586-3433 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.