Dances and Rhapsodies: Music for Wind Quintet by Fred Onovwerosuoke (African Music Publishers AGCD2608)
IMI Chamber Players
Debut CD by the IMI Chamber Players wind quintet featuring music by African American composer Fred Onovwerosuoke. Works on CD include: Four Dances for Wind Quintet, Four More Dances for Wind Quintet, Rhapsody #2 and Rhapsody #3. NOW AVAILABLE at a music store near you, on online at Amazon.
African Art Music for Flute
(African Music Publishers AGCD2081)
Wendy Hymes, flute and Darryl Hollister, piano
Hymes' debut solo cd includes works by Bongani Ndodana-Breen, J.H. Kwabena Nketia, Fred Onovwerosuoke, Justin Tamusuza, and Joshua Uzoigwe. This music offers us a glimpse of the spirit and traditional musics of Africa. The composers’ diverse training backgrounds have led each to connect with different African and Western musics, but each has succeeded in finding their own unique voice and how to connect with diverse audiences on multiple continents. Though written for western instruments using western notation, as in contemporary compositions that employ extended techniques, the performer must familiarize himself/herself with new elements, such as a barrage of polyrhythm, new melodic and harmonic sensibilities as well as the foreign cultural traditions that influenced the composer which are integral to the piece. The listener will benefit from reading the background information about the pieces on this CD, including notes from the composers.
with Lucius Weathersby, organist
Lucius R. Weathersby was born in Houston and raised in Louisiana. He was an assistant professor of music and chairperson of the music department at Dillard University in New Orleans where he taught piano and lectured in music theory. He was the founder and co-director of the Dillard University String Ensemble. For more than five years, he was employed as full-time director of music in two churches where he founded and managed the First Congressional Concert Series in Waterloo, Iowa and the Second Sunday Concert Series at the Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix, Arizona. Works on this recording include Fanfare & Toccata by Wallace Cheatham; Yoruba Lament by Fela Sowande; Joie and Prelude & Fugato by Violet George Bowers; Summerland from Three Visions by William Grant Still, composer (arr. Weathersby) with Wendy Hymes, flute; Organ Suite by Kevin George, Improvisation on the Helston Floral Dance, Traditional (arr. Weathersby); Were You There? Traditional (arr. Uzee Brown Jr.); and The Martyrs of Torrington by Lucius Weathersby, composer
REVIEW:"It was on [harmoniums]... a tradition of organ music in African-American churches developed separately from the mainstream... I recommend this recording for those interested in this musical tradition and for those who didn't know it existed." (American Record Guide)
Dreams, the Love Within Chamber Version
(Blue Star Records)
Music by Amy Camie
Amy Camie - Harp, Wendy Hymes - Flute, Michelle DeFabio-Fiorino - Violin, Monica Godbee - Cello, Laura Ross - Oboe, Carole Lemire - French Horn, Mary Weber - Trumpet.
Inspired by the ancient myth, "Nanna and Ningal," these gorgeous and rich melodies awaken the dream within our soul to express and manifest our love. Amy Camie is a spiritual harpist, award winning recording artist, composer, author, spiritual mentor, inspirational speaker and founder of the Scientific Arts Foundation. Professional harpist with 37 years experience managing all aspects of entrepreneurial business. A graduate of Indiana University with extensive solo, orchestral, choral, and chamber ensemble playing experience, she developed a relationship with Inner-Self Stores (owned by Sara Lee) and traveled around the country to promote CDs in each store. As a songwriter and recording artist, she has 10 solo harp CDs and numerous musical CD collaborations. In 2006, she was a Just Plain Folks Music Awards Nominee for Best Solo Instrumental Song, “Expression 3” from A Space Within. Nominated from a field of 25,500 albums and 350,000+ songs. She also created and hosted a talk radio show, “Awaken to YourSelf” for a local radio station and helped developed a medically approved clinical trial exploring the impact of her music on patients receiving chemotherapy.