Archive for July, 2010

‘Beautiful, subtle, mesmerizing…’

July 11, 2010

Initial verdicts on Michael Ellison’s newly released Invocation (Innova Recordings 766, Distributed by Naxos) are in:

Glen Hall, from Exclaim! Canada’s Music Authority, describes Elif (2003) as “an amazing synthesis of a master hafiz (a reciter of the Quran) and new music. The result is otherworldly, a mystical atmosphere of devotion and its transformation of consciousness. Invocation illustrates the depth of Ellison’s commitment to absorbing Turkish spiritual music and the Sufi quest for transcendence and union with the beloved.”

François Couture, of Monsieur Délire, calls Ellison’s solo flute work Invocation-Meditation-Allegro “Puis un très beau triptyque pour flûte solo –Helen Bledsoe, tout à fait convaincante (A beautiful triptych for solo flute–Helen Bledsoe, totally convincing).” Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming Performances

July 1, 2010

June 17, 2011
Istanbul Music Festival
Santral Istanbul Energy Museum
Kubla Khan (2011)  *world premiere
Hezarfen Ensemble
Christie Finn, soprano Arlene Rolph, mezzo-soprano
Michael Ellison, conductor

April 13, 2011
Elektrostatic Series
Roger Huckle, Richard Barnard, curators
Colston Hall, Bristol
Kubla Khan (preview instrumental version)
Bristol Ensemble
Michael Ellison, conductor

October 2, 2010
Palazzo Robellini – Acqui Terme (AL) Italy
Festival “Omaggio alla musica del mare”

Ariadne’s Thread (2010)
Mediterraneus Project
Duo Arcobaleni, Maurizio Ben Omar, Silvia Belfiore

August 29, 2010
Ancona, Italy
Ariadne’s Thread
Duo Arcobaleni, Maurizio Ben Omar, Silvia Belfiore

August 17, 2010
Klasik Keyifler Festival, Cappadocia, Turkey
Piano Trio (1994)
Hezarfen Ensemble

August 13, 2010
Cenobio dei Dogi, Camogli (GE) Italy
Ariadne’s Thread
Duo Arcobaleni, Maurizio Ben Omar, Silvia Belfiore

July 9, 16, 2010
Klasik Keyifler Festival, Cappadocia, Turkey
Agirlama for Ud and String Quartet (2003)
Güç Gülle, Ud

July 7, 2010
La Caprillina, Livorno, Italy
Ariadne’s Thread (2010) *world premiere
Mediterraneus Omaggio alle culture mediterranee
Duo Arcobaleni, Maurizio Ben Omar, Silvia Belfiore