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Lewis Spratlan’s newest album INVASION: MUSIC AND ART FOR UKRAINE is released

Release Date: September 23, 2022

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A musical melting pot: Composer David Sanford brings the eclectic sounds of his Big Band to Florence

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Review: Collectif9 – Vagues et Ombres

One of Luna Pearl Woolf‘s newest works, Contact, and some of Thibault Bertin-Maghit’s arrangements are featured on this great album!

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Album Release: Collectif9’s “Vagues et ombres”

The Violin Channel: Classical Music News OUT NOW | Ensemble Collectif9’s “Vagues et ombres” Featuring arrangements by Thibault Bertin-Maghit and one of composer Luna Pearl Woolf‘s most recent compositions, Contact.

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The New York Times | David Sanford’s Music Has Flown Under the Radar. It Shouldn’t.

Few composers have broader stylistic reach. But on a new album, “A Prayer for Lester Bowie,” he makes it all cohere. By Seth Colter Walls Oct. 15, 2021 It’s not a big mystery why David Sanford’s energetic, well-crafted music has stayed … Continue reading

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M@A Presents: BMOP’s “Lew Spratlan and Friends”

Join the Grammy Award-winning Boston Modern Orchestra Project in celebrating Lew Spratlan‘s 80th Birthday year! The composer’s subtle and substantive “Chamber Symphony,” is presented alongside music by composers from Amherst and beyond. Lew Spratlan taught at Amherst College from 1970 until … Continue reading

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Ludwig van Toronto: Emotional Power and Bravura Performance in Tapestry Opera’s JACQUELINE

“kudos to Woolf for her beautiful musical idiom and her brilliant execution” Continue reading

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Opera Going Toronto reviews WOOLF’s JACQUELINE

Written by Ian Ritchie February 2020 Jacqueline du Pré, legendary golden-haired young cellist, unrivalled heir apparent to Casals and Rostropovich, inhabited a life transformed by multiple narrators after her death in 1987 into an almost mythical saga. A relentless surge … Continue reading

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SCHMOPERA reviews WOOLF’s JACQUELINE: COME FOR THE MUSIC, STAY FOR EVERYTHING ELSE

Written by Michael Zarathus-Cook February 23, 2020 Tapestry Opera continues their 40th anniversary season with Jacqueline, a commission for Canadian librettist Royce Vavrek and American composer Luna Pearl Woolf; the end result, directed by Tapestry Artistic Director Michael Mori, is something … Continue reading

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The Whole Note: Luna Pearl Woolf’s FIRE and FLOOD

This month Tapestry presents the world premiere of American composer Luna Pearl Woolf’s latest opera, Jacqueline. Coinciding with this is the Pentatone release of Woolf’s Fire and Flood on the Oxingale label (PTC5186803 naxosdirect.com). This striking vocal disc features mostly recent works for a cappella choir (the Choir … Continue reading

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Lewis Spratlan’s Bangladesh featured on Grammy winning album The Poetry of Places

We are excited to announce that Lewis Spratlan’s, Bangladesh, is one of the world premiere recordings featured on Nadia Shpachenko’s album The Poetry of Places, which was bestowed with the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium. Victor and Marina … Continue reading

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Calgary Herald: Evelyn Glennie and Land’s End Ensemble provide spectacular evening

“Woolf seems to have carefully considered the relationship of physicality to the performers’ bodies, for example their height, physical performance characteristics and their physical relationship with the instrument. Set in shards of imitative Bach cello suite fragments, and buttressed with … Continue reading

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San Francisco Classical Voice: the Dizzying World of György Ligeti

March 21, 2017 “Woolf’s illustrative music here … skillfully augments the performers’ movements. Short motivic bursts illustrate the sudden actions of the man falling off a box and throwing himself against a wall, for example —but  when he cradles the length … Continue reading

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Center for New Music: Interview with Luna Pearl Woolf about Act Without Words I

March 14, 2017 “…Whatever the presence is that’s calling the man’s attention to various things in the play has its own attitude – silly, flirty, angry – and becomes its own kind of character. Since Beckett does not include any … Continue reading

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La Fabrique Culturelle TV: Cordes et discorde

06 May 2016 Watch a four minute video of Luna Pearl Woolf’s 12 May 2016 Triptyque program at the Salle Bourgie, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from La Fabrique Culturelle TV. The program features Mélange à trois, One to One to One, and Rumi: Quatrains of … Continue reading

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BroadwayWorld Review: BETTER GODS Soars at the Kennedy Center

January 11, 2016 “Ms. Woolf’s gorgeous score is underlined by the use of traditional Hawaiian chants and her score utilized authentic instruments like the nose flute, Kala’au (percussive sticks), and Ili’ili (castanets), that are native to the island.”

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DC Metro Theater Arts: Review: ‘Better Gods’ at The Washington National Opera

January 9, 2016 “Woolf’s new and original composition uses Hawaiian instruments to add an audible authenticity to the story. Throughout the opera the nose flute, Kalaʻau (warrior sticks made from strawberry guava trees), and ʻIliʻili (stone castanets) amplify the sadness … Continue reading

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ConcertoNet: December Celebration – New Carols by Seven American Composers

07 December 2015 “…in Luna Pearl Woolf’s How Bright the Darkness, an impressively vivid piece for women’s choir, baritone solo, strings, percussion, and harp. Woolf’s orchestration and harmonies paint the sparseness of nature. It is a piece where the listener can … Continue reading

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Examiner: PENTATONE tries to get the jump on Christmas music marketing

Woolf has mustered just the right combination of sonorities and thematic material that makes the perfect glove to fit Wilner’s poetic hand. Continue reading

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New York Times: What Happens When Bach Visits the Cafeteria

by DAVID ALLEN October 27, 2015 Students eating at Columbia University’s John Jay Dining Hall, an airy den reverberating with undergraduate chatter, were in for a surprise last Wednesday. When they walked in for dinner, they found Matt Haimovitz — … Continue reading

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