No instrument groups have as much personality than do the woodwinds. Each member: flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons create sound by resonating the volume of air within them in a unique way. Woodwind Quintet 2 exploits these instruments’ brilliance and articulate versatility within a unique set of parameters for each of four movements. The first movement, “Nostalgia”, mutates harmony with alternate fingerings. “Alone”, stacks up 7th intervals to support the

can I evoke a specific feeling? Is one of the prime purposes of instrumental music to create emotions and feelings? I think so. This suite of “feelings” for ten strings was a self-challenge to see if I could invoke specific, nuanced feelings. I constructed a method by which the audience could tell me what they were feeling during the performance. Based on the data collected during the performance, the majority of my audience

The difference between emotions and feelings Emotions are physical. They emerge from our body at the brain-stem/ lizard brain/ ‘old’ brain level as a result of sensory input. Music delivers sound and, if the listeners allow it, stimulates the emotional center of our brain called the amygdala. “Feelings originate in the upper parts of the brain and are mental associations and reactions to those emotions. They are influenced by personal experience, beliefs and

Review: At final classics concert, Philharmonic celebrates  Matthew J. PalmContact Reporter The Artistic Type The mood was festive at Saturday’s Orlando Philharmonic concert: “Tonight is a celebration,” proclaimed music director Eric Jacobsen. The final Classics Series concert of the season featured a world-premiere from acclaimed composer Keith Lay, a professor at Winter Park’s Full Sail University. Lay’s “Venus and Vulcan in America” received an enthusiastic reaction from the audience at the

A synthesizer driven low frequency sine wave voice, doubled by the celeste player was added to the traditional orchestra in my “Symphony: Venus and Vulcan in America“. Why?    Two reasons: 1) curiosity and 2) love of low bass The orchestra is an extremely flexible sonic organism – capable of sounds yet unheard. The addition of low, pure tones were not added because I felt that the orchestra needed it;  nor did I add them because this little

Introduction and goals behind the symphony Venus and Vulcan in America After getting the good news on October 6th, 2015 that I was to write a new piece for the Orlando Philharmonic I inquired “What kind of piece would you like?”  The next day, Maestro Jacobsen challenged me with : “How about you create a piece that connects them? Start where the Tannhaüser ends and take us to where the

Original Post Posted By Jessica Bryce Young on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 5:55 am   Composer Keith Lay The final show of the Orlando Philharmonic’s 2015-2016 Classics series is a barn-burner, from Wagner’s swooping Overture to Tannhäuser to Ravel’s plucky, sinuous Alborada del gracioso to the eponym composition, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Pictures is one of those stirring pieces of classical repertoire that gets lots of play in TV commercials and movies –

In-depth: Composer Keith Lay on his premiere Saturday with Orlando Philharmonic The artistic direction of Eric Jacobsen, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (OPO) has made a few fairly bold moves with its programming by featuring music from contemporary composers – we’ve recently heard music by Gabriel Kahane, Andrew Norman, and Zhao Jiping, among others. An exciting opportunity for a world premiere in the ‘classics series’ finale of the 2015-2016 season was left open for a while;

Contact: Caitlin Pequignot Interim Communications Manager Ph: 407-451-1449   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Orlando Philharmonic Presents New Work by Keith Lay   (Orlando, FL – January 21, 2016) – The Orlando Philharmonic will perform a commissioned work, “Venus and Vulcan in America,” by acclaimed Orlando composer and Full Sail faculty member Keith Lay, on its upcoming “Pictures at An Exhibition” concert on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8:00

“What is Deep Listening? Deep Listening is a composer’s sound practice devised by a legendary composer and thought leader, Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016). The question is answered in the process of practicing listening with the understanding that the complex wave forms continuously transmitted to the auditory cortex from the outside world by the ear require active engagement with attention. Prompted by experience and learning, listening takes place voluntarily. Listening is not