Score and Parts available at JWPepper HERE
I am delighted to announce that I am a finalist in The American Prize 2022 music competition. My orchestral work, Soundness of the Sea for Violin and Orchestra, is among the 17 finalist in the Orchestral Division. The competition receives submission from hundreds of composers throughout the United States and I am indeed ecstatic to be on this list! For complete list to this link Here
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is honored to announce 2022 FINALIST composers of orchestra music in the professional division. Congratulations! (The professional division finalists were announced on Monday, April 25, 2022)
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“It is difficult to describe in words the whole storm of emotions that this great work causes. Emotional wave, which practically hits you and drives into this epic, orchestral cycle. Beautiful, live and ideal for everyone who needs music!
“The composer Nan Avant, originally from the Pacific Northwest,
carries within her the great musical legacy of Peru. Tributum,
written for both Irish bagpipes and Scottish bagpipes (tuned at 440 Hz),
is a work of precious detail, in which the composer conveys to us the finesse
and tenderness of the skin of these heritage instruments.” Carme Miro-Sonograma Music Magazine
This Navona Recording, Legends and Light v.2 with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Grammy winner David Watkin and the amazing piping of Ryan Murphy, (Manran Irish band, from Co. Cork, Ireland, Uilleann Pipes and Lorne MacDougall, Glasgow, Scotland ( How to Train Your Dragon) on the Great Highland Bagpipes is a landmark recording for Tributum. The recording took place in March 2021. Originally scheduled to be recorded in 2020 and postponed. The RSNO recorded in the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall, Scotland and due to the travel restrictions in 2021, the PARMA recordings had a production teams both on the East Coast in Boston and on site at the Glasgow Concert Hall and as the composer of Tributum I was in Seattle on the West Coast for the recording session. The recording session was seamless regardless of the several time zones and remote experience. I could easily discuss details with the PARMA team, who would convey to the the conductor, essentially in real time. I feel so fortunate that the RSNO had started to record music again and that Ryan Murphy, Lorne MacDougall and David Watkin and the entire PARMA team were all available for this recording in Glasgow.
Tributum has been performed throughout the US and premiered internationally with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Canadian Pipes and Drums under the direction of Lucas Waldin and originally premiered in Seattle with the NW Sinfonia Orchestra.
Nan Avant, a native of the Pacific Northwest, was brought up in a peaceful pastoral setting amidst artists on her maternal side and the rich South American heritage of Peru on her father’s side. Music was constantly playing in the background of her early years. Symphonies, musicals, South American music, Tangos, and Peruvian waltzes all contributed to her love of music. At an early age, she began studying piano and continued through high school and college. At the age of 16, she and her sister lived with relatives in Lima, Peru while their parents embarked on an adventure, riding motorcycles from Seattle to the border of Panama and Columbia. Living internationally was life enriching and opened new vistas to her as a young person. Returning to the United States, she continued her piano studies and expanded her horizons by learning to play the balalaika, becoming a member of the Seattle Balalaika Orchestra. It was also during this time in her life that she began composing music for piano.. Avant reveived a BFA degree from California Institute of the Arts, and studied film scoring at the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program under the direction of two time Emmy Winner, Hummie Mann.
Avant’s music embraces thematic and rhythmic intentions often reflecting her Latin heritage, encompassing her passion for classical, jazz, world, and ethnic music. She has collaborated with indie filmmakers throughout the United States, creating soundtracks for documentary, feature, animation, and short films. She has been commissioned by Composers and Schools in Concert, and has composed music for Burmer Music Productions LLC for concert premieres with the Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra. Avant’s concert music has been performed internationally and throughout the United States, and her music can be heard on Navona Recordings and CD compilations and digital platforms: Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon music. Avant resides in Seattle WA . Avant reveived a BFA degree from California Institute of the Arts, BFA degree and attended the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program under the direction of two time Emmy Winner, Hummie Mann
Listen Here to the program with Tributum or click the photo with below.
My piece, Tributum for Celtic Bagpipes and Orchestra aired last Wednesday Feb. 2, 2022 on WPRB Radio, a Princeton University Radio, New Jersey, a broadcast with Marvin Rosen, his ” Classical Discoveries” which is a collection of works that he assembles, new works by living comosers. Tributum is on the above list at the end of the list.
Manu thanks to Marvin Rosen for including Tributum for Celtic Bagpipes and Orchestra in his Wednesday “Classical Discoveries” playlist. WPRB is a radio broadcast from Princeton University in New Jersey. Check out the online site and you can listen Here to the broadcast from Feb. 2, 2022.More info about Classical Discoveries HERE
I once again collaborated with animator and artist, Ian Mark Stewart on another animation piece titled ” Spoopies” True Tales of Terror. This short animation features 4 true stories of terror experienced in childhood or as teens by 4 people. It was awesome to write music for this cool short and it’s not scary, just Spoopy~
Recent Screening: Brooklyn Film Festival June 2021
“Spoopy is an internet slang term used to describe something that is “spooky” but in a comical or cute way, such as a puppy in a ghost costume or a goofy Halloween video. It is based on a viral picture of a Halloween decoration that misspelled spooky as spoopy.”
Here is the other Halloween animation short I worked on with Ian Stewart.