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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Check out another cool blog

A good blog for discovering new music:

Journey To The Eclectic

Always something going on there

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The CC now has a Twitter!

Search "Martin Connor", my name is ComposersCorner.

I'll have a lot more regular updates there, with other cool blogs along with links to my own original content (such as my rap music analyses.)

Let me know if you've got one too!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Camerata Member Off_His Noodle's "Sips N Trips"

Camerata Member Trell Scott's "Beef 23:1"

Trell on Trell:

"Ima street nigga in and out, im just happen to be well read (i was locked up for 12 months, reading books by the DOZEN lol) ...and as a point of honor to myself, i only speak on real life happenings even in my braggadocio raps, i never fraud or lie, so i dont worry about that..and yeah i noticed the exaggeration in Em's and Tyler's styles of rapping, Em is in my top 9, but i would never write my shit like that it's too detached from reality for me...but as far as my audience, i appeal first and foremost to myself, then the niggas on my block, then the world, in that order...i'm gonna give people a version of the Street Story relatable to all from my personal perspective..that's my goal, amongst other things...when i write i'm either telling a Story in a simple way because i'm tryna deliver a message or talking shit as slicky as i can (FLOW, metaphors, similes, double entredres, etc.) ....i appreciate Meaningful Music almost as much as i appreciate Energy Music (Club) and i plan to make the cream of the crop of both!"

Nothing more to be said, check the song

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Composer's Corner Featured on Comedy Blog!

My rap music analysis of MC Mr. Napkins' "Aggressive Bee" song was recently featured on comedian Mike Blejer's blog, called "Malignant Brain Humor." There is a podcast interview there with MC Mr. Napkins himself. Check it out here!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It's begun...the formation of The Camerata

"I been patiently waiting for a track to explode on..."

Download and hear my music!

I got a soundcloud. You can download and hear all my music there!

Hear and Download Here

Christmas Cantata Premiered

After attending the European-American Musical Alliance's summer program at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, in the summer of 2012, a fellow classmate there commissioned me to write a Christmas cantata. The work was commissioned by conductor Slade Trammel and his Luminary United Methodist Church Choir, and is scored for full choir, solo violin, organ, and piano. The libretto comprises the birth narratives from the gospels of Matthew and Luke united together.

The work was first performed on Sunday, December 16th, in Ten Mile, Tennessee. It was conducted by Slade Trammell.

You can hear it all at the following link!

Hear The Christmas Cantata Here!

A video link of the performance will be uploaded shortly as well.

Thanks to all who helped make it happen!

Premiere of Martin Connor's "Haitian Requiem"

On April 19th, at 8:30 PM, in Duke Chapel in Durham, NC, there was the premiere of my "Haitian Requiem." The work is a 9 movement, 35 minute funeral mass set to music memorializing the victims of the Haitian Earthquake that happened in January 2010. It is written for full choir, brass quintet, carillon (the bells in Duke Chapel), and percussion, which includes music written for a traditional Haitian drum ensemble that plays at Vodunist religious rituals. Vodunism is the indigenous religion of Haiti. This work seeks to give hope to those who survived the earthquake while asking for the repose of those who passed away in the traumatic event. Towards this end, there is a dramatic dialogue set-up between the mundane ("earthy") Haitian Creole language and the transcendant, etheral ("sky") Latin.

 You can see the video below. Skip to 21:41 to see my lecture before the performance about just what exactly the work is, and how I structured and composed it. Skip to 31:49 for the music, but I strongly suggest you watch the speech.

You can download the movements here, at soundcloud.

Duke decided to do a short news report on the project. You can see it below; it's a good 4 minute summary of the project.

Please consider donating to Haiti to help the ongoing relief efforts there.