|A personal mission - a musical journey|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 28 June 2012 12:07|
But Not Forgotten is the title of a new CD performed by clarinetist, Marcus Eley, which features compositions of African-American composers for clarinet and piano for record company Sono Luminus. The CD is scheduled to be released in July.
"I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to perform recitals and presentations in different venues in the U. S. and abroad. It is been a personal mission of mine to champion the works of African-American composers for my instrument."
This CD is the result of Eley's successful concerts after his appearance at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.
"I felt excited about being in South Africa. The audiences were extremely courteous. I had to make a recording. I needed to document this musical journey." But Not Forgotten was recorded in Endler Concert Hall in Stellenbosch.
"This recording, although reflective of the collection of works for clarinet and piano by African-American composers, is merely a sample of the total body of material that has remained largely untapped."
Marcus Eley is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, and studied at the Hochschule fure Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. He has performed as a soloist with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra (Germany), the Louisville Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton (Canada) Wind Sinfonia and the National Army Military Band of the People's Republic of China (Beijing). He has also given numerous recitals in major cities of the United States. On his New York debut recital in Weill Recital Hall, The New York Times cited his performance as "...expert, songful and straightforward." As a special honor, Eley was chosen to perform on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago and Los Angeles. Of his performance at South Africa's premier National Arts Festival, Jeff Brukman of Cue Magazine cited, "...consummate artistry. The festival is indeed fortunate to host such a master of the clarinet."
"I want this CD of clarinet and piano music to celebrate these African-American composers. Further, it is my desire that their unique voices are heard, and not forgotten."