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Alexandra Ottaway
latt0z@hotmail.com

By the end of 2015 I'd made a Garageband CD, The Sound Album 2015. If you feel like copy-and-pasting this into your browser you can listen to it free on Soundcloud(.com(Please do:)

https://soundcloud.com/user-234102687

IF you have or want to subscribe to Apple Music it is also here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/the-sound-album-2015/idpl.668d5c2544ce4d53a03b64b4f4e35d7e

I had nice news in the end of April'14 that my CD, Tetrahedron Dreams, went live online. If you search "AlexandraOttaway.com: Music"
it should come up! Also at Navona:

http://www.navonarecords.com/tetrahedrondreams/

I sang in recitals for some years while studying Soprano with Justina Golden. With her, and Jerry Noble accompanying, I sang 3 of the Merlin Etudes, in 2011 way before 2014's Tetrahedron Dreams(the 2011 live performance is obviously fresher as you can see and hear, here:

http://www.alexandraottaway.com/blog/2014/06/what-merlin-%C3%A9tudes-3-5-8-can-sound-like-with-jerry-noble-accompanying-.html

And the video below is "From The Little Sphinx", John Duke's setting of the Edna St. Vincent Millay poem:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9hw9ynovnldo3vl/MVI_0485.MOV

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From '92-'02, I taught general music and played for adult choruses as well as the The New Amsterdam Boys Choir(Tomoko Kamawukai arranged my Mass etc.), and chamber music from 2000-2007 while writing for some of those ensembles.

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Ottaway's Composition teachers were Lawrence Widdoes of Juilliard, Max Lifschitz of Columbia, Nils Vigeland at Manhattan, Dana McCurdy at IAR and Vassar, Keith Fitch and Jerry Noble. Her brilliant(partly because he would always put critiques in the positive when I think it would've been much easier to have put them in the negative:) former piano teacher is Joseph Smith! Mr. Borenstein didn't want me to say!

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We suggest playing 2 of the songs here simultaneously: Beach House and O-Kyrie. And O-Kyrie can be played canonically. New entry 6-13-16 is "Merlin's Bag of Tricks" from The Sound Album of 2015. Thanks for reading!

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Tetrahedron Dreams


Voices of Earth and Air


Audio Samples:Beach House mix    Elegy on the Lord of Carrington    
Hungarian Pastry    July Night    
Jump With Me    O-Credo    
O-Kyrie 2    Oh, Yes Mix 1    
Things Fall Apart    Three From Inwood    
Zen Sutra Finale    

Works in the NYWC Catalog:

Jakob in Blue and Jakob in a Dream

Duration: 8 minutes
Instrumentation: Cl,Bn,Pno
When you add the third(my favorite) movement, "Jakob Flying", I call it The Jakob Trio.

My influences for this were Beethoven, Debussy, folk-rock, and a little syncopation.

Jakob in Blue can be heard on YouTube if you search there for Tetrahedron Dreams.
Publisher:
Navona Records, LLC
223 Lafayette Road
North Hampton, NH  03862
USA
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Mass for the New Amsterdam Boys Choir

Duration:
Instrumentation: Voice, Pn, Fl, Vc
This quasi-Buddhistic meditation on the September 11 WTC attacks,
was arranged by Tomoko Kamawukai, the choir's accompanist at the time.
Her Ensemble TOKI, which consists of piano, flute and cello, accompanied
and Darryl Taylor was the tenor soloist.

I also have a recording of myself singing and playing all the parts in '01-'02,
"O-Kyrie," before it was arranged.




The Merlin Études

Duration: 00:10:00
Instrumentation: Soprano, Piano
This time I got permission from the poet, me! Be that as it may, this is a little unusual because Études 3-8 have soprano solos. The row is from Oliver Messaien's Flute and Piano piece, Le Merle Noir. To be released on Navona.




Publisher:
Navona Records, LLC
223 Lafayette Road
North Hampton, NH  03862
USA
Office: 603-758-1718
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Radio Silence

Duration: 4'
Instrumentation: Fl,Vln,Vc,Pno
Two movements: One legato and lyrical; the other a bit jumpy but with an ending
that's very legato: almost tonal. The first is the second piece of the six minute sampler
to be found if you search Tetrahedron Dreams on YouTube.

To be released on Navona.
Publisher:
Navona Records, LLC
223 Lafayette Road
North Hampton, NH  03862
USA
Office: 603-758-1718
http://www.navonarecords.com/index.php
info@navonarecords.com


Things Fall Apart

Duration: 2'
Instrumentation: Mixed~A~Capella~Cho,B~Guit,Dejembe
Originally published on Sibelius October 2010, updated with Djembe and guitar to represent the voices on May 6, 2011. To be released on Navona Records for voices, as sung by the NY Virtuoso Singers.




Publisher:
Navona Records, LLC
223 Lafayette Road
North Hampton, NH  03862
USA
Office: 603-758-1718
http://www.navonarecords.com/index.php
info@navonarecords.com


Wild Geese

Duration: 2'
Instrumentation: Vln,Vla,Vc~+~Alto~on~Improvox~App~for~iPad
I did not receive permission from poet Mary Oliver to publish this but(perhaps because) I am not charging for it. The Improvox App is an electronic music processor with reverb which adds an augmented triad to vocal pitches. The Alto part is not more ambitious as knowing Oliver's distaste for being set I tread lightly.
Good poetry is already music, so I kind of get it.

Zen Sutras

Duration: 00:18:30
Instrumentation: Soprano, Chorus, Flute, Strings and Percussion.
These are the Four Vows and other Zen Chant-texts: Sutras set to minimal
(for the most part) instrumentation. From Solos to SATB to SSAATTBB.
From very simple almost monotone to bi- and atonal and/or mixed.
Released on the album Tetrahedron Dreams, Navona.
Play Audio.
Publisher:
Navona Records, LLC
223 Lafayette Road
North Hampton, NH  03862
USA
Office: 603-758-1718
http://www.navonarecords.com/index.php
info@navonarecords.com


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