Multi-talented composer, conductor and mezzo-soprano JENNI BRANDON joins the L.A. Musical Salon Series for the world premiere of her composition Sea Quartet for piano, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, commissioned by the L.A. Musical Salon for her composer’s residency with the Vientos Trio during their 2008-2009 concert season.
As a composer, Ms. Brandon writes for a large variety of both instrumental and vocal ensembles, and her works have been performed all over the world. Ms. Brandon’s music is often influenced by themes of nature.
Some highlights of her composition work include The Wildflower Trio, a piece commissioned to honor the life and work of Lady Bird Johnson, which now appears as a single on the Longhorn Music label. Her choral work At Night for SATB a cappella, is the winner of the 2008 Sorel Medallion and was premiered by the ensemble Voices of Ascension under the direction of Dennis Keene in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in October 2008. Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn was commissioned by the women’s choir Sistrum in Lansing, Michigan, and will be premiered in May 2009.
As a vocalist, Ms. Brandon has sung under the direction of a variety of conductors and has appeared in concert with the Boston Pops, Pacific Chorale, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and at the Hollywood Bowl.
As a choral conductor she is currently the music director of The Concert Singers, the oldest independent choir in Los Angeles.
Ms. Brandon received her B.M. Composition from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, and her M.M. Composition from the University of Texas, Austin.
Her pieces Five Frogs for woodwind quintet, Earth Grown Old for SATB choir and piano, and The Dark Hills for SATB choir, oboe and piano, are published by Boosey & Hawkes. The Dark Hills appears on the recording “Welcome the Time,” the Yale Glee Club’s live highlights CD from their 2006-2007 season.
For more information on Jenni Brandon, please visit www.jennibrandon.com