Edie Hill: Clay Jug, recorded by The Crossing under the direction of Donald Nally, was released on February 10th of this year by Navona Records. The recording has been very well-received since its release.
"on every track, I found something beautiful to get excited about; something to touch the soul...breathtaking." Darren Rea, Review Graveyard
"…mesmerizing…a magical sense to the gorgeous harmonic writing… The end result is an often intriguing blend of harmony and pure choral quality… Pure tone and clarity of text helps lend itself to Hill’s intricate harmonies and lines. It is interesting too to hear the shifts that seem to borrow their inspiration from ancient chant or Renaissance choral work within her distinct style…” Steven A. Kennedy, Cinemusical
More praise for Edie Hill: Clay Jug can be found in the Reviews page.
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Here you will find videos of many of my works, including playlists grouping together works by instrumentation.
2016 has been a busy year for Hummingbird Press so far!
Over the past several months, Edie has been busy preparing for her recording project. This past week, Edie traveled to Philadelphia, PA to record her CD, "Clay Jug", with The Crossing and PARMA Recordings. She had an excellent time working with the choir and instrumentalists, and recorded in the church pictured on this post. The CD is set for release in 2017. For more information about this project, visit the "Clay Jug" Fractured Atlas page.
Edie's music was performed all around the U.S., and even in France and the Netherlands.
Check out Edie's new Youtube page! Edie's art songs were recently featured at the NATS Convention in Chicago, and we invite you to watch the most recent additions to her Youtube page : Between the Limbs, Music and The Giver of Stars: Six Poems of Amy Lowell.
In August, Edie will be participating again in the Source Song Festival. Additionally, her song cycle Between the Limbs, Music will be performed by Source Song Festival Duo Alumni, Anne Agresta Dugan and John Gilmour, in their recital in Newark, DE.
The Valborg Ensemble will perform "The Bells" and "An Illuminated Transience" on their tour throughout the Netherlands in September and October.
Keep coming back for more updates!
Hummingbird Press is excited to announce upcoming events happening later this summer and early fall!
In August, Edie is participating in the Source Song Festival, where she’ll be coaching two of her song cycles for the MN Duo program. Her music will be performed at the festival on August 7. For more information, click here. On November 5, the Schubert Club will host a Courtroom Concert including the world premiere of Edie’s newest song cycle, Rincón del cielo, performed by tenor Gary Ruschman and guitarist Kristian Anderson. Rincón is a cycle of fourteen songs based a suite of 14 poems of Federico García Lorca.
New Music Coming Soon!
Edie is excited to release In Winter Dark for SATB div., which will be available for purchase later this summer. In Winter Dark was premiered in May 2015 by the Plymouth Congregational Church Senior Choir under the direction of Philip Brunelle.
Among the performances this season, I am thrilled to announce that Cantus will be performing selections from A Sound Like This at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival in New York this coming November 2nd at 11:00am! A Sound Like This was commissioned by Cantus in 2006 under the auspices of a Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant.
For more information about the festival, please visit whitelightfestival.org
Three new choral works are available for listening and purchase -- "Cancion de el Alma: en una noche escura," commissioned by Classical Minnesota Public Radio for the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (premiered 2013); "From the Wingbone of a Swan," commissioned by The Valborg Choir of the Netherlands (premiered 2013); and "We Bloomed in Spring," written for the Senior Choir at Plymouth Congregational Church and Philip Brunelle (premiered 2014).
Hill's three newest choral works continue to emphasize one of her strongest gifts as a composer -- her ability to choose and exquisitely set powerful texts. "Cancion del el Alma: en una noche escura" sets one of a trilogy of poems writte by 16th century Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross, most commonly known as "The Dark Night of the Soul." In "From the Wingbone of a Swan," Hill partnered with Timothy O'Brien to craft texts that were inspired by an article about paleolithic flutes, humans' earliest known instrument other than the voice. The poetry of Daniel Ladinsky -- inspired by writing of St. Teresa of Avila -- shines in "We Bloomed in Spring," a celebration of hope and life.
Listen to each piece and peruse scores by visiting the Purchase Music page at www.ediehill.com.
Cancion de el Alma: en una noche escura was commissioned by Classical Minnesota Public Radio for the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. I invite you to visit here to peruse the score and listen to the debut performance by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (recorded by Classical MPR at Cathedral of St Paul, November 22, 2013).
The text, often referred to as “The Dark Night of the Soul” is one in a trilogy of poems written by 16th century Spanish mystic St John of the Cross. The message of the poem that I found most moving is the idea of allowing the fire that burns in my heart to guide me.
The critically acclaimed Tantalus Guitar quartet's highly anticipated new album, Foolish Fire, features Edie's stunning work for guitar quartet, Above the Green Night.
Above the Green Night takes its inspiration from two works by Spain's greatest modern poet, Federico Garcia Lorca. In the first movement, "Blind Archers," hear the crack of longbows over insistent, galloping pedal points. The reflective second movement, "Hour of Stars," begins with four solos, each elegantly handed over to the next, only to finish in a sea of twinkling harmonics, delicately fading away as if the morning sun were beginning to rise.
To purchase the CD or learn more about Tantalus, be sure to visit their website for more information!
Hill has been invited to give a lecture on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 in Zeist at 7:00 pm. Check back for more information!
Edie has recently completed a new work titled From the Wing Bone of a Swan, which was commissioned by the Valborg Choir (Netherlands). The work will be premiered at a series of concerts in October 2013 in the Netherlands:
Saturday - October 5, 2013 - 8:00 pm
Sionskerk, Jacob Catslaan 73, Zeist
Sunday - October 6, 2013 - 3:45 pm
Catharinakerk, Stratumseind 2, Eindhoven
Saturday - October 12, 2013 - 8:00 pm
St. Laurentiuskerk, Verdronken Oord 68, Alkmaar