On Stage at Curtis

Composer T.J. Cole Graduation Recital

Lawrenceville, Georgia native, composer T. J. Cole’s graduation recital. Most of her compositions are inspired by art. Currently she is a 2016-17 ArtistYear Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music and her service year mission is with Project HOME and the William Cramp Elementary School in Philadelphia.

T.J. Cole: Vibre (2015)
Won Suk Lee, percussion

Vibre was composed in 2015 and is one of the few pieces that were not inspired by art. Percussionist Won Suk Less collaborated with T. J. on this vibraphone solo.

Cole: Drifter (2014)
Eric Huckins, horn; Gergana Haralampieva, violin; Daniel Hsu, piano

This piece was inspired by a woodblock print called “Drifter” from visual artist Rockwell Kent. The print is of a man sitting back in a boat with his arms resting on the sides of the boat as he drifts in the water at night.

Cole: Selections from Childhood (2000–2003)
T.J. Cole, piano

At the age of six, T.J. wrote her first composition for her baby brother. In Selections from Childhood, she takes you back to the beginning years of her compositions with selections of the first pieces she wrote. They are: Dreams Gone Wild; Happy Harp;
Italian Countryside; Carousel
and Solace.

Cole: One More Blue, One More Gray (2013)
Niles Watson, flute; Slavko Popovic, clarinet; Shannon Lee, violin; Summer Hu, cello; Michael Davidman, piano

This chamber piece One More Blue, One More Gray was inspired by the civil war song “One Wore Blue, the Other, Gray” that her father used to play for her growing up. She wanted to create a soulful sound with this ensemble. The movements are: One Wore Blue, One Wore Gray; Cannonball Ain’t Got No Mind; Man Ain’t Got No Time for his Kin; and One Wore Blue, One Wore Black.

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