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Shelley Washington

Through the Amplifying Voices program, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival and School, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Detroit Symphony Orchestra , and Kansas City Symphony are proud to co-commission composer Shelley Washington

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    Shelley Washington

    With an eclectic palette that draws elements from jazz, rock, American folk and other contemporary musical spaces, Shelley Washington (b. 1991) seeks to tell memorable sonic stories that comment on current and past social narratives, both personal and observed. Her music has been described as "slightly wild, slightly mysterious” while having the ability to "powerfully [tell] stories" (Peter Alexander).

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    Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

    Beloved by audiences and praised by critics, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, known to Angelenos as LACO, is a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks as well as a champion of contemporary composers.

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Shelley Washington

Through the Amplifying Voices program, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival and School, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Detroit Symphony Orchestra , and Kansas City Symphony are proud to co-commission composer Shelley Washington

Co-commissioners: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (lead), Aspen Music Festival and School, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Detroit Symphony Orchestra , and Kansas City Symphony

Upcoming Performances:

  • October 15 & 16 2022 – Shelley Washington’s Both, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (West Coast premiere) – Los Angeles, CA

Description of commissioned piece, Both:

“Duality”: Mathematics- a symmetry within a mathematical system such that a theorem remains valid if certain objects, relations, or operations are interchanged, as the interchange of points and lines in a plane, in projective geometry.

Both is inspired by the many dualities I have and carry in my life, the ones I see, and the ones I hope to someday achieve. As someone who often lives between both coasts, is attracted to both men and women, is a contributor in both classical music and D.I.Y. post-rock, is both black and white, experiences both extreme mental highs and extreme mental lows, is both a composer and performer, is both a student and a teacher, is both, is both, is both… This piece is meant to reflect the fact that you and I both are not either/or.  We both can be and possess so many seemingly opposing qualities at the same time that do not diminish any aspect of who we are, but add to its cumulative.”

Bio:

Shelley Washington is a composer, performer, collaborator, and educator who writes music that draws elements from jazz, rock, American folk and other musical spaces. She also performs as a saxophonist and vocalist, and doubles on flute, piccolo, and clarinet. She is a founding member of the composer collective Kinds of Kings. Her music explores emotions and intentions, and it uses intricate rhythms with grooves, melody, and harmony. It sometimes confronts social injustices. Washington has a B.A. in music and an M.A. in education from Truman State University, a Master of Music in composition from NYU, and is currently working on a PhD in composition at Princeton.

Upcoming Events

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Reacting to the Landscape: Whistling Hens at Collington Retirement Community

October 3, 2022 | 3:00 pm

Collington Senior Living Community, Auditorium, 10450 Lottsford Rd, Mitchellville, MD

NewMusicUSA Event

Collaborations Series: Manchester Collective with Abel Selaocoe ‘Siroco’

October 7, 2022 | 8:00 pm

Kaufman Music Center - 129 West 67th St., Manhattan

INTERWOVEN: AMI Concert Series #2

October 8, 2022 | 7:30 pm

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) 123 4th Avenue FL 3 New York, NY 10003

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