MARIA THOMPSON CORLEY

SOULSCAPES 2

SOULSCAPES 2

Piano Music by Women of African Descent

Eleanor Alberga, Judith Baity, Maria Thompson Corley, Krystal Grant Folkestad, Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, Betty Jackson King, Tania León, Joyce Solomon Moorman, Nkeiru Okoye, Julia Perry, Florence Price, Shirley Thompson, Errollyn Wallen, Mary Lou Williams

MARIA THOMPSON CORLEY, piano

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[MS1744]

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Born in Jamaica and raised in Canada, Maria Thompson Corley has performed internationally as both as a solo and collaborative artist at notable venues, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Aaron Davis Hall, Epidaurus Festival, Liszt Academy, and at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History. Among her collaborators are soprano Priscilla Baskerville, clarinetist James Campbell, clarinetist Doris Hall-Gulati, baritone Randall  Scarlata, and members of the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra. Her engagements as a soloist with orchestra include the Tallahassee Symphony under the baton of Gunther Schuller. She and cellist Sara Male formed Duo Chiaroscuro in 2011; among their passions is performing concerts for people whose special needs prevent strict observance of concert protocols. Corley has recorded for Naxos, Albany, Parma, and several independent labels. Her recording of Valerie Capers’ Portraits in Jazz was included in the HBO special, Kebreeya’s Salad Days, and her recording of Leslie Adams’ Etude in C-sharp minor was included in director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s documentary, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. A sought-after composer and arranger, her piano piece, Lucid Dreaming, was a semi-finalist in the international Fidelio competition. Her music has been commissioned and recorded by several university artists and entities, along with independent musicians, including tubist Daniel Rowland, countertenor Darryl Taylor, sopranos Sequina Dubose, Louise Toppin and Randye Jones, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, and others. Corley’s song cycle Grasping Water was added to the music curricula at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, University of California in Irvine and Jackdaws Music Education Trust in the United Kingdom. Her debut short-form opera, The Sky Where You Are, with libretto by Jenny O’Connell, was part of the award-winning Decameron Opera Coalition’s Tales from a Safe Distance. Her second short-form opera, The Place, with libretto by Sandra Oyinloye, was composed for Decameron Opera Coalition’s subsequent production, Heroes. Dr. Corley earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Alberta in Canada, and a Master’s degree and Doctorate at The Juilliard School. [ www.mariacorley.com ]
PROGRAM
Eleanor Alberga (b.1958) | Jamaica
JAMAICAN MEDLEY
 
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou (b.1923) | Ethiopia
MOTHER’S LOVE
 
Nkeiru Okoye (b.1972) | USA
AFRICAN SKETCHES
 
Betty Jackson King (1928-1994) | USA
SEASONAL SKETCHES – Spring Intermezzo
 
Julia Perry (1924-1979) | USA
PRELUDE
 
Joyce Solomon Moorman (b.1946) | USA
A SUMMER AFTERNOON IN SOUTH CAROLINA
 
Tania León (b.1945) | Cuba
RITUAL
 
Krystal Grant Folkestad (b.1983) | USA
RIVERS I HAVE WALKED
I. Susquehanna
II. East
III. James
 
Errollyn Wallen (b.1958) | Belize
I WOULDN’T NORMALLY SAY
 
Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981) | USA
NITELIFE
 
Judith Baity (b.1944) | USA
Q & A

Shirley Thompson (b.1958) | England
SUSpected
 
Maria Thompson Corley (b.1966) | Jamaica
NAUGHTYCAL GLIMPSES: TALES OF A KINDERGARTEN CLASS
1. The Early Morning March
2. Recess
3. Teacher Tells a Mythical Tale
4. Skipping Homeward
 
LUCID DREAMING
 
BLISSFUL IGNORANCE
 
WILLFUL IGNORANCE
 
Florence Price (1887-1953) | USA
FANTASIE NÈGRE
 
Recorded 6 and 17 June 2021 at the Church of the Apostles UCC, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Recording and editing engineer: Mike Furst. Steinway B piano; Technician: Dawn Herring.



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