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Music by Judith Shatin Heard on Film on January 31 in Charlottesville, Virginia and in Concert on February 1 and 2 in Boston, Massachusetts

January 28, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net

Music of Judith Shatin will be part of the soundtrack to Rita Dove, An American Poet, directed by Eduardo Montes-Bradley. The film will be given its World Premiere screening on January 31 - 6:00 PM at The Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A series of in-depth, on-camera interviews with Poet Laureate Rita Dove–conducted and recorded by Eduardo Montes-Bradley between September 2012 and October 2013–are edited together with still images and clips from the Dove family’s home-movie collection to create the documentary film. The soundtrack is based on elements from Ms. Shatin’s Tower of the Eight Winds.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. More information at http://www.theparamount.net/2014/honoring-rita-dove-an-american-poet/.

Judith’s Ockeghem Variations for wind quintet and piano will be performed by Chameleon Arts Ensemble as part of their melodies, at distance heard concerts on Saturday, February 1, 8 PM at First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St. and Sunday, February 2, 4 PM at the city’s Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon St.

She writes about the piece, “Ockeghem Variations was inspired by the fifteenth-century Flemish composer whose music is such an intriguing blend of elastic motion and intricate detail. Like Josquin in his Nymphes des bois, I have chosen to symbolically represent Ockaghem’s name in my music.” Read her complete notes at http://judithshatin.com/ockeghem-variations/.

Other composers on the program include Beethoven, Britten, Saint-Saens and Philippe Hersant, Visit the Ensemble at http://www.chameleonarts.org/concerts/february.html.

Called “highly inventive...hugely enjoyable and deeply involving” by the Washington Post and "exuberant and captivating" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Judith Shatin's music is renowned for its dramatic shape and imaginative blending of acoustic and digital media, as well as her work in each. Orchestras that have performed her music include the Denver, Houston, Virginia, Illinois, Knoxville, Minnesota, National and Richmond Symphonies. Her chamber and choral music is internationally performed and has been featured at festivals throughout North America and Europe. She has been commissioned by organizations and ensembles including the Barlow Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Kronos Quartet, Library of Congress, National Symphony, the Dutch Hexagon Ensemble, the Peninsula Women’s Chorus and the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus.

Ravello Records has reissued Judith Shatin's acclaimed CD Piping the Earth. Her music can also be heard on the Innova, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.

For more information about Judith Shatin, contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net.

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