why can't the world be poetic

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Twin Cities-based pianist Evie Werger and composer Isaac Mayhew come together to create an album of five original pieces for solo piano.

Deep Purple (2016)
To Be Mistaken (2015)
Five Images for Solo Piano (2015)
1. Bells
2. Ethereal
3. Waltz
4. Chorale
5. Bells
On the Nature of Self (2016)
why can't the world be poetic (2018)*

Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, EVANGELINE WERGER is a pianist passionate about contemporary music. She focuses on commissioning and performing works by living composers, particularly those who are lesser-known and under-represented. In addition to the piano, Evangeline has also performed on organ, synthesizer, melodica, and toy piano throughout North America and Europe. She has had the opportunity to study and perform with Yarn/Wire, 5th House Ensemble, and Eighth Blackbird. Currently completing a double degree in piano performance and German from Lawrence University and Conservatory in Appleton, Wisconsin, Evangeline studies with Michael Mizrahi and Katherine Handford. Recent performance highlights include playing piano on an Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab concert in Ojai, California, playing synthesizer in Lawrence’s Mainstage Opera Hydrogen Jukebox by Philip Glass, performing Andrew Cole’s Song Birds in Winter: A Young Person’s Guide to the Impending Mass Extinction Event for piano and live interactive electronics on a Lawrence faculty recital, and performing George Crumb’s Macrocosomos alongside Ning Yu and Laura Barger at the inaugural Yarn/Wire Institute at Stony Brook University in New York. When she is not immersed in her musical studies, Evangeline enjoys exploring the literature of German immigrants, cooking, and fostering dogs.

ISAAC MAYHEW is a composer and trumpet player based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is a recipient of the Pi Kappa Lambda Composition Award and a winner of the 23rd Annual Eric Stokes Song Contest, and was featured at the 2017 International Double Reeds Society conference. His pieces have been performed at venues ranging from the Lawrence Memorial Chapel and the Draw Art Gallery in Appleton to Studio Z in Saint Paul. Isaac's music has been programmed by a variety of performers including soloists Nikki Melville, Jacob Fernandez, Derrick Hahn, Alek Wasserman, and Evie Werger as well as ensembles such as the Lawrence University Symphonic Band, the Liquid Jungle Quintet, and the Zenith Saxophone Quartet. Isaac strives to create music that has the capability to engage a wide range of audiences while maintaining a high level of artistic integrity. He draws influence and inspiration from the works of a great many composers such as Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, Alan Hovhaness, and David Maslanka.

Isaac is a member of the American Composer's Forum, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and the Millennium Composers Initiative.

*denotes world premiere

credits

released March 26, 2019

This project was made possible by the generous contributions of the following people:

Tayler Johnson
Michelle Judd
Jeanette Lamothe
Annette Lee
Hannah Mayhew
Paul & Peggy Mayhew
Carolyn Ragusett
Mike & Betty Van Asten
Dean Yi-Tse Chen

Recorded February 9, 2019, at Wild Sound Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Album art and sleeve design by Willa Johnson.
Photography by Eric Snoza and Nina Sultan.

All music composed by Isaac Mayhew. www.isaacmayhewcomposition.com
Copyright © 2019 by Isaac Mayhew

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Isaac Mayhew Composition Saint Paul, Minnesota

Isaac Mayhew is a composer and trumpet player based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

He is a recipient of the Pi Kappa Lambda Composition Award and a winner of the 23rd Annual Eric Stokes Song Contest, and was featured at the 2017 International IDRS conference. Isaac strives to create music that has the capability to engage a wide range of audiences while maintaining a high level of artistic integrity. ... more

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