Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, April 28 through May 1, 2010
Artist biography Julie Spencer
The American born composer and musician Julie Spencer is internationally known as a virtuoso artist on her main instrument, marimba, as well as being an active musician on vibraphone and percussion instruments. As a composer, Julie Spencer is onthe repertoire of some of the foremost artists on marimba around the world.
Julie Spencer studied at Eastman School of Music and California Institute of Arts. In 1992 her first cd came out, "Ask", containing her own compositions for marimba.
Julie Spencer's cross-stylistic work is comprised of improvisatory sound collages, jazz compositions, world music cross-over as well as contemporary scores for solo marimba, chamber ensembles, choirs and orchestras. Her trail-blazing, individualistic playing technique is unique, inter-cultural, extravagant, boundariless, and it connects worlds.
"Music is an expression of the soul, mediated through a language of the intellect, made possible by an openness of the heart, its substance and meaning perpetually redefined in the context of personal experience and collective consciousness. While deriving strength from the conflicts and sorrows of our lives, I hope in the creation of music to be a voice for love and joy in the world."