Spencer, Julie

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Julie Spencer


Born: January 09, 1962

Country: Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.

Studies: Eastman School of Music (B.F.A.1985), California Institute of the Arts (M.F.A.1990)

Teachers: Paul Novros, James Newton, John Beck

Website: http://www.spencer-blume.com/

Professional Bio

Julie Spencer - Profile


The exceptional American artist and internationally renowned marimba virtuoso Julie Spencer enchants with her unusual instruments, her profoundly personal singing style, and her unmistakable musicality, creating new music through the harmonizing confluence of composition and performance.

Her 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 and expressive.

"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." -Julie Spencer[1]

Works for Percussion

7 Souls X a Billion - Marimba with Percussion and Orchestra
After The Storm - Marimba
Almost 5 A.M. - Marimba
Ask - Vibraphone
Bamboo Leaf - Marimba
Before The Beginning - Marimba; Marimba Quartet
Brothers In Peace - Marimba
Chelsea Window - Marimba
Color Suite - Marimba
DJ Dog Demockracy - Marimba
Ecstatic Sunlight on the Mountain Snow - Marimba
Ecstatic Sunlight Suite - Marimba
The Emperors New Clothes - Marimba
Elim - Marimba
Everybody Talk About Freedom - Marimba
Fire Elves - Marimba
Glowing Horizon at Dawn - Marimba
Gomer in the Desert - Marimba
Grateful Metamorphosis - Percussion Ensemble
Ice Cream - Marimba
If You Don't - Women Voice, Marimba, Vibraphone
Hot Chai - Marimba Duet; Marimba, Bass Clarinet
Mountain Spring - Marimba
Peace of Mind - Marimba, Piano
Pink Elisa Spring - Marimba; Marimba Duet
Soulhouse Suite - Marimba
Stronger Every Day = Marimba Quartet
Summer Music - Marimba
Swirling Light in the Mist by the Sea - Marimba
Tranquility - Vibraphone
Tree Song - Marimba, Flute Duo; 2 Marimbas; Marimba, Piano
Tree Song - Marimba Duo and Orchestra - Marimba Duo and Orchestra
Tribeca Sunflower - Marimba; Marimba Quartet; World Music Ensemble
Voices for Peace - Flute and Marimba with Vibes and Percussion
Waterfalls - Marimba
Waterfalls Concerto - Marimba and Orchestra; Marimba and Percussion Ensemble
When You Hear The Soft Roar When There Is No Sound - Percussion Ensemble
White Squirrel - Marimba
Wild Heron - Marimba
Zalan-Zalan - Concerto for Percussion & Orchestra - Multiple Percussion, Orchestra


Interview with Julie Spencer from @Percussion Podcast with Casey Cangelosi