Elizabeth A. Baker on falling in love from the point of view of a neurotransmitter, making music from bicycle parts, and the legacy of Nina Simone.
The music of American composer Andrea Reinkemeyer has been described as, “haunting,” “clever, funky, jazzy and virtuosic” (Detroit Free Press, Schenectady Daily Gazette); it explores the intersection of the visual, aural and natural worlds through lush melodic lines and textures teeming with new timbres and churning rhythmic figures.
Ms. Reinkemeyer is a free-lance composer, enjoying recent commissions from: In Mulieribus, Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College, Rodney Dorsey for the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble & University Singers, Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra, H. Robert Reynolds and The Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, Jeffrey Heisler for the Primary Colors Trio, Miller Asbill and the Texas Tech University Concert Band, The Wild Swan Theater, Iowa Music Teachers’ Association, Natalie Haworth-Liu, Jay Bordeleau, Alan Huckleberry, Tayva Singer, and Kathryn Hallor, artists Carol Jacobsen and Patricia Olynyk.
Her music has been performed both nationally and internationally, by the American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings, North-South Chamber Orchestra, The Fire Wire Ensemble, Great Noise Ensemble, Thailand International Composition Festival, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band, Northern Arizona University Percussion Ensemble, Pacific Rim Gamelan, and new music ensembles at: Bowling Green State University, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Susquehanna University. Her electroacoustic compositions have been performed on the SEAMUS Conference, Spark Electronic Music Festival, University of Central Missouri New Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest Festival, and Threshold Electronic Music Festival. Her music has also received recognition from the International Alliance of Women in Music.
Dr. Reinkemeyer enjoys exploring music with students of all ages. In 2014, she joined the faculty of Linfield College as Assistant Professor of Music Composition & Theory. Previously, she served as a Part-time Lecturer in the Mahidol University International College, Salaya, Thailand (2011-12) and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Composition, Theory and Technology at Bowling Green State University, Ohio (2005-10). Reinkemeyer has been the Composer-in-Residence with the: Michigan Philharmonic’s, “The Composer in Me!” education pilot program (2010-11), American-Romanian Festival’s Fusion Project (2011), and Burns Park Elementary School (2004, 2005, 2010). She has mentored public school students through outreach programs with the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings (2007) and Michigan Mentorship Program (2002, 2004). Her work with young musicians has been supported by a Meet the Composer/MetLife Creative Connections Grant.
Reinkemeyer holds degrees in music composition from the University of Michigan (MM 2001, DMA 2005) and University of Oregon (BM 1999). Her primary composition teachers include: Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, Susan Botti, James Aikman, Robert Kyr, Jack Boss and Harold Owen. While a student, her work was recognized with a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, Regents’ Fellowship, Christine Rinaldo Memorial Scholarship, Graduate Student Instructor position in electronic music composition, the Ruth Lorraine Close Musical Fellows and Outstanding Creativity in Composition Award.
Born and raised in Oregon, she has also lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Bangkok, Thailand.
I'm still having waterbug problems... begins at 00:29 and is excerpted again at the close of the episode at 27:22. By the Baker-Barganier Duo, featuring Elizabeth A. Baker and Erich Barganier.
Serotonin begins at 8:09. Featuring Dawn Pufahl on viola and Elizabeth A. Baker on toy piano.
Tweed Fantasy - Perpetual Dream begins at 17:48.
On The Other Side begins at 22:51. Featuring Dawn Pufahl on viola and Elizabeth A. Baker on toy piano.
I'm still having waterbug problems... is excerpted for a second time at 27:22. See above for track and details.
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