Debra Kaye

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Debra Kaye

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Acclaimed for her unique sound, deep and visceral language, composer Debra Kaye’s music blends her deep classical roots with a wide range of influences including jazz, world music, folk, experimental improvisation, world events and sounds of daily life. With a catalogue of close to 40 works, she has been honored with ASCAP Plus Awards for her "creative contributions to American music." Her debut CD, "And So It Begins", was recognized as "an album that will surely stand the test of time." Bellmann Musik published her work "Buscando" in "The Contemporary Harpsichordist". Season highlights include the premiere of five compositions and she is currently working on an orchestral commission to premiere in 2016-17.
Support for her music includes grants and awards from Meet the Composer, Mannes College of Music, the Edward T. Cone Foundation, Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, Atlanta Music Teachers Association, New School University; and residencies at the Millay Colony and Wurlitzer Foundation.
Kaye’s music is heard at venues uptown & down including Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Steinway Hall, Mannes College, downtown at DROM and Spectrum; it is presented on festivals and concerts by Composers Concordance, NY Composers Circle, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and the Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY; and has been heard streaming live and on the radio on Chicago’s WFMT, and other regional stations. A graduate of Mannes College of Music, Kaye is a long-standing faculty member of the Mannes Preparatory Division.

Sky is Falling

Year: 2013

Category: piano

Publisher: New Music Press

Description: With its fractured statements, multitude of textures, and patchwork of emotional arenas, the text by writer Roger Aplon, takes its inspiration from Elliot Carter’s Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano. Sky is Falling is its “grandchild”, inspired in turn by Aplon’s non-linear text. Improvisatory passages intersperse with standard notation. Can be performed piano solo or piano + narrator.

We Part the Trees

Year: 2013

Duration (in minutes): c. 6'39;

Publisher: New Music Press

Description: The text by Roger Aplon is an impassioned and searching love poem, the pianist improvises an accompaniment. Musical themes are provided as a springboard to the performer's own invention.

Doppelganger

Year: 2012

Duration (in minutes): 8.5

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: solo brass instrument, solo instrument other than piano

Instruments: any brass, trombone

Publisher: New Music Press

Score PDF: the_doppelganger-5.pdf

Description: Schubert's Doppelganger meets Bela Fleck in Africa. The opening 4 notes of Schubert’s song are displaced in register, and transform from their contemplative lyricism to include African rhythms and a swing beat. A show-piece for the performer's individuality and virtuosity.

While We Were Sleeping

Year: 2012

Duration (in minutes): c. 5'39;

Category: piano

Publisher: New Music Press

Description: A dramatic, semi-improvised piece, Poseidon unleashed, written in response to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The storm approached at night, and I improvised the opening, thought of our unheeded wake up calls and woke to find what had happened while we were sleeping.
Suitable for any level of difficulty, with its improvisatory elements, level of virtuosity can be tailored to suit.

Duet After Winter

Year: 2012

Duration (in minutes): c. 9

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Publisher: New Music Press

Score PDF: duet_after_winter_final-5.pdf

Description: He emails from Japan right after the earth­quake — “I’m ok,” he says…the vio­lins begin in uni­son, fall into close dis­so­nance, echo one another’s themes, never quite in the same place, but yearn­ing. — March 11, 2011

Beauty Way

Year: 2009

Duration (in minutes): c. 8.5

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: gamelan, string trio

Publisher: New Music Press

Score PDF: the_beauty_way_score-5.pdf

Description: Inspired by my residencies in Taos, New Mexico, Native American, African, and Old English folk tunes weave together to explore what Navajo call the beauty way, when we are in harmony with all that is. Commissioned by Empire Viols.

Hope is the thing with feathers

Year: 2008

Duration (in minutes): 6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Publisher: New Music Press

Visions

Year: 2008

Duration (in minutes): c. 6

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: New Music Press

Description: To recall the magic of my residencies in Taos - the first night there, the waning of summer, a visit to Georgia O'Keeffe's home in Abique. 
Commissioned by Access to Music.



Visions

Year: 2008

Duration (in minutes): c. 6

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: New Music Press

Description: To recall the magic of my residencies in Taos - the first night there, the waning of summer, a visit to Georgia O'Keeffe's home in Abique. 
Commissioned by Access to Music.



My American Shtetl

Year: 2007

Duration (in minutes): 20'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument trio, piano trio (vln, vc, pno), small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble

Instruments: any string, cello, narrator/speaker, piano, violin

Publisher: New Music Press

Strange Cohabitation

Year: 2007

Duration (in minutes): 9'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: piano

Publisher: New Music Press

Buscando

Year: 2006

Duration (in minutes): 9'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano

Instruments: any string, harp, harpsichord

Publisher: New Music Press

Description: A wanderlust of a piece, “buscando” means “looking for” in Spanish. Each theme leads to the next with inevitability or surprise. Opportunity for embellishment and improvisation harkens to the Baroque. Level of virtuosity can be tailored to the individual performer. Commissioned by & dedicated to Arthur Haas.

Finding Accord

Year: 2005

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument trio, piano trio (vln, vc, pno), small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, cello, piano, violin

Publisher: New Music Press

Rant

Year: 2004

Duration (in minutes): 6.5'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: solo instrument other than piano, solo string instrument

Instruments: any low voice, bass voice, cello, violin

Publisher: New Music Press

Incidental Ducklings

Year: 2004

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument trio, piano trio (vln, vc, pno), small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, cello, piano, violin

Publisher: New Music Press

Slants of Light

Year: 2003

Duration (in minutes): 11'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: baritone voice, mezzo soprano

Publisher: New Music Press

Where You Are

Year: 2002

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: New Music Press

Getting Ready for the Guests

Year: 2000

Duration (in minutes): 1'39;

Difficulty: Low (student/pedagogical)

Category: piano

Publisher: New Music Press

Ugly Duckling

Year: 1999

Duration (in minutes): 55'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: opera

Publisher: New Music Press

Country Mouse and the City Mouse

Year: 1998

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: mezzo soprano

Publisher: New Music Press

Time to Rise

Year: 1998

Duration (in minutes): 1'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: baritone voice, mezzo soprano

Publisher: New Music Press

Treble Clef Song

Year: 1993

Difficulty: Low (student/pedagogical)

Category: solo voice(s) a cappella

Publisher: New Music Press

Description: A children's song whose lyrics instruct even the youngest students to draw a handsome treble clef. - "You start with a fish-hook..."

Counting Sheep

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 2.5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Publisher: New Music Press

Dialogues with the Distant Mountains

Year: 1987

Duration (in minutes): 8 min.

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, solo instrument with piano, solo woodwind with piano

Instruments: alto, alto saxophone, any female voice, any low voice, any saxophone, any voice, any woodwind, piano

Publisher: New Music Press

And So It Begins

The Beauty Way (soprano,tenor & bass viols), Finding Accord (violin, cello & piano), Duet After Winter (violin duo), Incidental Ducklings (violin,cello & piano), Dialogues with the Distant Mountains (alto sax & piano), Visions (solo piano),
The Doppelganger (trombone), And So It Begins (string quintet & tenor sax)

Composers: Debra Kaye

Label: Ravello Rcords

Label's Website: www.DebraKayeComposer.com

Product ID: RR7899

Buy URL: https://www.amazon.com/Debra-Kaye-So-Begins-Ravello/dp/B019GLEP8G

Buy URL 2: https://music.apple.com/us/album/debra-kaye-so-it-begins-chamber/915977605

Incidental Ducklings (2004)

Composer: Debra Kaye

Description: This music video, Incidental Duckling, envisions the opening number from the Off-Off Broadway production of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. It’s part of a suite of dance and incidental music from the show arranged for piano trio. Amy Kimball, violin; Arthur Cook, cello; Marcia Eckert, piano; video by Kiersten Armstrong, KMW Studio.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB_O9gjL4Fc

Visions (2008)

Composer: Debra Kaye

Description: Commissioned by Access to Music, video by Roxanne Rea, Elizabeth Wolff, piano. Three short pieces inspired by the sense of wonder I experienced during my composing residency at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM. They’re based on three poems that I wrote in the heat of those moments.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozI7dCVOkfI

While We Were Sleeping (2012)

Composer: Debra Kaye

Description: Written for Composers Concordance, Craig Ketter, piano. I was in New York City when Hurricane Sandy struck. The storm approached at night, and like many of us, I was glued to the news, listening for the latest about its path. I went to the piano, improvised along, and thought of our unheeded wake up calls. In the morning to find what had happened while we were sleeping.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wd5XajYILw

BIOGRAPHY
Acclaimed for her unique sound, deep and visceral language, composer Debra Kaye’s music blends her deep classical roots with a wide range of influences including jazz, world music, folk, experimental improvisation, world events and sounds of daily life. With a catalogue of close to 40 works, she has been honored with ASCAP Plus Awards for her "creative contributions to American music." Her debut CD, "And So It Begins", was recognized as "an album that will surely stand the test of time." Bellmann Musik published her work "Buscando" in "The Contemporary Harpsichordist". Season highlights include the premiere of five compositions and she is currently working on an orchestral commission to premiere in 2016-17.
Support for her music includes grants and awards from Meet the Composer, Mannes College of Music, the Edward T. Cone Foundation, Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, Atlanta Music Teachers Association, New School University; and residencies at the Millay Colony and Wurlitzer Foundation.
Kaye’s music is heard at venues uptown & down including Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Steinway Hall, Mannes College, downtown at DROM and Spectrum; it is presented on festivals and concerts by Composers Concordance, NY Composers Circle, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and the Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY; and has been heard streaming live and on the radio on Chicago’s WFMT, and other regional stations. A graduate of Mannes College of Music, Kaye is a long-standing faculty member of the Mannes Preparatory Division.
COMPOSITIONS

Sky is Falling

Year: 2013

Category: piano

Publisher: New Music Press

Description: With its fractured statements, multitude of textures, and patchwork of emotional arenas, the text by writer Roger Aplon, takes its inspiration from Elliot Carter’s Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano. Sky is Falling is its “grandchild”, inspired in turn by Aplon’s non-linear text. Improvisatory passages intersperse with standard notation. Can be performed piano solo or piano + narrator.

We Part the Trees

Year: 2013

Duration (in minutes): c. 6'39;

Publisher: New Music Press

Description: The text by Roger Aplon is an impassioned and searching love poem, the pianist improvises an accompaniment. Musical themes are provided as a springboard to the performer's own invention.

Doppelganger

Year: 2012

Duration (in minutes): 8.5

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: solo brass instrument, solo instrument other than piano

Instruments: any brass, trombone

Publisher: New Music Press

Score PDF: the_doppelganger-5.pdf

Description: Schubert's Doppelganger meets Bela Fleck in Africa. The opening 4 notes of Schubert’s song are displaced in register, and transform from their contemplative lyricism to include African rhythms and a swing beat. A show-piece for the performer's individuality and virtuosity.

While We Were Sleeping

Year: 2012

Duration (in minutes): c. 5'39;

Category: piano

Publisher: New Music Press

Description: A dramatic, semi-improvised piece, Poseidon unleashed, written in response to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The storm approached at night, and I improvised the opening, thought of our unheeded wake up calls and woke to find what had happened while we were sleeping.
Suitable for any level of difficulty, with its improvisatory elements, level of virtuosity can be tailored to suit.

Duet After Winter

Year: 2012

Duration (in minutes): c. 9

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Publisher: New Music Press

Score PDF: duet_after_winter_final-5.pdf

Description: He emails from Japan right after the earth­quake — “I’m ok,” he says…the vio­lins begin in uni­son, fall into close dis­so­nance, echo one another’s themes, never quite in the same place, but yearn­ing. — March 11, 2011

Beauty Way

Year: 2009

Duration (in minutes): c. 8.5

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: gamelan, string trio

Publisher: New Music Press

Score PDF: the_beauty_way_score-5.pdf

Description: Inspired by my residencies in Taos, New Mexico, Native American, African, and Old English folk tunes weave together to explore what Navajo call the beauty way, when we are in harmony with all that is. Commissioned by Empire Viols.

Hope is the thing with feathers

Year: 2008

Duration (in minutes): 6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Publisher: New Music Press

Visions

Year: 2008

Duration (in minutes): c. 6

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: New Music Press

Description: To recall the magic of my residencies in Taos - the first night there, the waning of summer, a visit to Georgia O'Keeffe's home in Abique. 
Commissioned by Access to Music.



Visions

Year: 2008

Duration (in minutes): c. 6

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: New Music Press

Description: To recall the magic of my residencies in Taos - the first night there, the waning of summer, a visit to Georgia O'Keeffe's home in Abique. 
Commissioned by Access to Music.



My American Shtetl

Year: 2007

Duration (in minutes): 20'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument trio, piano trio (vln, vc, pno), small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble

Instruments: any string, cello, narrator/speaker, piano, violin

Publisher: New Music Press

Strange Cohabitation

Year: 2007

Duration (in minutes): 9'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: piano

Publisher: New Music Press

Buscando

Year: 2006

Duration (in minutes): 9'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano

Instruments: any string, harp, harpsichord

Publisher: New Music Press

Description: A wanderlust of a piece, “buscando” means “looking for” in Spanish. Each theme leads to the next with inevitability or surprise. Opportunity for embellishment and improvisation harkens to the Baroque. Level of virtuosity can be tailored to the individual performer. Commissioned by & dedicated to Arthur Haas.

Finding Accord

Year: 2005

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument trio, piano trio (vln, vc, pno), small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, cello, piano, violin

Publisher: New Music Press

Rant

Year: 2004

Duration (in minutes): 6.5'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: solo instrument other than piano, solo string instrument

Instruments: any low voice, bass voice, cello, violin

Publisher: New Music Press

Incidental Ducklings

Year: 2004

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument trio, piano trio (vln, vc, pno), small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, cello, piano, violin

Publisher: New Music Press

Slants of Light

Year: 2003

Duration (in minutes): 11'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: baritone voice, mezzo soprano

Publisher: New Music Press

Where You Are

Year: 2002

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: New Music Press

Getting Ready for the Guests

Year: 2000

Duration (in minutes): 1'39;

Difficulty: Low (student/pedagogical)

Category: piano

Publisher: New Music Press

Ugly Duckling

Year: 1999

Duration (in minutes): 55'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: opera

Publisher: New Music Press

Country Mouse and the City Mouse

Year: 1998

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: mezzo soprano

Publisher: New Music Press

Time to Rise

Year: 1998

Duration (in minutes): 1'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: baritone voice, mezzo soprano

Publisher: New Music Press

Treble Clef Song

Year: 1993

Difficulty: Low (student/pedagogical)

Category: solo voice(s) a cappella

Publisher: New Music Press

Description: A children's song whose lyrics instruct even the youngest students to draw a handsome treble clef. - "You start with a fish-hook..."

Counting Sheep

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 2.5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Publisher: New Music Press

Dialogues with the Distant Mountains

Year: 1987

Duration (in minutes): 8 min.

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, solo instrument with piano, solo woodwind with piano

Instruments: alto, alto saxophone, any female voice, any low voice, any saxophone, any voice, any woodwind, piano

Publisher: New Music Press

CDs

And So It Begins

The Beauty Way (soprano,tenor & bass viols), Finding Accord (violin, cello & piano), Duet After Winter (violin duo), Incidental Ducklings (violin,cello & piano), Dialogues with the Distant Mountains (alto sax & piano), Visions (solo piano),
The Doppelganger (trombone), And So It Begins (string quintet & tenor sax)

Composers: Debra Kaye

Label: Ravello Rcords

Label's Website: www.DebraKayeComposer.com

Product ID: RR7899

Buy URL 2: https://music.apple.com/us/album/debra-kaye-so-it-begins-chamber/915977605

VIDEOS

Incidental Ducklings (2004)

Composer: Debra Kaye

Description: This music video, Incidental Duckling, envisions the opening number from the Off-Off Broadway production of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. It’s part of a suite of dance and incidental music from the show arranged for piano trio. Amy Kimball, violin; Arthur Cook, cello; Marcia Eckert, piano; video by Kiersten Armstrong, KMW Studio.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB_O9gjL4Fc

Visions (2008)

Composer: Debra Kaye

Description: Commissioned by Access to Music, video by Roxanne Rea, Elizabeth Wolff, piano. Three short pieces inspired by the sense of wonder I experienced during my composing residency at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM. They’re based on three poems that I wrote in the heat of those moments.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozI7dCVOkfI

While We Were Sleeping (2012)

Composer: Debra Kaye

Description: Written for Composers Concordance, Craig Ketter, piano. I was in New York City when Hurricane Sandy struck. The storm approached at night, and like many of us, I was glued to the news, listening for the latest about its path. I went to the piano, improvised along, and thought of our unheeded wake up calls. In the morning to find what had happened while we were sleeping.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wd5XajYILw

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