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“Peaceful Choir” by harpist Lavinia Meijer and chamber choir World Choir of Peace is a relaxing musical journey through the manifold colors and sounds of contemporary choral music

Peaceful Choir

Ellis Ludwig-Leone – USA

About the piece:
To look for owls imagines two voices, calling out under a quiet night sky. After a period of calling with no response, the cello awakens, answering the voices’ inquiry with its own strange, animal-like sounds.

Ellis Ludwig-Leone is a composer and songwriter active in New York City.

He is the songwriter and bandleader for Brooklyn-based band San Fermin, which has released four studio albums on Sony Masterworks and Downtown/Interscope Records. His most recent album, The Cormorant I, was released in October 2019 to critical acclaim from such outlets as NPR, Time, and Exclaim Magazine. The band’s self-titled debut was named one of NPR’s 50 Best Albums of the Year, and their sophomore album Jackrabbit was released in 2015, debuting at #8 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. In her review for San Fermin’s third album, Belong, The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino described the music as “gracefully intoxicating” and praised Ludwig- Leone for his “knack for simultaneously expressing beauty and crisis.” Lauded as “masters of highbrow chamber pop” by Rolling Stone, San Fermin has become a widely touring enterprise, selling out numerous shows and performing at major festivals worldwide. Television appearances include Last Call with Carson Daly, CBS This Morning, and Canal + Music.

Outside of his work with San Fermin, Ludwig-Leone has written for and collaborated with a wide variety of ensembles and soloists, including ACME, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Attacca Quartet, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, The Crossing, Decoda, Fifth House Ensemble, Het Gelders Orkest, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, NOW Ensemble, yarn/wire, harpist Lavinia Meijer, and pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Ludwig-Leone was named the Composer-in-Residence for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in 2015, and is a recipient of residencies from The MacDowell Colony, Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Við Djúpið music festival in Iceland. His works have been recorded for Sony Classical and New Amsterdam Records.

Ludwig-Leone has worked extensively with choreographer Troy Schumacher, and their ballet Common Ground was premiered by the New York City Ballet in 2015. He has composed five ballets for Schumacher’s ballet company BalletCollective, collaborating with visual artist David Salle, architect (and NYC Lowline creator) James Ramsey, photographer Paul Maffi, and poet Cynthia Zarin.

Ludwig-Leone is currently working on American Music, a full-length musical with best-selling author Jane Mendelsohn and Tony-winning director Diane Paulus, commissioned by the American Repertory Theatre. He is also working on The Night Falls, an evening length dance- opera with choreography by Schumacher and a libretto by acclaimed novelist and MacArthur recipient Karen Russell, in association with the American Opera Project.

Upon graduating from Yale University in 2011, Ludwig-Leone worked as a musical assistant for the composer Nico Muhly. Born in Rhode Island and raised in rural Massachusetts, he currently lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn