FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 20, 2007
CONTACT: Tim Musselman, 615-898-2493
MTSU FACULTY RECITAL FEATURES MUSIC FROM UPCOMING ALBUM
Bela Says Creating Music from Father’s Book Was “Deeply Moving, Personal Experience”
(MURFREESBORO)—Marcin Bela, assistant professor of theory and composition at MTSU, will present a free and open faculty recital at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the T. Earl Hinton Music Hall of the Wright Music Building on the MTSU campus.
Joining Bela will be Randy Boen (electric guitar), Russell Wright (electric bass) and Curt Redding (drums). Boen, Wright and Redding are members of the local music project known as the Johnny Neel Criminal Element.
Bela said the group will perform songs from his upcoming album titled One Spin of the Sun.
Bela's performances have entered a wide array of contexts, including cabaret shows, jazz concerts, rock sets and classical recitals. He and his collaborators have performed in concert venues such as Jordan Hall in Boston and the Max M. Fisher Hall in Detroit, as well as in rock clubs such as the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, the urban-gallery environment of Tenri Institute in Greenwich Village, and the ambient and reverberant Holy Trinity Chapel in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Bela said his father, Zbigniew, wrote One Spin of the Sun between 1981 and 1983, when he was a small child and his father was an emerging writer in Poland.
“The book is essentially a series of short observations of daily life occurrences, with my 3-year-old self appearing in many chapters,” Bela said. “Needless to say, translating it into English and setting it to music has been a deeply personal and meaningful experience.
“It offers an exceptionally honest insight into the logistics of life during the last decade of European communism, as it was collapsing before our eyes,” he said.
The Oct. 7 performance is free and open to the public.
For more information on this and other events in the McLean School of Music, please visit www.mtsumusic.com or call 615-898-2493.