Andrew Fowler Blog

Songs of Summer

I'm excited about this summer's release of the live album "Mosaic." Recorded in January, these songs contain energy that exceeds the bounds of the recorded medium.  Even so, please have a listen.  

Here are upcoming concerts:

Thursday, September 12, in Wheelwirght Auditorium, at 7:30 pm. will roll out the second "Beautiful Friendship" concert.  Dan O'Reilly and I began this series in January, and the new "Mosaic" album is the result of my portion of the event.  Dan and I have much more music to share.  We decided to keep performing our original music and also our arrangements of jazz classics.  The band will be great. You be the judge of the music. I hope you can put it in your calendar:  Thursday, September 12, @ 7:30 pm @ Wheelwright Auditorium. 

The next concert, on October 6 @ 4 pm @ Edwards Recital Hall, will feature my new compostions performed by incredible artists.  Philip Powell, Jeff Jones, and members of the CCU string quintet are the artists that will bring to life the music II have written tabout the Lowcountry of South Carolina and the "haints" in it.  The first work is Brookgreen Fountains: Suite One. This piano solo suite of five movements musically captures he energy of the statues that are the focus of the fountains.  Each movement will be enhanced with a video of the given featured fountain.  If you have a chance to get to Brookgreen, the fountains, in order, are: 1) Fountain of the Muses, 2) Alligator Bender, 3) Raphell, 4) Time and the Fates of Man, and 5) Frog Baby.  I wrote these for the incredible pianist Philip Powell, who will premiere the suite at the concert. 

 There are two other works featured on this concert.  A premiere of Lowcountry Voices, a song cycle for baritone and piano, featuring Jeff Jones (baritone, and Philip Powell (piano), will explore the ghosts and legends of the Carolina coast.  The last work of the evening will be yet another premiere, Brokkgreen Fountains, Suite Two, for piano sextet.  Another sutie that sets more of the wonderful fountains to music, this suite features the CCU string quintet, with Philip Powell, piano. This work will also unfold with a video component to augment the experience.

I hope to see you there.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Concerts

Sunday, December 2, at 4 pm in Wheelwright Auditorium (on the campus of Coastal Carolina University) he'll be in concert with David Bankston and Friends in the Christmas Fusion Concert.  Fowler's originals and arrangements will be a big part of the event.  Then, on Thursday, Jan, 24, in Wheelwright, he will be in concert with Dan O'Reilly, in a concert titled "A Beautiful Friendship." This will feature many of the songs that will be in his next album.  Check the CCU Cultrual Arts calendar for details of both of these events. 

Soon this website will post information about the release of the new CD from Jeff Jones (baritone) and Philip Powell (piano) titled "Songs of Travel."  One side will feature the Vaughn Williams "Songs of Travel" and the other will be Fowler's song cycle of the same name.

 

Also, you can catch Fowler performing songs from the American Songbook with U.N.I. at Travinia in Market Common on Fridays from 7-10 pm.

 

April 2018

This month marks the start of a new recording project.  I'm now writing new material to be recorded in the summer and released by the end of the year.  Stay tuned.

2018

I've enjoyed revisiting "Concertato on "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,'" originally commissioned by Tripp Morris for Spanish Fort United Methodist Chruch. He requested that I rescore it for full orchestra (from the mixed chorus, brass quintet, percussion, and organ).  That premieres on Easter Sunday.  In the new version I've made adjustments and created what I feel is a better composition. I'm also excited about another project: "Over Yonder's Ocean" (mixed chorus, chamber orch.) based on original Murrells Inlet spirituals.  This work was performed in 2012 (Carolina Master Chorale, Tim Koch, condcutor).  I'm taking the opportuinity to edit, rescore (adding more jazz-based improvisational components) and adjust the video that accompanies the live performance.  This will premiere on March 30 at Weelwright Auditorium, Coastal Carolina University.