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Luna Pearl Woolf: Bio

The music of composer Luna Pearl Woolf (1973-) has been enthusiastically received across North America and Europe. Noted for her lyricism and wit, Woolf was recently highlighted as a composer and producer on NPR's All Things Considered and has been featured in the "global hit" segment of PRI's The World. Recent premieres include two works with a focus on recent events: Apres Moi, le Deluge, called "the first major work of classical music to commemorate the flooding of New Orleans" (Arts Journal), was premiered in April 2006; and After the Wave, an orchestral response to the 2004 tsunami devastation, commissioned by the Greenwood Music School, premiered in August 2005. Upcoming recordings include a new work for soprano, cello and piano, commissioned by Lisa Delan for release on the Pentatone label, and I am a Fish for soprano and string quartet, commissioned by Jama Jandrokovic and premiered at New York's Alice Tully Hall. Other recent commissions come from cellist Matt Haimovitz, pianist Katherine Jacobson and flautist Eugenia Zukerman, among others.

Woolf graduated summa cum laude in composition from Harvard University in 1996, and also studied at Oberlin College and Conservatory. In 2002, she earned her MA from Smith College. Woolf's principal composition teachers have been Mario Davidovsky, Augusta Read Thomas, Lewis Spratlan and Don Wheelock. Woolf was awarded the Ellen Taafe Zwilich Prize from the IAWM, the John Greene Scholarship and John Knowles Paine Fellowship from Harvard University, and the Settie Lehman Fatman Prize from Smith College. Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, Woolf now makes her home in Montreal.

1 To The Fire  
2 Apres moi, le deluge / I. Noah. The Lord Has Raised a Mighty Wind  
3 II. Deep in the Water, Too Deep for Tears  
4 III. Gone Away and Left Us, Lord  
5 IV. Lord, I'm Goin' Down in Louisiana  
6 Cohen, L: Everybody Knows  
7 Missa in Fines Orbis Terrae / I. Kyrie  
8 II. Sanctus and Benedictus  
9 III. Agnus Dei  
10 One to One to One / I.  
11 II.  
12 III.  
13 IV.  
14 V  
15 VI.  
16 Cohen, L: Who by Fire  
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Leonard Cohen - Everybody Knows (arr. Luna Pearl Woolf)
Melange a trois - Luna Pearl Woolf - Trailer

From a deeply stirring Mass to hauntingly re-imagined Leonard Cohen masterpieces, LUNA PEARL WOOLF: Fire and Flood encompasses 25 years of vocal and choral works by the innovative American- Canadian composer. The composer-portrait album features new and compelling performances from The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS NY conducted by Julian Wachner, cellist Matt Haimovitz, soprano Devon Guthrie, mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata, and Broadway actress Nancy Anderson.

In her penetrating album notes, The New York Times contributing writer Corinna Da Fonseca- Wollheim comments, "Luna Pearl Woolf trains a zoom lens on the collective experience, sometimes plunging us right into the midst of destruction and anarchy only to pull back, in one swoop, to a clear-eyed plane of compassion." These arresting works include her frequently-performed cello- choir concerto, Après moi, le deluge, which emerges from the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; and the dramatic, low-voiced To the Fire, with its prophetic, Old Testament text. In One to One to One, "three female singers reflect and refract the male gaze in an uproar of vocal virtuosity" (Da Fonseca-Wollheim); while Missa in Fines Orbis Terrae journeys to the ends of the earth in search of revelation, mercy, peace.