Aszemar Glenn Eclectic Pianist-Composer

Aszemar Glenn is a Portland native who fell in love with soul and gospel music at a young age and, later, trained in classical music while a student at Pacific University. He earned his Fine Arts degree in the disciplines of Art, Dance, Theater, and Music, and has had numerous achievements in his career, being awarded the OMTA state music award in music composition and a National Endowment for the Arts grant among them. Currently, in addition to his work with his Virtual Band-Orchesta and solo concerts, his muti-media company gives presentations on local music history and composers; his band-orchestra is an outlet for his compositional activities but it also performs a mix of standards, pop, blues, and jazz; and he is an ethnomusicologist. At Pacific University, he had piano studies with Florence Chino, who graduated with a Master’s Degree in performance from the Eastman School of Music; Dr. Donald Schwejda (music theory/composition and contemporary music); and Dr. Albert Freedman (jazz band workshop).

COMPOSITIONAL ACTIVITY 2016

Sonata No.1 for Violin and Piano

Rock is Rockin'-jazz/rock combo

COMPOSITIONAL ACTIVITY 2015

Flute Fantasy No. 1

7 Opaque Scenes for Cello and String Orchestra.

Symphony No.2

COMPOSITIONAL ACTIVITY 2014

Sonata No.1 "Three Movements One Moment" world premiere June 11, 2014 at The Historic Old Church at 12 noon.

Original Organ Work "Lay Down Your Sword My Fellow Man" for MICHAEL BARNES Organist of Westminster Presbyterian Church

COMPOSITIONAL ACTIVITY 2013

Three original ballets "Piano Waltz", "Dance of the Perpetual Circle", "Rhapsodic Variations Excerpts" performed by Classical Ballet Academy directed by Sarah Rigles. Proceeds from the premeire of the ballets will be donated to the Lupus Foundation.

"Distant Bells" world premiere December 8, 2013 at St. Johns McMenamins Theatre

Three Guitar Works for Grammy Winning Guitarist DOUG SMITH

  1. "Off Blue"
  2. "Doug's Lament"
  3. "gaR deggaR"

In the past, Glenn has been featured as a soloist at the following events:

  • Oregon Public Broadcasting's “Tapestry Program”
  • Arts in the Park, Hillsboro Arts Council
  • Chamber Music Workshop, City of Portland
  • Concerts in the Park, City of Pasadena
  • Jazmin Community Festival, Oregon Arts/Metropolitan Arts Commission
  • Willamette Falls Symphony’s world premiere performance of Klaus Cornell piano concerto
  • Storer Cable TV's “Art Beat”

And has performed solo recitals elsewhere:

  • Forest Grove Library, concert performance sponsored by the Friends of Forest Grove Library
  • Hollywood Theatre
  • Keene State College
  • Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 1st Nutcracker Gala (2004), providing classical piano music
  • Reedwood Friends Church
  • The Old Church recital series

Glenn has completed commissioned compositions for:

  • National Endowment for the Arts/Metropolitan Arts Commission
    • “Demonic Dance, Enchantment #1, #3, #5” for piano
    • “Floating On Our Tears” for soprano voice
    • untitled trumpet and piano duet
  • Bahai Faith multimedia film Day of the Covenant
    • “Slave”
  • anonymous
    • “Christhy Blue” for piano
    • “Three Ludes for Trombone”
    • “Viola Rhapsody”