Two-day recording session for Celebrate Dance is a hit

A two-day recording session for the upcoming concert, Celebrate Dance, took place February 18 and 19 at Studio X.

“It was an amazing recording session,” said concert producer Glenna Burmer (right, in photo), with Tim Huling, conductor. “The concert is going to be sensational.”

Composers Nan Avant, Barry Dowsett, Eric Goetz, Maria Jose Felix and Lonnie Mardis joined Burmer and Huling in mid-February to hear their music performed by some of the Northwest’s most talented musicians.

Celebrate Dance premieres on April 25. This singular musical event features an evening of fun, food, dance and all-original music, along with choreography created just for this event. The concert celebrates the distinctive rhythms and sounds inspired by the rich traditions of Latin and Central American music.

Musicians at the recording session were: Mark Taylor, Kareem Kandi, Nathaniel Schleimer, Tony Grasso, Andy Omdahl, Gary Shutes, Milo Petersen, Jovino Santos Neto, Chuck Deardorf, Jeff Busch, Arturo Rodriguez, Susan Pascal, Tom Dziekonski, Allion Salvador, Jessica Jasper and Virginia Dziekonski.

Although the concert is sold out, CDs will be available for sale later this spring. Find out more or get added to our mailing list.


Celebrate Dance premieres April 25

Celebrate Dance premieres in two months! The April 25 concert offers music-lovers an evening of fun, food, dance and original music from seven award-winning composers: Nan Avant, Glenna Burmer, Barry Dowsett, Maria José Félix, Eric Goetz, Tim Huling and Lonnie Mardis.

Featuring the distinctive rhythms and sounds of Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Cuba and the Caribbean, this unique concert celebrates the beat of calypso, the passion of tango, a Brazilian samba, and a composition that is inspired by traditional Mexican folk music, plus more!

In addition to his Brazilian-inspired composition written just for Celebrate Dance, Huling will also conduct the orchestra that evening, featuring musicians hand-selected for this event. A product of Seattle’s esteemed jazz-education programs, Huling teaches at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

One of the evening’s more fun moments is sure to be the snappy mambo written by Glenna Burmer. Its alternating C major and C minor variations on a theme and steady rhythmic drum-beat are sure to get people up out of their seats and snaking around the room in a conga line.

Many of the compositions will be interpreted through dance. Original dance choreography for this evening is provided by Jennifer Porter, formerly with Pacific Northwest Ballet.

This concert is sold out, but concert CDs will be available this spring. Join our mailing list so you’ll be first to know.





Celebrate Dance! New Burmer Music concert has Afro-Cubano-Latino beat

Composer and concert producer Glenna Burmer, president of Burmer Music, has an exciting new concert underway: Celebrate Dance. This world-premiere concert spotlights Afro-Cubano-Latino music. Think bossanova, tango, salsa, mambo, rumba, calypso and more.

As has become its signature style, concerts from Burmer Music feature innovative collaborations between composers and musicians that center on a theme. Each composition is created solely for the event, resulting in dynamic world-premiere performances.

For Celebrate Dance, which opens in early 2020, dance is added to the mix – but not just for the professionals. Audience participation is often part of a Burmer concert. In Celebrate Dance, expect a conga line set to the beat of original music and snaking around the concert hall venue.

The concert will include original music by top composers from both the Northwest and the East coast. Tim Huling of Boston, Mass., and Nan Avant of Seattle, are two of the composers already on board. Huling will also conduct an orchestra made up of Seattle musicians.

For Burmer, collaborating with fellow composers is an integral part of the production experience as well as a personal joy. “There are so few opportunities for composers to hear their own music performed live since many compose for film, video or the gaming industry,” she said. “My goal is to combine the finest composers with the most talented musicians and create a musical treasure for the audience as well as the musicians to enjoy.”

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Burmer Music composer Nan Avant nominated for Hollywood music award

“Musica Bella,” a jazz composition by Nan Avant that premiered at the Celebrate Jazz! concert in Seattle on April 28, 2018, was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award. Celebrate Jazz!, produced by Burmer Music, featured six jazz composers whose music was performed live by an orchestra of some of Seattle’s top musicians.

Avant’s composition was among 10 nominated in the jazz category, which also included veteran jazz artists Paul Messina and Alphonso Johnson. Johnson was announced as the winner in the jazz category at a gala dinner held in Hollywood, Calif., on November 14.

“We’re delighted that Burmer Music continues to bring such high-quality composers to the music scene in Seattle,” said Glenna Burmer, managing director. “This national recognition, and other awards we’ve garnered, point to the talent and originality of our composers.”

HMMA is an international music competition with two categories: music in media and music genre. Award categories include alternative rock, hip hop, jazz, blues and contemporary/classical/instrumental, among others. Its awardees are considered precursors to the Academy Awards.

“The evening was spectacular and gave me the opportunity to meet some very talented musicians and composers,” said Avant. “I’m honored to have been among this elite group of jazz musicians.”

Celebrate Jazz! concert only one month away

On a cool spring evening, away from the roar of the I-5 overpass and Eastlake Avenue, more than a dozen talented musicians, five amazing composers and one spirited jazz singer transformed the Lake Union Café into a stylish 1920s jazz club.

Under three 10-foot-tall Art Deco-style chandeliers, surrounded by crisp white tablecloths and black leather banquettes, shiny copper ceiling tiles and warm wood floors, the space offered just the right combination of chic, glitter and sophistication.

This was the scene at the first full rehearsal of Celebrate Jazz!, the latest production from Burmer Music. The concert will be held Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. and will include a selection of traditional jazz along with new work composed just for this event.

Virtuoso jazz vocalist Nancy Erickson, one of the most talented local singers working in jazz today, will be solo guest artist. The Los Angeles Jazz Scene called Erickson “a skilled singer who is also an excellent songwriter, Ms Erickson has an appealing tone and does justice to lyrics and swings.” Jazz Lives cites her “wit, affection, reverence for tradition and a thoroughly winning originality.”

Also performing will be Naémi-Eve Pomarede, a young piano superstar flying in from Paris to perform. Still a teenager, Pomarede’s amazing musicality belies her years.

Billed as a night of magic and whimsy, concert-goers are asked to come dressed in their favorite Art Deco or Roaring 20’s-style costumes. A few special guests will circulate among the crowd, adding mystery—and a dose of fun— to the evening. More details to be announced soon.

Five composers from both coasts have written new jazz compositions for Celebrate Jazz! They are Nan Avant, Barry Dowsett, Eric Goetz, Tim Huling and Glenna Burmer. Huling will also conduct an orchestra of musicians from the Seattle area.

Concert tickets were swept up within the first week of advertising, but recordings will be available in May. If you are interested in future Burmer Music events, email us and get on the fan list.

(Photos by Derek Fordyce)