Toronto Women Film Festival selects Burmer animated video for two honors

Nana korobi, Ya oki , an animated short video with original music by Glenna Burmer, just won two awards today (April 7) from the Toronto Women Film Festival – Best Animation and Best Female Composer.

These awards are added to the Outstanding Achievement Award for Animated Short that Burmer won in March from IndieX Film Festival.

Toronto Women Film Festival focuses on female-driven stories, independent female directors, composers and other film artists. The festival selects films created from artists from around the world, focusing on those who advance the conversation about women and film. Those who are selected for the monthly competition, such as Burmer, are considered for the annual festival event.

Nana korobi, Ya oki, or Seven Falls, tells the story of a young girl in Hokkaido who overcomes seven trials to save an orphan during a snowstorm. The film’s title is from a Japanese proverb which says:  “Seven times you may fall, but get up the eighth.”

This short video was created and produced by Glenna Burmer with assistance from artistic director Gaby Breiter of Deep Sky Studios in Portland, Oregon. The original music featuring woodwinds and strings was composed by Glenna Burmer and recorded by Dynamedion in Germany.

The dreamy animation style reflects sumi-e art, a Japanese artistic style that employs black ink and distinctive brush strokes. The style was chosen as a tribute to Burmer’s mother, who was a sumi-e artist. The animated video will be released later this year.

Glenna Burmer is a composer and artist who produces live concerts, music and dance programs that feature original music, choreography and video. As president of Burmer Music LLC for the past decade, she has produced six contemporary classical music CDs or music compilations, including three concerts at Benaroya Hall in Seattle and a ballet at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Wash.

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, her productions have won several awards, including the 2014 Independent Music Vox Populi Award for both the best contemporary classical album and best instrumental (Celebrate World Music!).

Glenna Burmer wins Outstanding Achievement Award from IndieX Film Festival

Nana korobi, Ya oki , an animated short video with original music by Glenna Burmer, won the Outstanding Achievement Award for Animated Short in March 2021 from the IndieX Film Festival.

IndieX Film Festival is a Los Angeles-based international film festival that features monthly screenings and Q&A sessions with filmmakers at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, Cal. Projects are judged by a varied team of invited experts from academia and the Los Angeles-area film industry.

Films submitted for consideration came from 15 countries. The winning entries will go on to the next round of competition.

Nana korobi, Ya oki, or Seven Falls, tells the story of a young girl in Hokkaido who overcomes seven trials to save an orphan during a snowstorm. The film’s title is from a well-known Japanese proverb which says:  “Seven times you may fall, but get up the eighth.”

This short video was created and produced by Glenna Burmer with assistance from artistic director Gaby Breiter of Deep Sky Studios in Portland, Ore. The original music featuring woodwinds and strings was composed by Glenna Burmer and recorded by Dynamedion in Germany.

The dreamy animation style reflects sumi-e art, a Japanese artistic style that employs black ink and distinctive brush strokes. The style was chosen as a tribute to Burmer’s mother, who was a sumi-e artist. The animated video will be released later this year.

Animated short feature is newest release from Burmer Music

With concert halls and recording studios shuttered for the past year because of the pandemic, musicians have had to find creative ways to stay productive.

At Burmer Music, owner Glenna Burmer began collaborating in a new artistic medium, merging her original compositions with video animation. The result is Nana korobi, Ya oki, a story about a young girl in Hokkaido who overcomes seven trials to save an orphan during a snowstorm. The film’s title is from a well-known Japanese proverb which says:  “Seven times you may fall, but get up the eighth.”

This short video was created and produced by Glenna Burmer with assistance from artistic director Gaby Breiter of Deep Sky Studios in Portland, Oregon. The original music featuring woodwinds and strings was composed by Glenna Burmer and recorded by Dynamedion in Germany.

The dreamy animation style reflects sumi-e art, a Japanese artistic style that employs black ink and distinctive brush strokes. The style was chosen as a tribute to Burmer’s mother, who was a sumi-e artist. The animated video will be released later this year.

Glenna Burmer is a composer and artist who produces live concerts, music and dance programs that feature original music, choreography and video. As president of Burmer Music LLC for the past decade, she has produced six contemporary classical music CDs or music compilations, including three concerts at Benaroya Hall in Seattle and a ballet at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Wash.

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, her productions have won several awards, including the 2014 Independent Music Vox Populi Award for both the best contemporary classical album and the best instrumental for Celebrate World Music!

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.