Michael Udow

Biography

Michael Udow has composed three operas, film scores, orchestral and wind ensemble works, chamber music, and solo compositions. Michael's distinctive compositional voice alludes categorization. Quite often, his rhythmically engaging contrapuntal lines with dense timbres weave effortlessly with memorable melodic lines. His latest 2020 Animated Film to be performed live with orchestra, wind ensemble or 6-percussion with sound playback has received twelve laurel awards, including New York's Sound and Vision International Film & Technology Festival, Hollywood Verge Film Awards, Picasso, Einstein, Buddha Film Festival (India) and Bengal's Model N Movie International Shorts. In addition, Michael was the 2014-15 Composer-in-Residence with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra. Michael is a University of Michigan Emeritus Professor (1982 – 2011). He retired from his distinguished career as the principal percussionist with The Santa Fe Opera (1968 – 2009). Michael holds BM degrees in composition and percussion from the University of Illinois, where he also completed his MM and the first DMA degree in percussion performance. Oxford University Press published his 472-page book, Percussion Pedagogy, A Practical Guide for Studio Teachers, in 2019. The Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Madison Philharmonia have recorded Michael's works. In 2022, the DuPage Symphony Orchestra will be presenting Michael's Shattered Mirror Suite, preceded by a week of guest composer workshops. In addition, the world premiere of his multiple percussion concerto, Ancient Echoes, will be given by the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.

ACE Publications

32 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Michael Udow Abyss of Time for Percussion Ensemble, Harmonium, Piano, and Video 12 Percussion, Harmonium, Piano (2 Players), and Video
Michael Udow Abyss of Time for Percussion Quartet and Video Percussion Quartet and Video
Michael Udow Abyss of Time for Percussion Sextet and Video With Optional Chinese Instrument Orchestra Six Percussionists, Video, and Optional Chinese Instruments Orchestra
Michael Udow Ancient Echoes Percussion Solo and Orchestra
1(+afl)2(2=EH)2(2=bcl)2 - 1000 - hp - perc solo - strings
Michael Udow Apparition Solo Timpanist and Six Percussionists
Michael Udow Bayou Reflections (for Orchestra) Orchestra
3(3=picc)3(3=EH)3(3=bcl)2 - 222(2=btbn)1 - timp, 2 perc - strings
Michael Udow Bayou Reflections (for Wind Ensemble) Wind Ensemble
picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, EH, Eb cl, 2 Bb cl, bcl, ssax, asax, tsax, bar sax, 2 bsn, cbscn, 2 Bb tpt, 4 hrn, 2 tbn, tba, hp, pno, 2 perc
Michael Udow Black Shogun II Solo Percussion with Percussion Trio and Fixed Media
Michael Udow Bog Music Solo Percussion and 3 Percussionists
Michael Udow Coyote Dreams for Marimba and Orchestra Marimba and Orchestra
22(2=EH)2(2=bcl)2 - 2000 - perc, hp - marimba solo - strings
Michael Udow Coyote Dreams for Marimba and Percussion Trio Marimba Solo and Percussion Trio
Michael Udow Cycle, Retrace, Progress, Be Still Any Keyboard Instrument
Michael Udow Dinosaur Dance Solo Timpani and Percussion Quartet
Michael Udow Echoes of the Past Six Percussion and Video
Michael Udow Flashback for Percussion Quartet Percussion Quartet
Michael Udow Four Movements for Percussion Quartet Percussion Quartet
Michael Udow Music for Cross-Cultures 12 Percussionists
Michael Udow Rio Grande Riffs Percussion Septet
Michael Udow Schizoid Marimba and Vibraphone
Michael Udow Shattered Mirror Suite Orchestra
3(2+afl, 3+picc)3(3=EH)3(3=bcl)3 - 433(3=btbn)1 - timp, 3 perc, hp - strings
Michael Udow Stepping Stones Two Marimbas
Michael Udow Suite for Jazz Drums & Handclappers Drum Set & 4 Percussionists
Michael Udow Tennei-Ji Solo Marimba
Michael Udow Timbrack Quartet Percussion Quartet
Michael Udow Timelines Solo Percussion and 14 Percussionists

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