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

34 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Michael Udow Wall of Two (Opera Piano/Vocal Score) Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, and Piano
Michael Udow Echoes of the Past - for Percussion Ensemble Six Percussion and Video
Michael Udow Ancient Echoes Percussion Solo and Orchestra
1(+afl)2(2=EH)2(2=bcl)2 - 1000 - hp - perc solo - strings
Michael Udow Echoes of the Past (for Wind Ensemble) Wind Ensemble and Video
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 Tree of Life (for Piano) Piano
Michael Udow Tree of Life (for Winds) Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Bass Clarinet, and Bassoon
Michael Udow Flashback for Percussion Quartet Percussion Quartet
Michael Udow Stepping Stones Two Marimbas
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 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 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 Topsy-Turvy Percussion Quartet
Michael Udow Black Shogun II Solo Percussion with Percussion Trio and Fixed Media
Michael Udow White Dwarf (for Mezzo-Soprano, Tuba, Piano, and Percussion) Mezzo-Soprano, Tuba, Piano, and Percussion
Michael Udow White Dwarf (for Soprano, Tuba, and Percussion Quartet) Soprano (or Mezzo-Soprano), Tuba, and Four Percussionists
Michael Udow Rio Grande Riffs Percussion Septet
Michael Udow Timelines Solo Percussion and 14 Percussionists
Michael Udow Apparition Solo Timpanist and Six Percussionists
Michael Udow Schizoid Marimba and Vibraphone
Michael Udow Explorations for Flute flute
Michael Udow Tennei-Ji Solo Marimba

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