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Jeremy Yowell | Shepherd’s Glen

Posted November 15, 2013

Our client, Jeremy Yowell, recently released his new album Shepherd’s Glen – Celtic Stylings for Solo Piano. Unlike most recording artists, Yowell is also a composer and arranges music for SATB choir, piano, cello, and ensembles. With this skill set, he releases piano books to accompany his records. Black Ribbon is grateful to have printed the books for Shepherd’s Glen. The photo above is the amazing final product. Be sure to visit Jeremy’s website to get one of your own!


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Give the Gift of Music

Posted November 12, 2013





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Celebrity Fight Night XIX

Posted April 1, 2013

Fight Night's music director and Black Ribbon's client, David Foster

Celebrities, athletes, and philanthropists flocked to Fight Night XIX for auctions, dinner, and a show. This event may seem like just another star-studded gathering; however, it’s a huge fundraiser for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Barrow Neurological Institute, and more.

“Celebrity Fight Night’s ongoing support makes a tremendous difference for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center,” says Abraham Lieberman, MD, director of the MAPC. “Their support is the backbone of so much of what we do—from education and exercise programs to support groups, the Parkinson Registry and Ali Care. Without the yearly contribution from Celebrity Fight Night Foundation, we would be unable to offer all that we do.”

David Foster, a Black Ribbon client, was the musical director for the 14th year. Brian Benison Music was hired to do the music preparation for Foster and the event. Black Ribbon’s CEO worked on takedowns (music transcription), copying, and printing all of the music for the performances. For the event, he drove a portable “Black Ribbon” to Arizona to work as the on-site music librarian, printer, and editor.

The evening included performances by Steve Martin, Andrea Bocelli, Jennifer Lopez, Billy Crystal, Billy Ray Cyrus, American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart, X-Factor winner Tate Stevens, and more.

In the past 19 years, the foundation has raised $87 million for amazing causes. Fight Night XIX didn’t disappoint. Over $7 million was raised by the night’s end. Black Ribbon is very grateful to have been a part of such an amazing event for a life-changing foundation.

Celebrity Fight Night XIX | JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa | Phoenix, AZ | 3.23.13


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Anne LeBaron – Hsing | World Premiere

Posted January 20, 2011

Black Ribbon music printing

Next Sat., Jan. 29, Anne LeBaron’s work for solo harp, Hsing, written about a decade ago but only now getting its first full performance, will be premiered by Alison Bjorkedal at the Armory for the Arts in Pasadena, at 8 PM. The Southwest Chamber Music concert will include Tom Peter’s rendition of the ferociously difficult “Theraps”, for solo double bass, by Iannis Xenakis. Further details given below; program notes can be accessed here.

A few words from the composer [Anne LeBaron]….

“In a few hours, at 11 AM on Thurs., Jan. 20, Alison will perform excerpts from Hsing on KPFK, with John Schneider hosting Global Village Thursdays, along with a few comments from me, explaining the role of ‘activated’ harpist. (The segment will stream for the next two weeks.) You’ll hear more about why the performer will speak to the harp, asking it questions while caressing it, engaging with the sound holes, and drawing wild cards that play havoc with the flow of the piece, all while performing what is mostly standard writing for harp (with a few bowings and scrapings thrown in).  Hsing, with a framework corresponding to the five elements of feng shui, makes use of the Lo Shu (magic square) to determine exactly where the wild cards are embedded in the score, and is personalized with the back story of an encounter I had with a haunted harp. We’ve engaged Rafael Lopez-Barrantes to direct this performance. I hope to see some of you there!”

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Premier: Tom Bough

Posted October 29, 2010

Composer and Northern Illinois University professor Tom Bough premieres his composition “Suite for Tuba and Band” via live webcast on November 17, 2010. Tom is featured as composer and soloist.

Here is what Tom writes about the piece:

“Suite for Tuba and Band” is dedicated to Sam Pilafian, the tuba player and founding member of the Empire Brass Quintet. The four movement composition represents one of the most substantial works for solo tuba and concert band in the last decade. This work was written by a tuba player for tuba players. Each movement represents the musical character of the tuba in a different light. The first movement juxtaposes the rhythmic complexity of shifting asymetric meters with a conga-supported fusion jazz melody. The second movement offers the soloist a chance to improvise and take the melodic lead on the Dixieland classic tune “That’s a Plenty”. The third movement, “Lullaby”, allows the melodic character of the tuba to take center stage. The fourth movement weaves themes from the previous three movements into original material to bring the composition to a stirring climax.”

The full version of the piece, as well as a piano reduction are available through BVD Press.

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