Adam BowlesBirmingham, AL
Adam Bowles, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is dedicated to the performance of newly composed art music, but he is also an active and passionate interpreter of established solo piano, chamber music, and vocal repertoire from all periods of music history. Dr. Bowles has performed solo and chamber music concerts throughout the country, and he has also performed since 2002 with the Luna Nova ensemble – of which he is a founding member. Through Luna Nova, Dr. Bowles regularly participates in formal concerts and gives master classes as well as other educational outreach activities.
He is recorded on the Living Artists label and is featured on a CD of music by Argentine composer Valdo Sciammerella entitled “Rosas de Pulpa Rosas de Cal.” His playing can also be heard on Belmont University composer Mark Volker’s CD entitled Elemental Forces, which is recorded on the Centaur label.
Dr. Bowles is an active member in several musical organizations. For many years, he has been an active member of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the performance of musical compositions by living composers. He has served as Treasurer and Vice President of Membership for BAMA and as a liaison between BAMA and the Birmingham Metro Music Forum. He also served as Grant-Writer for the Alabama Music Teachers Association.
Dr. Bowles currently teaches on the piano faculty of the Community School of Music of the University of Montevallo as well as on the faculty of the Birmingham-Southern College Conservatory, and his students regularly win prizes at competitions hosted by such organizations as the Alabama Music Teachers Association, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Elbert P. Lingo Keyboard Artists Competition and the Donna Shugart Sonata-Sonatina Competition. He has also taught private piano students at the college level, some of whom were majors, as well as Piano Literature for piano majors and two sections of class piano for the University of Montevallo. In addition, Dr. Bowles has served as a collaborative pianist for students at Birmingham- Southern College, the University of Montevallo, and the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
Dr. Bowles holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM) and New England Conservatory (MM), and he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has studied with Milton Stern, Barry Snyder, Jacob Maxin, and Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff.
In the summer of 2012, Dr. Bowles was invited to Macagno, Italy to participate in the soundSCAPE New Music Festival to perform 4-hand and duo piano repertoire with Dr. Kathryn Fouse, Professor of Piano and Associate Dean of the School of the Arts at Samford University.
“From War’s Alarms” by Robert G Patterson
Written to mark the seventieth anniversary of the Normandy invasion in World War II, “From War’s Alarms” is set of variations on the tune “National Hymn” by George W. Warren. Despite the celebratory nature of the source material, the piece is very much intended as an anti-war statement. Most of the variations are in minor mode, and the martial fanfare of the hymn appears in the piece more as an instrument of terror than triumph. The final variation rises continually, as if to ask, “Will it happen again?” But there is no satisfactory answer.