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Annalise Stalls

Durham, NC            

Annalise Stalls is a North Carolina-grown saxophonist, composer, and arranger. As leader and founder of Zen Poets, she released a debut album, “Music for Mounds” in September 2015. Zen Poets, is known for presenting fresh compositions and arrangements while respecting the jazz tradition. The Poets are preparing to begin recording their next album of new original music in January 2018.

Stalls won a DownBeat Award for Best Jazz Arrangement for Large Jazz Ensemble of 2012 from the nationally-acclaimed DownBeat Magazine while she was studying jazz at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Since then, she won First Prize in the Salett Arts Jazz Competition 2014 with Zen Poets, and more recently completed her Masters of Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University in May 2017. In January 2017, Stalls travelled to Natal, Brazil with a small group of graduate students and professors to participate in GLOMUS Camp 2017, an international music conference where she was featured as Soprano Saxophone Soloist with the GLOMUS Orchestra. Stalls currently resides in Durham, North Carolina where she teaches woodwind lessons at Russell Lacy Music and performs around the Triangle.

Song of Unjadee

Track 1 from the album, Music for Mounds

This composition is about the imaginary island of Unjadee and a dragon named Amelia who watches over Unjadee from above. Amelia lives in the clouds, floating around the island in a circular motion.

There are two recurring themes in the piece that reappear in different forms: the clouds and the dragon.

Annalise Stalls (soprano saxophone/composer)
Gizen Yücel (viola)
Evan Ringel (trombone)
Thomas Linger (piano)
Aaron Gross (upright bass)
Larry Q. Draughn (drums)

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In a Beautiful Parallel Universe (audio)

This is the final movement of a three movement suite, Music for Mounds and it is also the final track of the album. The Mounds are a furry, black and white-striped, half plant /half primate species that live rooted in the forest and speak through colors. Mounds are a recurrent theme/character in the ongoing narrative in the artwork of internationally-acclaimed Trenton Doyle Hancock.

Annalise Stalls (soprano saxophone/composer)
Gizen Yücel (viola)
Evan Ringel (trombone)
Thomas Linger (piano)
Aaron Gross (upright bass)
Larry Q. Draughn (drums)

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In a Beautiful Parallel Universe (score)

This piece is dedicated to the Mounds, an imaginary species that speak through colors.

The score and parts were written in the colors heard by composer, Annalise Stalls.