Premiered on November 28th, 2012 at Temple's Performing Arts Center, The Gjeilo Project was a collaboration with composer Ola Gjeilo, conductor Mitos Andaya, the Temple University Singers, and instrumentalists. Based on Gjeilo's "Spheres", "Dark Night of the Soul" and "Luminous Night of the Soul", the evening features both student and professional dancers as well as fifty-five singers, Ola Gjeilo on piano, and a string quartet.
About the Composer:
OLA GJEILO (pronounced Yay-lo) was born in Norway in 1978, and moved to the United States in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School in New York City. Ola’s concert works are performed all over the world, and his debut recording as a pianist-composer, the lyrical crossover album Stone Rose (2L, 2007) was followed by its 2012 sequel, Piano Improvisations. Many of Ola’s choral works are featured on Phoenix Chorale’s bestselling Northern Lights album (Chandos, 2012), which is devoted entirely to his music for choir. He especially enjoys writing music for choir, orchestra/symphonic winds, and the piano, while as a pianist, his main passion is improvisation, either solo or over his own ensemble works. Presently a full-time composer based in the US, Ola is also very interested in film, and his music draws a lot of inspiration from movies and cinematic music. Ola’s scores are distributed by Hal Leonard, the Northern Lights, Piano Improvisations and Stone Rose albums are available at amazon.com and iTunes. For more information, go to: olagjeilo.com/