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Gurdjieff essays

Internationally Published Composer
Yamaha Artist

Inspired by Music, Poetry and Astrophysics

Terry Winter Owens was an internationally published composer and pianist based in New York City. Her music has been described as "... hauntingly beautiful ..." The Bangkok Times specially noted the "remarkably evocative sonorities" of her music.

'Exposed on the Cliffs of the Heart'

This CD features five piano compositions performed by virtuoso pianist Francisco Monteiro.

Click here to listen to excerpts and/or to order.

The title, "Exposed on the Cliffs of the Heart," is from a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke.

   Terry Her poetry and her translations of the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke is embedded in the fabric of the music in many recent pieces. The words are spoken either by a narrator or by the instrumentalists themselves.

Titles and narration of many of her compositions are inspired by astrophysics and the physics of light. Two recent pieces in that genre are "Ancient Fire" for two pianos and "Cellestial Music: Book I: The Facts of Light" for cello and narrator.

Owens is a Yamaha Artist and was nominated for the Van Cliburn Commission 2005. She has received many awards and prizes including First Prize in the Miriam Gideon Competition for her chamber work "Messages for Raoul Wallenberg" and finalist in the Whitney Museum Two Piano Festival for "Pianophoria #3." Her music has been widely performed in Europe, the Far East, the U.S. and Canada, most recently in New York City, Spain, Portugal, Dubai, Turkey, The Netherlands and Tokyo.

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Two memorial concerts were presented in New York City on February 17th and March 10th 2009. See http://www.terrywinterowens.com/Cann-Concert.html and http://www.terrywinterowens.com/Ancient-Breath-of-the-Sea-concert.html for details.

Filmmaker Douglas Morse has made his collaboration with Terry Winter Owens, The Lost Children of Coney Island available for immediate download. This heart wrenching and heart warming film chronicles children separated from their parents on the busy beaches of Coney Island at the height of the summer season. A grant from The American Composers Forum lead Morse and Owens to collaborate on this lyrical documentary. Long stretches of Terry's music set to images of Coney Island, cinema verite documentary, and untraditional interviews combine to give this 27 minute piece unique power. The is being offered for sale by Morse and can be purchased by download only for $4.95 and proceeds will be earmarked for a new documentary he is making about Kindergarten in New York City. The film can be purchased from http://films.cerizmo.com/ Or you can simply use Buy It Now button here: Buy
Now (note: the page you will be directed to says "Grandfather Films."

Pianist Isabelle O'Connell has posted a recording of her beautiful performance of "Red Shift" for solo piano.

Composer / Pianist Scott Mayfield, who presented the world premiere of "Rhapsody from the Fabric of Spacetime" in February 2008, has posted three pieces from that concert on his new myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/connvolution21.

Terry now has myspace and facebook pages at http://www.myspace.com/terrywinterowens and http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=606017326 respectively.

We are sad to announce that Terry passed away on July 31st, 2007 after a long illness. More information on this will be posted in coming weeks. Her daughter, Maggie, will continue to maintain her email address and web page and will promote her music as avidly as ever.

Multi-talented filmmaker, playright and singer Omonike Akinyemi has asked Owens to provide incidental music for her new musical "How to Stay Sane in Paris." Please see the performances page for details.

"Rendezvous with Hyakutake" from the CD "Exposed on the Cliffs of the Heart" performed by Francisco Monteiro, will be featured on NPR's "Open Mic" and will be available as a podcast. Date and URL to be announced.

"Supernova" for solo flute and narrator, exquisitely performed by Nina Assimakopoulos on the CD "Points of Entry," has been issued by Capstone Records. The poem is on Track 11, the music on track 12. To order the CD or listen to brief audio samples go to: http://www.capstonerecords.org/CPS-8759.html

The American Recorder Society published "Lay Your Shadow on the Sundials" for three recorders. Release date May 2006.

In a review of "The Bending of the Light" in the New Music Connoisseur, Peter Kroll writes: "Owens makes creative use of movement with lines, colors and harmonies. The piece had an endless feel to it that I believe relates to the phenomenon that inspired it. Monteiro captured the subtleties in the work very well."

Review from the Gulf Times - Qatar - June 24, 2004
"...then followed a composition by Terry Winter Owens written especially for the Cann duo and called Pianophoria. Owens, an internationally published American composer, was much influenced by her brother's interest in astronomy and has written several pieces representing the cosmos and the expanding universe. Pianophoria, in three movements, certainly continued this theme and was ethereal, euphonic and transcendental in content. .."

Scores and parts of Owens' music are available from the composer upon request.

A demo CD with 74 minutes of recent works for piano, two pianos and chamber ensemble is available free of charge to performing ensembles, publishers, filmmakers, etc. Please email your request to Owens at twowens@panix.com.

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