Wendy

Wendy

As a studio musician, performer and educator, Wendy is recognized throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Her melodies will touch your soul as her technical prowess on the keyboard will challenge your mind.

Wendy is the composer, musical director, and co-producer of Copus whose debut recording, Later Than You Think, was released in 1999. Together with poet Royal Kent and the fine Copus ensemble, Wendy is currently in the process of completing arrangements for the ensemble's next CD, The Birth of the Fool.

"The music of Copus is a mixture of spoken word, jazz, a touch of blues, and a hint of classical styles. The jazz styles are very complex and the music that is created is absolutely masterful." Michael Allison, MusicDish.com.

"Artistic director, pianist and composer Wendy Loomis paints with a broad palette of jazz, classical, new age, avant garde and world colors, fusing styles ranging from Debussy to Thelonius Monk. Her dynamic performance at the piano throughout Later Than You Think by turns floats through the soundscape, supports the other instrumentalists, vamps under poet Royal's voice, then drives the ensemble with funky rhythms and jabbing, percussive chords." Kelley Dolan, Bella Online Music Critic.

Piano and Friends is the latest release of Wendy's piano compositions. Her style crosses effortlessly between classical and jazz and features solo works, duets, and trios. Featured are the renowned poet Leslie Simon on "jazz is for white girls too", flutist Elinor van Ommen, vocalists Liz McDonough and Barbara Jaspersen, frame drummer Debra Podjed, harmonica player Pete Barrett, and drummer Bennie Murray. The cover is from an original collage entitled "Opus IV" by Lorraine Lauzon. One of the pieces from Piano and Friends, entitled In The Dark, was recently selected as a finalist from among over 4,000 entries worldwide in the Unisong International Song Contest.

Released in 1996, Wendy's CD Strange Conjunction presents a gentler, more internal approach to the piano. The spoken word poetry featured on the title track references a quote from D.H. Lawrence's "Women in Love".

Wendy has studied and performed music and dance since age four. She earned her B.A. from Denison University with a self-designed major called "A Study in the Creative Art Process" and her M.S. in Education from Syracuse University. She has worked with young people through the Boston Symphony-sponsored Days in the Arts program at Tanglewood and the San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music series, as well as at various schools in Massachusetts, New York, and California. Wendy is a member of ASCAP, Bay Area Women in Creative Music, Taxi, and the Center for Contemporary Composers, and received the ASCAP award for composition for the years 1999-2000. Her interviews of other female composers can be viewed at ComposersNet.com and MeetTheComposer.org.

All CDs mentioned above are available through the Copus catalog at www.copuscatalog.com.

 

 

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