Wendy Loomis

Wendy Loomis

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Composer/pianist Wendy Loomis writes jazz, world, new classical music for live performance, recordings, film. "...it isn't hard to imagine parts of this album being used in an artsy film from Spain, Italy, Belgium, or France."

Biography

"Composer/pianist 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." (Kelley Dolan, NoHands Records)

Wendy Loomis has released 7 CDs of her musical works and has had her compositions appear on numerous compilations. Scheduled for release in February 2009, 'Ascension' is the latest creation by composer/pianist Wendy Loomis and arranger/flutist Monica Williams (aka Phoenix Rising). The concept is a 7-song journey to de-stress and relax - perfect for the massage and yoga markets!

Prior to 'Ascension', the most recent CD to hit the world was the single 'Anything I Perceive' which was inspired by Diane Sawyer's interview of the 16 female Senators.

Wendy has received the ASCAPlus composition award for the past 2 years. In November 2008, one of her works for Phoenix Rising was nominated for a Hollywood Music Award in the new age/ambient category. Additionally, she earned Honorable Mention in the worldwide songwriting competition hosted by Unisong; and the Elite Artist Award (for ensemble "Copus"), MusicDish.com.

Wendy is president and co-founder of independent music label Copus Music LLC that presents 'conscious lyrics and beautiful melodies to the intelligent listener'. She is the composer/pianist for piano-flute duo "Phoenix Rising" and world rhythm jazz ensemble "Copus". In addition, she is the music director at an alternative church service and teaches private piano lessons at her San Francisco studio. Wendy earned her master's degree in education from Syracuse University and bachelor's degree in creative arts from Denison University. She has had three of her works for flute choir commissioned and premiered by the Flock of Flutes ensemble in Walnut Creek, conducted by Monica Williams.

As a solo pianist and with various ensembles, Wendy has performed in London, Los Angeles, Austin, Nashville, and throughout the Bay Area at theatres, clubs, galleries, and private parties.

In addition to her work as a solo pianist and with Phoenix Rising and Copus, Wendy's latest project is composing music for film. Independent film "The Gambler: Love Turns to Hate" will include her 'Improvisation for Film' featuring Wendy on piano and Monica Williams on flute.

Video clip courtesy of Dominique Jo Gentry.
Listen + Be Heard photos courtesy of Martha Mims.

Lyrics

Anything I Perceive

Written By: Wendy Loomis

Anything I Perceive
(a tribute to the 16 women Senators)
© 2007 Wendy Loomis

don’t put me in a box
don’t tell me - who to be
don’t promise me a rainbow
with no rain
don’t limit my potential
don’t make my body your goal
don’t take away my freedom
to fall down

don’t tell me i don’t fit
into what a woman should be
don’t lock me in a corner
with no view
don’t segregate my mind
into tiny bits of clay
don’t separate my heart
from my soul

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(CHORUS)
i can be
anything i perceive
every step
brings me closer to
the dream

i can be
anything i perceive
every step
brings me closer to
the dream

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ancestors shoulders
struggles for freedom
beauty as one
mothers and daughters
senators of today
powerful peace is
not just illusion
justice in hand
we can bring
new days

(CHORUS)
i can be
anything i perceive
every step
brings me closer to
the dream

i can be
anything i perceive
every step
brings me closer to
the dream

(SPOKEN ...)
Barbara Boxer
Dianne Feinstein
Lisa Murkowski
Blanche Lincoln
Mary Landrieu
Kay Bailey Hutchinson
Susan Collins
Olympia Snowe

Barbara Mikulski
Debbie Stabenow
Amy Klobuchar
Claire McCaskill
Hillary Clinton
Patty Murray
Maria Cantwell
Elizabeth Dole

(CHORUS)
i can be
anything i perceive
every step
brings me closer to
the dream

i can be
anything i perceive
every step
brings me closer to
the dream

Discography

"Ascension" (Phoenix Rising - 2009)
"Jah Provide" (Copus - 2007)
"Anything I Perceive" (vocal single - 2007)
"Whispers" (Phoenix Rising - 2005)
"Piano + Friends" (solo piano - 2001)
"Later Than You Think" (Copus - 1999)
"strange conjunction" (solo piano - 1996)

Set List

45-minute set list of all original materal crossing between jazz, contemporary classical, new age. Titles such as: "Bandelier Suite", "New York Dream", "Survival".