Welcome music lovers, colleagues and friends!
"Many composers would have wary of a commission to write a tribute to the 200th anniversairy of 'The Star Spangled Banner'...Ms. Montgomery readily accepted the challenge, writing an urgent, inventive piece titled 'Banner'...She daringly transforms the anthem, folding it into a teaming score...to create a musical melting pot."
-The New York Times (Full Article)
"She is an appealing and inventive composer with interesting things ahead of her...Strum, a hugely enjoyable new work...turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life."
- Washington Post
2015 is the year of firsts! At the end of January, I will be recording my very first debut album as a composer. Thanks to a generous award through the Sphinx Organizion's MPower Artist Grant program, as well as a Sorel Organization Recording Grant, "Strum: Music for Strings" will feature all of my string music from 2006 to the present. There will be performances by the Catalyst Quartet, PUBLIQuartet, and collaborations with some of my most esteemd string playing comrades. The record will be produced by Alan Bise, a leading force in the classical music recording industry and I couldn't be more thrilled to have him guiding this project. More updates forthcoming! If you want to stay the most up-to-date on the album, follow me on Twitter and like my Facebook Artist page where I will post pictures, video and sound clips!
Another big first is that the Catalyst Quartet will be releasing its debut album in late February! #TheBachGouldProject will feature our very own arrangement of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations and Glenn Gould's String Quartet No. 1. Alan Bise is the producer for this album as well and it will be released on the Azica Records label. So, if you like Bach, and you like Glenn Gould, and you like string quartets...you're going to want to get this album :)