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   Albums, Song Cycles & Songs

 

 I. Albums

 All CD's are available for downloading at itunes and most digital outlets.

Click here to purchase any of the the CDs at CD BABY 

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  DREAM SUITE

Songs in Jazz and Blues

(2016)

on poems by 

Langston Hughes

music by 

Louis Rosen

 

(Part One of The Black Loom Trilogy

 

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featuring 

Capathia Jenkins & Alton Fitzgerald White 

 

from Broadwayworld.com's Alix Cohen, June 30, 2016:

"Rosen has respectfully taken the work of one of the earliest practitioners of jazz poetry and created symbiosis so organic, it's difficult to believe the two artists didn't work together; songs that reflect comprehension so visceral, Rosen slips a knot of race and history to reach the universal.

Dream Suite, also a newly minted CD, is comprised of 14 songs derived from 21 poems spanning from the 1920's through the 1950's.... Like those in Porgy and Bess, the songs arrive full blooded and black, hybrid American opera--here without libretto."

(Click here to read the complete review Broadwayworld.com review.)

 

“Exuberant!'' Bloomberg News."Poems of reflection, remembrance and inspiration. If you have not heard this music, the passion and intelligence…was gripping.” Cabaret Scenes

Read More about DREAM SUITE 

 

Listen to Songs from DREAM SUITE

 

Watch VIDEO performances of songs from DREAM SUITE

 

 

TIME WAS

(2013)

Music (and Adaptation of Lyrics) by

Louis Rosen

 

 Lyrics drawn or adapted from poems by Edwin Arlington Robinson, William Butler Yeats, Sara Teasdale, Langston Hughes, Alice Cary, Madison Cawein, William Stanley Braithwaite, John Erskine and Lord Byron

 

"TIME WAS" (2013) marked Louis' debut as a solo recording artist on

 

"Elegant tunesmith Louis Rosen's latest album, “Time Was”... is gorgeous. And magnificently produced. The sense of urgency is palpable." Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg News  

 

READ MORE about TIME WAS

 

Listen to songs from TIME WAS

 

 Watch VIDEO performances of songs from TIME WAS

 

 

 THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY

(2009)

 

 

   Music & Lyrics by

Louis Rosen

(four songs with words by Nikki Giovanni)

 

"Highbrow—Brilliant.” New York Magazine

"Music that stirs the soul.”  Huffington Post 

   “An ambitious release … image-rich lyrics … romantic numbers are smart and sexy … protest tunes that carry real bite.” itunes Review

 “...brimming over with intelligence and passion, full of musical adventurousness, ... The CD is immensely satisfying.” Talkin' Broadway CD Review—Sound Advice

READ MORE about THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY

 

LISTEN to songs from THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY

 

 Watch a VIDEO performance of THE MIDDLE CLASS (USED TO BE) BLUES from THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY

 

 

   ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH:

The Nikki Giovanni Songs 

(PS Classics, 2008)

  

Music by Louis Rosen

Poetry by Nikki Giovanni

 

(Part Three of The Black Loom Trilogy) 

"The songs are sly, playful observations...of life and love. Mr. Rosen’s music is a continually shifting patchwork of blues, folk, jazz and pop as earthy, tuneful art song.”  NY Times

 “...a blissful collaboration of composer, singer and poet… Rosen [as] songwriter charts an irresistible landscape between pop music and art song.” Bloomberg News

 “The CD is sophisticated and thrilling, a true treat for adults looking for meaningful pop music.” Edge Magazine, New York

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LISTEN to songs from ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH

 

 

 

 

  SOUTH SIDE STORIES

 (2006, Rosecap/Di-Tone)

 

Music & Lyrics by Louis Rosen

 

 

"Rosen...has created a fine and sometimes somber portrait of heartbreak and survival, joy and its absence, and love that endures even when the objects of that love are long vanished."  Chicago Tribune

"I've never been so seduced by music completely new to me yet as embraceable as any from the classic American songbook.” Bloomberg News

“The songs are as intelligent as they are soulful, appealing to the brain as much as the heart.” Cabaret Scenes

READ more about SOUTH SIDE STORIES

 

LISTEN to songs from SOUTH SIDE STORIES

 

Watch a VIDEO performance of THE SOUTH SIDE from SOUTH SIDE STORIES

 

 

 

 II. Song Cycles

 

  ELEVEN SONGS on Poems by Maya Angelou (2005) 

    Music by Louis Rosen

    Premiere: The Public Theater’s Joe’s Pub, 2005. Vocalist—Capathia Jenkins

 (Part Two of The Black Loom Trilogy) 

  

"Rosen's settings [of Angelou's poems] make you think about them anew. ” Chicago Sun-Times  

"Rosen uses a variety of song styles to bring the poet's words to life - blues, jazz, musical theater, classical - with surprising leaps of melody and harmony. His music brings out the poet's voice in a way that enhances and enthralls." Onlytheblogknowsbrooklyn

READ the press highlights

Listen to ALONE from ELEVEN SONGS on poems by Maya Angelou

 

 

 

   IT IS STILL DARK: Songs of Exile — “Songs for Sondra” (2003)

    six songs on words by Celso Gonzalez-Falla.

    Music by Louis Rosen

 Premiere: Great Hall of Cooper Union, 2006. Vocalist—Darius de Haas 

(Private Recording Available)

 


 

 

 A CHILD’S GARDEN SONG SUITE (1994)

  ten songs on poems from “A Child’s Garden of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevenson

  Music by Louis Rosen

  Premiere (excerpts): Weill Concert Hall, NY  2004. Vocalist: Phillip Officer

  (Private Recording Available)

 

 

  

 

   FIVE RIVERSONGS (1985)

   Music by Louis Rosen

   on poems by Edgar Lee Masters

   for soprano and baritone and piano, 4 hands

  Dual Premiere: The Museum of the City of New York and The Lincoln Center Library’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, 1985. Vocalists: Barbara Peters and Peter Stewart

(Private Recording Available)

    

RIVERSONGS

(1980, revised 1984)

   Music by Louis Rosen 

   a choral, orchestral song cycle on poems by Edgar Lee Masters

 


 

    FOUR SONGS (1983)

  on poems by Carl Sandburg, Layle Silbert and Alena Synkova

  Music by Louis Rosen

   Premiere: American Society for Jewish Music, 92nd Street Y, NY, 1985. Vocalist: Barbara Peters

(Private Recording Available)

 

 

 

   TWO BY GEORGE

  “Mountain Shadows” and “Green Sexology“

  on poems by George Petty

  Premiere: Jazz Standard, 2008. Vocalist: Capathia Jenkins

 

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