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For Immediate Release: April 5, 2010

Contact: Jen Rogers, 480-204-0101

Concert features guest saxophonist Ted Belledin

Phoenix Chorale Composer-in-Residence and pianist Ola Gjeilo performs an improvised concert with featured guest saxophonist Ted Belledin on April 26, 2010. This concert is the second meeting of these two accomplished musicians and features them creating new music, completely improvised on the spot.

“Playing a fully improvised concert with Ted was an amazing experience for me,” said Ola Gjeilo. “Never before have I had such an instant connection with another musician, it felt at times like we could read each others’ thoughts, despite practically never having played together before. It was just a really fun show where we touched upon a lot of different genres, from Gospel to Baroque and World music.”

The concerts are similar to the stylistic vein of improvising jazz legends American pianist Keith Jarrett and Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek. The hauntingly beautiful music will be just as informed by classical and world music as jazz, and unlike a lot of free-improv jazz, it will be melodic and unabashedly lyrical.

“Their concert in February was musical magic for me. I have rarely been so moved and so inspired by music making. I was not only awed by their talents and creativity, but by their connection to the music,” said Joel Rinsema, Phoenix Chorale Executive Director.

The concert starts at 7:30 pm and takes place at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ). Tickets for this concert are just $10 and can be purchased by calling the Phoenix Chorale office at 602-253-2224.

Watch clips from their February 2010 concert here.

Interviews and press tickets can be arranged by contacting Jen Rogers, at 480-204-0101 or

About Composer-in-Residence Ola Gjeilo: The music of Manhattan-based Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) has been performed and recorded in more than 30 countries worldwide. His music has been featured on PBS in America, and on all the major Scandinavian TV channels. Mr. Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) has been commissioned by several ensembles, musicians and others worldwide, including Barbara Bonney, Solveig Kringelborn, Atle Sponberg, Philip Brunelle, the Edvard Grieg Society, St. Olaf College, Luther College, Ensemble Mendelssohn, and Chorale Arts Ensemble. His choral music has also been performed by elite choirs including the Kansas City Chorale, Conspirare, World Youth Choir, VocalEssence, Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, BYU Singers, Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, and the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation’s Radiokoren. After studying for his Bachelor’s Degree at the Norwegian Academy College of Music in Oslo, the Royal College of Music in London, and the Juilliard School in New York, he completed his Master’s Degree in composition at Juilliard in 2006.  His publishers include Walton Music (US), Gehrmans (Sweden), and Musikk-Huset (Norway).  Walton Music became the exclusive publisher of his choral music in 2007.  Mr. Gjeilo’s first solo piano recording, Stone Rose, was released in 2007 and is available in stores worldwide. Ola Gjeilo is the Phoenix Chorale’s first composer-in-residence and his music will be featured throughout the 2009-10 Season.


About Saxophonist Ted Belledin: Born in Memphis and raised outside of Philadelphia, saxophonist Ted Belledin (b. 1973) earned his Bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. In 1997, Ted was accepted into the ASU’s Graduate Program and moved to Arizona to pursue a career as a philosophy professor. He earned his Master’s degree in Philosophy in 2001 and taught at the college level for three years – all the while continuing to play music as a regular member of the world music group Azz Izz. Since then, he has become one of the busiest freelance musicians in Arizona. He is a regular member of the Shining Star Band, Dennis Rowland’s Jazz Experience, and performs regularly at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences.  In addition to playing saxophone, Ted doubles on piano and clarinet, composes, arranges, sequences music and has a growing recording studio. He has performed with a wide variety of bands and musicians including Papa John DeFrancesco, Jesse McGuire, Francine and Margo Reed, Sherry Roberson, Diana Lee, Mel Brown, Khani Cole, Bad Sneakers, Rachel Eckroth, Rob Moore, Mario Mendivil, Myles David Lancette, Nick Manson, Barb Catlin, World Famous Rani G, Joe DiPadova, Dom Moio, Mike Kocour, Paul Anderson, Extreme Decibel Big Band, The Sugar Thieves, Dowell Davis, Leon Santiago, Stan Sorenson and many others.  In 2002, he recorded an album with Joe Morris and Ray Riendeau titled “Arrythmia.” The groove-oriented project includes original compositions with influences ranging from jazz and funk to twelve-tone composition. He has appeared on several albums including releases by Kinch, The Trophy Husbands, Ray Riendeau, Joe Morris, Azz Izz, Jodi Light and more. Ted plays every Thursday at Kazimierz World Wine Bar in Scottsdale with Dennis Rowland and the Jazz Experience. Visit to see a complete schedule.

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