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News

Germany 2021

One of the featured concerts in the Meisterkonzert Series, Villa Sachsen, with jazz world music trio, “Colored Fish” with Julie and Gernot, and Pedro Eustache, Hollywood film studio soloist, a Venezuelan born multidirectional soloist flautist, reed player, world woodwind player, wind synthesis, researcher, composer, lecturer, and instrument maker with extensive academic studies and more than 40 years professional experience, including first call wind soloist, Hollywood film studios.

Germany 2020 Jazz Festival

Bingen Swingt, Jazz Art Niedersachsen, Poetry of Truth with jazz quintet and narration, supported by the State of Niedersachsen, Bingen Office of Culture, with poetry by Rilke, Morgenstern, Goethe, Max Frisch, set to music by Gernot and Julie and ensemble director and saxophonist, Ulli Orth, previously arranger and performer with the late German pop singer, Roger Cicero.

US Brown University

Julie is invited by percussionist and conductor, Kevin Plouffe, to perform and work with Brown music students, fall 2020, performing new music for marimba and rap, and with mixed ensembles, with a workshop on improvisation, and developing freedom and confidence within your creativity.

US Recording 2020

Julie is invited to record new compositions for marimba by Ben Wahlund, a grammy nominated, award-winning American composer, performer, and full time percussion instructor Northern Illinois University 

International Festival of Marimba Players and Percussionists

Mexico 2020, Invited to perform a concert and workshop for the International Festival of Marimba Players and Percussionists, Edition XIV, State of Tabasco, Mexico, State Theater Esperanza Iris,  Villahermosa, supported by the State Institute of Culture and the National Council of Culture and the Arts, Duo with Gernot Blume, premiering new music for marimba and mandolin, small ensemble, and marimba and rap.

New commissioned piece

2020 Commission for new work for 100 member Marimba Orchestra, with rapping and hip hop rhythms, produced by Frank Kumor, director of Kutztown University Mallet Research Center, to be conducted by Artistic Director and PAS Hall of Fame member, Gordon Stout.

JS @German Archive for Women Composers

It’s official!! I’m now in the German Archive for Women Composers! Thanks to these hard working people, many great composers, musicians, and conductors, past and present, are getting seen and heard in a field that is changing slowly, especially for composers and conductors, in which we are still most often mentioned with our title preceded by our gender!! My first Norsk scores into the archive are the two versions of „DJ Dog Demockracy“ for marimba trio with drums and bass, recorded and commissioned by the multi-stylistic Mika Stoltzman, available soon, and marimba solo or duo with drums, commissioned by the young lion, Ayami Okamura and Daniel DiSimone, premiered on their Japan tour. The large score in the middle is the percussion concerto, „ZALAN-ZALAN“ commissioned and premiered by Shanghai Symphony virtuoso, and all around great guy, Weichen Lin with the wonderful Taipei Youth Symphony coordinated by Louise Chang and supported by the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation, and conducted by the really fun Boston Symphony Orchestra Asst. Conductor, YuAn Chang. Some commissions are joint with my husband Gernot Blume, like“ZALAN-ZALAN“ with a co-composed final movement. The archive said they would make an exception for Gernot!! : ) Thank you Norsk Musikforlag for all the beautiful scores!!

Website Relaunch

Welcome to the newly built website of Julie Spencer and Gernot Blume! Explore their art and music! We would love to hear from you.

Concerts

Upcoming

21/12/2019 20:00

Westhofen

Concert with Menna Mulugeta, Gut Leben

Program with Ethiopian, American, and German jazz, pop, and seasonal music in the trio with Gernot and Julie on harp, keyboard, guitar, and hand percussion  

22/12/2019 17:00

Sargenroth

Concert with Menna Mulugeta
Evangelische Kirche, Sargenroth

Program with Ethiopian, American, and German jazz, pop, and seasonal music in the trio with Gernot and Julie on harp, keyboard, guitar, and hand percussion  

11/11/2020 - 14/11/2020 Ganztägig

US Showcase Concert at Percussive Arts Society International Convention PASIC

Julie will perform in the 100 member Marimba Orchestra also premiering her new piece with rapping and hip hop rhythms, as well as new music by PAS Hall of Fame member, Gordon Stout, Artistic Director, and conducting, Indianapolis, Indiana Convention Center, event produced by Frank Kumor, director of Kutztown University Mallet Research Center

Archive

28/12/2017 - 05/01/2018 0:00

Taipei, Taiwan

Premiere of Concerto “Zalan-Zalan”
for Percussion & Orchestra, featuring Wei-Chen Lin,
Taipei Youth Philharmonic Orchestra,
conducted by YuAn Chang
Composition / Radio Interviews

11/04/2018 0:00

Bingen

The Visions of Hildegard of Bingen
World Music

25/05/2018 0:00

Frankfurt

Jazzkeller Session
with Menna Mulugeta & Carl Clements

16/08/2018 20:45 - 21:30

Mainz

Ballplatz Benefit Concert
Ethio/World Music with Menna Mulugeta

18/08/2018 0:00

Wiesbaden

Summerfest (private event)
Pop Songs with Menna Mulugeta

07/10/2018 0:00

Bingen

Benefit Concert for Syrian Refugee Help Organization

13/10/2018 - 20/10/2018 Ganztägig

Jazz Art Niedersachsen

Concerts with Jazz Ensemble / Poetry

16/12/2018 0:00

Westhofen

Lights of Christmas
Christmas Songs with Menna Mulugeta

23/12/2018 17:00

Sargenroth

Lights of Christmas
Christmas Songs with Menna Mulugeta
@ Nunkirche

30/05/2019 0:00 - 23:59

Springe, Niedersachsen

Concert: „In Wahrheit: Jazz“ – German poetry about Truth with original Jazz compositions

Jazz Art Niedersachsen Ensemble:

Julie Spencer – mallet KAT, percussion, piano, voice, compositions

Gernot Blume – harp, piano, mandolin, compositions

Ulli Orth – woodwinds, compositions

Wolfgang Dahlke – drums

Johannes Schädlich – bass

31/05/2019 20:00 - 22:00

Braunschweig

Concert: „In Wahrheit: Jazz“ – German poetry about Truth with original Jazz compositions

Jazz Art Niedersachsen Ensemble:

Julie Spencer – mallet KAT, percussion, piano, voice, compositions

Gernot Blume – harp, piano, mandolin, compositions

Ulli Orth – woodwinds, compositions

Wolfgang Dahlke – drums

Johannes Schädlich – bass

01/06/2019 20:00 - 22:00

Hildesheim

Concert: „In Wahrheit: Jazz“ – German poetry about Truth with original Jazz compositions

Jazz Art Niedersachsen Ensemble:

Julie Spencer – mallet KAT, percussion, piano, voice, compositions

Gernot Blume – harp, piano, mandolin, compositions

Ulli Orth – woodwinds, compositions

Wolfgang Dahlke – drums

Johannes Schädlich – bass

News / Concerts

News

Germany 2021

One of the featured concerts in the Meisterkonzert Series, Villa Sachsen, with jazz world music trio, “Colored Fish” with Julie and Gernot, and Pedro Eustache, Hollywood film studio soloist, a Venezuelan born multidirectional soloist flautist, reed player, world...

Germany 2020 Jazz Festival

Bingen Swingt, Jazz Art Niedersachsen, Poetry of Truth with jazz quintet and narration, supported by the State of Niedersachsen, Bingen Office of Culture, with poetry by Rilke, Morgenstern, Goethe, Max Frisch, set to music by Gernot and Julie and ensemble director and...

Concerts

Upcoming

21/12/2019 20:00

Westhofen

Concert with Menna Mulugeta, Gut Leben

Program with Ethiopian, American, and German jazz, pop, and seasonal music in the trio with Gernot and Julie on harp, keyboard, guitar, and hand percussion  

22/12/2019 17:00

Sargenroth

Concert with Menna Mulugeta
Evangelische Kirche, Sargenroth

Program with Ethiopian, American, and German jazz, pop, and seasonal music in the trio with Gernot and Julie on harp, keyboard, guitar, and hand percussion  

11/11/2020 - 14/11/2020 Ganztägig

US Showcase Concert at Percussive Arts Society International Convention PASIC

Julie will perform in the 100 member Marimba Orchestra also premiering her new piece with rapping and hip hop rhythms, as well as new music by PAS Hall of Fame member, Gordon Stout, Artistic Director, and conducting, Indianapolis, Indiana Convention Center, event produced by Frank Kumor, director of Kutztown University Mallet Research Center

Archive

28/12/2017 - 05/01/2018 0:00

Taipei, Taiwan

Premiere of Concerto “Zalan-Zalan”
for Percussion & Orchestra, featuring Wei-Chen Lin,
Taipei Youth Philharmonic Orchestra,
conducted by YuAn Chang
Composition / Radio Interviews

11/04/2018 0:00

Bingen

The Visions of Hildegard of Bingen
World Music

25/05/2018 0:00

Frankfurt

Jazzkeller Session
with Menna Mulugeta & Carl Clements

16/08/2018 20:45 - 21:30

Mainz

Ballplatz Benefit Concert
Ethio/World Music with Menna Mulugeta

18/08/2018 0:00

Wiesbaden

Summerfest (private event)
Pop Songs with Menna Mulugeta

07/10/2018 0:00

Bingen

Benefit Concert for Syrian Refugee Help Organization

13/10/2018 - 20/10/2018 Ganztägig

Jazz Art Niedersachsen

Concerts with Jazz Ensemble / Poetry

16/12/2018 0:00

Westhofen

Lights of Christmas
Christmas Songs with Menna Mulugeta

23/12/2018 17:00

Sargenroth

Lights of Christmas
Christmas Songs with Menna Mulugeta
@ Nunkirche

30/05/2019 0:00 - 23:59

Springe, Niedersachsen

Concert: „In Wahrheit: Jazz“ – German poetry about Truth with original Jazz compositions

Jazz Art Niedersachsen Ensemble:

Julie Spencer – mallet KAT, percussion, piano, voice, compositions

Gernot Blume – harp, piano, mandolin, compositions

Ulli Orth – woodwinds, compositions

Wolfgang Dahlke – drums

Johannes Schädlich – bass

31/05/2019 20:00 - 22:00

Braunschweig

Concert: „In Wahrheit: Jazz“ – German poetry about Truth with original Jazz compositions

Jazz Art Niedersachsen Ensemble:

Julie Spencer – mallet KAT, percussion, piano, voice, compositions

Gernot Blume – harp, piano, mandolin, compositions

Ulli Orth – woodwinds, compositions

Wolfgang Dahlke – drums

Johannes Schädlich – bass

01/06/2019 20:00 - 22:00

Hildesheim

Concert: „In Wahrheit: Jazz“ – German poetry about Truth with original Jazz compositions

Jazz Art Niedersachsen Ensemble:

Julie Spencer – mallet KAT, percussion, piano, voice, compositions

Gernot Blume – harp, piano, mandolin, compositions

Ulli Orth – woodwinds, compositions

Wolfgang Dahlke – drums

Johannes Schädlich – bass