Landscape Music Program

Landscape Music: Earth Year
Presented by Visions of the Wild Film and Arts Festival
April 21, 2021


Of Song and Magic (World Premiere)
by Juhi Bansal
Performed by Timothy Stanley, cello
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temperatures fall at the cider mill (World Premiere)
by Daniel Morel
Performed by Cathie Apple, flute, and Timothy Stanley, cello
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Transforming Forest (excerpt)
by Nell Shaw Cohen
Performed by Montage Music Society
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Burning (excerpt)
by Ryan Suleiman
Performed by Symphony d’Oro
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NorCal Water Music (excerpt)
by Derek Keller
Performed by Citywater
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Featured Artists

Cathie Apple headshotFlute instructor at Sacramento State’s School of Music, Dr. Cathie Apple is one of the founders of Citywater new music ensemble. An avid supporter of new music, Cathie has commissioned and/or premiered many works for flute and various chamber ensembles, has collaborated with composers such as Clare Shore, Nicholas Deyoe, Garrett Shatzer, Brent Chancellor, Stephen Blumberg, and Sunny Knable, and regularly performs on the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento.

Juhi Bansal“Radiant and transcendent,” the music of Juhi Bansal weaves together themes celebrating musical and cultural diversity, nature and the environment, and strong female role models. Her music draws upon elements as disparate as progressive metal, Hindustani music, spectralism, musical theatre and choral traditions to create deeply expressive, evocative sound-worlds. She is a staunch proponent of bringing new audiences into contemporary music and of helping musicians of all ages take ownership of music creation.

Nell Shaw CohenNell Shaw Cohen, Director of Landscape Music, evokes landscapes, visual art, and the lives of mavericks in her lyrical works for the stage, concert hall, and digital media. Commissions include Houston Grand Opera, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, The Brass Project, and Montage Music Society. Her operas have had workshops with Fort Worth Opera, American Opera Projects, New Dramatists, New York University, and University of New Mexico. Raised in San Francisco, she lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Derek KellerBorn from uncommon versatility as a composer/performer, Derek Keller‘s music explores hybridity between classical music, jazz and rock. Working in multimedia, his Modular Music Project combines live performance, formal modularity, and mobile devices to create experiences along the deterministic–improvisational–aleatoric continuum that address socio-political challenges of our time. Keller has received commissions from Loadbang, SACRA/PROFANA, Citywater, Empyrean Ensemble, Fondation Royaumont, Redfish-BlueFish, NOISE, among others. Keller is an Assistant Professor of Music at Southern Oregon University.

Daniel MorelDaniel Morel is a composer, producer, and educator based in Kansas City. Garnering commissions and performances across the United States, his works are permeated with the Western sensibilities of his Colorado upbringing. Daniel composes orchestral, wind ensemble, vocal, and chamber music. He is currently an instructor at Avila University.


Cellist Timothy Stanley is a performing artist and teacher living in the Sacramento area. Timothy currently teaches privately in Sacramento and Davis. He is a senior teacher with the Sacramento State String Project, a not-for-profit which provides low cost music instruction to Sacramento elementary school children. As a performer, Timothy plays with numerous local symphonies and orchestras as well as area baroque ensembles and the new music ensemble, Citywater.

Ryan SuleimanThe music of Ryan Suleiman engages with daydreams and the natural world – in particular, the simultaneity of sublime beauty and dread of living in our times. His work has been performed throughout the United States at such festivals as SICPP (New England Conservatory), June in Buffalo (NY), and NANOworks Opera Workshop (Atlanta). Dr. Suleiman has worked with numerous ensembles, including West Edge Opera, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Daedalus Quartet, and Symphony d’Oro.