ABLAZE Records Electronic Masters Vol. 10

Benedictine Professor’s Work Selected for New CD

Christopher GrecoProfessor of Music Dr. Christopher Greco’s composition Voices 1 – for piano and electronics has been selected from a global pool of applicants by the international classical music label ABLAZE Records for inclusion on the upcoming CD release, Electronic Masters, Vol. 10.

“We liked it very much, Voices 1 – for piano and electronics,” said Douglas Knehans, director and producer of the project at ABLAZE. “The piece has a great atmosphere, excellent realization, immense subtlety and beautiful audio quality. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement and we look forward to a wonderful recording of this award-winning work.”

ABLAZE is a record company that produces and distributes recordings worldwide. The focus of the company is on classical new music composition and classical music performance by living artists.

“Having Voices 1 – for piano and electronics receive an award by selection for this series brings great satisfaction on many levels,” Greco said. “One’s work is being elevated internationally through a global distribution network, and therefore potentially appreciated and heard by a larger audience. The work is being supported by discerning ears of classical music and will be disseminated through all the pathways like print, digital, and reviews responsible for delivering new classical composition to all interested. It is, of course, in the hands of a company and individuals who care deeply about what they select, produce, and distribute, and that’s a gift much appreciated.”

Greco has worked in both the classical and jazz fields as a teacher, composer, performer, and scholar with a special interest in twentieth century musical traditions. In addition to twentieth century disciplines, the Baroque and Classical periods are of particular interest to him for their rich traditions in composition and performance. He earned a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Composition from California State University, Los Angeles, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Greco was trained as a multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe) and composer in Los Angeles and served on the music faculty at Pepperdine University, UCLA, University of Maryland, and Wor-Wic Community College prior to joining the faculty at Benedictine College in 2008. He teaches the undergraduate music theory sequence as well as composition, orchestration, chamber music, history of jazz, and applied woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon). As a composer and woodwind performer – saxophonist, clarinetist – he engages in a broad range of chamber, concert hall, electro-acoustic and jazz music. His composition, Maia, won a Hollywood Music in Media Award in 2012.

Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.