HolySheetMusic is thrilled to release Alexander and Aubrey Woods’ new Violin Duo sacred music album, All Is Well.
Alex writes: Many years ago I wrote an arrangement of the tune “Kingsford” for solo violin. It wasn’t until I married Aubrey in March of 2011 that I realized how much better this arrangement work for two violins, and how much Aubrey and I enjoyed performing our own arrangements. As we started to perform these for friends and family, they encouraged just to make a CD. We feel so fortunate to have this opportunity to record and share this music. We are thankful for the countless people that have made it possible. This recording would not have happened without the encouragement and expertise of composer/producer David Zabriskie. We have long admired Dave’s music, and we wanted to feature his wonderful arrangements on this album.
Each of these unique arrangements has a specific story to tell. Sometimes we were inspired by a visual image, storyline or emotion. We want to share what has inspired us, but we hope that each track will take on a personal meaning for every individual.
Here’s more about Alex and Aubrey:
Alexander and Aubrey Woods were married in March of 2011. They have enjoyed playing music together ever since. Though neither of them imagined marrying another violinist, they were drawn to each others personalities and have always had a strong mutual respect for each others musicianship.
ALEXANDER WOODS is a dynamic performer who fully embraces and promotes the panoramic history and literature of the violin. He recently released his debut CD “Corelli’s Influence: virtuoso works for baroque violin” on the Acis record label. Fanfare magazine praised his “Great flair” and his “elegant phrasing and subtle variations in dynamics”. Fanfare concluded that this was “a fine debut recording for Alexander Woods…an artist who will hopefully be heard featured on numerous albums in the future.”
Alexander’s commitment to a broad spectrum of repertoire is manifest in his work with an array of ensembles, including the Sebastians, New York Baroque Incorporated (NYBI), TENET, the Talea Ensemble, and Trinity Wall Street, and performances at top festivals and concert series in New York City and abroad: the Mostly Mozart Festival, Festival Pablo Casals, the Helicon Symposium, the Lincoln Center Festival, Festival Wien Modern, the Darmstadt Institute, the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series, the 4×4 festival, and the Bang-On-A-Can Marathon Concert. He may also be heard on the Tzadik and Bridge record labels.
Alexander is a full-time member of the faculty at the Brigham Young University School of Music where he teaches violin, chamber music, and violin pedagogy. He is the founder and director of the BYU Baroque Ensemble, an early music chamber orchestra performing on original instruments created by the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City. He studied at Yale University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Arizona. Alexander is originally from Tucson, AZ.
Aubrey Woods, violin, is the concertmaster of the Ballet West Orchestra in Salt Lake City, and a frequent substitute with the Utah Symphony. Her playing has been described as possessing “feeling…expressiveness, and shimmering beauty.” (reichelreccomends.com) She is a sought after soloist and ensemble player locally and nationally. Also an avid baroque violinist, Aubrey has performed with several internationally-recognized ensembles including New York Baroque Incorporated (NYBI), The Sebastians, Yale Schola Cantorum, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, as well as locally with Woodsmusick and Utopia Early Music. As a teenager Aubrey was a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square (Salt Lake City, UT), performing worldwide broadcasts with the Mormon Tabernacle choir, and soloists such as Bryn Terfel and Renee Fleming. She has also recorded as a studio musician in Utah for numerous films and television programs. Her first full-length commercial recording, all is well, a duo CD of sacred music for two violins with her husband violinist Alexander Woods, is currently available. Aubrey is from Provo, UT and a graduate of Brigham Young University.