Hope Arthur's 2015 has been busy with her various musical projects being a Piano Instructor, composing for different art projects, leading the way for The Hope Arthur Orchestra and on top of that she is a accompanist for the Fort Wayne Ballet. It is difficult to even guess how much music Hope has absorbed during 2015. Hope wanted to share her top ten list, a list of what has colored her world in the year of 2015. (in no particular order)
Before we jump into her list, Hope wants to share her latest project a tribute to Hulk Hogan's "Hulk Rules" a cover of "I Want To Be A Hulkamaniac" and her next show is January 23rd at The Arts Lab in collaboration with Mikautadze Dance Theatre, The Hope Arthur Orchestra, and introducing Silbo Gomero and Saitnkini-Productions
Fugue from 33 Variations by Ludwig von Beethoven (piece) This was my first classical piano gig outside of a university setting without the help of my teacher. It was for a play. I had to perform this piece in the dark with a crazy man screaming at me. That’s a new experience to put under my belt!
The Music of Stones For The Resonating Stones of Elmar Daucher by Stephan Micus (album) To me, feeling anything resonate is a powerful experience. So naturally, when my friend introduced The Music of Stones to me I was very excited. I was having a very hard time musically, but the sounds of stones resonating was very healing.
Areski and Brigitte Fontaine – L’Incendie (album) This album just plain rocks. I listened to it a lot when I moved into my new apartment. I should probably give it back to my friend now….
Kate Bush “50 Words for Snow” (song) A friend introduced Kate Bush to me this year. All of her music is brilliant, but if you haven’t heard 50 Words For Snow, you’re missing out. Go listen to it now! It’s amazing!
Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (song) Before you judge me, I was working on a project where I had to compose a radio hit pop anthem. I spent weeks dissecting all sorts of pop music, including this song.
Bjork – Debut (album) I know this is the year of Vulnicura, but I actually spent more time listening to Debut. I love Bjork’s music so much that sometimes I’m afraid to listen to it.
Sylvan Esso – Self-titled (album) Great album by a great band. I also saw them live in Indianapolis. Very important part of my year!
Pow Wow Songs Music of the Plains Indians (album) I’m super fascinated by Native American history. My friend and I did an album trade and he decided to share this one. I am so thankful.
Sergei Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (piece) I’m actually not that crazy about this piece, but I’ve spent hours and hours and hours and hours helping a colleague arrange it for piano solo. So I had to include it on the list.
La Comtessa de Dia “A Chantar” (Trobairitz song from the 1100s) La Comtessa de Dia (or Beatriz de Dia) was a singer in the 1100s during a time when women were not encouraged to be musicians. Her music survives though and this song is an awesome description of her calling out a dude for playing with her heart. Part of my year involved organizing a concert featuring the works of female composers throughout history, and this was one of the songs we performed.
Hope and her Orchestra can be caught all around the city, keep up with them on their Facebook page and here is her cover of the Hulk Hogan original “I Want To Be A Hulkamaniac”