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Abbie Betinis

ABBIE BETINIS is a composer whose music has been called "superb... whirling, soaring", and "audacious... edgy... thrilling" (Minneapolis Star Tribune). A McKnight Artist Fellow, her music unfolds with a dramatic, melodic impulse, often inspired by language, patterns, and play.

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I just won a McKnight Artist Fellowship!
posted: May 2015
I am thrilled to receive the news today of my second McKnight Artist Fellowship! These generous grants are designed by the McKnight Foundation "to award composers whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a period of time, and who are at a career stage that is beyond emerging." Thrilled as well for my friends, composers Reinaldo Moya and Peter O'Gorman, also awardees in this round. What esteemed company!

Lumina records demo of A Blessing of Cranes
posted: Mar 2015
Take a peek behind-the-scenes of our demo recording last week with the lovely ladies of Lumina, Jocelyn Hagen on piano, and Michael Dennis Browne's exquisite poetry in Wild Sound Recording Studio in Minneapolis. It is such a pleasure to make music with these folks.

Minnesota Public Radio premieres new carol: Peace with Me Now
posted: Dec 2014
Here's the newest Burt Family Carol! As many of you know, my mom's family has a long tradition of sending a fresh, new carol as a Christmas card. This year I had the great joy of collaborating with The Fairlanes vocal quartet to develop Peace with Me Now, a dreamy torch song for the dark of winter. Hear my interview, the MPR premiere, and watch my beautiful sister Laura and her husband Anthony read through it at the piano all right here!

RIBCAGE with James Sewell Ballet: "Baroque meets prog rock"
posted: Oct 2014
Our RIBCAGE review is in! "genuinely odd yet hypnotic...The effect is baroque meets prog rock — not an expected pairing at all, but it works quite well." What a fabulous trip it has been to write new music for soprano, violin, electric guitar, and the 18 incredibly long legs of the James Sewell Ballet!


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