Lisa Hogan is a singer, composer, and songwriter. After graduating from Cornell University with an A.B. in English, Lisa came to New York to pursue a career in the music industry as a singer/songwriter. She has won numerous songwriting awards and performed extensively in the tri-state area. She has been selected to perform in concerts sponsored by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), the Songwriters Guild, ASCAP, and New York Music Festival, among others. In 2000, she released an independent CD, The Other Way, and was selected for inclusion on a CD featuring top New York City songwriters, entitled The East Side of Fascination. In June 2006, she received an M.A. in composition at the Aaron Copland School of Music. She continues to study composition with Dr. Bruce Saylor, in addition to training with Robert Aldridge and Menachem Zur. She has written music for soprano and tenor voice, solo piano, chamber orchestra and Pierrot ensemble, and is happily exploring new harmonic terrain and larger forms in the vast world of modern music.
Music for Trumpet, Marimba and String Quartet was originally written in the fall of 2005 during my last year of graduate school. I was influenced to write for the marimba by the composer Robert Aldridge who has written extensively for the instrument. Initially, I was intrigued by a devastating event that altered the course of urban culture in Queens in the 1960’s, but the music went in an entirely different and more optimistic direction. The piece is written in binary form with the trumpet leading the ensemble through the entire A section. The strings take over the melodic emphasis in the B section. There is a short reprise to signal the end of the piece.