Melinda Faylor is a Filipina American pianist/composer with a background in classical piano performance and interdisciplinary work. Her current projects include “Piano Lounge”, an electroacoustic album for piano and electronics featuring sounds of the Kulintang (a traditional percussion ensemble of the Philippines), work with pianist Monika Haar focused on the bird song of endangered Hawaiian forest birds, and collaborations with interdisciplinary artist and pianist Sugar Vendil. Her interest in the aleatoric practices of John Cage led her to co-create several scores for music and dance with Loren Groenendaal and the Vervet Dance Company of Philadelphia, PA. These works often make use of the I-Ching and include some element of audience participation. Collaborators have included work dancer Loren Groenendaal and the Vervet Dance company, composer and interdisciplinary theater artist Sugar Vendil, and composer Joe Diebes. She has performed at the SEAMUS and OCEAN festivals, the NYC International Fringe Festival, the Great Hall at Cooper Union, National Sawdust, the Stone, the Stone at the New School, Knockdown Center, the Joyce Theater, Dixon Place, Roulette, Issue Project Room, and the Target Margin Theater. A graduate of Oberlin College and the Manhattan School of Music, Ms Faylor was the artistic director of the Areté Venue and Gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn from 2017-2020.
Melinda Faylor, piano
Melinda Faylor, a native of New York City, began piano at the age of four at the School for Strings. She received her BM from the Oberlin Conservatory in the studio of Robert Shannon. She received her MM in piano performance at the Manhattan School of Music, in the studio of Dr Arkady Aronov. Additional studies have been with with John Nauman and Elyane Laussade. She has worked extensively with electronics and has performed as part of the SEAMUS and OCEAN festivals, the NYC International Fringe Festival, the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, Hofstra University, the Great Hall at Cooper Union, the Performance Garage (PA), the Home Audio series, the Park Church Co-op, and the North Brooklyn Arts Festival. In 2018 Ms Faylor was an artist in residence at the Cannery in South Penobscot, Maine, for work on her Kulintang, piano and electronics work.
As a composer, Ms Faylor’s song cycle Jouyssance Vous Donneray was premiered at the international Luce Irigaray philosophy conference at Hofstra University by gifted soprano Tiffany Dumouchelle. From 2007-2009 Melinda was a founding member of Dames en Feu, a multimedia electronic cabaret/fire dancing ensemble for whom she also composed electronic and instrumental music.
In 2009-2010 she travelled throughout Australia and South East Asia, studying Gamelan in Bali, performing at St. John’s Southgate in Melbourne, as well as on 3MBS Classical Radio in Melbourne. Ms Faylor has also been a member of Cultures in Harmony, a NY based NPO that brings classical music to developing countries and encourages cultural dialogue across boundaries through the use of music. In 2009 she travelled with CIH to the Philippines, where she gave master classes, taught private lessons, helped organize a production at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and performed chamber and solo music with other members of CIH.
In 2010-2012 Ms Faylor performed with Ensemble 212, Lunatics at Large, the Brooklyn Art Song Society and the Mimesis Ensemble. In 2010- 2011 she performed on composition concerts at Queens College and NYU. In 2011 she was the musical director and arranger for White Bred, the musical, which enjoyed a limited run at the black box theater of the Red Room in the LES of Manhattan.
Ms Faylor was the director of ARETÉ, a contemporary chamber music series (2006-2012). As artistic director of ARETÉ, she produced a series of four concerts titled Get Your Gamel-on! (2011-2012) that explored the interaction of Western art music and popular music with Indonesian, specifically Balinese Gamelan. Then, in September of 2012, Ms Faylor produced and performed in the seven concert, NYC-wide John Cage festival, a celebration of the life work of John Cage in honor of his Centennial. Ms Faylor was featured on Dan Bodah’s show Airborne Event on WFMU, alongside percussionist and collaborator Frederick Trumpy, for their work on reviving the Cage radio play The City Wears a Slouch Hat. Current projects include work on a solo electro acoustic album of original works titled “Piano Lounge”, collaborative work with pianist Monika Haar, and also interdisciplinary work with composer Sugar Vendil. Ms Faylor was the founder and artistic director of the Areté venue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn from 2017-2020.