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"Scenes of Ramallah" for Solo Violin

Performed by Adrian Anantawan, taken from his stand at a concert in Palestine, right after the final call to prayer. Composed in honor of my friends and colleagues at Al Kamandjati Music School, and inspired by the four lion statues in the Palestinian city of Ramallah. This piece depicts an imagined scene of the stone lions coming to life and joyfully racing through the city's hills and surrounding olive groves.

"Blue des Sables" performed in Tunisia

This story, told through music, Arabic and French poetry, featured the projected art by Colette Albiolo and music and dance professors at the Tunis Institute of Higher Studies. The poem, written by Albiolo, led the audience through a brilliantly colorful journey of a weary traveler through the desert and into a mysterious Arabian citadel.

"Release" with text by homeless individuals

​Boston, USA: Composed for the organization Shelter Music, this piece uses a beautiful text written by a homeless shelter residents in response to hearing a live music performance by Shelter Music musicians.

Songs of Palestine by Danielle Williams

These songs written, performed, and sung by Danielle in Arabic, Spanish, and English, cover a range of emotions from travels and meditations. Her latest creation "Songs of Palestine" are in honor of her students, colleagues, and friends from the Al Kamandjati Music School in Ramallah, Palestine.

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About Danielle

Baltimore City

Danielle Williams (Baltimore, MD) is a composer, conductor, and passionate music educator who uses her international experiences to shape her role as a pedagogue and inspire collaborations. Danielle has led and created projects with musicians, actors, and visual artsts around the world, including Brazil, France, Tunisia, Palestine, and Tanzania. 

"Wicked Spirits" composed in collaboration with Shelter Music Boston

Composed for the organization Shelter Music, this piece incorporates musical themes and text composed by homeless shelter residents in a collaborative composition project facilitated by Shelter Music Boston. One of the project participants wrote, "Music keeps the wicked spirits in line," which became the motivic and artistic inspiration for the piece. "Wicked Spirits" was composed for and performed by SMB Founder, Julie Davis.

  • Water for My Soul -- Wicked Spirits

    Composed for the organization Shelter Music, this piece incorporates musical themes and text composed by homeless shelter residents in a collaborative composition project facilitated by Shelter Music Boston. One of the project participants wrote, "Music keeps the wicked spirits in line," which became the motivic and artistic inspiration for the piece. "Wicked Spirits" was composed for and performed by SMB Founder, Julie Davis.

Blue Des Sables

If awarded, these funds would provide the opportunity for a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary performance to be brought to Baltimore and "toured" by the artists to numerous Baltimore City Public Schools. Visual artist Colette Albiolo (French/African) and composer Danielle Williams (American) have created a unique production combining live instrumental music, moving projected artwork, interpretive choreography, and poetry in the languages of English, French, and Arabic. Albiolo and Williams call this art form "Diachromie Concert." For this spectacle, we aim to bring one of our most haunting works to life for the first time in the United States. The piece is titled "Blue of the Sands" and was originally commissioned by the Institute of Higher Studies in Carthage, Tunisia. A mystical poem, written by Albiolo and narrated in Arabic and English, weaves the dramatic tale of a nomad traveling through the desert; this story forms the narrative for the entire Diachormie Concert. Danielle Williams composed the piece for piano, cello, tambourine, and Arabic ney flute which captures the spirit and mystery of the vast North African deserts. We aim to bring this spectacle to the U.S. for the first time, anticipating a performance in November 2019 in Baltimore. As a part of this performance, we will expand the instrumentation to include the oud performed by Greek virtuoso, Kyriakos Kalaitzidis as well as a small chamber orchestra made up of local musicians. Additionally, Albiolo and Williams will take a miniature version of the Diachromie performance across Baltimore to be performed in several Baltimore City Schools in partnership with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids program. In addition to the performance, Williams and Albiolo will facilitate artist workshops with students that allow the students to create their own miniature art/music Diachromies. Through this opportunity, students will be able to experience a unique fusion of Arab and Western music, witness how music, dance, poetry, and visual art can be fused into one large-scale spectacle, work with live musicians and artists to create their own miniature "Diachromie" in their classroom, and experience the cross-cultural collaboration with modern female artists (Williams and Albiolo).

  • Blue des Sables- Tunisia 2012

    In its original form, "Blue des Sables" was premiered in Tunis, Tunisia in 2012. We have hopes to revive, revise, and expand on this performance for it to take place in Baltimore.

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