Not only has The Dream Gallery been causing a stir with some wonderful reviews, this new work from composer Mark Abel is now bringing in critical awards! The Global Music Awards have bestowed an Award of Excellence AND an Award of Merit to Mark Abel in recognition of his Lyrics and “Creativity/Originality” in The Dream Gallery!
From the Global Music Awards:
American composer Mark Abel receives GMA’s Award of Excellence for lyrics in his album, The Dream Gallery. Abel wrote both the music and lyrics to this seventy minute work that explores a character-driven psychogeography of California. Abel’s lyrics are observations of the California dream that have an operatic/poetic feel and satirical bite. The lyrics confront unsettling issues: predatory competition, yuppie ladder-climbing, immigrant struggles, loneliness, racism and environmental degradation. His music blends the nuance of classical composition with the immediacy of the vernacular. Abel briefly attended Stanford University, became a guitarist, bassist and songwriter in the ’70 and ’80s New York rock scene, shifted to journalism and became foreign editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, but his curiosity lead him back to classical music and an investigation of 19th and 20th century composers. Abel also receives GMA’s Award of Merit for creativity/originality. — Global Music Awards
Congratulations to Mark Abel!