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Music of Kevin Leysath II

 

Bio

Kevin Leysath II is a music composer and saxophonist born in 2001 in Rochester, NY where he has been surrounded by music his whole life. Kevin currently studies Music Composition at Nazareth College School of music. After academia he plans to pursue a career in Film scoring. He currently collaborates with Filmmakers from the Rochester Institute of technology to score their films. His melodic style reflects his love for film music and catchy heartfelt themes whether it is sorrowful, or joyful.

Kevin has composed music ranging from sonata’s to saxophone quartet/ensemble music to electronic and hip-hop instrumental beats. He loves writing for strings, especially the cello because of how beautifully the instrument sounds and how it can in some cases resemble a voice. His works have been performed and recorded by groups such as Nazareth College’s Saxophone Society, Mcduffie Center for Strings student quartet and the mdi ensemble. As a winner of the MLK creative expression award, Kevin also enjoys writing programmatic music and pieces that tributes to people of African descent that have made a great impact on the world such as Maya Angelou and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. His composition training throughout the years has been led by composers such as Octavio Vazquez, Alison Plante, Clint Bajakan and Poalo Tortiglione.  Kevin is also a member of the Millennium Composers Initiative (MCI).

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Upcoming Performances

Saturday, November 5th 11am

Dream to be a Red Tail - String Orchestra

Monroe Branch, Rochester Public Library 809 Monroe Ave. Rochester, NY 14607

Saturday November 12th *time TBD*

Dream to be a Red Tail - String Rochester

Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County
115 South Ave., Rochester, NY 14604

Sunday, November 13, 2pm

Dream to be a Red Tail - String Orchestra

Irondequoit Public Library
1290 Titus Ave., Rochester, NY 14617

Saturday, November 19, 11am

Dream to be a Red Tail

East Rochester Public Library
317 Main St., East Rochester, NY 14445

 
 
Songs of Resilience and Beauty - Kevin Leysath II
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Kevin Leysath II

Songs of Resilience and Beauty - Kevin Leysath II

Voice - Collin Pickett & Sophia Soler Piano - Aaron Soltis In Flanders Fields by John McCrae: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. Still I Rise by Maya Angelou: You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise. Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries? You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise. Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise Up from a past that’s rooted in pain I rise I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.
 
Dramatic Sunset over the Mountains

On a long ride I need music to listen to.
Wearing headphones,
I cancel out the world to focus on the vibrant and colorful sounds that fill my soul.
I turned to the next song,
Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey: this song often brings me to tears
alluring and pleasing it sounds to my ears.
Gazing out the window,
I could vividly visualize a movie scene with this song:
The way the sun came out and glorified the land filled with different colored trees in the light
the silhouette of mountains made adding music to the picture an even more tremendous sight.

- Kevin Leysath II

 

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