Stephen Solook

Percussionist, Composer, Educator,

and Dyslexia Researcher


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Dec. 17, 2021 - I still can’t believe it, I received a NYSCA grant and top awards in a The Vibraphone Projects composition competition!

The Vibraphone Project Inc. recently had its first composition competition, and two of my new compositions received awards! Both pieces will be available through a Print and Bound collection, and one of those pieces will also be performed at an upcoming VPI event in 2022. As information becomes available I’ll announce more.

I won a NYSCA Individual Grant for me to write a new composition about my dyslexia and vibraphone! The plan is for a large multi-movement work, 30 plus minutes in length. It’ll include a lot of the experiments I’ve been working on with the vibraphone, but also will deal with my experience and research with dyslexia. I couldn’t have received this grant without the support of Art Services Inc. and Tiffany Du Mouchelle, and am indebted to their support!

Here’s part of Governor Hochul’s statement, “These awardees represent the best of what New York’s vibrant communities have to offer and with this funding in hand, they will be able to not only continue their creative and inspiring work, but help spur revitalization in their own backyard as well,”

May 27, 2021 - I was named a finalist for Arts Services Inc. 2021 Spark Awards. I am honored and thrilled to be acknowledged by such a prominent in important organization in Western New York. Here is a link to a recent interview article in the publication Buffalo Rising about my nomination.

March 12, 2020 - When we lost Chick Corea a few weeks ago, I was reminded of Crystal Silence and the impact it had on me as a musician. The colors he and Gary Burton are able to find on this album are something I think I have subconsciously strived for since my first listening. Here's my rendition of Children Song 1. Thank you for the inspiration!

Corea, Chick - Children's Song 1.mp4
  • February 25, 2021 - Cultures in Harmony video for "Connect 4" now available.

  • February 11, 2021 - Cultures in Harmony project "Connect 4" video in the works. Project involves performers from four different countries including: Mexico, Pakistan, South Africa, and the United States.

  • January 2021 - University at Buffalo Dance Classes have started up again and I'm thrilled to be joining them via zoom. It feels good to be working with dancers again.