Year of the Cicada
Composers/Pianists David and Sarah Bilowus along with their seven-year-old son, Andrew, released this original smooth jazz composition, Year of the Cicada in July 2004. The adult periodical cicadas appeared by the millions in the Washington, D.C. area in May-June 2004, where the Bilowus family resides. This particular brood (Brood X) has not appeared since 1987 and won't appear for another 17 years. The Bilowus family was awed by the overwhelming buzz in their own backyard and were inspired by this recent cicada invasion to compose an original song dedicated to this natural phenomenon. All three family members worked together to compose, perform, and record the composition which incorporates actual cicada 'calls.' Sarah S. Bilowus, also an accomplished soprano vocalist, added vocal effects to the song. David Michael Bilowus, known for his exceptionally beautiful impressionistic/romantic style of playing the piano, also includes two bonus tracks from his recording, Forms of the Ocean. David and Sarah Bilowus enjoy translating the sounds of nature to music. 'We are frequently inspired by 'nature's music', and thus, we were naturally inspired to capture the cicada sounds in a piano composition as well.' Bios of Bilowus Family David Michael Bilowus has served as Assistant Professor of Music at universities in Texas and California over the past 12 years. He holds bachelors' degrees in voice and piano and a master's degree in piano performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he also taught piano. He has also studied at the Eastman School of Music, the Chautauqua Music Institute, the University of Southern California, and at the University of North Texas. In addition to teaching at the college level, he has taught private piano and voice lessons in New York, California, Texas, and Virginia. Bilowus is an active composer and concert artist, having released a recording of his original solo piano compositions, Forms of the Ocean. He was selected by the Texas Commission on the Arts to share his art form with audiences, students, and educators throughout a fifteen-state region. Bilowus has performed in many locations around the world, including Ukraine, Jordan, France, the former Czechoslovakia, Greece, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Distinguished audiences include the Royal Family of Jordan, the former Ambassador of Ukraine, Oleh Bilorus, and the Honorable Livingston Biddle, the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Sarah S. Bilowus holds a master's degree in Music and Journalism from the University of Texas at Tyler. She has served in various capacities at university music departments, and most recently as the promotion and development director at a college public radio station in Texas. She was a 1994 recipient of an arts administration fellowship at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she assisted the music program with the administration of grants to arts organizations throughout the country. Sarah has taught piano for over 20 years and greatly enjoys teaching Keyboard for Kids! Classes, utilizing electronic keyboards to creatively teach music to people of all ages. Sarah is also an accomplished singer, having performed the soprano solos in Handel's oratorio, Messiah. She also greatly enjoys composing and performing music with her husband, David, and son, Andrew, and loves to sing many styles of music, including Broadway, classical, pop, and sacred music. Andrew Michael Bilowus (7) is studying piano and composition with his parents. He enjoys improvising and creating his own unique tunes on the piano. He also loves to ice skate (figure skating) and recently won a first place medeal in a local competition. He also enjoys swimming and spending time with his friends and family.