(Solo piano).
Total duration ca. 7 minutes (2011)
Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).
Commissioned in 2011.
One movement work. 9 pages, 8.5" x 11".

Premiered in November 2011 in Santa Clara, California and New York City by Teresa McCollough, piano.

Live New York City concert premiere recording by Teresa McCollough, piano, November 17, 2011.


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Perpetual Spark

(Flute/piccolo, violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano).
Total duration ca. 7 minutes (2011)
Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).
Commissioned in 2011.
One movement work. 26 pages, 8.5" x 11".

Premiering February, 2012 in Chicago, IL by Fifth House Ensemble.

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Score available for $12.00 print, $8.00 digital, from Activist Music.



was inspired by the life, love, energy and heart of Dale Mara Bershad, a gifted musician who often used her talents to share the joy of expression and wonder with young children. As a mother, teacher, and performer, Mara's remarkable inner light cast an indelible glow. Her essence remains radiant and present: a spark from a life filled with passion and delight, burning brightly, intensely, and without end.

An adaptation of Spark for chamber sextet, titled Perpetual Spark, was recorded in September 2013 by Fifth House Ensemble, for their Cedille Records 2014 CD, Exclesior, produced by Judith Sherman.


Enjoy this video of pianist Adam Marks performing SPARK
at the Tribeca New Music 2018 Festival, December 9,
at Nancy Manocherian's - The Cell theater in NYC:





A [non-performing!] pianist herself, Alex has always loved composing for the instrument, and Activist Music has created a collection of her solo piano works, available as a set of .pdf downloads. Ranging from short offerings to those with multiple movements, these idiomatic pieces reveal a broad swath of emotions.

Spark is also among the works included in Shapiro's 2019 album release of her piano music, recorded by Adam Marks at the Yamaha Artist Services studios in New York City.

For complete information about the published collection and the upcoming album, click HERE. read


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