Composers

Our current roster includes a diverse cross-section of Chicago-area composers.

Lawrence Axelrod

I was one of the founding members of the CCC way back in 1989. I have written for just about every musical medium possible. These days, I look for new, fun instrumental combinations and creative opportunities to get my music out into the world.

http://lawrenceaxelrod.com/bio.html
https://soundcloud.com/larry223

Beth Bradfish

I am endlessly fascinated by the sounds of life, and look to bring that joy and curiosity to my audience. My perceptions are influenced by synesthesia and a sensitivity to corporal vibrations of sound. I seek to light corners where people don’t always look or listen.

http://www.bethbradfishcomposer.com/about
https://soundcloud.com/bbradfish/curved-silence-for-flute-bass-clarinet-piano-violin-cello-and-percussion#t=0:00

Kyong Mee Choi

As a composer and artist, I deeply value originality, imagination, and craftsmanship. In my work, I am intrigued by rich color, balanced structure, and organic energy flow. I write solo, chamber, large ensemble, orchestra, electronics, opera, video, and multimedia works.

http://www.kyongmeechoi.com/Main_Site/Bio.html
https://vimeo.com/6524038

Timothy Dwight Edwards

My work is designed with a sense of play, a purpose of thought. I want to engage the listener through both fun and intellectual engagement whether through consideration of structure, motive, timbre, texture or musical object.

http://www.timothydwightedwards.com
https://soundcloud.com/timothyedwards-2/portrait-of-a-moment

Kathleen Cecilia Ginther

“My music emerges from multiple impulses, among them an interest in exploring texture and timbre, a sense of experimentation with sound for its own sake, and a lyrical unfolding of an overall narrative. My works, whether for solo instruments, large ensembles, electronics or interdisciplinary forces, are searching and contemplative in nature, with an irrepressible streak of playfulness and whimsy.”

Martha C. Horst

“I am interested in creating immediately sensual and provocative textures of sound that project a clear musical narrative.  This narrative is primarily conveyed through long musical lines.  My love of musical lines is directly tied to my lifelong pursuit of singing.”

http://www.marthacallisonhorst.com/about.html
https://soundcloud.com/martha-callison-horst/tidal-rhythms-university-of-louisville

Timothy Ernest Johnson

Composer and classical guitarist Tim Johnson has spent almost four
decades cultivating a body of work that is both experimental and
traditional. His focus has been on making his compositions and
performances imbued with deep, lasting value.

http://timothyernestjohnson.com/about.html
https://soundcloud.com/tambo_deluxe/hosp-cio-deus-eternidade-8

Laura Schwendinger

“As the first Berlin Prize composer, my music has been described as…’Evok(ing) a..serene mystery and infinite beauty’, ‘evincing an acute sonic imagination, sure command of craft.’, ‘darkly attractive, artful, moving…’, ‘accessible and emotional,’ ‘intensely and strongly alive’… (NYT, Chic Trib, Timeout). My present work includes an opera, chamber music, orchestral works and concertos.”

https://www.lauraschwendinger.com/short-bio-longer-bios
https://vimeo.com/231753050

Elizabeth Start

“In my compositions I strive to start in a relatively comfortable and familiar place and stretch the envelope, bringing the listener new sounds, ideas and experiences while never quite losing sight of the path that was traveled. I also want performers to enjoy playing my works: it is very gratifying when people ask for copies of my music, whether audio for the listener, or sheet music for the performer.”

http://elizabethstart.com/wordpress/about-her/
http://elizabethstart.com/assets/multimedia/Reliefs__III._Macabre.mp3

 

Many other Chicago composers have been part of the consortium over the years, and many more have been our guests for concerts celebrating their works.

 

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