New MOrse Code - David Crowell Consortium

We are thrilled to announce a collaboration with Brooklyn-based composer, instrumentalist and producer David Crowell.

Description of Project:
15 minute work for cello, percussion, and electronics.  Composed for and performable by the core cello/percussion duo with multiple tracks of cello/percussion.  Will also be possible to perform layered tracks live with a larger group.  

For this new piece, I’m envisioning rich textural layers of multiple cello and percussion parts, accentuated by electronics originating from my collection of analogue synthesizers. Not unlike the first half of my piece Celestial Sphere (as well as the entirety of Kaleidoscope), similar parts performed at different tempos will create a meditative and mysterious atmosphere. Distinguishing it from those earlier works, though, is a focus on harmonic motion. As each new chord gradually arises from the previous, a structure for the latter half of the piece is created. There, the cyclic and polyrhythmic ideas found in much of my music for Empyrean Atlas will be transformed and developed for the particular instrumentation of this ensemble.
I’m very excited to work with New Morse Code and all the members of this consortium!    - David Crowell

All members of the consortium will have exclusive rights of performance for 2 years from the date of the world premiere, which will be given by New Morse Code.  This includes the option of performing with pre-recorded tracks or in a larger live ensemble with other members of the consortium.  All performers involved in performances during the exclusivity period must be individual members of the consortium.

Apply by submitting the web form below including a brief Statement of Interest by March 16, 2018 at 11:59pm CST.  Payments will be arranged after the application period closes.

The fee for each member of the consortium is $250.  A discounted rate of $200 is available to full-time undergraduate or graduate students.


Apply to Be part of the Consortium:

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Please list any other performers who you are planning to work with on this project.
In 250 words or less, please describe your interest in this project.

More Information

Brooklyn-based composer, instrumentalist and producer David Crowell brings a “singular vision that transcends genre” (Exclaim) to diverse forms of composed and improvisational music, and has been praised for compositional work that is "notable for its crystalline sonic beauty" (Boston Globe). 

David’s chamber works have been performed at the Lucerne Festival, Mizzou New Music Festival, Library of Congress, London Jazz Festival, MATA Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Marathon, Walled City Festival, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival, Tribeca New Music Festival, Festival for New American Music, and the Festival Internacional Chihuahua, by groups such as the JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the NOW Ensemble, and Sandbox Percussion. His work has also been performed by noted international performers Mak Grgic, Brian Archinal, Dan Lippel and Ian Rosenbaum. 

In New York City, his work has been featured at concert halls and clubs such as Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, National Sawdust, Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, the Stone and Joe’s Pub. David's music has been presented at the art galleries Gavin Brown Enterprise and Dominique Levy.

Other works by David Crowell: