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Adam Schumaker

Kalamazoo, MI         

Adam Schumaker’s compositional style still lies somewhere in the nebulous definition of post-tonal tonality & post-minimalist commercially pop driven art music . Schumaker’s compositions are influenced by the scope of the project, the mission, the collaborator, and the surroundings. Most of the time, pragmatic decisions drive creation. Philosophically, Adam believes there is no “right way” to compose… rather, there is just a more effective way, dependent on the task at hand.

Adam began writing songs in high school and never turned back. His early songs had complex structures and interesting tonal relationships, so his habit naturally grew into a B.A. in Music from Principia College, where he focused on trumpet performance and composition, and then an M.M. in Composition from Western Michigan University, where he met his wife and focused on falling in love. He is still in love so something must have clicked during that time.

One time, Phillip Glass and Terry Riley stole a seat that Schumaker had purchased a ticket for. He just shrugged and just sat next to them.

Another time, Adam’s compositions were played on a hospital bed designed by Stryker for Intensive Care Unit’s. He really wants to experience the playback on location, but not that much.

Recently projects include the world premieres of “six inspirations for piano & little synth” performed by Cassandra Kaczor, and “piano trio no. 1” performed by Ahmed Anzaldua, Joanna Steinhauser, and David Peshlakai at the January 15th concert “An Auditory Inconvenience” at Kalamazoo College.

Schumaker is the Director of Education for The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, and is an indefinitely-visiting professor of music theory and composition at Kalamazoo College.

six inspirations for piano & little synth

The complete premiere performance of “six inspirations for piano & little synth” by Adam Schumaker. Performed by Cassandra Kaczor. Filmed by Brian Gonda of Public Media Network. Recorded by Doug Decker. Performance at Kalamazoo College, January 15, 2016.

six inspirations for piano & little synth

I. Cassandra, destroyer of worlds
II. no real than you are
III. being and nothingness (a quiet prayer)
IV. turn on it
V. according to you I come from a virtual world
VI. Cassandra, ignored prophet of doom, is the woman of our times

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An Auditory Inconvenience // full concert // the music of Adam Schumaker

The uncut full-length performance of Adam Schumaker’s An Auditory Inconvenience. Performed on January 15, 2016 at Kalamazoo College’s Dalton Theater, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Featuring the world premieres of “six inspirations for piano & little synth” and “piano trio no. 1.” A 2009 composition titled, “relaxation no. 4” was also performed.

Audio recording by Doug Decker. Filming by Brian Gonda and Public Media Network.

Support provided by the Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative (KADI) a program of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.

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piano trio no. 1

The full three-movement performance of “piano trio no. 1” by Adam Schumaker. Performed by Ahmed Anzaldua, David Peshlakai, and Joanna Steinhauser, as part of the concert “An Auditory Inconvenience.” Performed and Recorded on January 15, 2016. Funded by the Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles June 26 2018 | By Adam Schumaker
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Articles June 19 2018 | By Adam Schumaker
Live Streaming 103: DIY Live Stream Tech

This week, Adam Schumaker continues his series primer on live streaming with a review of the basic technical requirements, but without diving in so deep that you get lost. By...

Articles June 11 2018 | By Adam Schumaker
Live Streaming 102: Hosting, Preparing, and Advertising Your Live Stream

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