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Caleb Burhans

New York, NY      

Caleb Burhans is a New York City based composer, conductor, singer and multi-instrumentalist. He has been heralded by the New York Times as, "a new music virtuoso" and Time Out NY called him, "New York’s mohawked Mozart." In addition to his career as a freelance artist, Burhans is a founding member of the new music ensembles Alarm Will Sound and The Wordless Music Orchestra as well as the band, itsnotyouitsme.  He is also a member of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, Newspeak, Ensemble Signal and knights on earth. An advocate of contemporary music, he has worked closely with Steve Reich, John Adams, Philip Glass, La Monte Young, Lou Harrison, Meredith Monk, David Lang, Michael Gordon, George Crumb, Brian Ferneyhough, Martin Bresnik, David Liptak, and Augusta Read Thomas. As a conductor he has worked with the London Sinfonietta and the Wordless Music Orchestra.  As a violinist he gave the American premiere of Nico Muhly’s electric violin concerto, Seeing is Believing.  Past commissions include the Library of Congress, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Albany Symphony. In 2009 Burhans received a Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts.  His debut album as a composer, Evensong was released on Cantaloupe Music in July 2013 and features Alarm Will Sound, Trinity Wall Street Choir and the Tarab Cello Ensemble. Burhans holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music in viola performance and composition.

New York-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans discusses Evensong, his debut album as lead composer, out now on Cantaloupe Music.

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A performance of Caleb Burhans’ “Walk Through the Valley of Dead Flowers” from the 2012 Holland Festival with the composer performing on electric violin and electronics.

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