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Devin Maxwell

Wanship, Utah & Brooklyn, NY   

Composer Devin Maxwell’s chamber music has been described as “amiably strident…clusters hammered insistently” by the New York Times and orchestral works “a beautiful puzzle, … fitting between plucks and pedals that build pyramid melodies” by the American Record Guide. He has recently been commissioned by MMM… (Tokyo), BENT FREQUENCY (Atlanta), ENSEMBLE DEDALUS (Paris), the Deer Valley Music Festival Emerging Quartets and Composers for the SKYROS QUARTET (Lincoln, NB) and featured at The Stone (NYC), Abron’s Art Center (NYC), the Ontological Theater (NYC), BLIM (Vancouver), ARTSaha (Omaha), the Wulf (Los Angeles), Monkeytown (NYC), Dartmouth College, Columbia University, and Kenyon College. Awards include the Nief Norf Composition Prize, the Leroy Robertson Prize, “Best Experimental Film” New York Independent Film Festival, New Music USA/Commissioning Music USA and an Honorable Mention at the American Composer’s Orchestra 2013 Underwood Readings. His music is critically examined in the book Boring, Formless Nonsense; Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure by Eldritch Priest, and the 2012 journal Postmodern Culture. Maxwell frequently collaborates with choreographer Jessica Gaynor Dance (NYC), filmmaker Rollin Hunt (Los Angeles), graphic designer Phillip Niemeyer (Austin), photographer Svavar Jonatansson (Iceland), clarinetist Katie Porter (RED DESERT, Utah/NYC) and violist/songwriter Anni Rossi (NYC). Maxwell is a graduate of The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, California Institute of the Arts Composer/Performer and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Utah. His work is published by Good Child Music New York and Éditions musique SISYPHE.

4th of July

Composer Devin Maxwell and filmmaker Rollin Hunt collaborated to create “4th of July”, the music is for bass clarinet, electric guitar and percussion with electronics. 4th of July was premiered live by the Roman Catholic Church Trio at the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator, Saint Mark’s Church in the Bowery, New York City, NY in July 2009 and subsequently performed at The Wulf in Los Angeles, CA in January 2010.

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Bouquet Canyon, CA, Mvt II

The second movement (of six) of Devin Maxwell’s string quartet, “Bouquet Canyon, CA” premiered by the Skyros Quartet, at the Emerging Quartets and Composers Program, Deer Valley Music Festival, St Mary’s Church, Park City, Utah in July 2013.

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Choreography: Jessica Gaynor Dance, Composer: Devin Maxwell.
Premiere: Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn, NY. November 2011.
“Gaynor, a young choreographer with a sophisticated approach to pure-dance structure, offers two premieres. “One,” set to a score by Devin Maxwell, is concerned with groupings: a solo is followed by all the permutations (duo, trio, etc.) that are possible with six dancers.” -The New Yorker

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