Dorian WallaceNew York, NY
My passion is connecting to other human beings through music. Music has been a vital part of our evolution as a species since the Paleolithic age and is an integral part of our history. We experience life through vibrations. My music is written to bring people together, to inspire social, political, economic, or environmental changes, to promote healing, and to inspire human transcendence in peace and solidarity.
Dorian Wallace is a composer, pianist, podcaster, teacher, music therapy intern, and activist whose work explores the unconscious experience, and is an outspoken critic of authoritarian systems, dogmatism, censorship, and oppression. Together with violinist Hajnal Pivnick, Wallace co-founded Tenth Intervention, a progressive new music collective and concert series based in New York City. He is artistic director of improvisational septendectet The Free Sound Ahn-somble. Dorian is a founding member of Social Ecology Project, a politically driven new music trio. Alongside composer David Kulma, he co-hosts Trysteropod, a podcast about music and politics.
As a composer and performer, he has collaborated with artists such as Nicholas Finch, NouLou Chamber Players, Paul Pinto, Charlotte Mundy, Pamela Z, Frank London, Experiments In Opera, Ensemble Interactivo de La Habana – EIH, Composers Concordance, Periapsis Music and Dance, Robert Ashley, Seneca Black, Matt Marks, RIOULT Dance, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Kensaku Shinohara, and John Sanborn.
His work has been presented at National Sawdust, NPR’s Science Friday, Rubin Museum of Art, The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR, Pompidou Centre, Palais Jacques Coeur, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Casa de las Américas La Habana, Cuba, Americas Society, New Music USA, Lower Manhattan Community Council, the Earle Brown Music Foundation, the Johnstone Fund for New Music, the Puffin Foundation, Caveat, New Music Gathering, Universidad de Costa Rica, Interlochen Public Radio, New York University’s Precarious Sounds // Sounding Sanctuary conference, and the 2018-19 Composer-in-residence with Exploring the Metropolis.
Dorian works extensively as a dance accompanist at Martha Graham Dance Company, Barnard College of Columbia University, Juilliard, Doug Varone and Dancers, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is a teaching artist with The Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program. Having completed his coursework in music therapy at Montclair State University, Wallace is currently interning at Mount Sinai Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine.
He currently resides in Harlem, New York City.
We Are Legion
We Are Legion is an immersive chamber work inspired by the hacktivist collective, Anonymous.
Represented at the core of this work is the group’s mission to uphold freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Anonymous actively fights against corporate, civic, and religious extremism and oppression.
We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Manusa for Solo Cello and String Orchestra with Nicholas Finch (Piano Version)
Manusa for Solo Cello and String Orchestra (piano version)
“The Temptation of St. Anthony” | official trailer
Trailer for the media opera | installation “The Temptation of St. Anthony”, created by John Sanborn; written by Dorian Wallace (music) and John Sanborn (words).
Installed as a three channel video and sound work, this retelling of a classic examines faith without god, and the emotional life of an artist.
Premiered in Bourges, France at the Palais Jacques Coeur with the support of Bandits Mages, curated by Stephen Sarrazin.