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Natalie Draper

Syracuse, NY         

Praised for her “individual and strong voice” (Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine), Natalie Draper explores character and evocative sound-worlds in her music. Recent works include a solo piano piece commissioned by Lior Willinger (this project was featured on I Care If You Listen), a cello and bass duet commissioned by Katy Bell, and a song cycle for soprano Jennifer Holloway and pianist Kathleen Kelly that was commissioned by Sparks & Wiry Cries. Her music has received honors and recognition–Timelapse Variations, which has been recorded on the SNOtone label and is available for streaming on Spotify, garnered positive reviews from Lydia Woolever in Baltimore Magazine (“dissonant melodies that build into a unified spiral”), Tim Smith in The Baltimore Sun (a “tense, darkly colorful churn”), and Mark Medwin in Fanfare Magazine (“…polyrhythm bolstering gorgeous pantonal harmonies and shards of chromatic counterpoint,” while  “…items burst forth, in a way that might make Mahler smile…”). In 2018, she remixed excerpts from Timelapse Variations for the background music of a short NASA film featuring the research of glaciologist Joe MacGregor. This video can be viewed in a variety of places, including Smithsonian Magazine. She has held residencies and fellowships at the Ucross Foundation, the Tanglewood Music Center, the I-Park Foundation, and Yaddo. She is an assistant professor in the music theory and composition department at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University.

Strains in the Signal

Sam Rothstein, Clarinets
Samantha Bennett, Violin
Jesse Christeson, Cello
Andrew Hsu, Piano

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Deflected Harmlessly into the Ceiling

Abstract work for solo flute.

Premiere performance in March, 2013 by Yoon Jung Huh in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Decadent Music Box

An abstract imagination of a lush, broken music box.

Performed by SONAR New Music Ensemble and conducted by Courtney Orlando.

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