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Howie Kenty

Brooklyn, NY      

Howie Kenty, occasionally known by his musical alter-ego, Hwarg, is an award-winning Brooklyn-based composer. His music is stylistically diverse, encompassing ideas from contemporary classical, electronic, rock, sound art, and everything in between, sometimes using visual and theatrical elements. Throughout all of his creations runs the idea that the experience of a piece is more than just listening to the music; he strives for a wholeness of vision and an awareness of environment that attempts to fully draw the audience into his works. Besides regularly premiering his pieces at numerous international forums and venues with amazing performers, helping organize the NYCEMF and other concerts, teaching, and working with artists like DJ Spooky and Amanda Palmer, Howie plays guitar in the progressive rock band The Benzene Ring. Having recently earned his MA in Composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music, he is currently a Graduate Council Fellow PhD student at Stony Brook University.

Notably, his Scherzo; Dance. received an Honorary Mention in the Digital Musics category of the 2008 Prix Ars Electronica, and his We Have Less Time Than You Think was awarded first prize at the 2013 Shanghai Electronic Music Week. After performing Howie’s string quartet as one of their entry pieces in the 2013 Concert Artist Guild Competition, PUBLIQuartet was awarded the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize and chosen as the New Music/New Places Ensemble.

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The Halls Within The Mirror (Live, with Rebekah Norris)

Soprano [Rebekah Norris] and electronics. A solo mini-opera of internal struggle, childhood memories, and a tragic incident. Commissioned by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s International Electronic Music Week, 2015. Individual movements: i. Present: Awakening – ii. Driving: First Memory – iii. Childhood: First Memory – iv. Driving: Second Memory – v. Childhood: Second Memory – vi. Present: Despair – vii. Driving: Third Memory – viii. Present: Waiting

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An Impetuous Old Friend (Live, with PUBLIQuartet)

Now part of their regular repertoire, PUBLIQuartet performed this piece in the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition, in which they were chosen as the New Music/New Places Ensemble and were awarded the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize. It is available on their eponymous debut album on CAG Records.

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We Have Less Time Than You Think

Violin [Adrianna Mateo] and electronics. This piece deals with the fact that we humans do not have long; time passes in a blur, easily escaping attempts to stop or slow its flow. In my own experience, the passage of time seems to speed up exponentially; I certainly feel like I have less time than I thought I did. All of the electronic elements in this piece were generated using violin and vocal samples. Performed by violinist Tian Boyang (田博阳), this piece placed first in the 2013 Shanghai Electronic Music Week composition competition.

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