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Jack Langdon

Chicago, IL      

Jack Langdon (b. 1994, Madison, WI) is a Chicago-based performer, composer, and media artist. His work utilizes instrumental performance, theater, new media, and installation in concert, site-specific, and digital contexts. He is an improviser who performs on piano, organ, and guitar, and occasionally other instruments. His compositions engage with the Midwestern pastoral tradition, communization, film and media theory, multi-modal perception, and Marxian aesthetics.

​Langdon has recently had works performed by Mivos Quartet, Minnesota Sinfonia, RenegadeEnsemble, The St. Olaf Band, KC VITAs Chamber Choir, Vancouver Chamber Choir, pianist Michael Betz, The St. Olaf Orchestra, pianist Sandra Joy Friesen, flutist Joshua Weinberg and The St. Olaf Chapel Choir. He was awarded the 2016 Lynn and Mary Steen Fellowship to compose The End of Saro, an electronic chamber opera on a libretto by poet Vashti Kalvi Daniel. He is also a 2015 fellow of St. Olaf College’s Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry program, where he founded and directed a laptop orchestra.​ He is currently working on a site-specific work for two pianos and video for the Elastic Arts space in Logan Square, Chicago.

He holds a bachelor of music in composition and theory from St. Olaf College and was a participant in The Walden School’s Creative Musicians Retreat in 2016.

interiority (for string quartet)

This work for string quartet was written for The Walden School’s Creative Musicians Retreat of 2016. I wrote this piece for Mivos Quartet (Lauren Cauley, Hanna Hurwitz, Victor Lowrie, and Mariel Roberts)

“interiority” is a term that expresses the capacity for architectural, filmic, literary, and musical spaces to “rule out the exterior.” Repetitive music has the capacity to greatly achieve this phenomenon as it, in the absence of new material, places the onus of perception on the interior states of the listener.

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1.a for cello, trombone, and live electronics

This work was written in collaboration with cellist Willem Mudde and trombonist Adam Lee Sanders. 1.a is a study for a larger piece titled “taking time” which explores various types of open forms, non-linear and recursive temporality, and extended techniques.

1.a was premiered during St. Olaf College’s Fall Fresh Ink Composer’s Forum. (Willem Mudde, vlc / Adam Lee Sanders, tbn / Jack Langdon, electronics)

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