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Jack Langdon

Chicago, IL      

Jack Langdon (b. 1994, Madison, WI) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, media artist, and writer. Jack’s work utilizes instrumental performance, theater, new media, and installation in concert, site-specific, and digital contexts. This work is often conceptually concerned with reflecting on and reorganizing musical production and creating environments for cooperative artistic sociality. This work often utilizes intermedia as a means of building social and political context.​

As a performer, Langdon has premiered works for organ, piano, and guitar.​ Jack’s areas of focus include pieces involving long durations, sonic fragility, improvisation, and theater.

As a writer, Jack’s work focuses on the political economy of music, social organization in performance, institutional politics, and expanded notions of musical practice.

Langdon is working towards their Master of Arts in Digital Musics from Dartmouth College and received a Bachelor of Music from St. Olaf College in Spring 2017.

Langdon works as a piano and composition teacher, as well as an arts organizer. Jack fights for equality and inclusivity in the various institutions they work in.

Jack is a hobbyist photographer and videographer.​

Jack was a curator for Score Follower for their 2018/2019 season.

Jack’s main teachers have been Katherine Young, Justin Merritt, Joan Arnau Pamies, Bethany Younge, and Timothy Mahr. Jack currently studies with Ashley Fure and Michael Casey.

Jack’s works have been performed by Southland Ensemble, RenegadeEnsemble, The Minnesota Sinfonia, Joshua Weinberg, Sara Constant, Mivos Quartet, The Vital Organ Project, Vancouver Chamber Choir, and The St. Olaf Band. 

Jack’s work has been recognized by The McKnight Foundation, The Fromm Foundation, The Lynn and Mary Steen Foundation, Composers Conference, The St. Petersburg New Music Festival, The University of Tennessee Knoxville Contemporary Music Festival, St. Olaf College’s Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry program, and the Wisconsin School Music Association, among others.

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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