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Jeffrey Young

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Jeffrey Young is a composer and violinist from Brooklyn, NY who specializes in experimental, rock, and classical music, including music he performs with the software Ableton Live. Since January 2018, he is based in Boston, MA.

Upcoming appearances include a tour in Switzerland and Luxembourg of a new show for children as part of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL Young Performance program, US tour dates with  The World/Inferno Friendship Society, the premiere with thingNY of a commission by Rick Burkhardt, the premiere of a new opera by Ruby Fulton and George Lam with Rhymes With Opera, a US tour with Paul Pinto of their duo experimental opera, a performance and workshop at the inaugural Creative Ability Development conference in Chicago, development of a new piece with members of Schallfeld Ensemble in Austria, and more. Recent highlights include performances in Switzerland, Germany, and Brooklyn with LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI, an installation by thingNY at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in New York with funding from New Music USA and development of a new piece by thingNY and experimental theater company Orange Theatre of Phoenix, AZ, two monthlong tours with Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests, Jeffrey’s performance of his own music with theater group stringsaTTached at the Festspiele Zürich festival in Switzerland, and a 13-show solo tour through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada as well as a solo mini-tour to Germany and Poland. With thingNY, Jeffrey has collaboratively composed and performed four experimental operas, through the support of grants from the Aaron Copland Fund, the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Queens Council on the Arts. He worked with Pierre Boulez and other leaders of the European avant-garde during four summers at the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland. He has twice toured China as an orchestral musician, and in addition to the groups above he has also toured the U.S. and Canada with indie rock band Food Will Win the War, psychedelic folk band Manson Family Picnic, minimalist chamber-rock band Slow Six, and Pogues cover band Streams of Whiskey.

Jeffrey performs frequently in New York City. He has appeared at venues including Carnegie Hall, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Bowery Ballroom, Roulette, B.B. King’s, Joe’s Pub, Mercury Lounge, The Bitter End, JACK, and The Stone. He has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Rachael Ray Show, and he has been featured on around 50 albums, in genres including classical and contemporary music, rock, singer-songwriter, hip-hop, kids songs, and more. With flutist Matt Samolis, Jeffrey co-curated a monthly free improvisation music series in Boston, MA called Beasts of Improvisation on Parade. He graduated with a B.M. in violin and composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2007. Since December 2014, he is a licensed New York City sightseeing guide, offering walking tours of the Lower East Side, Chinatown/Little Italy, and Williamsburg. Since July 2015, he is a content manager for LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI.

Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots, Run for Public Office on a Platform of Swift and Righteous Immigration Reform, Lots of Jobs, and a Healthy Environment: An Opera by Paul Pinto and Jeffrey Young

Created in 2011 as a parody of contemporary politics and politicians, this half-hour piece focuses on issues of immigration and national identity. New York-based musicians Jeffrey Young and Paul Pinto collaboratively created the text, music, and staging, scoring the piece for their own voices, violin, percussion, a turntable, and lots of cardboard boxes. Instrumental music alternates with song and speech, zany topical quips counterbalance personal political critiques, notation meets improvisation, and tonal harmonies mix with unpitched effects.

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mini_005 (composed by Paul Pinto)

Dedicated to Jeffrey Young, composer Paul Pinto describes mini_005 as “The 5th installment of my mini series: theatrical text-heavy miniatures where the instrumentalists are called to be more than just instrumentalists, but actors and poets.”

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FRIV MOVE ZAMEK: Ilona Gumowska/Aniela Kokosza/Michał Biel/Patryk Lichota/Jeffrey Young

This is a free improvisation between Jeffrey Young and four Polish artists, saxophonists Patryk Lichota and Michał Biel and dancers Ilona Gumowska and Aniela Kokosza, on the concert series FRIV MOVE ZAMEK in January 2014 at the Zamek Cultural Center in Poznan, Poland. None of the Polish artists had performed or rehearsed with Jeffrey prior to this performance or discussed how the performance would go, nor had Jeffrey performed in Poland prior to this performance, so this video represents an unadulterated meeting of distinct artistic worlds.

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