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Jeff Herriott

Fort Atkinson , WI         

Jeff Herriott is a composer whose music focuses on sounds that gently shift and bend at the edges of perception. He creates unhurried music, using slow-moving shapes with a free sense of time. His works, which often include interaction between live performers and electronic sounds, have been described as “colorful…darkly atmospheric” (New York Times) and “incredibly soft, beautiful, and delicate” (Computer Music Journal).

Jeff’s music has been supported by a MATA Festival commission for bass clarinetist Michael Lowenstern; an American Composers Forum commission through the Jerome Composers Commission Program for the Ancia Saxophone Quartet; a McKnight Foundation Visiting Composer Residency for which Jeff spent 2 months recording sounds in the Boundary Waters and working with middle schoolers through the Ely, Minnesota, Public Library; a commission from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition for Due East; and a commission from the Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble through the National Endowment for the Arts.

 In 2015, Jeff co-composed the score to the film Bone Tomahawk, starring Kurt Russell, with director S. Craig Zahler. Notably, the New York Times’ (starred) review commented that, “Even the song that plays over the end credits — a frontier-ditty parody by Mr. Zahler and Jeff Herriott — is worth staying seated for.” Jeff is a Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. His music is recorded on the Albany, New Focus, Centaur, Innova, clang, Parlour Tapes+, New Tertian, and SEAMUS labels.




swarms of light in metal

for glockenspiel and electronics. composed for Trevor Saint in 2010.

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