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Jeremy Howard Beck

Floral Park, NY      

Jeremy Howard Beck’s (b. 1985 Huntington, NY) music—recently described as “sparse and haunting” by NPR’s Weekend Edition, and hailed by the American Composers Forum for its “thrilling aural twists and bends”— has been performed throughout the country: at Opera Saratoga, the Opera America National Conference, the Bang on a Can Marathon, Eastern Trombone Workshop, International Trombone Festival, the Norfolk and Bang on a Can Summer Festivals, and at venues throughout his native New York City, including NY Comic Con’s Super Week. His work has been selected for grants from The MAP Fund, NewMusicUSA, and JFund/American Composers Forum, as well as a residency at Yaddo (2014-15) and an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award (2011).

His first opera, The Long Walk (libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann, based on the memoir by Brian Castner, commissioned by American Lyric Theater), premiered in 2015 at Opera Saratoga to rave reviews: “The plot’s tension is set, taut as a drawn bow.” (The New York Times Magazine) “This is what art does or should do: tell an intimate story that resonates universally. It shows us who we are.” (The Times Union) “The Long Walk is a masterpiece… a piece like this brings out all the best aspects of opera.” (Metroland) “… a remarkable achievement for any composer let alone one who had never written an opera… the crowd was rapt and at the end jumped to its feet with a roar of approval.” (The Daily Gazette) The acclaimed production will next be seen at Utah Opera in March/April 2017.

Jeremy was a Resident Artist with American Lyric Theater and a Composer in Residence with the Guidonian Hand trombone quartet, whose recording of Awakening is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and bandcamp. He studied with John Corigliano and Christopher Rouse at The Juilliard School and with Mark Adamo and Deniz Hughes at NYU.

Awakening

for trombone quartet
Commissioned and recorded by The Guidonian Hand
Winner, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award (2012)

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Lost

text by Carl Sandburg, from Chicago Poems (1916)
Originally composed for SSAATTBB choir; recorded here by Bradley Chapman of the LA Master Chorale (24-part multitrack).

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Tschüss

for double electric guitar quartet (6 electric guitars, 2 electric basses)
Originally written for choreography by Haylee Nichele
Performed by Ethan Pakchar (guitars), Russ Flynn (basses)

(tschüss: “bye” [German])

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