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Judd Greenstein

Gill, MA      

Judd Greenstein is a composer of structurally complex, viscerally engaging works for varied instrumentation. His work has been heard at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Amsterdam’s Musiekgebouw, the Bang on a Can Marathon, and the MusicNOW festival; recent commissions include those from the Minnesota Orchestra, Lucerne Festival, Alabama Symphony, Claremont Trio, ETHEL, yMusic, and Roomful of Teeth. Current projects include a song cycle for vocalist DM Stith and orchestra, and an opera with director Joshua Frankel and poet Tracy K. Smith.

In addition to his work as a composer, Judd is active as a promoter of new music in New York and around the country. He is the co-director of New Amsterdam Records/New Amsterdam Presents, an artists’ service organization that supports musicians whose work is open to all influence, regardless of genre. He is the curator of the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York’s Merkin Hall, an annual showcase of new collaborative concerts between artists from different musical backgrounds, and he is a founding member of NOW Ensemble, a performer/composer collective that develops new chamber music for their idiosyncratic instrumentation of flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano. Judd has studied at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Bang on a Can Summer Institute and holds degrees from Williams College, the Yale School of Music, and Princeton University.

Plan of the City

A collaborative short film with animator and director Joshua Frankel, set to my composition “Change”, performed by NOW Ensemble.

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A Marvelous Order: Jones Beach

Act II, Scene 1 of A Marvelous Order
Libretto by Tracy K Smith
Animation and Direction by Joshua Frankel
Concept by Greenstein/Smith/Frankel

Recorded Live in Williamstown, MA at the ’62 Center for Theater and Dance, March 13, 2016

Dashon Burton as Robert Moses
with Eliza Bagg, Kelvin Chan, Tomás Cruz, Lucy Dhegrae, Christopher Herbert, and Kamala San

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commissioned and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Sarah Hicks, conductor.

premiered March 30, 2011

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