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Kerwin Young

Atlanta, GA         

Kerwin Young is a Neo-Cultural Renaissance composer. NCR is an artistic expression founded by Kerwin Young to acknowledge and celebrate indigenous and/or forgotten cultures, legendary heroes, and social commentary; fused with an international and historical use of extended harmonic and orchestration practices. Highly passionate for orchestral composition, Kerwin has composed seven symphonies, ballets suites, orchestral fantasies, and an opera. Kerwin has been promoting his orchestral works for nearly twenty years with few performances. Hoping that some conductor or symphony will champion his work, Kerwin remains optimistic. Maintaining a moderate performance schedule for his chamber works, Kerwin parallels these activities as a recording producer and media composer. Honored by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Public Enemy 2013 Induction) and Grammy accolades, Kerwin Young is an American treasure waiting to be discovered.  Mr. Young is seeking to be composer-in-residence with a major symphony orchestra. Previous composer residencies include: 2014-2015 Composer-in-Residence, Chicago Modern Orchestra Project 2012-2013 Composer-in-Residence, Midwest Chamber Ensemble 2007-2008 Composer-in-Residence, Spelman College Kerwin holds Bachelor of Music (’12) and Master of Music degrees in music composition (’15) from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he studied with Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Bobby Watson. Recent awards include a 2016 Sphinx Organization Mpower Artist Grant to compose a suite for violinist Tami Hughes.

Cellet

Cello Fest 2016 showcased the St. Louis premiere of Cellet, a masque for 10 cellos. The work was commissioned by Catherine Lehr Ramos, with additional funding from the UMKC Women’s Council.
The work features choreography by Palestinian dancer Mohammad Ghraiz.

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Inescapable (Concerto for Double Bass and Wind Ensemble)

Jeff Kail (principal) KC Symphony and the UMKC Concert Wind Band premiere.
Steve Davis (cond.)

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The Gardener and the Tyrant

Composed for orchestra, this recording is from a reading session while studying music composition at UMKC. This is the ONLY orchestral work of mine to have been recorded; while none have yet been performed.

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