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Ray Evanoff

New Orleans, LA   

Ray Evanoff (b. 1984) is an American composer whose music explores elements such as succinctness, obfuscation, contradiction, the interplay between consonance and dissonance, and ways a body of work may be interconnected. He draws heavy inspiration from closely collaborating with performers. He has worked with and been performed by contemporary music specialists such as Ensemble Apparat, Ensemble Dal Niente, Distractfold Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Ensemble SurPlus, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Liam Hockley, Seth Josel, Mabel Kwan, Kevin McFarland, Christopher Otto, Xenia Pestova, and Samuel Stoll, among others, in concerts across Europe and North America. His music has been included in the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Neuköllner Originaltöne, and the Sonic Fusion Festival, and his projects supported by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, the College of Charleston Arts Department, the Harry and Alice Eiler Foundation, MATA, the Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, the Royal Musical Association, and the University of Huddersfield. He is an active concert organizer and arts presenter, having curated and organized numerous events including the ANODE 2014 Festival and Symposium, the associated art exhibit ‘Geometry of Sound,’  the 2007 Charleston Improvised Music Festival, and an exhibition and evening-length concert exploring the Surrealist exquisite corpse method of artistic collaboration, independently and in partnership with Coup d’oeil Art Consortium, the New Music Collective, Redux Contemporary Arts Center, and others. He is the founder, director, and editor of FOCI Arts, a contemporary arts organization and online periodical, and a member of Versipel New Music.  He studied at the College of Charleston, where he received his BA in Music Theory and Composition in 2006, and the University of Huddersfield, where he received his MMus in Music Composition in 2009 and his PhD in 2012. He lives in New Orleans.

A Series of Postures (Piano)

A short documentary on my “A Series of Postures (Piano)” and my collaborative relationship with pianist Kate Ledger. Filmed by Angela Guyton.

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Postscript, for soprano, flute, and guitar.
Part I: For the Sake and the Spite of Continuity, for soprano and bass flute.
Part II: For the Sake of Opacity (A Catalyst for Honesty), for soprano, piccolo, and guitar.

Performed by Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Shanna Gutierrez, and Jesse Langen on April 11, 2014 at Tulane University’s Dixon Recital Hall in New Orleans as part of the ANODE 2014 Festival and Symposium.

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“Notables” for piccolo and E-flat clarinet, performed by Stephanie Bell and Liam Hockley at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on March 27, 2014.

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NewMusicBox Articles

Headlines August 5 2015 | By Ray Evanoff
Maintaining a Creative Life: New Orleans Edition

When you're a far from the nation's new music capitals, how to you build a vibrant creative life? When composer Ray Evanoff moved his life to New Orleans, this question...