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Troy Herion

Brooklyn, NY      

Troy Herion is a composer and filmmaker whose work unites contemporary music with visual arts through chamber and orchestral music, opera, theater, and film. Central to his work is visual-music: the idea that musical qualities are found in visual as well as aural experience.


Compositions have been performed by leading ensembles such as American Composers Orchestra, So Percussion, Nash Ensemble of London, Brentano Quartet, and Crash Ensemble. His two operas La Tempesta and Il Racconto d’Inverno premiered in Umbria, Italy.


Recently his piece New York: A City Symphony for film and orchestra was premiered in Carnegie Hall by the American Composers Orchestra. His visual-music film Baroque Suite was called “marvelous” by New Yorker critic Alex Ross and has been featured on MTV and screened at the Brooklyn Film Festival, The Wassaic Project, and The SONiC Festival. His music video directing debut “The Bright Motion” for pianist Michael Mizrahi of New Amsterdam Records was released to critical acclaim on the blogs of NPR Classical and The Rest is Noise.


As composer and sound designer for theater, he has worked with Pig Iron Theatre, The Wilma Theater, The Arden Theatre, Azuka Theater, Swarthmore College, and Columbia University. He was nominated for three Barrymore Awards, including the prestigious F. Otto Haas Emerging Artist Award, and his sound design for Pig Iron Theatre’s Love Unpunished was featured in the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. He has participated in artist residencies in the theater departments of Swarthmore College, Drexel University, and University of Pennsylvania.


Also active as an improviser and music director, Troy has collaborated in performance with leading musicians and dancers including Pauline Oliveros and members of Headlong Dance Theater. He was a featured improviser in the Blindspot Festival in Philadelphia, The New Museum’s Flash:Light Festival in NYC, and dozens of performances within the Philadelphia collaborative improvisation community.


Scholarly interests include Balinese gamelan, musical multimedia, and visual-music. As an Independence Foundation Fellow, Troy researched and performed gamelan music in Bali, Indonesia with the world-renowned Cudamani ensemble. He has been invited to give lectures on his research at Drexel University, Columbia University, Rutgers University, Parsons The New School of Design, and Princeton University among others.


Troy holds an MFA from Princeton University, where he is currently pursuing a joint PhD in Composition and Interdisciplinary Humanities (IHUM).


Baroque Suite

Baroque Suite is a visual-music film. Through a synaesthetic union of sound and image, the film deconstructs and reassembles elements of Baroque masterworks including paintings by Caravaggio and music of J.S. Bach. Baroque Suite consists of five scenes, each one generated from the style and form of a Baroque dance. Written and Directed by Troy Herion and Alex Tyson.

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New York: A City Symphony

Composer/Director Troy Herion modernizes the city symphony genre with “New York: A City Symphony” for film and orchestra premiered in Carnegie Hall with American Composers Orchestra. Inspired by synaesthesia—where one sense becomes intertwined with another—this composition invites the audience to see sound and hear images. Compositional ideas travel between orchestra and film in perceptible ways, achieving a larger canvas where music can play out visually, aurally, and sometimes as a new, combinative element.

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Music for the Radio IV

Music for the Radio is a piece written for Ireland’s Crash Ensemble. Taking inspiration from the production techniques and song structure of Top 40 radio from the 80s, this music revels in clear harmonies surrounded by illusions of deep sound-space. The piece is made of four short movements, totaling 10 minutes.

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