Drew Schnurr

Drew Schnurr is a composer, sound artist, and performer composing work blurring traditional lines in media and musical genre. His unique musical approach is informed by his extensive and diverse experience as both composer and performer, as well as his modern expertise in sound design, music production, and audio technology.

An artist on the international stage, Drew explores and illuminates human experience through music and sound. Revered by his peers, industry professionals, and critics, his work has been called both “rare” and “remarkable.”

“This composer bends and stretches rules within his own aesthetic, weaving his musical ideas in harmonious waves that threaten to drown, yet gently tumble the listener forward with intrigue and anticipation.” -Adam Rosenthal on Persee: Orchestrated Perception

Drew Schnurr lives and works in downtown Los Angeles.


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Of Mother and Daughter (2013)

for Soprano, Violin, and Harp


This collaboration with Richard Sparks comes to fruition just weeks before another life begins, that is the life of my first born child. I cannot help but wonder how this pending event worked in my subconscious while setting Richard’s text to music. However it may be, the music came, and in the best way for a composer where it feels like the ideas and words speak the music unto themselves. I’m so grateful to Richard for his artistry in creating such a beautiful text.

The important women in my life: my wife, my mother, step-mother, mothers-in law, and grandmothers all speak through this music which is dedicated them in honor of who they are as mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and all women of heart and substance. My love and gratitude goes to them as their influence undeniably resonates in this work.


Circumsolar 3


CircumSolar, Migration 3, 2013. Single channel video by Rebeca Mendez projected at architectural scale, color, sound by Drew Schnurr. 11 × 22 feet, 17:46 minutes. Installation view: proposal for REALSPACE, Williamson Gallery, Pasadena, California

video @ rebecamendez.com

Chamber Music Festival of Lexington

Feature performance of “Of Mother and Daughter” at the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington with Karen Slack (soprano), Nathan Cole (violin), and Allegra Lilly (harp).


Four String Gambits Recording

Four String Gambits for string quartet recorded at Allegro Recordings in Burbank, January 27, 2013.

CircumSolar, Migration 3


CircumSolar, Migration 3 with video by Rebeca Mendez at Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, January 9-26, 2014.

Of Mother and Daughter Recording Session


Of Mother and Daughter for soprano, violin, and harp recording session at Robert Irving’s studio in Los Angeles, August 13, 2013.

Guillaume Sutre (and his daughter), Drew Schnurr, Kyunghee Kim-Sutre, Jamie Chamberlin, and Richard Sparks.



Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

US-Canada tour of documentary film by award winning director Khashyar Darvich with music by Drew Schnurr. October-March, 2014.

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Soundtrack for Dalai Lama Awakening with music by Drew Schnurr in collaboration with Paul Livingstone, Phil O’Connor, and Sam Kestenholtz. Official release in December 2014.

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