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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Hyperventilations (2015)

for Piano with Four Hands

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Hyperventilations of a Fire Dragon harnesses music from my early career as a performer in latin bands, jazz ensembles, funk bands, and rock and metal bands. The underlying fervency of these influences is felt throughout the work, leveraged by the power and agility of the piano, driving the performance often to the edge of playability. This piece initiates a compositional renaissance, a drilling down into the musical cores of “fire” that constitute the music of my youth. It comes from the gut—quite literally, was breathed into life. The melodic and rhythmic motives are all derived from vocal inflections (and hyperventilations) improvised, recorded, transcribed and re-composed by the composer.

DREW SCHNURR (2015)

Premiered by Vicki Ray and Aaron Kallay — Hear Now Festival, Los Angeles, May 2015.

Pendulum and Mirrors in London

4-Goska-682x1024Harpsichord new music specialist Goska Isphording premieres Drew Schnurr’s Pendulum and Mirrors for for harpsichord in collaboration with London’s Riot Ensemble.

Brixton East, London, UK, November 17, 2015.

Hyperventilations and Piano Spheres

Ray_Kallay_GrammyAcclaimed pianists Vicki Ray and Aaron Kallay feature Drew Schnurr’s Hyperventilations of a Fire Dragon for piano with four hands in concert for renowned Piano Spheres concert series.

Boston Court in Pasadena, October 23, 2015.

Hear Now Music Festival

Drew Schnurr’s Hyperventilations of a Fire Dragon premieres at Hear Now festival in Los Angeles with pianists Vicki Ray and Aaron Kallay.

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Circumsolar 3

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CircumSolar, Migration 3, 2013. Single channel video by Rebeca Mendez projected at architectural scale, color, sound by Drew Schnurr. REALSPACE, Williamson Gallery, Pasadena, California, October 3, 2014–January 18, 2015.

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).

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DALAI LAMA AWAKENING RELEASE
Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Available online, February 2016.

PENDULUM AND MIRRORS
Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Renowned new music harpsichordist Goska Isphording in recital performing Pendulum and Mirrors, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

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AFRICAN QUEENS
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Opera project in development with African American soprano Karen Slack and Affrilachian poet Bianca Spriggs. Operatic aria Prayer to Oya premiere in Fall 2016.

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