Drew Schnurr

Drew Schnurr is a composer writing music in a wide range of styles, often blurring lines between 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

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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.

DREW SCHNURR (2013)

Four String Gambits Recording

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

CircumSolar, Migration 3

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

Of Mother and Daughter Recording Session

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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.

7 AGES PREMIERE

providence7 AGES: Of Mother and Daughter premieres at Providence New Music Premieres in Providence, RI.

Performers:
Soprano – Blithe Walker
Violin – Alexey Shabalin
Harp – Hyunjung Choi

Program notes:

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.

DREW SCHNURR (2013)

PAUL CHIHARA INERVIEW: PART 4

Paul Chihara has had a long and distinguished career as a composer for film and concert stage. He is currently a Professor of Composition in the UCLA School of Music and Chair of the Visual Media Program. In this video interview I sit down with him to learn more about his life, garnish some advice, and to get his ideas about music in the 21st century. Recorded at UCLA on November 11, 2010.

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DALAI LAMA AWAKENING
Friday, March 14th, 2014

Premiere of documentary film by award winning director Khashyar Darvich with music by Drew Schnurr in collaboration with Paul Livingstone, Phil O’Connor, and Sam Kestenholtz. Premiere in Spring 2014.

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RIOT ENSEMBLE PREMIERE
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Premiere of Linda’s Wake for voice, oboe, harpsichord, double bass, and percussion with poetry by LA Opera librettist and director Richard Sparks. New work commissioned by the London-based Riot Ensemble.

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