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


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.


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

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.



Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Vicki Ray and Aaron Kallay perform Hyperventilations of a Fire Dragon for piano with four hands for Piano Spheres at Boston Court in Pasadena, October 23, 2015.


Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Premiere of Pendulum and Mirrors for harpsichord performed by Goska Isphording. Riot Ensemble, London, Nov 17, 2015.


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