Drew Schnurr

Drew Schnurr is a composer, sound artist, and performer blurring traditional lines in media and musical genre. His unique approach is informed by 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 review for Persee: Orchestrated Perception

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BIO

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.
Video performance by pianists Kookhee Hong and Minji Noh.

AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT

AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT by Rebeca Mendez with sound and music by Drew Schnurr was exhibited at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO) on August 5th to October 3rd 2011.

http://www.museomaco.com
http://www.rebecamendez.com

LUNE AT POPPER

LUNE for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano was premiered at UCLA Popper Auditorium on November 15, 2011.

Performers:
Clarinet – Phil O’Connor
Violin – Searmi Park
Cello – Giovanna Moraga
Piano – Randy Kerber

Program Notes:
This piece represents the sequential progressions of tension and harmony found in dialogue. In experiencing the piece the listener with an affinity to metaphor can choose one of their choice: dialogue between lovers, dialogue between parents and children, dialogue between humanity and nature, dialogue between intellect and instinct, dialogue between body and sprit, or any other binary relationship that requires dialogue and synthesis. Whatever the context chosen for listening, the musical composition is structured by motivic interaction between “characters” in the piece forming points of musical tension and subsequent syntheses of new meanings or “LUNES.”

LUNE: “…a crescent-shaped figure formed on a sphere or plane by two arcs intersecting at two points.”

November, 2011 by Drew Schnurr

THE BRIDGE PREMIERE

THE BRIDGE, written and directed by Andrés Torres-Vives with music by Drew Schnurr premiered at the Los Angeles International film festival on the evening of Friday, June 24 with much acclaim. The film was one of seven short films sponsored by Film Independent and Project: Involve.

“Project:Involve is Film Independent’s signature diversity program, dedicated to increasing diversity in the film industry by cultivating the careers of under-represented filmmakers. The program, which runs from October through June, selects filmmakers from diverse backgrounds and filmmaking tracks. During the nine-months, the Fellows are paired one-on-one with a mentor from the film industry, assigned to a team to make a short film incorporating a given theme, and attend monthly filmmaking workshops and other educational seminars.”

http://www.filmindependent.org

LA TIMES: GREENSPACE

Peter Brown’s CONFESSIONS OF AN ECO-TERRORIST with music by Drew Schnurr was featured in the LA Times on April 12. Interviewed by Dean Kuipers, Peter Brown discussed the film and his 30 years of work as an environmental activist:

“I’m a guy who likes to act a little crazy, poke fun at everyone. But…I want to see real change.”

http://latimes.com/

ROGER EBERT REVIEW

Peter Brown’s CONFESSIONS OF AN ECO-TERRORIST was reviewed by Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times on Feb 7. Ebert reviews a number of films from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival giving special praise to CONFESSIONS.

“…provocative, informative, laugh out loud funny.”

http://suntimes.com/

PAUL CHIHARA INTERVIEW: PART 1

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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CONFESSIONS OF AN ECO-TERRORIST PREMIERE

Peter Brown’s CONFESSIONS OF AN ECO-TERRORIST with music by Drew Schnurr received premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Feb 2 receiving a special honors from the festival.

http://www.thedailysound.com/

DODGE “ROCK N’ ROLL” MARATHON

Dodge was a sponsor for the LA half marathon in the Fall of 2010. This video features their campaign highlighting local bands “Rocking Out” for the marathon runners. The spot includes interviews by Roger Craig, Jennifer Love Hewiit, James Remar, and Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles. Music composed by Drew Schnurr.

IN MEDIAS RES

My friend Phil O’Connor asked me some months ago to compose a clarinet piece for him. I’m very excited to be writing this piece for Phil. The work in progress is a trio for bass clarinet, cello, and electric guitar. It is called IN MEDIAS RES.

The composition is inspired by five sculptures by Rodin. I have really been getting into Rodin lately. I love the movement in his work. It may seem strange for me to use the word movement to describe statues, but it think it applies. His statues seem alive to me – reaching, breathing, groaning…suspended in life. This idea inspired the title for the piece, which is a Latin expression meaning “…into the middle of things.” The phrase in medius res denotes a Greek literary technique where a dramatic tale is told starting not from the beginning, but rather from the middle or end of a story.

Two movements are finished: Burghers of Claias and Danaid (see images). I hope to have the piece finished soon. The composition will be premiered this Summer in Los Angeles at the International Clarinet Associaltion’s ClarinetFest.

http://www.clarinet.org/

LOOSE GRIP

Last night I had the opportunity to attended a press preview of the Iannis Xenakis exhibit at MOCA Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood (thanks to my good friend Michael Webb). Xenakis is considered to be an important composer and architect. One of Xenakis’ calling cards was his design of the Philips Pavillion for the Brussels World Fair in 1958.

The innovative pavilion was the exhibit/performance space for a large scale electro-acoustic/new media piece by composer Edgar Varese called Poem Electronique. The exhibit also featured a recorded work by Xenakis. The performances featured a light show and image projections on the ceiling of the pavilion to accompany the audio recordings played from an array of speakers mounted on the ceiling. Cutting edge stuff, especially for 1958. But back to the MOCA exhibit…

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CHINA EXHIBITION PERFORMANCE
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Planning underway for 2017 exhibition of Circumsolar, Migration 3, a collaboration by Drew Schnurr and visual artist Rebeca Mendez.

video @ rebecamendez.com

AFRICAN QUEENS
Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Opera project in development with African American soprano Karen Slack and Affrilachian poet Bianca Spriggs. Operatic aria Prayer to Oya premiere in Spring 2018.

sopranokarenslack.com
biancaspriggs.com

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