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

BIO

Chanson D’Amour (2010)

for Mezzo Soprano, Alto Saxophone, Violin, and Cello

Written after the melody from Madrigal by Vincent D’Indy with lyrics by Robert de Bonnières. The original musical material was used as a cantus firmus for the new composition. Traditional cantus firmus technique is one that utilizes a pre-existing melody (traditionally a sacred chant song) as a foundational compositional structure for a musical work. Here the melody and words are faithful to the original. My utilization of cantus firmus recontextualizes D’Indy’s melody within new musical structures with a postmodern sensibility.

The original composition by D’Indy is a love song in the traditional madrigal style. It’s musical construction was rooted in a static even procession of time and harmonic rhythm. The introduction to my piece musically signifies this linear choral like construction. It then transitions to a repeated minimalist framework in the strings accompanying interludes between the voice and saxophone.

DREW SCHNURR (2010)

Exhibition Performances in Mexico, China, Italy, and Turkey

 

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CircumSolar, Migration 3 video installations by Rebeca Mendez with sound by Drew Schnurr.

2015-16:

  • Art Nova 100, Art Fair. National Agricultural Exhibition Center, Beijing, China. August 26–29, 2016.
  • 10th Arte Laguna Art Prize. Group Exhibition. March 19–April 3, 2016. Arsenal in Venice, Italy.
  • IV Bienal Ciudad Juárez / El Paso Biennial 2015. Group exhibition. Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez and El Paso Museum of Art. October 11, 2015 – January 24, 2016.
  • Istanbul Light Festival, November 13–29, 2015. Zorlu Center, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • SUR: Biennial. Group exhibition. Cerritos College Art Gallery. October 8 – November 20, 2015.

video @ rebecamendez.com

Netherlands Premiere

Renowned new music harpsichordist Goska Isphording in recital performs Pendulum and Mirrors, Nijmegen, Netherlands, March 20, 2016.

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Dalai Lama Awakening Reaches Top 10

Documentary by award winning director Khashyar Darvich narrated by Harrison Ford with music by Drew Schnurr ranks among top 10 best selling Amazon.com documentaries in July 2016.

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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.

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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.

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