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

Linda’s Wake (2014)

for Voice, Oboe, Harpsichord, Double Bass, Percussion

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Setting of a beautiful and haunting text written by my friend Richards Sparks, librettist and director for the Los Angeles Opera. Unabashedly programatic, the piece is a musical portrait illuminating the heart and mind of a woman attending the wake of a best friend lost to cancer. It is a tribute of love—the kind only known between friends dear since childhood—expressed in the telling of their story. Constructed intersections of time, memory, and emotion are underpinned by interludes within musical worlds where our subject reflects and remembers, processing her loss, singing of her experience as she feels her way through. And she is not alone. The ghost of the deceased, Linda, embodied in the voice of the oboe, serenades and accompanies her—in the end, fading into light and memory.

The instrumental parameters for this commission by the London Riot Ensemble, inspired by Dutilleux’s Les Citations, are unique in their combination. Though, a strong connection exists for me—because I am also a double bassist—between the bass and harpsichord. This is rooted in the tradition of basso continuo (”continuous bass”) by important baroque composers such as Bach. The use of harpsichord and bass in Linda’s Wake afforded me the opportunity to intuitively and compositionally explore this aspect of my own musical DNA, not using continuo traditionally—in the support of harmonic progression—but rather to develop and expand repeated strata of continuo lines throughout the entire ensemble at varied register, speed, and complexity. These layers become composites that underly and support the voice and narrative.

DREW SCHNURR
(May 2014)

Recording released in 2015 on Coviello Contemporary, Germany.

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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DALAI LAMA AWAKENING FILM RELEASE
Friday, February 17th, 2017

Documentary by award winning director Khashyar Darvich narrated by Harrison Ford with score by Drew Schnurr. DVD release July 2016. Digital iTunes release in February 2017.

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AFRICAN QUEENS
Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Opera project in development with African American soprano Karen Slack and Affrilachian poet Bianca Spriggs. Operatic aria Prayer to Oya premiere in Fall 2017.

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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

DREW@SCHNURR.COM 323.243.7653