Drew Schnurr

Drew Schnurr is a composer, sound artist, and performer from Los Angeles whose work blurs traditional lines in music, media, and sound.

As a composer for media, Drew has produced music and sonic branding for numerous world brands and media conglomerates. He is also an active concert composer and sound artist with a diverse range of international commissions and exhibits.

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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Hyperventilations

for Piano with Four Hands  [cat. sc26]

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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.

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Premiered by Vicki Ray and Aaron Kallay — Hear Now Festival, Los Angeles, May 2015.
Video performance by pianists Kookhee Hong and Minji Noh.

Confessions Distribution

Breaking Glass Pictures acquires world rights to Eco-Terrorist: The Battle for our Planet by Peter Jay Brown with music by Drew Schnurr—a follow-up to the 2010 feature documentary Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist.

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Ascent of Weavers at MACO

Ascent of Weavers, a visual-music film by Rebeca Méndez in collaboration with Drew Schnurr at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Exhibits from November 30, 2018 to May 17, 2019.

info @ rebecamendezstudio.com/Ascent-of-Weavers

#ARCH1 Prototype

A virtual architecture by Drew Schnurr, the #ARCH1 (Augmented Reality Concert Hall no.1) prototype was completed on May 15, 2019. Research assistants and producers on the project include Rachel Lanik Whelan and Jacob Thede with programming by Ian Afflerbach.

Assistant Professor of Composition at University of North Texas

Churchill’s War Premiere

West Coast premiere of Drew Schnurr’s Churchill’s War for orchestra. Performed by OCOC conducted by David Rentz.

Anaheim, CA, April 2, 2017.

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.

www.modernemuziek.nl
goskaisphording.com

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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ASCENT OF WEAVERS at LALIFF
Friday, August 4th, 2017

Ascent of Weavers, a film by Rebeca Méndez with music by Drew Schnurr, featured at the 2019 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.

info @ latinofilm.org/ascent-of-weavers

trailer and credits @ rebecamendezstudio.com

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48 HOUR FILM PROJECT
Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Judging films submitted for the 48 Hour Film Project in Dallas. Screenings on July 31 and August 1.

48hourfilm.com/dallas
filmindallas.org

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