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Composer Takeover 05
January 10, 2011, 12:28 am
Filed under: Composers


Ryan Brown



RYAN BROWNʼs music has been performed by many excellent groups, performers, and presenters, including the Brooklyn Philharmonic, pianist Lisa Moore, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, California E.A.R. Unit, Carlsbad Festival, Gaudeamus Festival (Amsterdam), and MATA Festival.Ryan has received an Emerging Composer Award from the Gerbode and Hewlett Foundations, and a Morton Gould Young Composer Award from ASCAP. Upcoming premieres and commissions include music for the New York ensemble TRANSIT, Redshift, and TwoSense, featuring pianist Lisa Moore and Bang on a Can cellist Ashley Bathgate.

In 2006, along with composer Jonathan Russell and clarinetist Jeff Anderle, Ryan co-founded San Franciscoʼs annual Switchboard Music Festival (, an 8-hour music marathon bringing together composers and performers who are challenging traditional genre lines. Himself active as both an electric guitarist and electric bassist, Ryan has been a featured performer in works by Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and John Adams, as well as the premiere performance and recording of Steve Mackeyʼs Measures of Turbulence.

Ryan is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and California State University, Long Beach, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Princeton University. Visit his website at

Music © 2010 Ryan Brown

Andrea La Rose



Flutist and composer Andrea La Rose is making waves in the New York music scene and beyond. Her pride and joy since 2002 has been her work as a flutist/composer/board member with the punk-classical antagonists known as Anti-Social Music, most recently (late 2010) touring the Ukraine and contributing to an album of remixes of songwriter Franz Nicolay. She has also been musically involved with thingNY, baj, Lone Wolf Tribe, and Mohair Timewarp. Print and online publications from Chamber Music America, to New Music Connoisseur, to Dusted have said lovely things about her fluting and composing prowess. Funding for her musical endeavors have been generously provided by the American Music Center and Meet the Composer. Since August 2009, she has been contributing her talents as a middle school band director at the Franconian International School in Erlangen, Germany. When she is not making music in some fashion, she is quaffing beer and whipping up culinary magic in her kitchen.


“Prolific and an expert performer, she’s bouncing among a dozen good ideas, and wherever she lands will doubtless cause merriment, consternation, insight, and possibly the End of Civilization As We Know It.”

— Kyle Gann,

Music © 2010 Andrea La Rose

Sam L. Richards



Sam L. Richards is a composer whose work is as eclectic as his background. Raised in family of scientists, painters, poets, and dancers, his influences are ranging, and his interdisciplinary interests remain a driving force behind much of his creative output. He has received commissions from the likes of the ECCE, Sospiro New Music Vocal Ensemble, Filmusik, and Brass Windows, among many others. Additionally, he has been in increasing demand for his work as a collaborative artist, producing music for film, media, and choreography. Most recently, his work for dance has been commissioned and performed by Shannon Mockli, and Somebodies Dance Theatre, and Valerie Ifill. Previous professional appointments include the Director and Conductor of the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Curator of ANIMA, and a Graduate Teaching Fellow of Composition at the University of Oregon. He currently pursuing his DMA and as the recipient of a Rackham Fellowship, and works as a Graduate Student Instructor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Music © 2010 Sam L. Richards

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Composers presented in alphabetical order

Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick

Podcast © 2011 No Extra Notes


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[…] In order to kick off the new year, and to bring in a whole slew of pent-up posts, I wanted to be sure to mention the podcast over at No Extra Notes posted earlier this week. I happen to be one of the invited guests, along with Ryan Brown and Andrea La Rose in “Composer Takeover 05″. […]

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