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Composer Takeover 07
January 9, 2012, 12:16 pm
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Travis Garrison



Travis Garrison is a composer, audio engineer, and electronic musician.  A common thread throughout his work is a blurring of the boundaries between things organic and things electronic, between the actual and the imagined, and between the real and the hyperreal.  Current research interests include computer-based improvisational systems and the aesthetics, history, and theory of electroacoustic music.  Travis’s works have been performed at conferences and festivals including the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) conference, the Electronic Music Midwest (EMM) Festival, and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.  Travis holds a BA in Computer Music and Composition from the University of California, San Diego, and an MA in Electroacoustic Music from Dartmouth College.  Travis is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition with a cognate in Historical Musicology at the University of Florida.

Music © 2012 Travis Garrison

Joel Pierson



Joel Pierson is a composer, arranger, and jazz pianist. Originally trained as a classical pianist, he has since focused to composition and improvised music.  After college, Joel was signed to Warner Brothers Records as a recording artist with the rock group The Rosewood Fall. On the side Joel acted as a musical director for vocalists, choirs, churches, and even a comedy ensemble. Joel moved to New York City and completed a Masterʼs Degree in jazz piano performance at New York University, and performed at many jazz venues around the city, including the Iridium and the Blue Note Jazz Club.  Joel has played with many of todayʼs leading jazz greats including Lenny Pickett, Chris Potter, and Brian Lynch as well as pop legends such as Tommy Tune, Clint Holmes, Frankie Avalon, and Wayne Newton.  He is now working on a doctorate in music composition at the University of Maryland.  His compositions are performed regularly, and he was recently interviewed for magazine McSweeneyʼs “People With Unusual Jobs” column.

Music © 2012 Joel Pierson

Daniel Temkin



Daniel Temkin has been writing music since age thirteen.  One of his earliest compositions, “The Realm of Solitude,” was premiered in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall as part of the Cecilian Music Society’s Young Artist Competition, and he is a recipient of the Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award, a 2010 Earshot Fellowship, and multiple ASCAPLUS Awards.  Daniel was also selected as a winner in the NEC Honors Ensemble Composition Competition, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Young Composer Competition. 
In recent years, Daniel’s music has been performed by numerous professional and student ensembles across the United States.  He has had orchestral performances with the Nashville Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra.  In addition, his marimba solo Expansive Horizons was arranged for the acclaimed MusicCity Mystique percussion group, and his work Wistfully Reminiscing was premiered by pianist Qing Jiang to a capacity audience in Los Angeles’s Bing Theatre in a performance subsequently broadcast on both the internet and LA radio.  Daniel has worked with members of San Francisco new music group Nonsemble 6, and his song cycles your little voice…, and American Pastoral Songs, have been performed on numerous occasions in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia.  Daniel has worked closely with the Trio-ING piano trio, and he has written pieces for the UNLV Brass Ensemble (March and Sing) and the Rutgers University Choir (Two Forest Songs).
 Originally a percussionist, Daniel has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and the Riverside Choral Society.  He has played chamber music with Sarah Chang and Orli Shaham, and worked under David Zinman, James Conlon, and Leonard Slatkin.  An alumnus of the Eastern, Brevard, and Aspen Music Festivals, Daniel studied percussion with She-e Wu, Chris Deviney, and Jonathan Haas.  He has studied composition with Michael Gandolfi, Charles Fussell, Kevin Puts, Robert Aldridge, and Sydney Hodkinson.  Daniel is currently an Artist Diploma Candidate at the Curtis Institute of Music where he studies with Jennifer Higdon.

Music © 2012 Daniel Temkin

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[…] Dan is currently studying toward an Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He’s recently presented his Brass Quintet at the University of Alabama, Hunstville’s New Music Festival. Coming up will be the premiere of Flourish for alto saxophone by Michael Torres at the NASA Convention, where Michael is also presenting Jason’s piece. Dan was recently featured on Richard Zarou’s popular “No Extra Notes” podcast; the feature can be found here. […]

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