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William Susman belongs to the generation of American composers that came of age in the late twentieth century, received traditional academic training while remaining thoroughly engaged with popular music (in his case, jazz). Susman has written orchestral and chamber music for concert performance, as well as jazz and film scores. more...

Reviews

"...textually shimmering and harmonically ravishing..."
– Gramophone
"...the next developments in the sphere (of) minimalism..."
– All Music
"...heavily minimalist-tinged music offers constant delight...impeccably crafted..."
– Fanfare
"...a beautifully eccentric segmented ballet simultaneously restrained and exuberant, more than once ecstatic."
– Folk & Acoustic Music
".. vivid, turbulent, rich-textured..."
– New York Times
"A flawless gem...rare beauty and consummate aesthetic discretion."
– Folk & Acoustic Music
"...wonder, beauty and melancholy... richly varied in orchestration and mood..."
– All Music

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News

San Jose Chamber Orchestra Commission
A new work for string orchestra that draws on California's diverse and beautiful natural landscape and dazzling computer-generated art images by mathematician and artist Frank Farris. The piece will be performed with these fantastical symmetric creations projected above the orchestra in a fusion of music and vibrant mathematical imagery. Learn more about the work of Frank Farris. Premiere Date: March 25, 2018 with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Barbara Day Turner, cond.
Native New Yorker and Amores Monutños in Santa Fe
Met Orchestra Musicians Patricia Zuber, flute and Greg Zuber, principal percussion perform live-to-picture the award-winning Native New Yorker (Best Documentary Short Tribeca Film Festival) considered one of the best avant-garde films since 2000 and screened at the National Gallery in Wash., D.C. Also on the program is Amores Montuños for flute and marimba composed for Pat and Greg. August 19, 2017, San Miguel Chapel, Santa Fe, NM, 4PM
Piccola Accademia degli Specchi
Recording four pieces with Rome-based ensemble Piccola Accademia degli Specchi (PADS) at La Strada Recording Studio April 17 - 20, 2017: The Starry Dynamo for pierrot ensemble, Camille composed for PADS, Clouds and Flames for piano trio and, Motions of Return for flute and piano for an upcoming album release on Belarca Records.

Music, Polyphony and Polyrhythm

Thoughts on Contemporary Music

Composer/Percussionist Olivia Kieffer Talks About Arranging and Performing

World premiere of William Susman’s Material Rhythms for percussion quartet performed by Reinhardt University’s Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Olivia Kieffer. I recently asked composer/percussionist Olivia Kieffer to talk about her work on some of my percussion music. She and her ensemble, the Reinhardt University Percussion Ensemble, premiered my quartet Material Rhythms. She also […]

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Composer/Percussionist Olivia Kieffer Talks About Arranging and Performing
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The Video Art of Valeria Di Matteo
FRAMEWORK
National Gallery of Art to Screen Native New Yorker
Camille on Relevant Tones
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Experiencing a Live Performance
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