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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

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.
Guest Artist at Reinhardt
March 14 - March 17, 2017. Performances and talks at Reinhardt University Contemporary Arts Festival including Seven Scenes for Four Flutes, the song cycle Scatter My Ashes for mezzo soprano and piano, Quiet Rhythms no. 30 for solo piano, and a new Olivia Kieffer arrangement of Quiet Rhythms no. 4 for chamber ensemble.
NEW WORK for Marimba and Organ
Commissioned by the renown duo Organized Rhythm to compose a new work for marimba and pipe organ. The duo features Grammy award-winning multi-percussionist Joseph Gramley on marimba and Clive Driskill-Smith on orgran. It will be premiered on a program including Copeland and Holst at the San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center, February 19 at 3 p.m.

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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Previous Entries

Composer/Percussionist Olivia Kieffer Talks About Arranging and Performing
Writing for Percussionists
The Video Art of Valeria Di Matteo
FRAMEWORK
National Gallery of Art to Screen Native New Yorker
Camille on Relevant Tones
Album of the Week
Experiencing a Live Performance
Album of the Month at textura
Melancholy, Unconscious, and Postmodern Solitude in Poetry