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Jack Van Zandt Joins Composers Edition

We’re delighted to welcome Los Angeles and Ireland-based composer Jack Van Zandt to the Composers Edition family

A thoroughly transatlantic composer, Van Zandt studied composition at Cambridge University with Alexander Goehr; the Dartington Summer School of Music with Peter Maxwell Davies; and at University of California Santa Barbara with Thea Musgrave, Peter Racine Fricker, and electronic music with Emma Lou Diemer. His concert works have been performed across North America and Europe. His concert music commissions from the Copland House Foundation New York, Grammy-nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko, the Cal Poly Pomona Piano Ensemble, soprano Kirsten Wiest, cellist Maksim Velichkin, Celliola, LA Harptette, bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood, soprano Stacey Fraser, Hear Now LA Music Festival, the LA Music Theater Ensemble, and the Villiers Quartet (UK). His “Sí an Bhrú” for solo piano and electronics, recorded at Skywalker Ranch, appears on Nadia Shpachenko’s 2020 Grammy-nominated CD “The Poetry of Places”.

Those new to Van Zandt’s music will discover a distinctive and rich synthesis of myriad influences from science and maths to philosophy and visual art (especially Klee and Escher) as well as may cultures ancient and contemporary including Native American, Indian, Japanese, Indonesian and Equatorial African. Typical of this approach is his next premiere, a setting of another avid cultural magpie -Percy Bysshe Shelley. A Chaos of Light and Motion: Four Shelley Songs has been commissioned by soprano Stacey Fraser and performed with an ensemble conducted by Ruth Charloff in the University Theater at California State University San Bernardino on Thursday 30 January (more about this performance)

Most of all, I feel in my own small way to be a dedicated participant in, and contributor to, the continuum of human music creation that began with the dawn of our species and will go on for as long as we exist. Though I am a traditionalist in terms of my training and skill set, my music aims to explore, on my own terms, the fundamentals of our art form to create works that tell a story and take the listener on a journey through unknown places to unforeseen destinations.

Jack Van Zandt

The next performance on the other side of the Atlantic will be the UK premiere of The Painted Veil, performed by bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmigham, Friday 28 February, also featuring work by fellow CE Composer Michael Zev Gordon.

We’re delighted to present the following initial selection of works and look forward to working with Jack Van Zandt, bringing more of his more than 200 works to wider attention.

Jack Van Zandt Profile & Works

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