• Wally Gunn

Wally Gunn

About

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Photography by Terrence Hunt

Wally Gunn is a composer living and working in New York. He likes working with patterns and processes, looking for moments of emergent beauty in the warp and weft. His music often features canon, echo, hocket, and ostinato—musical interactions like conversations, or memories of conversations—and sometimes features physical gesture, sometimes text, heightening the theatricality of musical performance. Wally is currently a doctoral fellow at Princeton University.

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Watch This

Passepartout Duo have made a brilliant video of  Can You Hear Me? while in residency at Banff.

Go To This

Jani Parsons, piano, and Chris Sies percussion, perform Can You Hear Me? as part of the The Arts at Noon Concert Series at Grand Valley State University.

2016.02.17, 12:00pm / Cook-DeWitt Center, Department of Music and Dance, Grand Valley State University / AllendaleMI, USA / Can You Hear Me? / Jani Parsons, piano, and Chris Sies, percussion

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Passepartout Duo‘s tour of New York and Europe will feature Can You Hear Me? as part of their repertoire.

2016.02.21, 7:00pm / Spectrum / New York, NY, USA / Can You Hear Me? / Passepartout Duo

2016.03.14, 6:30pm / University of Chichester (Chapel of the Ascension – Bishop Otter Campus) / Chichester, England / Can You Hear Me? / Passepartout Duo

2016.03.17, 12:30pm / Swiss Foundation for Young Musicians / Basel, Switzerland / Can You Hear Me? / Passepartout Duo

2016.03.20, 5:00pm / Fondation des Etats-Unis (Grand Salon) / Paris, France / Can You Hear Me? / Passepartout Duo

2016.03.21, 7:00pm / Conservatorio di Musica dall’Abaco / Verona, Italy / Can You Hear Me? / Passepartout Duo

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Read This

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Roomful of Teeth have been nominated for a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their album ‘Render’ which features 3 songs by Wally Gunn and Maria Zajkowski: The Ascendant. Listen to one of the tracks below!

For a full list of Grammys nominees click here

Listen To This

Here’s Roomful of Teeth‘s recording of The Ascendant: Surviving Death, their album ‘Render’. The song is by Wally Gunn and Maria Zajkowski.

Look At This

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Blood is a three movement, 20 minute piece for string quartet, commissioned by The Letter String Quartet in Melbourne, Australia.

Founding member and violist/composer Biddy Connor is a longtime collaborator with Wally Gunn; their longest collaboration spanning several years playing alongside each other in the band Disaster Plan. The band’s albums can be heard online here.

“The Letter String Quartet brings together four eclectic musicians who have a combined desire to present a fresh aspect to chamber music and collaborative work. Each member of the quartet has worked as a musician in many styles and formats, playing music together brings out the richness of these experiences. Over the next five years TLSQ will present an annual series of concerts which will see them collaborate with some of their favourite artists and delve into the breadth of their instruments both acoustically and electronically. The quartet has been playing together since 2010. Formed to record strings for Super Melody , the string quartet have since performed with various singers and ensembles including Jabula, headlining at Moomba 2012 and recording for Laura Jean‘s 2012 album ‘A Fool Who’ll’.” – TLSQ

Music

Click on the orange titles for more information, music samples and videos.

Some scores are available for sale at the Wally Gunn store.

Blood

2015 (20:00)
string quartet
commissioned by The Letter String Quartet

Willow

2015 (04:00)
with Jenise Treuting
solo drum kit
commissioned by Jason Treuting

The Earth Must Move

2015 (06:00)
mens vocal ensemble
commissioned by Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Kris Burke, Conductor

Little Things

2015 (22:00)
percussion duo
commissioned by Eric Shuster and Tim Shuster

Long Distance

2015 (25:00)
text by Scott Brennan
tenor voice, woodwind octet, piano, percussion

Arid Land

2014 (06:00)
orchestra

Vicious Children

2014 (09:00)
percussion quartet

A Sort of Orbit

2013 (08:00)
flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, violoncello, contrabass

Archaean Eon

2013 (06:00)
electric guitar quartet

Stones

2013 (20:00)
percussion quartet

Double Or Nothing

2012 (09:00)
percussion quartet

Tangram

2012 (08:00)
percussion quartet

The Ascendant

2012 (17:00)
text by Maria Zajkowski
8 voices and drum kit

Mantid

2012 (06:30)
shakuhachi and tape

Can You Hear Me?

2012 (9:00)
piano and percussion

Lonely Road

2011 (08:00)
flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass

Doublethink

2009 (07:50)
orchestra

Furniture

2009 (15:00)
text by W. Andrew Gray and found texts
soprano voice, violin, piano

Skin and Bone

2008 (09:00)
string quartet

Eleven Fifty-Five

2007 (12:00)
clarinet, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass

The Hive

2005 (20:00)
viola, percussion, electronics

PreCambrian

2002 (04:40)
guitar quartet

Projects

Biome Project

The Biome Project is a long-term collaboration between artists from many different disciplines working together to create a multimedia portrait-of-place in some of the most unique natural environments on the planet.

Contributing artists
Wally Gunn

Terrence Hunt
Anthony Jarvis
Martin Lee
Chris Ubukata

2013 – present
Murray Darling Depression [work in progress]
The Biome Project’s first excursion to collect and develop material was in August 2013, when the artists spent a week at Nanya Research Station in the South Western corner of New South Wales. Australia. Nanya is situated in the region known as the Murray Darling Depression. The region features some extraordinary landscape, including red sand dunes and swales, salt lakes, and semi-arid flats, and hosts some rare flora communities not found elsewhere on the Australian continent. A second excursion is scheduled for June 2015 to collect more materials and develop them further. The aim for the Biome Project is to create an immersive installation which features set design, still and moving images and sound design, all collected and developed on site in the Murray Darling Depression.

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Nothing To See Here

Nothing To See Here is a new theater company whose primary goal is to make new performance works that focus on physicality and movement, rich imagery and original music composition, by bringing together artists from many disciplines in collaborative ventures with the company members. The company itself is made up of American and Australian artists, and functions as home base for collaborations between resident and visiting artists from the two countries.

Contributing artists
Scott Brennan

Danielle Brustman
Peta Coy
Ryan Drickey
Spencer Evans
Wally Gunn
Terrence Hunt
Laura Sheedy
Sō Percussion
Jason Treuting
Adrienne Truscott

2015
Long Distance by Wally Gunn, Scott Brennan and Nothing To See Here, directed by Laura Sheedy
Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA


2014
It’s Me, Me, Pistol Optional by Nothing To See Here, directed by Laura Sheedy
Wilson College Black Box Theater, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA


2013
By The Time you Get This by Nothing To See Here, directed by Laura Sheedy
Wilson College Black Box Theater, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

2010
Suspicious Objects by Laura Sheedy and Wally Gunn (work in progress)
Showing at Invisible Circus Artist Residence, North Blenheim, NY, USA

Performances

Upcoming:

2016.02.21, 7:00pm / Spectrum / New York, NY, USA / Can You Hear Me? / Passepartout Duo

2016.03.14, 6:30pm / University of Chichester (Chapel of the Ascension – Bishop Otter Campus) / Chichester, England / Can You Hear Me? / Passepartout Duo

2016.03.17, 12:30pm / Swiss Foundation for Young Musicians / Basel, Switzerland / Can You Hear Me? / Passepartout Duo

2016.03.20, 5:00pm / Fondation des Etats-Unis (Grand Salon) / Paris, France / Can You Hear Me? / Passepartout Duo

2016.03.21, 7:00pm / Conservatorio di Musica dall’Abaco / Verona, Italy / Can You Hear Me? / Passepartout Duo

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Past:

2015.12.13, 2:00pm & 6:00pm  / Hanson Place Seventh-day Adventist Church / 88 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA The Earth Must Move / Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Men’s Ensemble

2015.10.17 / The Oratory, Abbotsford Convent / Abbotsford, VIC, AUS / Blood / The Letter String Quartet

2015.09.27 / Unruly Sounds Marathon / Unruly Sounds Festival / Princeton Public Library / Princeton, NJ, USA / Little Things / Steady State percussion duo

2015.08.28 / Mass MoCA / North Adams, MA, USA / The Ascendant / Roomful of Teeth

2015.08.08 / Bravo! Vail / Vail, CO, USA / The Ascendant / Roomful of Teeth

2015.08.01
SoSI Final Concert, Matthews Theater, Lewis Center For the Arts, Princeton, NJ, USA
Vicious Children
Kaylie Hardeman, Mike Jones, Evan Miller, Paul Stevens

 

2015.07.30
Fulton Hall, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD, USA
Little Things
Eric Shuster and Tim Shuster

 

2015.07.25
SoSI Princeton Composers Concert, Matthews Theater, Lewis Center For the Arts, Princeton, NJ, USA
Little Things
Luz Carime Santa-Coloma and Max Fahland

 

2015.07.25
TorQ Percussion Seminar, Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, Linenburg, NS, Canada
Stones
TorQ Percussion Seminar students

 

2015.07.24
Liberty Plaza, River To River Festival, New York, NY, USA
The Ascendant
Roomful of Teeth

 

2015.04.09
Fusebox Festival, Austin, TX, USA
The Ascendant
Roomful of Teeth

 

2015.03.31
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
Willow
Jason Treuting, percussion

 

2015.03.20
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA
Little Things
Eric Shuster and Tim Shuster, percussion

 

2015.03.08, 2:00pm
Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ, USA
Vicious Children
Mobius Percussion

 

2015.03.06
Newman Center, Denver, CO, USA
The Ascendant
Roomful of Teeth with Colorado Symphony Orchestra

 

2015.03.03
Guzetta Hall, University of Akron, Akron, OH, USA
Vicious Children
Dillon Bolon, Matt Deihl, Tyler Mashek, Noah Roberts

 

2015.02.28
Tennessee Day of Percussion, Cookeville, TN, USA
Vicious Children
Mobius Percussion

 

2015.02.13
ArtShareLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Vicious Children
Mobius Percussion

 

2015.02.11
California State University, Long Beach, CA, USA
Vicious Children
Mobius Percussion

 

2015.02.10
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA
Vicious Children
Mobius Percussion

 

2015.02.10
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
Long Distance
American Modern Ensemble

 

2015.02.09
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Vicious Children
Mobius Percussion

 

2015.01.23
ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Vicious Children
Mobius Percussion

 

2014.12.19
Firehouse Space, 246 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11211, USA

Vicious Children
Mobius Percussion

 

2014.12.09
Brooklyn Bound, Sō Studio, 20 Grand Ave, #205, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Vicious Children
Mobius Percussion

 

2014.12.09
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
Arid Land
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

 

2014.11.09
Millhill Family Center Concert, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, USA
Vicious Children
Mobius Percussion

 

2014.11.08
Stage One Performing Arts Center, Wallingford, PA, USA

Vicious Children
Mobius Percussion

 

2014.11.02
Bleed through, Oratory Room, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, AUS

Mantid
Laila Engle, alto flute

 

2014.07.26
SoSI Princeton Composers Concert, Matthews Theater, Lewis Center For the Arts, Princeton, NJ, USA

Vicious Children (work in progress)
Kaylee Bonatakis, Zac Brunell, Paul Finckel, Adam Holmes, percussion

 

2014.06.06
Neif-Norf Summer Festival, Furman University Department of Music

Can You Hear Me? (Movement 1)
Evan Chapman, percussion, Andrea Lodge, piano

 

2014.05.20
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

Stones (premiere)
Mobius Percussion Quartet: Mika Godbole, Jeremy Smith, Yumi Tamashiro, Frank Tyl

 

2014.05.12
New Music Network’s New Music Mini Series, Northcote Uniting Church, Melbourne, Victoria, AUS

The Hive
Phoebe Green, viola, Leah Scholes, percussion

 

2014.05.08
New Music Network’s New Music Mini Series, Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Griffith Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane, Queensland, AUS

The Hive
Phoebe Green, viola, Leah Scholes, percussion

 

2014.05.07
Wellesley College Concert Series, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, USA

The Ascendant
Roomful of Teeth + members of Asphalt Orchestra

 

2014.05.05
Music Mondays, Advent Lutheran Church, New York, NY, USA

The Ascendant
Roomful of Teeth

 

2014.05.03
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bronx, NY, USA

Stones (work in progress)
Mobius Percussion Quartet: Mika Godbole, Jeremy Smith, Yumi Tamashiro, Frank Tyl

 

2014.02.18
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

Archaean Eon
Dither Guitar Quartet: Taylor Levine, Joshua Lopes, James Moore and Gyan Riley

 

2014.01.24
2014.01.25

Midsumma Festival 2014, Homophonic: New Music By Queer Composers, La Mama Courthouse, Melbourne, AUS
A Sort Of Orbit
3 Shades Black: Laila Engle, flute, Ben Opie, oboe, Aviva Endean, clarinet, Zoey Pepper, bassoon, Luke Paulding, tuba, Jen Morrish, percussion, Zachary Johnston, violin, Phoebe Green, viola, Jen Mills, violoncello, Miranda Hill, contrabass

 

2013.11.07
New Music Salisbury, Great Hall, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD, USA

Stones (work in progress)
Salisbury University Percussion Ensemble

 

2013.11.15
Holloway Hall, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD, USA

Stones (work in progress)
Salisbury University Percussion Ensemble

 

2013.11.05
Wilson College Black Box Theater, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

By The Time You Get This
Ryan Drickey, violin, Jason Treuting, percussion

 

2013.10.17
The Cell, New York, NY, USA

Stones (work in progress)
Mobius Percussion Quartet: Mika Godbole, Jeremy Smith, Yumi Tamashiro, Frank Tyl

 

2013.10.24
Good Child Music, New York, NY, USA
Stones (work in progress)
Mobius Percussion Quartet: Mika Godbole, Jeremy Smith, Yumi Tamashiro, Frank Tyl

 

2013.09.21
Carlsbad Music Festival, Magee Park, Carlsbad Village Theatre, Carlsbad, CA, USA

The Ascendant
Roomful of Teeth

 

2013.07.27
SoSI Princeton Composers Concert, Matthews Theater, Lewis Center For the Arts, Princeton, NJ, USA
Stones (Movements 1 – 3, work in progress)
Jonathan Brown, Adam Friedman, Matthew Timman, Ashley Tini, percussion

 

2013.07.26
Small World Coffee, Princeton, NJ, USA
Stones (Movement 1, work in progress)
Jonathan Brown, Adam Friedman, Matthew Timman, Ashley Tini, percussion

 

2013.04.23
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

We Can Walk The Empty Streets Again Tonight
Red Shift: Kate Campbell, piano, Evelyn Farny, violoncello, Andie Springer, violin

 

2013.04.19
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, New York, NY, USA
Double Or Nothing

So Percussion: Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski and Jason Treuting, percussion

 

2013.03.12
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
The Ascendant (premiere)
Roomful of Teeth: Brad Wells, conductor, Cameron Beauchamp, bass, Martha Cluver, soprano, Eric Dudley, tenor, Esteli Gomez, soprano, Avery Griffin, baritone, Caroline Shaw, alto, Taylor Ward, baritone, Virginia Warnken, mezzo-soprano

 

2013.03
Switchboard Music Festival, San Francisco, CA, USA

Can You Hear Me?
futureCities: Anne Rainwater, piano, Jude Traxler, percussion

 

2013.03
Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA, USA

Can You Hear Me?
futureCities: Anne Rainwater, piano, Jude Traxler, percussion

 

2012.11.20
Guzzetta Recital Hall, University of Akron, Akron, OH, USA

Tangram
The University of Akron Percussion Ensemble: Matt Edick, Steve Neal, Thomas Russell, Cameron Weichman, Dave Wolf

 

2012.07.21
SoSI Princeton Composers Concert, Matthews Theater, Lewis Center For the Arts, Princeton, NJ, USA

Double Or Nothing (premiere)
Chris Demetriou, Abby Fisher, Christopher Gunnell, Eric Shuster, percussion

 

2012.07.20
Small World Coffee, Princeton, NJ, USA

Double Or Nothing (work in progress)
Chris Demetriou, Abby Fisher, Christopher Gunnell, Eric Shuster, percussion

 

2012.06.01
Opera On Tap: New Brew, Barbes, New York, NY, USA

Furniture
Kamala Sankaram, voice, Melissa Tong, violin, Mila Henry, piano

 

2012.05.02
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
Tangram
Percussion quartet: So Percussion: Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski and Jason Treuting, percussion

 

2012.04.03
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
Mantid
Riley Lee, shakuhachi

 

2012.02.21
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

Can You Hear Me? (premiere)
futureCities: Anne Rainwater, piano, Jude Traxler, percussion

 

2012.02.02
Midsumma Festival 2012, Homophonic: New Music By Queer Composers, Trades Hall, Old Council Chambers, Melbourne, AUS
There Might Have Been A Time
3 Shades Black: Laila Engle, flute, Edward Ferris, clarinet, Joshua de Graaf, oboe, Oscar Garrido de la Rosa, bassoon, Daniel Richardson, percussion, Stephanie Kabanyana, percussion, Phoebe Green, viola, Ruby Paskas, violin, Miranda Hill, double bass

 

2011.07.25
Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival presents “An Afternoon of World Premieres”, Massachusetts Museum of Contemprary Art (Mass MoCA), North Adams, MA, USA
Lonely Road
Brad Lubman, conductor, Shaun Barlow, flute, Stuart Breczinski, oboe, Alejandro T. Acierto, clarinet, Stephanie Patterson, Bassoon, Julia Brooks, french horn, Jacob Walls, trumpet, Matt Barbier, trombone, Peter de Jager, piano, Ben Reimer, percussion, Heidi Achaul-Yoder, violin, Patti Kilroy, viola, Nick Photinos, violoncello, Will Hack, contrabass 

 

2011.03.28
Fortyfive Downstairs, Melbourne, AUS

Skin and Bone
String quartet: Atticus String Quartet: Zachary Johnston, violin, Lizzy Welsh, violin, Phoebe Green, viola, Judith Hamann, violoncello

 

2010.04.30
Charles Myers Recital Hall, Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY, USA
Can You Hear Me? (work in progress)
futureCities: Anne Rainwater, piano, Jude Traxler, percussion

 

2010.04.26
Pforzheimer Hall, Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY, USA
Captain Moonlight
Nils Nilson, tenor voice, Houston Vinson, baritone voice, Mia Elezovic, piano

 

2010.02.12
Bordern Auditorium, Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY, USA
Doublethink
Manhattan School of Music Student Orchestra

 

2009.06.28
Composer’s Voice Concert Series, Jan Hus Church, New York, NY, USA
Furniture
Megan Schubert, soprano, Joshua Modney, violin, Vicky Chow, piano

 

2009.03.30
Greenfield Hall, Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY, USA
Long Distance (work in progress)
Brian Harris, tenor voice, Nicole Camacho, flute, Elizabeth Kalenik, flute, Kathleen Coughlin, oboe, Emily D’Angelo, oboe, Marie Bessesen, clarinet, Philip Everal, clarinet, Annie Lyle, bassoon, Adam Lintz, bassoon,Youngwoo Yoo, piano, Jeff  Witherell, percussion

 

2009.07.26
Glen Eira Town Hall, Melbourne, AUS
Skin and Bone (premiere)
Silo String Quartet: Aaron Barnden, violin, Andrea Keeble, violin, Ceridwen Davies, viola, Caerwen Martin, violoncello

 

2007.05.03
2007.05.04
Full Tilt at the Arts Centre presents “Trot, Canter, Gallop”, Fairfax Theatre, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, AUS
Run Run Run
Tenor voice, Wally Gunn, Dead Horse String Quartet

 

2007.02.23
Dead Horse Productions presents “Ground Elastic Sound”, The Forum, Melbourne, AUS
Eleven Fifty-Five
Dead Horse Ensemble: Benjamin Northey, conductor, Dead Horse Ensemble: Martin Mackerras, clarinet, Adam Simmons, saxophone, Phil Bywater, saxophone, Joanne Montesano, horn, Tristram Williams, trumpet, Charles MacInnes, trombone, Miki Tsonuda, violin, Zachary Johnston, violin, Phoebe Green, viola, Caerwen Davies, violoncello, Anita Hustas, contrabass

 

2006.06.27
Loop Bar, Melbourne, AUS
What I Ought And Ought Not Do
Speak Percussion: Peter Neville, Eugene Ughetti, Clare Edwardes

 

2006.06.06
Loop Bar, Melbourne, AUS

Rational Behaviour
Proktet: Amelia Coleman, oboe, Aviva Endean, clarinet, Zachary Johnston, violin, Phoebe Green, viola, Chloe Smith, double bass

 

2006.02.10
2006.02.11
Dead Horse Productions presents “Concave City”, Meat Market at Arts House, Melbourne, AUS
The Hive (premiere)
Phoebe Green, viola, and Dan Richardson, percussion

 

2005.12.10
Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS), Melbourne, AUS
Insect Studies
Uska Dara: Jess Foot, oboe, Adam Mikulic, bassoon

 

2004.11.30
Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, AUS
The Slaves 
Victorian College of the Arts student ensemble

 

2004.09
Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Centre, Melbourne, AUS
Imperial Milking Machine
Victorian College of the Arts Student Orchestra

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Photographs

Photography by Thom Rigney
Styling by Anthony Jarvis

Biography

Wally Gunn is from a rural town in Australia’s southeast. He first began making music in his early teens, writing on a Casiotone for his electronic dance band, which never played a gig. After high school, he moved to Melbourne to join rock bands, and spent several years writing songs and gigging around the country, then enrolled in the Victorian College of the Arts composition program. After graduating with honors, Wally worked with friends and fellow composers Kate Neal and Biddy Connor in Dead Horse Productions to stage concerts of their own and other composers’ new music in warehouses, underground parking lots, cinemas, and other unusual spaces. In Australia, Wally wrote concert music for Atticus String Quartet, The Dead Horse Ensemble, The Letter String Quartet, Silo String Quartet, Speak Percussion, and Three Shades Black, and wrote original scores for several Melbourne theatre companies.

Wally moved to New York in 2008 to begin a masters degree in composition at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Julia Wolfe. Since relocating, Wally has written for Dither Guitar Quartet, futureCities, Riley Lee, Mobius Percussion, Red Shift, Roomful of Teeth, Sō Percussion, and Steady State. His music has been performed at Bang On A Can Summer Festival, MA, Carlsbad Music Festival, CA, and River To River Festival, NY. In 2011, Wally began pursuing a Ph.D. in composition at Princeton University, NJ.

Since 2012, Wally has written a swathe of percussion music that feature theatrical and gestural elements, as well as spoken word. Several of these pieces have been featured at Sō Percussion Summer Institute 2012 – 2015, at Neif Norf Summer Festival 2014, at TorQ Percussion Seminar 2015 in Canada, and most recently at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference (PASIC) 2015 in TX. In collaboration with filmmaker Evan Chapman, two of his percussion pieces—Vicious Children for Mobius Percussion, and Little Things for Steady State—have been made into music videos.

Maintaining his keen interest in theater, Wally has composed original music for Manhattan-based The Actors Company Theatre and has become a company member of Brooklyn-based experimental theater Nothing To See Here, under the artistic direction of Laura Sheedy.

In the last two years, Wally has received several commissions for new work from ensembles including Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and he is now working on new commissions for US vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and Australian guitar and brass ensemble Three.

Wally currently lives and works in Queens, NY.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

present, Ph.D. Candidate in Composition, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

2010, Master of Music in Classical Composition, Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY, USA

2005, Bachelor of Music Performance (with Honours) in Composition, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

 

Scholarships and Fellowships

2011 – 2015 Mark Nelson Fellowship, Princeton University

2008 – 2010    Manhattan School of Music Scholarship

 

Grants

2009, Ian Potter Cultural Trust for international study at Manhattan School of Music (MSM)

2009, Opus 50 Charitable Trust for international study at MSM

2008, Ian Potter Cultural Trust for international study at MSM

2008, American Australian Association Dame Joan Sutherland Fund for international study at MSM

2008, PPCA Performer Trust for international study at MSM

2008, Opus 50 Charitable Trust for international study at MSM

2006, City of Melbourne Presentation Funding for the presentation of new work at The Forum, Melbourne in February 2007 by Dead Horse Productions

2005, Alan C. Rose Memorial Project Grant awarded to Victorian College of the Arts student.

 

Awards

2009, Green Room Awards nomination for Best Original Songs for Kiosk by Wes Snelling

2008, Green Room Awards nomination for Best Sound Design / Composition / Performance for Catalpa by Itch Productions

2007, Drama Victoria Best Performance for Young People for ‘Shrimp’ by The Shrimp Company

2004, John Gaitskell Memorial Mensa Award

2002, Quip Quip Composition Award for ‘Gymnorhina’ for solo trumpet

 

Commissions

2016, [New Work], Mobius Percussion, New York, NY, USA

2016, [New Work], Ensemble Three, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

2015, ‘Blood’ (20:00), The Letter String Quartet, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

2015, ‘Willow, Part One’ (04:00), solo drum kit, Jason Treuting, Princeton, NJ, USA

2015, ‘The Earth Must Move’ (06:00), men’s vocal ensemble, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Kris Burke, Conductor, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2014, ‘Little Things’ (22:00), percussion duo, Steady State Percussion Duo, Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Artist’s Statement

My work is often first inspired by literature, or by science, or sometimes by science literature. With regard to science, I am interested in the narratives of earth’s natural history, particularly evolutionary biology. With regard to literature, I am fascinated by human beings, our lives and loves, our extraordinary experiences. I use these stories from science and literature as metaphorical starting points for new musical works.

I am also interested in utilizing physical gesture and text to heighten and extend the theatricality of musical performance. As a result, I work often with percussionists who, as a rule, are enthusiastic about exploring gesture and text in performance, and also with vocalists, who are interested in texts from unusual sources, and which communicate unusual things.

Musically, I begin my process working with mathematical patterns and processes, layering and interlocking them, letting them unfold and unravel. Then I search for moments of emergent beauty in the warp and weft, and add complementary material from my imagination. My process consists of equal parts calculation and intuition; I might use tables of permutations to devise material, and then use craft and instinct to shape the material into an object of beauty. I am influenced by polyphonic music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras of the Western art music tradition. But equally, I am influenced by the pop music I listened to in my youth—especially 80s New Wave from Britain, and 90s grunge from the US—as well as the rock music that I played and co-devised with colleagues in the days before I became a ‘classical’ composer. All of this music utilizes pattern and process in its construction. My music often features canon, echo, hocket, and ostinato—musical interactions which are like fleeting memories, or like conversations, or like memories of conversations.

I seek to create an aesthetic that is clear, spare, alluring, emotionally affecting, and a little peculiar; an aesthetic which focuses on musicality and expression, and an expressive directness; an aesthetic which finds beauty in the ugly and ungainly, or finds lyricism in the rigid grids of patterning.

– WG September 2015

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