Snowden, Steven

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Steven Snowden


Born: 1981

Country: USA

Studies: Missouri State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and University of Texas at Austin.



The music of Steven Snowden has been described as “Beguiling… combining force with clarity” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “Wonderfully dynamic” (Interlude Hong Kong), “Rustic, red-blooded” (New Music Box), “Marvelously evocative”, (Cleveland Plain Dealer), and “The most wildly intriguing sight and sound I have experienced at a concert” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer). Writing music for dance, theater, multi-media installations, and the concert stage, his work often deals with concepts of memory, nostalgia, and the cyclic nature of historical events as they pertain to modern society. While his musical influences are deeply rooted in bluegrass, folk, and rock, he utilizes non-traditional techniques and processes to compose works that don’t squarely align with any single genre or style.

A native of the Ozarks countryside, he began studies in music composition in 2002 and received degrees from Missouri State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and University of Texas at Austin. In 2012-2013 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal, researching the implementation of motion tracking technology as a means to facilitate collaboration between music and dance. In 2013-2014, he was a visiting professor and composer in residence at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is the co-founder/director of the Fast Forward Austin Music Festival. He currently works as a freelance composer in Boston and is on an eternal quest to make the perfect breakfast taco.[1]

Works for Percussion

A Man With a Gun Lives Here - Percussion Trio
A Watched Pot - Multiple Percussion, Electronics, (Optional Choreography)
Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control - Percussion Quartet, Saxophone Quartet
Land of the Living - Multiple Percussion (Cactus), Electronics
Left of the Dial - Multiple Percussion (Snare Drum), Electronics
Long Distance - Marimba/Vibraphone, Electronics
Long Distance (Concerto Version) - Marimba/Vibraphone, Wind Ensemble, Electronics
Looner Eclipse - Audience Participation - Balloons, Video
Mobbing Calls - Multiple Percussion, Flute
Profiles - Marimba/Vibraphone, Euphonium
Steam Man of the Prairies - Vibraphone, Clarinet, Electronics
Tacoma Narrows - Percussion Sextet
The Taos Hum - Timpani, Electronics
Unrung - Percussion Trio
Van Gogh From Space - Percussion Trio