Jeff Beal Conversations with Composers 11/13/20

Jeff Beal is a composer for visual media and the concert hall. With musical beginnings as a jazz trumpeter and recording artist, his works are infused with an understanding of rhythm and spontaneity. Steven Schneider (The New York Times) proclaimed the richness of Beals musical thinking…his compositions often capture the liveliness and unpredictability of the best improvisation.” His first critical notice came for his score to Ed Harris’ theatrical release Pollock. Recent projects include the documentaries The Biggest Little Farm, Blackfish, An Inconvenient Sequel and Athlete A. 

Beal has received 18 prime-time Emmy nominations and won five statues for his music, including Netflixs House of Cards, USA Networks Monk, and HBO’s Rome and Carnivale. Commissioned works for 2019-20 include; Sunrise – an evening length work for the LA Master Chorale, song cycle The Paper Lined Shack  for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and a new ballet for the Buglisi Dance Theatre. Other recent works are a Concerto for flutist Sharon Bezaly and the Minnesota Orchestra, Six Sixteen Concerto” for guitarist Jason Vieaux, Salvage Men” for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, “The Great Circle” symphony for the New West Orchestra, and “ Oasis” for Smuin Ballet.  

Beals music has been performed and recorded by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Beal conducting), The National Symphony Orchestra (Beal), St. Louis (Marin Alsop), Pacific (Carl St. Clair), Berkeley (Kent Nagano) and Detroit (Neeme Jaarvi). A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he and his wife Joan recently endowed and established the Beal Institute at their alma mater, to promote the study of film and contemporary media music creation. 

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