Bryan Christian’s music explores the porous boundaries between spectral and diatonic sound worlds. Indeed, most spectral music filters pitch content in one way or another. In Christian’s work, he filters the spectral content through a diatonic (major/minor key) grid. Christian’s work Direct your step further along the road’s course, commissioned by the E-MEX Ensemble, uses a consistent spectral process across the work that unfolds at a glacially slow pace. This pacing allows the listener to aurally zoom in and explore the most minute changes and interrelationships between these disparate sound worlds.

Christian has received commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, the Lorelei Ensemble, the 59th Festival Les Musicales (2011; Colmar, France), the 19th and 20th Juventus Festivals (2009 and 2010; Cambrai, France), the 2011 Monadnock Music Festival, the Aurora Borealis Duo, the Playground EnsembleJulien LibeerEryn Oft, and Matthias Geuting, among others. Christian is the recipient the Fulbright Fellowship to Estonia and the BMI Student Composer Award. He was selected as a winner in the 2013 nief-norf Summer Festival’s International Call for Scores and in the 2013 League of Composers/ISCM Competition.

Christian earned his Ph.D. in Music from Duke University in 2015. He holds additional degrees from Duke University (M.A., 2013),  the University of California San Diego (M.A., 2010), the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (M.A., 2009), and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (B.Mus., 2007).



List of Works

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