Jeffrey Holmes

Jeffrey Holmes

“Music of raw power and vision…a particularly impressive combination of technical prowess and deep expression.” – Fanfare Magazine

“Captivating…haunting and slightly disorienting.” – Los Angeles Times

“Brilliantly crafted, a captivating listening experience…extraordinary craftsmanship as well as a mastery of contemporary musical forms…a polish and artistry that stands comparison with any of the 20th century masterworks.” – Sequenza 21

Jeffrey Holmes (b. 1971, Los Angeles) composes post-spectral, teleological music incorporating elements of mysticism and lyrical expression. His creative inspiration is rooted in primitive myths, transcendent legends, and dramatic elemental landscapes in their primal and violent natural states. As a traditionalist, he composes music for acoustic orchestral instruments, using standard notational methods; as a formalist, he works within a complex and unique non-octave diatonic, chromatic, and microtonal language; as a transcendentalist, he combines the inherent abstraction of sound with a greater meaning and possibility of interpretation through the use of lyricism and overt expression.

Commissions, performances, and awards have come from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Carnegie Hall, American Composers Forum, the Guitar Foundation of America, Darmstadt Ferienkurs für Neue Musik (DE), the Talea Ensemble, the JACK, Penderecki, and Lyris String Quartets, Thierry Pécou and Ensemble Variances (FR), and from soloists Michael Kudirka, Kirsten Ashley Wiest, Nicholas Isherwood, Jason Hardink, Vincent Ranallo, and Pierre Bibault. Holmes’ music is published by Composers Edition (London, UK), Doberman-Yppan/Les Productions d’OZ (Quebec, Canada), and Edition Svitzer (Copenhagen, Denmark), and has been recorded on MicroFest Records, Centaur Records, and Sono Luminus.

A portrait double-CD of Holmes’ chamber music, “May the Bridges I Burn Light My Way…” (2019), and the recent portrait CD of vocal, ensemble, and solo pieces, “Rider of Darkness, Path of Light” (2020) have been released on MicroFest Records, produced by Grammy-winning sound engineer, John Schneider, distributed internationally by Naxos.

More information can be found at: www.Jeffrey-Holmes.com

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