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David T. Little

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David T. Little

Biography

David T. Little (b. 25 October 1978, New Jersey) is an American composer and drummer.

Educated at University of Michigan and Princeton, Little is co-founder of the annual New Music Bake Sale, has served as Executive Director of MATA, serves on the Composition Faculty at Mannes-The New School and Shenandoah Conservatory, and is Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia and Music-Theatre Group. He is also founding artistic director of the ensemble Newspeak. He is a member of the composition faculty at Shenandoah University.

Known for his orchestral and operatic works, most notably his opera Dog Days which was named a standout opera of recent decades by The New York Times, Little is “one of the most imaginative young composers” on the scene, a “young radical” (The New Yorker), with “a knack for overturning musical conventions” (The New York Times). His operas Soldier Songs (Prototype Festival) and Dog Days (Peak Performances/Beth Morrison Projects) have been widely acclaimed, “prov(ing) beyond any doubt that opera has both a relevant present and a bright future” (The New York Times).

Recent/upcoming works include Ghostlight—ritual for six players for eighth blackbird/The Kennedy Center, AGENCY (Kronos Quartet), CHARM (Baltimore Symphony/Marin Alsop), Hellhound (Maya Beiser), Haunt of Last Nightfall (Third Coast Percussion), the opera JFK with Royce Vavrek (Fort Worth Opera/American Lyric Theater), a new opera commissioned by the MET Opera/Lincoln Center Theater new works program, and the music-theatre work Artaud in the Black Lodge with Outrider legend Anne Waldman (Beth Morrison Projects). His music has been heard at Carnegie Hall, LA Opera, the Park Avenue Armory, the Bang On A Can Marathon, and elsewhere..


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