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Stephen Ryan Jackson

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Stephen Ryan Jackson


Stephen Ryan Jackson (b.1992) is an American composer and trumpet player.

Jackson recently [2020] completed his Masters in Music Composition degree at the New England Conservatory studying with Michael Gandolfi, Robert Cogan, Katarina Miljkovic and John Mallia. He earned his undergraduate degrees in music theory/composition and trumpet performance from Hardin-Simmons University in May of 2016, studying composition with Dr. Bernard Scherr and Dr. Jeffrey Cottrell, and trumpet with Dr. Leigh-Anne Hunsaker, Dr. Mark Wilcox and Dr. Keith Johnson.

The music of Boston-based composer and trumpet player Jackson examines and recreates seemingly indescribable sensations. His music often draws inspiration from careful observation of everyday phenomena, stretching, distorting, and reexamining them in order to create works that avoid the concept of narrative and allow audiences to reevaluate and find beauty in aspects of daily life that they might overlook. Jackson composes in a variety of media including works for orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber, and vocal music, often interweaving electronic elements with acoustic instruments. Jackson works extensively as a collaborator, working closely with soloists and chamber ensembles in order to create dialogues between composer, performer, and audience. Among these collaborators are soprano Rose Hegele, flutist Jacob Wright and chamber ensembles Still Life Collective, Catchfire Collective, Trio Mirage, and Les Deux.

Jackson has received commissions from the The Mid-America Freedom Band, Boston New Music Initiative, The Choral Project, The Ball State Concert Band and the Texas New Music Ensemble, among others. His music has been featured at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, the University of Nebraska Lincoln Chamber Music Festival, the University Nebraska Kearney New Music Festival and has had premiers across the U.S. as well as in Canada and Amsterdam. His current projects include collaborations with North Carolina based ensemble Catchfire Collective, Toronto based duo Les Deux, as well as a chamber opera based on the court proceedings against the work conditions in the Radium Dial Company in the 1920's.

In addition to his composing endeavors, Jackson is an accomplished trumpet player specializing in new works for solo trumpet and chamber music. He also served as artist director, composer, and trumpeter for Texas-based new music ensemble Still Life Collective. Still Life Collective presented programs collaborating with local visual artists and composers to create concerts that merge disciplines. Jackson is currently working on an album of trumpet and electronics works written and performed by himself.

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