Kris Peysen Composer, Arranger, Teacher
October 19-20, 2018: Midwest Composers Symposium
July 1, 2018
My orchestra recording for To Awaken a God is now up. Finally, no more midi for this piece! You can listen to it here or on my Works page.
June 19, 2018
Fresh Inc Festival is now over. I had a great time meeting the members of Fifth House Ensemble, attending workshops on building a career as a musician (which the festival specializes in), and meeting other great musicians. In addition, the quirky string quartet Invoke premiered a new piece of mine. A recording (and video) will follow shortly.
And I still have another festival to go to! I leave for Atlantic Music Festival in a little less than two weeks.
In other news, the orchestra reading at my school which I mentioned in an earlier post occurred at the beginning of May. The audio isn't up yet because I haven't had much time to edit the recording, but it should be posted shortly. Stay tuned.
June 3, 2018
Excited to announce that my new chamber piece, Insinuations, has been selected as part of this year's Midwest Composers Symposium. The symposium will take place October 19-20, 2018 at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.
March 22, 2018
I've recently found out the University of Iowa School of Music will be doing orchestra readings at the end of the semester. My piece To Awaken a God (which is also my master's thesis) will be one of the pieces read. Excited to finally get to hear this piece! The recording will follow shortly thereafter.
March 16, 2018
The instrumentation for my commissioned piece for Fresh Inc has been announced. I will be writing a string quartet for the ensemble Invoke. You can view their website here.
March 10, 2018
The University of Iowa School of Music has graciously granted me $1500 to help me pay for the two festivals I am attending this summer. The aid is much appreciated.
March 07, 2018
Excited to announce that I have ALSO been accepted to Atlantic Music Festival, which I will be attending in July of this year. I will write a piece to be premiered there by their Contemporary Ensemble (a Pierrot ensemble). There will also be the opportunity for potential other performances with the performance students there.
Excited to announce that I've been accepted to Fresh Inc music festival, where I will be commissioned to write a new piece to be premiered at the festival. I've also been granted a scholarship from the Stephen R. Gerber Trust to assist with tuition. Can't wait!
Last night was the premiere of my trombone quartet, Whirlwind. The recording is also now up. You can listen to it here.
My fixed media piece Moog Dreams was premiered tonight. Since it's an electroacoustic piece, the recording is also now up. You can listen to it here.
You can hear the full quality audio file if you click the "Download" link on the file page. If you have good speakers, this is what I recommend.
I've written another piece for Iowa's annual 24+24 concert, which was premiered two nights ago. This was for solo English horn. Recording is now up:
Recordings of my performances at Charlotte New Music Festival are now up. First is the first movement of my new quintet , titled Stirrings, and then Burst, a short thrash metal piece (yes, thrash metal), which I'm planning on extending.
Scores can be viewed here:
Excited to announce that my piece Annealed in Fire was selected to be broadcast on Et Lux Radio, a new online radio station dedicated to playing contemporary classical music. I can't say exactly when my piece will air, but it's in "the rotation" right now, so to speak.
Here's their Facebook page:
Charlotte New Music Festival is over. At it, I got to have two performances of newly-written pieces of mine: the first movement of my quintet, Stirrings, performed by the Out of Bounds Ensemble; and a short viola-cello duet, performed by members of the Beo String Quartet. It was a blast meeting these performers, as well as other performers at the festival, and, of course, all the other composers who were participating. Looking forward to more of these gatherings in the future.