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about composer ADAM SILVERMAN

Adam Silverman

Composer Adam Silverman (born 1973 in Atlanta, GA) is best known for his works for percussion and winds, especially the percussion ensemble compositions “Quick Blood,” “Naked And On Fire” and “Sparklefrog,” along with his concerto for marimba and wind symphony “Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink.” Other notable compositions include the double concerto “The Hedgehog’s Dilemma” for violin, cello and orchestra, the opera “Korczak’s Orphans” and chamber compositions “Corrie Q’s Jigs and Reels” (String Quartet No. 3) and “Sturm” for piano trio. After study at The University of Miami, The Vienna Musikhochschule, Tanglewood, and Yale, Silverman began his career in the early '00s as a founder of the Minimum Security Composers Collective, collaborating with major ensembles such as Eighth Blackbird and Antares with performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and other prominent venues. Two full-CD recordings of Silverman's music are available: one of chamber compositions (2009, New Focus Recordings) and one of percussion music (2015, Calabaza Records). Individual compositions of his have also appeared on CDs by the Temple University Wind Symphony, Prism Saxophone Quartet, cellist Amy Sue Barston, Trio Kavak, The Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, and others, all of which are widely available online. Silverman teaches music composition, theory, and orchestration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and is an amateur enthusiast of old-time American music, playing mandolin and banjo.

Long bio:

Adam Silverman (born 1973 in Atlanta, GA) is a composer who lives in Swarthmore, PA. He teaches music composition, theory and orchestration as Professor of Music Theory and Composition at West Chester University and works actively creating new compositions that are performed on concerts worldwide.

Silverman's most frequently performed works are for percussion ensemble, wind ensemble, and cello, including many compositions for accompanied and unaccompanied solo cello, and original works and arrangements for cello choirs. He has composed concertos for instrumental soloists with wind ensemble (saxophone, marimba, drum kit, and a double concerto for two percussionists) and a double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra.

As a youth, Silverman began his musical training as a pianist and taught himself to play guitar. By age 16, he was writing original songs and performing in local bars where, were he not in the band, he would have been refused entry as an underage patron. At college, he began to study classical music and composed his first works, studying at Tulane University, the University of Miami, The Vienna Musikhochshule, and earning graduate degrees at The Yale School of Music. He continued his training as a composer through participation at summer music festivals including Tanglewood, where he received the prestigious ASCAP-Leonard Bernstein Fellowship.

Silverman began his career in the early '00s as a founder of the Minimum Security Composers Collective, a group of four entrepreneurial composers who created new works and produced concerts in collaboration with leading ensembles. Their evening-length production for sextet Eighth Blackbird was featured on tour across America, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and other prominent venues. At this time, Silverman also began composing music for many of America's leading ensembles: ''Sturm'' for The Amelia Piano Trio, ''Kicking and Screaming'' for The Albany Symphony Chamber Orchestra, ''Ricochet'' for Strata and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, ''Corrie Q's Jigs and Reels'' (String Quartet No. 3) for the Corigliano Quartet, and many others.

Inspired by an exhibit on the children of the Holocaust at the Yad V'Shem Museum in Jerusalem, Silverman composed the opera ''Korczak's Orphans'' in collaboration with poet Susan Gubernat. This grand opera for a large cast of soloists, orchestra and children's choir, centers around the tragic heroism of a Jewish author and orphanage director in World War II Poland. It has been performed in staged and concert-workshops by New York City Opera, Real Time Opera, The Atlanta Young Singers, and The Brooklyn Opera Company. Silverman's second opera, ''Griselda e il Marchese di Saluzzo,'' is an Italian-language operatic "short" based on a tale from Boccaccio's ''The Decameron''; scored for just seven musicians, four soloists and a small women's choir, it was composed for International Opera Theater, and was performed in 2010 and 2011 in Philadelphia, in Pieve, Italy, and in Saluzzo, Italy - the town in which Griselda's story was set in Boccaccio's 14th century novella.

Silverman's dramatic music extends beyond opera. In collaboration with In Parenthesis Theater, he composed music for ''Le Colonel des Zouaves'' (2005), a Dadaist theater piece by French dramatist Olivier Cadiot, set for solo actor and men's chorus, and in 2017 he composed the score to an animated film called "Little Fiel" based on the artwork of Mozambican sculptor Fiel dos Santos.

Two full-CD recordings of Silverman's music are available: one of chamber compositions (2009, New Focus Recordings) and one of percussion music (2015, Calabaza Records). Individual compositions of his have also appeared on CDs by the Temple University Wind Symphony, Prism Saxophone Quartet, cellist Amy Sue Barston, The Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, and others, all of which are widely available online.

Silverman's musings on music theory and pedagogy can be found online at http://musictheoryprof.com.

updated January 2018

RECORDINGS
Silverman: Percussion Music    
Heirlooms CD Mean Fiddle Summer CPNI
10 Windows
 






UPCOMING CONCERTS

June 26
There Comes My Heart
Performed by cellist Amy Sue Barston at the National Cello Institute (Claremont, CA)

June 26
There Comes My Heart
Performed by cellist Amy Sue Barston at the Chicago Cello Institute (Chicago, IL)

July 10-14
The Things That Go - World Premiere
Performed by Clifford Leaman and Neal Postma at the World Saxophone Congress (Zagreb, Croatia)

August 1-4
The Rule of Five - concerto for two percussionists and wind ensemble - Premiere
Performed by Ben Tomlinson and Tommy Dobbs with the Fort Smith Community Band at the Arkansas Bandmasters Association Convention (Fort Smith, AR)

August 9-12
Together
Performed by the BRN Duo (Rachel and Brian Nozny) at the National Flute Association Convention (Orlando, FL)

October 8
The Rule of Five - concerto for two percussionists and wind ensemble - Premiere
Performed by Julia Gaines and Megan Arns with the University of Missouri School of Music Wind Ensemble conducted by Brian A. Silvey (Columbia, MO)

October 18
Spiderweb Lead
Performed by The X4 Percussion Quartet at the Bowling Gren New Music Festival (Bowling Green, OH)

November 3
Pittering/Pattering - World Premiere
The Cruel Waters
Sparklefrog

Performed by The Truman State University Percussion Ensemble (Michael Bump, director) at the North Star New Music Festival (Kirksville, MO)

November 17
New Work - World Premiere
Performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) by The Indiana Universtiy Percussion Ensemble (John Tafoya and Kevin Bobo, directors) (Indianapolis, IN)

December 9
Concertino for Four Percussionists and Wind Ensemble - CBDNA Pre-Premiere
Performed by The West Chester University Wind Ensemble conducted by Andrew Yozviak at West Chester University (West Chester, PA)

December
The Rule of Five - concerto for two percussionists and wind ensemble - World Premiere
Performed by Brian Baldauff and Dave Alcorn with the University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble conducted by Michael Butler (Stevens Point, WI)

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