Conor Abbott Brown is a composer and clarinetist from Altona, Colorado.   His music is motivated by the sweeping prairies, big sky, and jagged peaks of the American West.   His compositions often feature complex, driving rhythms, sustained tension, and ornamentation inspired by folk music from around the world.  Brown has had works commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, groundbreaking amplified chamber orchestra Dogs of Desire, clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer, the American Symphony Orchestra, Contemporaneous, Ars Nova Singers, the Colorado Children’s Chorale, and many others.  Brown has performed as the guest principal clarinetist of the American Symphony Orchestra and of Contemporaneous, and currently holds the position of clarinetist with the Boulder Altitude Directive, a chamber ensemble dedicated to performing the works of living composers.  As part of the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop Exploring Klezmer, Brown performed as both a clarinetist and as a sampling / laptop artist.  Brown's Wordless Music Series performance of Osvaldo Golijov's The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind was featured on New York City radio station WNYC.  Brown holds an MM in Music Composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as a BA in dance and a BM in music composition from Bard College and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.  He has studied composition with Joan Tower, John Halle, Randy Woolf, Daniel Kellogg, and Michael Theodore, and clarinet with David Krakauer, Laura Flax, and Daniel Silver.  Brown also has many credits as a freelance record producer, music notation specialist, copyist, and audio engineer and is a founding member of the progressive metal band Fifth Veil.