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Conor Abbott Brown is a composer, clarinetist, and producer from Boulder, 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 colorful ornamentation inspired by folk music from around the world.  Conor has had works commissioned by the Albany Symphony Orchestra, groundbreaking amplified chamber orchestra Dogs of Desire, clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer, the American Symphony Orchestra, New York City-based chamber orchestra Contemporaneous, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Colorado Children’s Chorale, and many others.  Conor has performed as the guest principal clarinetist of the American Symphony Orchestra, as a concerto soloist with the Boston-based Cadenza Players, and with Contemporaneous.  As part of the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop Exploring Klezmer, Conor performed as both a clarinetist and as a sampling / laptop artist.  Conor'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.  Conor holds a B.A. in dance and a B.M. in music composition from Bard College and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.  He has studied composition with Joan Tower, John Halle, Randy Woolf, and George Tsontakis, and clarinet with David Krakauer, Laura Flax, and Daniel Silver.  Conor also has many credits as a freelance record producer and audio engineer and is a founding member of the progressive metal band Fifth Veil.


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