Kyle Lewis - Composer

Kyle Lewis is a composer, theorist, and performer.  Lately, he’s been interested in extended notational systems and how they interact with performers’ cognition of the music, patient pacing, aleatory, subtleties in otherwise homogeneous sounds, variety in scale of works, small ideas as art, humor, multiple or variable time streams, using technology without using electronic sounds, and framing art from everyday moments.  He recently finished a residency at the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA), where he held 6 concerts and co-wrote/premiered a new piece with his duo Guy Did Ail, an ensemble in which he regularly works and performs.  Guy Did Ail (@GuyDidAil on social media) also features visual artist Gunnar Tarsa and explores the balance between predictability and possibility in aleatoric art as well as other multi-sensory, experiential explorations.   His music has been played by Rote Hünd Musik, Incongruency Ensemble, Duo Damiana, Erik Krohg, Ann DuHamel, and Stuart Gerber, among others.  He has studied regularly with Cody Brookshire, Natalie Williams, Peter Van Zandt Lane, and Adam Roberts.  Outside of the new music world, he fronted a punkish, metal-type band called We by the Sea and sang with the UGA Hodgson Singers.  Kyle Lewis graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with BM degrees in Music Composition and Music Theory in December 2017 and will be pursuing an MA in Composition from SUNY Stony Brook, starting Fall 2018.

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A collaboration between composer Kyle Lewis and visual artist Gunnar Tarsa devoted to creating and performing works of chance-based, experiential, or explorative artistic endeavors that feature simultaneous musical and visual components.

The project began in early 2017 as a part of Kyle's desire to find balance between the aleatoric elements of mid-century European composers (like Stockhausen, Ligeti, and Lutoslawski, whose use of chance has higher predictability and less possibility) and American composers of the New York School (like Cage, Feldman, and Brown, whose use of chance has higher possibility and lower predictability).

Kyle reached out to Gunnar upon realizing that the project needed to have at least two components that spoke in different languages to push performers into instinctual, communicative, in-the-moment type spaces while under certain constraints.

The end result creates pieces that are more guided (for the performer and the onlooker) than improv but more free than structured chance works. Each piece we create involves a visual and musical component that are created simultaneously in the moment, and both of which adhere to preset guidelines and rules that govern material, form, shape, color, line, harmony, etc. The musical and visual components interact, as if in conversation, to push each individual part to interact and create under the constraints in a new way with every performance.

The goal for the project is to create and perform pieces that are always identifiable but leave the performers, creators, and audiences engaged in the possibilities. Guy Did Ail hopes to create works that are absurd, interesting, and fun enough for a casual observer and crafted with enough artistic validity to satisfy art aficionados and academic crowds.

We embrace public performance, absurdity, humor, accidents, recognizable form, artistic elegance, abstraction, instinct, academic discourse, thought, and fun.

We are currently looking for opportunities including:

  • Concert-type performance
  • Lecture/demonstration-type performances
  • Gallery opportunities
  • Murals
  • Art commissions

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