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about composer ADAM SILVERMAN

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

Adam Silverman

Silverman's compositions feature a broad variety of instrumental and vocal settings, and his most frequently performed works have been 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 three concertos since 2011: one for saxophone and wind ensemble, one for marimba and wind ensemble, 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.

Two monograph 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 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 April, 2015


October 17
Would Not Could Not -- World Premiere
Performed by Trio Kavak at The DiMenna Center (New York, NY)

October 25
The Cruel Waters
-- Showcase Preview
Performed by The Troy University Percussion Ensemble (T. Adam Blackstock, director) at Troy University (Troy, AB)

November 3
Performed by The Temple University Percussion Ensemble (Phillip O'Banion, director) (Philadelphia, PA)

November 7
Gasoline Rainbow
Performed by the Columbus State University Percussion Ensemble (Paul Vaillancourt, director) (Columbus, GA)

November 8
Naked And On Fire
Performed by the University of New Mexico Percussion Ensemble (Scott Ney, director) (Albuquerque, NM)

November 13
The Cruel Waters
-- World Premiere
Performed by The Troy University Percussion Ensemble (T. Adam Blackstock, director) at PASIC: The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (San Antonio, TX)

November 14
Naked And On Fire
Performed by the Jacksonville University Percussion Ensemble (Tony Steve, director) (Jacksonville, FL)

November 17

Performed by the Radford University Percussion Ensemble (Rob Sanderl, director) (Radford, VA)

November 19
Quick Blood
Performed by the West Liberty University Percussion Ensemble (Brian Baldauff, director) (West Liberty, WV)

November 20
Alien Robots Unite! and Alternating Current -- concerto for alto saxophone and wind ensemble
Performed by the Florida State University Wind Orchestra (Richard Clary, conductor; Scotty Phillips, alto saxophone) (Tallahassee, FL)

November 22
Naked And On Fire
Performed by the University of Tennessee Percussion Ensemble (Julie Hill, director) at The University of Tennessee (Martin, TN)

November 23
Naked And On Fire
Performed by the Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne Percussion Ensemble (Eric Schweikert, director) (Fort Wayne, IN)

December 7
Alien Robots Unite!
Performed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE)

December 11
Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink -- concerto for marimba and wind ensemble
Performed by marimbist Eric Hollenbeck with the Colorado State University Wind Symphony (Rebecca Phillips, conductor) (Fort Collins, CO)

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Naked and On Fire
Adam Silverman: Percussion Music
Includes Sparklefrog, Quick Blood, Naked and on Fire, Gasoline Rainbow
(performed by the Florida State University Percussion Ensemble), Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink (performed by Scott Herring with the University of South Carolina Percussion Ensemble) and Lightning Round (performed by John Thomas III).

Naked and On Fire
Scott Herring: Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink
Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink performed by Scott Herring with the University of South Carolina Percussion Ensemble.

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