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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, cello (including many compositions for accompanied and unaccompanied solo cello, and both original works and arrangements for cello choirs). Most recently, he has composed three concertos: 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 composers who combined the creation of new works with an entrepreneurial spirit that included concert production and promotion. With Minimum Security, Silverman collaborated with leading ensembles including Eighth Blackbird, for whom they composed an evening-length production that 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 March, 2015


April 7
Performed by the UNCG Percussion Ensemble (Eric Willie, director) at The University of North Carolina (Greensboro, NC)

April 18
Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink — edition for marimba and percussion ensemble
Performed by marimbist Scott Herring with the Virginia Tech Percussion Ensemble (Annie Stevens, director) (Blacksburg, VA)

April 27
Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink — edition for marimba and percussion ensemble
Performed by marimbist Matthew Witten with the Rowan University Percussion Ensemble (Dean Witten, director) (Glassboro, NJ)

May 3
Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink — concerto for marimba and wind ensemble
Performed by marimbist Matthew Witten with the Rowan University Wind Ensemble (Bruce Yurko, conductor) (Glassboro, NJ)

May 6
Performed by The University of Minnesota Duluth Percussion Ensemble (Gene Koshinski, director) (Duluth, MN)

May 9
Would Not Could Not
Performed by Trio Kavak at The Great Room, South Oxford Space (Brooklyn, NY) - world premiere performance

May 9
Performed by Jessica Meyer, Benjamin Fingland and Amanda Harberg on Music in Montclair (Montclair, NJ)

June 12
The Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association Conference
Over a windcloaked nightsoaked starpoked sea performed by David Stambler and Christopher Guzman at Pennsylvania State University (College Park, PA) — world premiere performance

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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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