About Kevin Swenson

I am a composer and performer of  a wide range of music from Northern California. I am currently residing in  Syracuse, New York. I aim to create music that is personal and sincere, which radiates a spirit of authenticity. My music inhabits two overlapping spheres: interactive just-intonation electro-acoustic music using Max/MSP and purely instrumental music crafted with chromatic sets and gestures.

My electronic compositions examine the intersection of cold, digital perfection and warm, flawed human performance. They often incorporate chance elements and improvisation. My instrumental work is generated by deriving brief chromatic series that are subsequently composed out through intuition.

In both areas, I often aim to create music which fosters a spirit of presence for the listener. In my best moments of composing I go “with the flow” and become fixated on the craft itself. The idea is that if I can get there when I am writing then perhaps the listener can get there when they are listening. The piece which I think is currently the best incarnation of this is Generative Meditation.

I have completed commissions for the Yuba Community College Band (John Brown at Harper’s Ferry)  and for University of the Pacific’s 28/78 New Music Ensemble with Stocktones Vocal Ensemble (Lux Aeterna). In addition to these more formal commission projects I am an experienced collaborator having completed pieces for Violist Krista Swenson (Illusions of Separation) and Violinist Sabrina Boggs (Electric Dreamscape no. 1).

Besides my work as a composer I am  an experienced performer on the trumpet, taking up freelance gigs whenever they happen to come along. I have studied the trumpet with Michael Meeks and Leonard Ott. I am also a competent performer on the piano and guitar, and a vocalist, regularly performing folk, hymns,  country and rock music from a list of over 100 songs.  I briefly studied piano with Professor Frank Wiens at University of the Pacific.

Alongside composition and performance I am an experienced recording engineer/producer and Pro-tools user. As a student at University of the Pacific I worked as an Owen Hall Recording Studio engineer under the instruction of Professor Jeff Crawford. I have recorded a wide range of ensembles and styles including classical chamber ensembles, singer-songwriters and rock-bands. I served as an engineer and arrangement consultant for the album Rose Gold, released in 2018 by Pacific’s student run record label Pac-Ave Records.

In May of 2019 I received my Bachelor of Music degree is Composition from University of the Pacific with the highest honors (Summa Cum Laude). At Pacific I studied composition with Dr. Robert Coburn, Dr. Francois Rose and Dr. Andrew Conklin. I am currently studying toward a Master of Music degree in Composition at Syracuse University. At Syracuse I have studied composition with Dr. Nicolas Scherzinger, Dr. Texu Kim, and Dr. Natalie Draper. In addition to my studies I  work as a full time teaching assistant.

This website serves as a portal to my sonic explorations and professional developments. For a complete list of my compositions from 2015-Present see my “annotated list of works” below. For more information about my education and qualifications see my CV below.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kevin Swenson

Annotated List of Works

Curriculum Vitae

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