Composer & Conductor
Composer & Conductor
Composer Brandon J. Rolle creates wildly inventive music, incorporating psychoacoustics, sonology, and computer programming to help realize the deeply-immersive sound worlds of his works. Fusing traditional and contemporary methods, his music investigates points of connection between old and new, structure and chaos, perception and deception. His diverse creative output includes orchestral, chamber, electro-acoustic, and intermedia music, which have been performed at festivals and concerts of new music across the United States and Europe.
In addition to his creative work, Dr. Rolle is a conductor specializing in new music. An advocate of hands-on opportunities for emerging composers, he has worked with numerous young composers and musicians, including the Black House Collective, UC Santa Barbara's Ensemble for Contemporary Music, jazz ensembles, chamber orchestra, and as director of the university's 2019 orchestral reading session for doctoral composition students. In 2017, Rolle was music director of a concert of new works by algorithmic music pioneer Clarence Barlow at the Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater (REDCAT) in Los Angeles, CA.
Rolle is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Impulse New Music Festival, a training ground for talented early-career composers to develop critical creative and professional skills needed for a career in new music. Both in the festival and the classroom, Brandon's teaching methods utilize modern tools and technologies to better understand the ways we learn and create music: he has developed custom software and exercises for his classes, created new courses courses in electro-acoustic composition and interactive videogame music, and launched intensive workshops in computer music and psychoacoustics-based composition. Brandon has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UC Santa Barbara, Chapman University, Cal State University, Northridge, and the Colburn Conservatory of Music, and guest lectures and masterclasses at universities in California, Pennsylvania, and New York.
Rolle is based in Los Angeles, California, where he works as a freelance composer and conductor, and teaches at the COLBURN SCHOOL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC. An active member of the L.A. New Music Community, Rolle has served as Modern Music Writer for NewClassic.LA, as a part of the teams at Equal Sound and Brightwork New Music, and is currently Associate Director at Piano Spheres. Rolle holds a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MA from Mills College; his primary teachers Joel Feigin, Clarence Barlow, Pauline Oliveros, and Roscoe Mitchell. His music is registered with ASCAP and published by Precious Noise Music. Rolle is represented by BLACK TEA MUSIC.
LISTEN & WATCH
— Premiered Köln, Germany
Celebrating my friend and algorithmic music pioneer Clarence Barlow's 70th birthday, für Klarenz explores how the ordinary can be magnified and stretched into remote sound worlds that remain, somehow, eerily familiar.
LIST OF WORKS
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