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Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant’s music is chiseled in its structure and intent, fusing lyricism, dissonance, silence, technology, and humor into lean, skillfully-crafted works that enthrall listeners and performers alike. His seminal work Ecstatic Waters, for wind ensemble and electronics, has become one of the most performed works of its kind in the world, receiving over 250 performances in its first five seasons. The orchestral version was premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra to unanimousrapturous acclaim. The son of a professional trumpeter and music educator, he strongly values music education, and his creative output includes a number of works for young and developing musicians.


My music ranges from electronic experiments to works for professional symphony orchestra, from music for middle school band to virtuosic solo pieces, and combinations of all of these with live electronic media. I believe firmly in writing music not only for accomplished musicians, but also for those at the beginning of their musical lives.

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The Machine Awakes – Durham Medical [virtual] Orchestra

April 16, 2020 ConcertNewsVideo

The Durham Medical Orchestra, conducted by Verena Moesenbichler-Bryant, made a virtual orchestra recording of my work The Machine Awakes, and we’d love to share it with you! This is particularly special since many of these musicians are directly on the forefront of combating this pandemic. Verena did the extraordinary job of organizing the logistics, editing the video, and of course conducting! Hope you enjoy this! PS: Aside from the electronics track that’s a part of the piece, there’re no additional sampled instruments playing along – this is completely and ONLY the musicians you see in the video!

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