Ralph Lewis is a composer whose works seek meeting points between sonorous music and arresting noise, alternative tunings and timbre, and the roles of performer and audience. His music has been presented at SEAMUS, Boston Microtonal Society, College Music Society, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Soundscapes Symposium 2016, Etchings Festival, Xenharmonic Praxis Summer Camp, New Music on the Point, Fresh Inc Festival, College Music Society, CHIME Festival, selected for the SCI National Student Conference, Electronic Music Midwest, and Ball State University’s Xenharmonic Showcase, and the Festival for People and Thingamajigs, and broadcast from Radiophrenia Glasgow, WGXC 90.7-FM, WEFT 90.1-FM, CKUT 90.3-FM as part of XX Files’ Nuit Blanche marathon, and WOBC 91.5-FM.
Previous honors include artist residences at Wave Farm and Banff Centre for the Arts, and receiving University of Illinois’s 2017 Theodore Presser Graduate Music Award, a part of which he is using to expand his Urbana-based inclusive music composition program into a statewide outreach program All Score Illinois with Elara String Quartet, which has begun premiering works by the state’s young and emerging composers.
Past collaborations include performances with Spektral Quartet, Colin Gee and ECCE Ensemble, Amaranth Quartet, Annie Lyle Mason, Elara String Quartet, Jacob A. Barton, and the Moving Architects dance company.
Lewis is currently attending University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a doctoral student where he has studied with Erin Gee, Scott A. Wyatt, and Erik Lund. He previously received an M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media and an M.A. in Music Composition at Mills College, where he studied with John Bischoff, Roscoe Mitchell, and Wendy Reid, a B.M. in Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory and a B.A. in Classical Civilization from Oberlin College.