Ralph Lewis (b. 1986) is a composer whose work seeks meeting points between sonorous music and arresting noise, alternative tunings and timbre, and the roles of performer and audience. Recent performances of his work include the premiere broadcast of “Penelope’s Endless Book of Magic,” a radio serial opera for all ages during an artist residency at WGXC’s Wave Farm, Radiophrenia Glasgow’s broadcast of “Drive to the Edge,” the Chicago premieres of “Ruckus from the Quiet Zone” and “I Was On the Side of the Highway” at Slate Arts Gallery, and the premiere of “social pressures on the moon” during the 2016 Fresh Inc Festival.
In addition to composing, Lewis pursues opportunities to share the joy of contemporary music in inclusive community spaces with All Score Urbana, a Kickstarter-funded monthly community composition workshop held at Urbana Free Library, and Radio Monster Party, an electroacoustic music education radio program for children this summer at WGXC.
Lewis is currently studying with Erin Gee as a doctoral student in Music Composition at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, previously studying Music Composition (M.A.) and Electronic Music (M.F.A.) at Mills College, Music Composition (B.M.) at Oberlin Conservatory, and Classical Civilization (B.A.) at Oberlin College.
Previous honors include commissions from WGXC 90.7-FM, the Rogue Trio, the Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival, Xenharmonic Praxis Summer Camp, Willie Winant for the Mills College Percussion Ensemble, and WOBC 91.5-FM, and has had artist residencies at the Banff Art Center and WGXC’s Wave Farm. He has participated in Master Classes with composers including Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang, as well as readings with the Eclipse Quartet.