Bio

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, Soundscapes Symposium 2016, Etchings Festival, Xenharmonic Praxis Summer Camp, New Music on the Point, Fresh Inc Festival, and the Festival for People and Thingamajigs, and broadcast from Radiophrenia Glasgow, WGXC 90.7-FM, WEFT 90.1-FM, and WOBC 91.5-FM.

Recent collaborations include have included works with Colin Gee and ECCE ensemble, Amaranth Quartet, the Moving Architects dance company, and singer/songwriter Ileana Merary, Rogue Trio, and the Florence Project. Previous honors include residences at Wave Farm and Banff Centre for the Arts. In early 2018, his works will be featured at Jacksonville University’s Electroacoustic Barn Dance, College Music Society’s Great Lakes Conference, and the CHIME Festival.

Lewis recently received University of Illinois’s 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. Currently attending University of Illinois as a doctoral student where he has studied with Erin Gee, Scott A. Wyatt, and Erik Lund, Lewis 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.

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