2018 - 2019 CHORUS SCHOOL COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE
Danny Clay is a composer and teaching artist from Ohio, currently based in San Francisco. His work is deeply rooted in curiosity, collaboration, and the sheer joy of making things. His projects often incorporate musical games, open forms, found objects, archival media, toy instruments, classrooms of elementary schoolers,graphic notation, digital errata, cross-disciplinary research, and the everything-in-between.
Recent collaborators include Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, Sarah Cahill, Third Coast Percussion, Phyllis Chen, Post:Ballet, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Thingamajigs, Areon Flutes, Mobius Trio, the Living Earth Show, Friction Quartet, Nonsemble 6, MUSA Baroque, Anne Rainwater, Elevate Ensemble, the Trinity Alps Chamber Players, Mabel Kwan, David Grollman, Karl Fousek, Greg Gorlen, Joseph Edward Yonker, Quinn Walker, Wil Bolton, Stijn Hüwels, and Nobuto Suda.
His work has been released on Parlour Tapes, Patient Sounds, Hibernate Recordings, IIKKI Editions, Unknown Tone Records, Eilean Records, Rural Colours, Phinery Recordings, Heat Death Records, Futuresequence, Tessellate Recordings,and Turmeric Magnitudes.
As a teaching artist specializing in composition with elementary schoolers, he has worked with Little Opera, the San Francisco Opera, 826 Valencia, Thingamajigs, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC), and currently curates Project Object, a net-label of experimental music by kids.
He also serves as a resident curator at the Center for New Music in San Francisco and a host of Music from Other Minds on KALW radio.
ABOUT THE CHORUS SCHOOL COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
The San Francisco Girls Chorus School Composer-in-Residence program gives our young singers a chance to learn more about the process of creating new music, and to interact with a living composer over an extended period of time. During the year-long residency, the Composer visits rehearsals, meets with Level Directors, and creates a new work expressly for the Chorus School, engaging each group at their own musical level, reaching out to musical minds spanning a broad age range. This program also encourages a talented professional composer to consider the vast artistic potential of young girls' voices, finding new and colorful ways to bring this unique instrument into the broader musical life of the San Francisco Bay Area.