Bio

Composer Gregory W. Brown’s works have been performed across the United States and Europe — most notably in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Cadogan Hall in London, and the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. His commissions for vocal ensemble New York Polyphony have been heard on American Public Media’s Performance Today, BBC Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Kansas Public Radio, and Danish National Radio; his Missa Charles Darwin received its European debut in March 2013 at the Dinosaur Hall of Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde.

Missa Charles Darwin was recently re-issued in a special edition to coincide with the publication of his brother’s new novel — Origin — in which it makes an appearance.

Brown’s 2015 CD of original choral and vocal works — Moonstrung Air — was Q2’s Album of the Week for Feb 16th, noting that “[Brown’s] command of transcendent sound is constant…the pieces ring like higher-power-bells, those of science, faith and the human voice.”

Brown’s latest major work — un/bodying/s — was premiered by Philadelphia choir The Crossing in June 2017. This 35-minute cantata for 24 voices uses new texts by poet Todd Hearon and focuses on issues of displacement and ecology around the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir. Other current and recent commissions include works for the Seattle Bach Choir, Ensemble Nobiles (Leipzig), Boston Choral Ensemble, soprano Mary Hubbell (USA), contralto Kristine Gether (Denmark), countertenor Geoffrey Silver (UK), and others.

Discography

UPCOMING RELEASES FOR FALL 2017

Missa Charles Darwin (special edition re-issue) / missacharlesdarwin.com

un/bodying/s / recorded by The Crossing

We’ll to the Woods No More / recorded by countertenor Geoffrey Silver, scheduled for release on Acis

Love (&) Doubt / on San Diego Pro Arte Voices Disarm Hate project


Moonstrung Air / CD of choral and vocal works (2015)

Sweet & Twenty / recorded by Boston pianist Thomas Stumpf as part of his two-disc Reflections on Time and Mortality on Albany Records

Emergence / Nine Bagatelles for Guitar Trio from Athens Guitar Trio

Fine Music, Vol. 5 / includes the first movement from Missa Charles Darwin (Navona)

Christmas with The Manhattan Choral Ensemble / includes Vo girand per gli osterie and Entrai, pastores, entrai (MCE)

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