Known for its inventive yet approachable sounds, the works of composer David Wolff range from the experimental to the familiar and are drawn from the classical, jazz, ethnic, and rock traditions. His pieces have been hailed as “exciting” by WCCO, and Minnesota Public Radio’s State of the Arts has said his music “evokes a kind of synesthesia.”
His compositions have been presented and performed internationally by a wide range of ensembles and organizations, including the American Composers Forum, the American Guild of Organists, Cantus, the UT New Music Ensemble, VocalEssence, Walker Art Center, and Zeitgeist. His work has received grants and awards from the American Composers Forum, the American Music Center, ASCAP, the Jerome Foundation, the Mardag Foundation, Meet the Composer, and the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation. The work he has submitted for Project 440, mutagenesis, is scheduled to be published this August in the 2010 Anthology of Contemporary Concert Music. His varied catalogue includes works for orchestra, choir, and concert band, a dozen chamber and keyboard works, and an opera. His principal composition teachers have been Dominick Argento, Judith Lang Zaimont, and David Vayo.
Wolff’s music is published exclusively by Deer Grove Press, which he founded to publish his work and to provide music copying services for a variety of organizations. His client list includes the American Bach Society, Hal Leonard, the Minnesota Music Educators Association, Minnesota Public Radio, the Schubert Club, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has worked closely with individual composers across the country, including Michael Daugherty, Brent Michael Davids, Adophus Hailstork, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, Robert Xavier Rodriguez, Alvin Singleton, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, Reza Vali, and Chen Yi. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Music Copy Editor and engraver for most pieces in the BandQuest series published by Hal Leonard.
David currently lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, the geneticist Jennifer Ross Wolff, their two young children, and a large collection of American comic books.
David Wolff appears in the following:
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Meant to evoke the process by which changes in an organism’s genetic information are induced experimentally or by environmental stresses, mutagenesis is a dance based on an ever-changing cell structure. The work is, at its core, really just a fun way of changing one woodblock into three woodblocks. Also, it’s kind of kicky.