jeremy wexler || composer || drummer || educator

August 2015. Santa Cruz, CA.

I began studying music when I was six years old. I took drum lessons at a local music store in my hometown, and got my first drumset shortly after. Around age eight, I started creating my own drum beats, notating them on staff paper, and practicing them behind the kit. I like to consider this my first venture into the world of composition. After that, I spent my teenage years playing in rock bands and school ensembles, dabbling with electronic music production, and teaching percussion.

Lately I've been reflecting on my experience as a drummer and how it influences my decision-making as a composer. I can draw a connection between drumset performance and my obsession with physical gestures, textures, timbres, microtones, and kinetic musical energy. My compositions explore these elements regardless of extra-musical concepts.

    University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D in composition expected 2020.
  • M.A. in composition, 2017.
  • Composition studies with Ken Ueno, Franck Bedrossian, Myra Melford, Cindy Cox, Edmund Campion. Additional lessons with Kaija Saariaho.

    SUNY Purchase College
  • M.M. in composition, 2015.
  • B.M. in composition, 2013.
  • Composition studies with Huang Ruo, Du Yun, Suzanne Farrin.
  • Conducting studies with Ransom Wilson.

    West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Attended 2009-2011.
  • Composition studies with Jordan Nelson, Larry Nelson.
  • Percussion studies with David Nelson, Ralph Sorrentino.

  • June 2016: Nief-Norf Summer Festival
  • July 2013: Wintergreen Summer Music Academy
  • June 2012: UMKC Summer Composition Workshop

    Current obsessions: Boards of Canada, spectralism, kinesis, Elliott Smith, Ableton Live, attempting songwriting, weird poetry, Aphex Twin, brutalism, Spomeniks

    List of Works
  • Agitato ed etereo for bassoon, tenor saxophone, percussion, and piano. 8'. (2016)
  • Hidden in Grains for haegeum and electronics for Sooyeon Lyuh. 6'. (2016)
  • Gyre for two violins. 6’. (2015)
  • Skewness for solo bass clarinet. 5’. (2015)
  • On a Mountain for ‘cello and soprano. 9’. (2015)
  • Semblance for viola, ‘cello, contrabass. 12’. (2015)
  • Homage to James Tenney for violin, viola, ‘cello, contrabass in microtonal scordatura. 9’. (2014)
  • Löschen for string quartet and piano. 12’. (2014)
  • Saxophone Quartet for soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones. 9’. (2014)
  • Soprano and Ensemble for soprano/mezzo-soprano, flute/alto flute, oboe, Bb clarinet/bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano, violin, ‘cello, contrabass. 15’. (2013)
  • String Quartet No. 1. 13’. (2013)
  • Hyloza for piccolo/alto flute and two contrabasses. 10’. (2013)
  • Three Locations for two trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba. 15’. (2013)
  • Always hear the planes for oboe, guitar, violin, and ‘cello. 9’. (2012)
  • She Kicks a Star for countertenor, electric guitar, bass guitar, two percussionists, and piano. 8’. (2012)