I have always drawn heavily from the music I grew up with as a child, the Blues. I believe that, first and foremost, music should be fun for both the listener and the performer. However, as a composer I feel that it is my responsibility to challenge my audience. Although my music utilizes many different systems in the compositional process I have a well defined style that emphasizes rhythmic intensity and melodic invention.
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What to Expect
I strive to achieve a certain level of aesthetics in my music while still maintaining the traditional practices of 17th-20th century composers. I try to allow all of my musical influences to mix and combine in unique ways, culminating in what I feel to be a one of a kind experience. Currently I am leaning more towards composing for smaller groups as I feel that the modern orchestra is nearing its end and will have to be redefined in the coming years. I am very interested in using modern techniques in a tonal setting, the result of which is a modern unorthodox sound that can be haunting as well as beautiful.
Like many young children, Jeremy's introduction to music was with piano lessons at an early age. Through the encouragement of his music teachers he began composing at the youthful age of 12. Above all, Jeremy has always approached composition as the ultimate source of personal expression. As an established composer, Jeremy finds his inspiration in popular music and Latin American rhythms; however, he does not limit himself to these sounds and will often use elements from these genres as a spring board for creativity.
In 2008, Jeremy enrolled at UCF as a Jazz Studies major. Throughout two years of study with Richard Drexler at UCF, Jeremy became familiarized with jazz harmonies and the finer points of avant-garde composition. In 2010, Jeremy decided to fully pursue his composing; now studying with Christopher Marshall, he is exploring the psychological effects of music on the audience as well as receiving a firm grounding in the technical aspects of composing.
In 2010, his piece Piano Prelude #1 received second place in the UCF Annual Unifying Theme Music Composition Competition, the following year his piece The Garden received first place in the same competition. After being a finalist two years in a row in the UCF Annual Wind Ensemble Composition Competition, Jeremy's piece And then there was Silence won the competition in 2011. His Dance Suite #1 was also a finalist in the competition.
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