I am a composer and musician living in Newark NJ and working in Orange NJ on a number of projects at the intersection of music, education, urbanism, and place-based organizing. I grew up living in and around Nottinghamshire (UK), Cork (Ireland), and Singapore, before moving to the United States of America in 2004. Since then I’ve moved from New Jersey to Ohio, Western New York state, and back to New Jersey again.
My work as a musician, teacher, and organizer is concerned with developing practices that invite us to explore our myriad processes of listening and embody a collective investigation of place, community, and personhood. This happens through collaborative, creative work with several groups and projects across disciplines including experimental music, youth education, and the application of sound and listening practices to community organizing and horizontal development.
In Orange NJ I am the co-director of Music City, a project with the University of Orange, a free people's urbanism school that focuses on education for equity. Music City works to connect and support music-making communities in Orange NJ, focusing on asset-based community development and popular education. I’m also co-founder, director, and teaching artist with Sonic Explorations, a daily, free after-school music program at Oakwood Avenue Community School where students and teaching artists make music together in the context of string instrument classes, drumming classes, and sound/listening classes.
I am a founding member of LCollective, a Brooklyn-based experimental music collective, alongside Teodora Stepančić, Matt Lau, Jesse Greenberg, and Assaf Gidron. LCollective organizes events in New York, New Jersey and beyond. Recent projects include regular participation in the Piano+ concert series in Brooklyn, performances at DogStar Orchestra 15 in Los Angeles and Klangraum Festival 2019 in Düsseldorf, a retrospective of experimental music and film by LA-based artist Madison Brookshire in New York, and concerts and recordings with Germaine Sijstermans and Gabriela Areal in the Netherlands.
Jeff Weston and I make slow music for trumpet and bass. In August 2018 we toured briefly through Kentucky and Tennessee.
Ryan Packard and I are slowly eroding a rock and a cassette together, simultaneously to the minute, over many years.
Evelyn Emile and I walk a lot and figure out how to talk about the things we care about. We curated and organized a three-day screening of Madison Brookshire’s work in NYC during April 2019.
Christian Smith and I perpetuate a small handful of pieces that start out as single strands of material and simple ideas and grow into thicker, layered multimedia works.
Margaux Simmons and I sing, play, and work together almost daily in Orange, NJ.
Porter James and I maintain some sort of investigation across many years and many places - currently New Jersey and the Philippines.
I regularly attend Creating Music Together Retreats, organized through Music For Contemplation by Craig Shepard, Dev Ray, and Tony Gabelle.
I have studied music composition privately with Craig Shepard and at Oberlin Conservatory with Josh Levine and Ashley Fure. I’ve been fortunate to receive formative mentorship, both formally and informally, in composition, musicianship, teaching, organizing and listening from Reiko Füting, Christopher Fox, Tim Feeney, Vic Rawlings, Lisa DeLorenzo, Mindy Fullilove, Margaux Simmons, and countless others.
Contact: dougfarrand (at) gmail (dot) com