I am a composer and musician living in Newark NJ and working in Orange NJ as a teacher, learner, and community organizer. 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.
The primary interest at the center of all of my work is developing practices that invite us to explore our myriad processes of listening and embody a collective investigation of place, community, and personhood. I’m fortunate to be able to pursue this through numerous collaborative group and duo projects: currently I program concerts and perform with ‘love collective’ - a group of composer-performers based in Brooklyn NY- and I make slow music for trumpet and bass with Jeff Weston. Other continuing and past collaborators include Christian Smith, Jessie Downs, Ryan Packard, and Porter James.
In Orange NJ I work on a number of projects at the intersection of music, education, urbanism, and community organizing. I am the co-director (alongside composer/flutist Margaux Simmons and hip-hop artist/producer Ray Sykes) 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 director of 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 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