COMPOSER/MUSICIAN


About

A proud native of Louisville, KY, Jeremy Podgursky’s music has been featured in venues and festivals in the United States, Europe and Japan. His compositions have been performed, premiered, and read by groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University New Music Ensemble, Contemporaneous, Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, Holographic, Peabody Modern Orchestra, and NewEar New Music Ensemble. Jeremy has received awards and honors from the Copland House, the American Academy Of Arts And Letters, Indiana University JSoM Dean’s Prize, Fromm Music Foundation, Finale/American Composers Forum/Eighth Blackbird, Mizzou New Music Festival, American Composers Orchestra/Earshot, Northridge Prize For Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute, and National SCI/ASCAP Commissioning Competition.

Jeremy received his B.M. and M.M. in music composition and piano from the University of Louisville where he studied composition privately with Steve Rouse, Marc Satterwhite, and John Gibson and piano with Brenda Kee. He taught music theory/aural skills and private composition lessons at the University of Louisville, and created and taught multiple after-school composition programs in Louisville-area public high schools. Currently located in Bloomington, IN, Jeremy is a doctoral candidate (D.M.) at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University where he received a Jacobs Doctoral Fellowship, studying with Sven-David Sandström, Claude Baker, Don Freund, David Dzubay, John Gibson, Jeffrey Hass, Alicyn Warren, and Marianne Kielian-Gilbert. As an Associate Instructor, his teaching duties included Instrumentation, Counterpoint, Notation/Calligraphy, and private composition lessons.

Along with composer Ryan Chase and conductor Ben Bolter, Jeremy is the co-founder of a new music project in Bloomington, IN called HOLOGRAPHIC. The project draws from a pool of the JSoM’s finest performers, with concerts held in alternative venues. Jeremy was the founder/singer/songwriter/guitarist of the psychedelic/indie rock band THE PENNIES. Having shared the stages with the likes of My Morning Jacket, Mike Watt, The Grifters, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, and the Apples in Stereo, THE PENNIES entertained audiences all over the U.S. and Europe. Music by THE PENNIES has been featured in episodes of the show SHAMELESS, starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, on the SHOWTIME network.

For his official, no-frills, party-stopping, strictly business-like resumé, click here.

News

 

06/07/14 Under Construction!

If you have visited my website lately, I apologize for the dust! I deleted it (by accident) and am rebuilding with a shiny new theme. Hopefully it will be fully functional soon. If you have any suggestions, drop me a line.

Currently studying for oral exams and brainstorming my dissertation. The new rule for me is to live not as a closed fist but as an opening and closing hand – that goes for writing music, too. So by the end of the year I will have completed my dissertation for the IU New Music Ensemble. It will be a sequel to MINDJOB, the piece I composed for Alarm Will Sound in 2010. If all goes well, it will be premiered Spring ’15.

Will hopefully have video from my April recital for you to watch. The amazing Russell Shaeffer created some gorgeous visuals for the live show, and they will be edited with the still video and audio for your pleasure. In the meantime, I have posted the audio for TRANCE MECHANICS on the LISTEN page. DO IT!

05/23/14 Academy Awards!

I cannot express in words how honored I was to receive an award at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. I developed a lump in my throat and got a little teary walking through the gallery and see the portraits of all of the previous inductees. And getting to meet such amazing composers/people was a treat, too. Although I rarely get starstruck, meeting Haruki Murakami was a little unnerving. I have been such a fan of his writing for many years, and to discuss how he thinks of his prose as music was such a treat. Still processing the whole event…floored!

 

03/04/14 Great News!

I’m quite humbled, honored, proud, and such to have received an Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (announcement is here)! Thanks so much to the folks who nominated and voted for me, and thanks for my local support for pushing me harder all of the time. And I’m quite happy to bring one home for IU/JSoM composers; there are many talented folks here in the fly-over zone!
Working hard to get my DM recital together. Writing new music, recruiting performers, and feeling blissed-out in the process. The date of my recital is Sunday April 13th at 4:00pm in Auer Recital Hall. Come one, come all!
12/18/13 TRANCE MECHANICS!!!

I had a blast writing my piece, TRANCE MECHANICS,  for the 2011 Fromm Foundation Commission. It will be premiered by the incredible Lost Dog New Music Ensemble on Saturday February 22nd at the Tenri Cultural Institute, NYC. For those of you in the area, bring yourself, your friends, family, and anyone else with ears. The program looks quite exciting, if I don’t say so myself. But I am also completely floored to have a one-of-a-kind, mind-blowing, 100% original illustration for the score done by the inimitable Patrick Jilbert. For those of you who aren’t hip to this fella’s art, get with it now. I have been a fan of what he has been doing for several years now, and I couldn’t be more giddy about the fact that he did a drawing just for me (see above). Go visit his site right now and buy his stuff!

Performances

Recent/Upcoming

2015

• MINDJOB Version 2

2/05, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern School of Music, Evanston, IL

Northwestern New Music Ensemble, Ben Bolter – conductor

 

2014

• TRANCE MECHANICS

TBD, November 2014, Merit School of Music, Chicago, IL

HOLOGRAPHIC, Ben Bolter – conductor

 

• TRANCE MECHANICS

TBD, November 2014, Bloomington, IN

HOLOGRAPHIC, Ben Bolter – conductor

 

• THE OPEN CIRCUIT

8/16, Los Angeles, CA

Jason Chen – piano

 

• REMEMBERER (PREMIERE) for two pianos

4/13, Auer Recital Hall, JSoM, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Ryan Chase and Jeremy Podgursky – piano

 

• DORMIVEGLIA (PREMIERE) for rock band

4/13, Auer Recital Hall, JSoM, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Square Peg Round Hole – percussion, Ryan Chase – synth Jeremy Podgursky – electric guitar

• AS A SPELL, AGAINST FALLING OBJECTS (OR HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE GRAVITY)

4/13, Auer Recital Hall, JSoM, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

JSoM performers, Jeremy Podgursky – conductor

 

• THE OPEN CIRCUIT

4/13, Auer Recital Hall, JSoM, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Jason Chen – piano

 

• TRANCE MECHANICS

4/13, Auer Recital Hall, JSoM, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

HOLOGRAPHIC, Jeremy Podgursky – conductor

 

• AS A SPELL, AGAINST FALLING OBJECTS (OR HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE GRAVITY)

3/12, 7:30 pm, East Hall, Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD

PEABODY MODERN ORCHESTRA, Harlan Parker – conductor

 

• TRANCE MECHANICS (PREMIERE)

2/22, 8 pm, Tenri Cultural Center, New York, NY

LOST DOG NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE, Garth Edwin Sunderland – conductor

Music

Selected Work List

ORCHESTRAL/LARGE ENSEMBLE

• FLUX GUSTO for orchestra (2013) 6:00

• AS A SPELL, AGAINST FALLING OBJECTS (OR HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE GRAVITY) for sinfonietta (2013) 17:00

• MINDJOB (VERSION 2) for sinfonietta (2011) 13:30

• MINDJOB for sinfonietta (2010) 11:00

• OUR BLISS, IT COMES IN WAVES for orchestra (2007) 9:30

• FANFARE IN BIRDHEAD EXTRAVAGANZA for orchestra (2006) 2:00

• O DANCE! O LIGHT! ONAMI! for clarinet and large ensemble (2005/7) 14:00

SOLO AND CHAMBER MUSIC

• REMEMBERER for two pianos (2014) 9:00

• DORMIVEGLIA for rock band (2014) 5:00

• TRANCE MECHANICS for flute (dbl. piccolo, alto), clarinet (dbl. bass clarinet), violin, cello, piano, and percussion (2014) 15:00

• CAT OF CATS for mezzo-soprano, violin, and bass clarinet (2011) c. 3:45

• OUROBOROS for flute (dbl. piccolo), clarinet (dbl. bass cl.), violin, cello and piano (2011) c. 14:30

• MINDJOB (THE MUSICAL) for flute (dbl. piccolo), clarinet (dbl. bass cl.), violin, cello and piano (2010) c. 5:00

• THE OPEN CIRCUIT for piano solo (2010) 4:00

• COMET TAILS (WHICH WAY?) for cello and vibraphone (2009) 8:45

• RESIDUES (AND DON’TS) for cello and Max/MSP (2009) 15:00

• RANDOM LOVE GENERATOR for alto sax and Max/MSP (2007-8) 5:45

• NONSENSE OR SORCERY?#%*! for piano trio (2006/2008) 10:30

 

RECORDED/TAPE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC

• MODERNITY CHIC for electric guitar, Max/MSP, and beats (2012) c. 2:00

• PRETTIEST GIRL OF ALL TIME (Ballad for Joelle Van Dyne)* for electric guitar and Max/MSP (2012) c. 7:00

• ZERO GRAVITY TEA CEREMONY* for electric guitar and Max/MSP (2010) 5:45

• DON GATELY’S CONVALESCENT HAZE* for electric guitar and Max/MSP (2010) 7:00

• MADAME PSYCHOSIS* for electric guitar and Max/MSP (2010) 7:50

• MILLENNIAL FIZZY* for electric guitar and Pro Tools (2008) 2:15

• MAP ELIMINATOR* for electric guitar and Pro Tools (2008) 2:15

• LOOKOUT BELLOWS! for accordion and Pro Tools (2006) 7:00

* from the still (and maybe always) in progress collection BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS GUITARS

 

OTHER PROJECTS/RECORDINGS

• SUBTLE BODIES – fifteen track CD of ambient chamber music for strings, percussion, piano and electronics, commissioned by Louisville School of Massage (2003-2004) 60:00

• THE PENNIES – 10,000 Things ten song CD for vocals, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, bass guitar, piano, synthesizer, accordion, alto and tenor sax, clarinet, French horn, electronics, percussion, drums, strings (2000-2002) 48:00

• THE PENNIES – Come, We Go nine song CD for vocals, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, bass guitar, Hammond, Wurlitzer, synthesizer, electronics, percussion, and drums (1998-99) 33:00

• THE PENNIES – Decorate the Atomic Art four song CD for vocals, electric guitars, bass guitar, Hammond, Wurlitzer, Peking Opera gongs, synthesizer, electronics, percussion, and drums (1998) 25:00

Listen

  • All works © 2002-2014 Jeremy Podgursky, All Rights Reserved
  • Published by Turbo Tekkamaki Press (ASCAP)
  • TO PURCHASE/RENT PARTS FOR PERFORMANCE, PLEASE CONTACT THE COMPOSER: jeremy@jeremypodgursky.com

TRACK INFO BELOW

CHAMBER MUSIC

TRANCE MECHANICS (2014) – for fl. (dbl. alto), clarinet (dbl. bass), violin, cello, percussion, and piano – TRANCE MECHANICS SCORE

  1. This Gear is Stuck
  2. Take the J-Train
  3. The Loosest Slots in Town (Part 1)
  4. Bird Factory Exposé
  5. Stuck in a Conversation (Argument-Style)
  6. J-Train 2 (Premonition of a Future Déjà Vu)
  7. The Loosest Slots in Town (Jackpot Edition)
  8. J-Train 3 (Lucid Dream Version)
  9. Finally Unstuck

Live performance by HOLOGRAPHIC, DM Recital, recorded live on 04/13/14 at Auer Recital Hall, Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, IN
Heath White – Flute, Erik Franklin – Clarinet, Lydia Umlauf – Violin, Max Frank – Cello, Evan Monroe Chapman – percussion, James LaVelle – piano, Jeremy Podgursky – conductor

AS A SPELL, AGAINST FALLING OBJECTS (OR HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE GRAVITY) (2013) - for sinfonietta – AS A SPELL…SCORE
Performance by IU NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE, recorded live on 04/19/13 at Auer Recital Hall, Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, IN
Nick Hersh – conductor

MINDJOB (2010) excerpts only – for sinfonietta – EXCERPT 1 SCOREEXCERPT 2 SCORE
Performance by ALARM WILL SOUND, Mizzou New Music Festival, recorded live on 07/18/10 at the Missouri Theater, Columbia, MO
Alan Pierson – conductor

NONSENSE OR SORCERY?#%*! (2006) – for piano trio - NONSENSE SCORE
Performance by LOST DOG NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE, recorded live 12/08/08 at Good Shepherd Church, NYC
Miranda Cuckson – Violin  Emily Brausa – Cello  Laura Barger – piano

SOLO PIECES

THE OPEN CIRCUIT (2010) – for piano solo - THE OPEN CIRCUIT SCORE
Bethany Pietroniro – piano, recorded 01/12/11 in Ford Recital Hall, JSoM, Bloomington, IN

ELECTRONIC/ELECTROACOUSTIC/FIXED MEDIA

THE PRETTIEST GIRL OF ALL TIME (BALLAD FOR JOELLE VAN DYNE) (2012) – for elec. guitar, Max/MSP and ProTools
from the collection Brief Interviews With Hideous Guitars
Jeremy Podgursky – electric guitars, Max/MSP and ProTools

ZERO GRAVITY TEA CEREMONY (2010) – for elec. guitar, Max/MSP and ProTools
from the collection Brief Interviews With Hideous Guitars
Jeremy Podgursky – electric guitars, Max/MSP and ProTools

DON GATELY’S CONVALESCENT HAZE (2010) – for elec. guitar, Max/MSP and ProTools
from the collection Brief Interviews With Hideous Guitars
Jeremy Podgursky – electric guitars, Max/MSP and ProTools

RANDOM LOVE GENERATOR (2008) – for alto sax and Max/MSP
Jacob Duncan – Saxophone   Jeremy Podgursky – knobs ‘n sliders
Recorded at University of Louisville Electronic Studios by Jeremy Podgursky

RECORDED PROJECTS (see purchase page)

MOONTIDES AND LULLABIES (2002)
From the CD 10,000 Things by THE PENNIES (see “Purchase” page)
Jeremy Podgursky – music, lyrics, vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, synthesizer, electronics, assistant engineering, producer

ELECTRIC FLOWERS (2002) 
From the CD 10,000 Things by THE PENNIES (see “Purchase” page)
Jeremy Podgursky – music, lyrics, vocals, electric guitars, arrangements, assistant engineering, producer

Purchase

SCORES AND PARTS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND RENTAL UPON REQUEST. PLEASE WRITE TO JEREMY VIA THE “CONTACT” PAGE FOR INFO.

ALL MUSIC IS PUBLISHED BY TURBO TEKKAMAKI PRESS (ASCAP).

 

SUBTLE BODIES CD

SUBTLE BODIES – S/T (2003-2004)

S.A.T.S. RECORDS

fifteen track CD of ambient chamber music

Purchase at CD BABY

THE PENNIES - 10,000 Things

THE PENNIES – 10,000 Things (2000-2002)

EAR X-TACY RECORDS

ten song CD of full-blown psychedelic rock

Purchase at CD BABY

Purchase at iTunes

THE PENNIES - Come, We Go

THE PENNIES – Come, We Go (1998-1999)

EAR X-TACY RECORDS

nine song debut album/CD of damaged rock anthems

send e-mail for purchase info

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THE PENNIES – Decorate the Atomic Art (1998)

DAMN ENTERTAINMENT RECORDS

four song CD EP/mini album of pop hallucinations

send e-mail for purchase info

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    Jeremy Podgursky about 78 days ago
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    Jeremy Podgursky about 78 days ago
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    Jeremy Podgursky about 101 days ago
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    Jeremy Podgursky about 110 days ago
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    Jeremy Podgursky about 113 days ago
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    Jeremy Podgursky about 153 days ago

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