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, Square Peg Round Hole, Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, Holographic, Peabody Modern Orchestra, and NewEar New Music Ensemble. Some of his awards and honors come from the American Academy Of Arts And Letters, Copland House Residency Award, 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. 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.

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

 

11/19/15 ALARM WILL SOUND made me proud

Here is a recording of ALARM WILL SOUND performing MINDJOB (Version 2), a piece I originally composed for them, live at Merkin Hall on October 22nd. The performance was part of the ACO SONIC FEST and this recording proves why AWS is the absolute best at what they do. Thanks for making me a proud music dad:

 

10/01/15 It’s Been a While

Lots of great things have happened this year. Although there are three months to burn before ‘016 comes in covered in afterbirth, I will give you an early year-end summary. I was cranking out notes on my dissertation in Bloomington up until the beginning of March. That’s when I packed my stuffs and headed way up the road to Cortlandt Manor, NY to do a Copland House Residency. It was a life-changing experience, needless to type. Just when I thought that I was over the fact that I was living in Copland’s house, his ghost would emerge and remind me that I was someplace special. That place is truly magical and I definitely benefited artistically from being there. My residency was six weeks long and I needed to compose five minutes of music to complete my dissertation while I was there. Let’s just say that five days before I was set to leave, I was wondering where all of the notes were. 

And then it happened. It all just poured out in this flood of the blues, syncopation, and mayhem. It was if I was just watching it happen as opposed to doing it. So what exactly was I doing for the previous five weeks? I was improvising and dancing. That’s where the music came from. Instead of the act of composing being the conduit for the notes on a page, it was playing that was the conduit for composing. Because of that, the end result was much different than anything else that I had ever composed. There is a vitality to the finished product that I feel was lacking in some of my other music. It felt conjured instead of composed. Needless to say, I was quite happy with the end result. 

Here are some other things I experienced whilst there (off the cuff, of course): Black Cow Coffee errrry day, Hummingbird Jamaican restaurant, Torst and Brooklyn Brewery with my cousin Barbara Podgurski (the first time we ever met), a Seder at Rachel Seed’s, Korean Salmon cake experiments, Seinfeld re-runs, hanging out with NY deer, ShopRite sickness, Hudson River Hypnosis, the beginning of the thaw, Acme Whitefish Spread, getting glasses and Dosas in Soho with Carrie Turner, David Skosh Arend came for a brief visit, and some really good sleep. 

Last week, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble finally premiered my dissertation, GONNA GET YOUR SOUL START DANCING. They made me so proud. David Dzubay is an awesome conductor with very keen insights on how to make things work. I usually am somewhat of a wreck leading up to a premiere, and this time was no different. It’s usually so bad that I don’t even enjoy the performance! But it was a mere 20 seconds in before I relaxed and let go (surrender is everything), and the end result was fantastic. I actually enjoyed hearing my music premiered! That’s how much they captured the spirit of my piece. What a relief.

What’s next? I will be teaming up with local photographer and genius Peter Hamlin to write a piano trio based on his photography. We are going to be exploring the visual and aural nature of local waterways through our own perspectives. The piece is slated for premiere in May 2016 at the Queens New Music Festival. Before that happens, MINDJOB (Version 2) will be performed by ALARM WILL SOUND in St. Louis and NYC (Sonic Festival), LEFT COAST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE will be playing NONSENSE OR SORCERY?!*#% in March 2016 (Mill Valley, San Francisco, and Berkeley, CA), and INSCAPE will be playing MINDJOB (Version 2) in the DC area in May 2016. 

Hard work + luck


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

2016

• MINDJOB Version 2 (DC area premiere)

5/16, 5:00 pm, The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda, MD info

INSCAPE, Richard Scerbo – conductor

 

• NONSENSE OR SORCERY?#%*!

3/24, 5:15 pm, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, CA info

LEFT COAST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

 

• NONSENSE OR SORCERY?#%*!

3/21, 8 pm, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA info

LEFT COAST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

 

• NONSENSE OR SORCERY?#%*!

3/20, 7 pm, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, CA info

LEFT COAST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

 

2015

• MINDJOB Version 2 (NYC PREMIERE)

10/22, 8 pm, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, New York, NY as part of ACO SONIC Festival

ALARM WILL SOUND, Alan Pierson – conductor

 

• MINDJOB Version 2 (St. Louis PREMIERE)

10/20, 8 pm, Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, MO info

ALARM WILL SOUND, Alan Pierson – conductor

 

• GONNA GET YOUR SOUL START DANCING (WORLD PREMIERE)

9/24, 8 pm, Auer Recital Hall, JSoM, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN info

Indiana University New Music Ensemble, David Dzubay – conductor

 

• 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

• GONNA GET YOUR SOUL START DANCING (2015) for sinfonietta 15:00

• 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

• LAKE MONROE-ON-HUDSON for violin, cello, and piano (in progress) c. 15:00

• 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 violin, cello, and piano (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 © 2002-2015 Jeremy Podgursky, All Rights Reserved
  • Published by Turbo Tekkamaki Press (ASCAP)
  • TO PURCHASE/RENT PARTS FOR PERFORMANCE, PLEASE CONTACT THE COMPOSER: jeremy@jeremypodgursky.com

TRANCE MECHANICS (2014) for flute (dbl. piccolo), clarinet (dbl. bass clarinet), violin, cello, piano, and percussion

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 recording DM Recital 04/13/14

Heath White – flute/alto flute, Erik Franklin – clarinet/bass clarinet, Lydia Umlauf – violin, Max Frank – cello, James LaVelle – piano, Evan Monroe Chapman – percussion, Jeremy Podgursky – conductor

 

AS A SPELL, AGAINST FALLING OBJECTS (OR HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE GRAVITY) (2013) – for sinfonietta (revised version)

Live recording DM Recital 04/13/14

Student performers at Indiana University – Jacobs School of Music, Jeremy Podgursky – conductor

MINDJOB (VERSION 1) (2010) – for sinfonietta (excerpts only)

Live (premiere) recording 07/11/10

ALARM WILL SOUND, Alan Pierson – conductor

THE OPEN CIRCUIT (2010) – for piano solo

Live recording DM Recital 04/13/14

Jason Chen – piano

PRETTIEST GIRL OF ALL TIME (BALLAD FOR JOELLE VAN DYNE) (2013) – for acoustic guitar (fixed media)

from the collection Brief Interviews with Hideous Guitars

Jeremy Podgursky – acoustic guitar, Max/MSP, and ProTools

RANDOM LOVE GENERATOR (2007) – for alto sax and Max/MSP

Recorded at University of Louisville Electronic Studios

Jacob Duncan – saxophone, Jeremy Podgursky – electronics

MOONTIDES AND LULLABIES (2002) – The Pennies

Jeremy Podgursky – vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, synthesizer, assistant engineer, and producer

Press

 

Louisville Courier-Journal by Elizabeth Kramer 3/04/14

 

I Care if You Listen by Sam Reising 2/15/13

 

Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia, MO by Aarik Danielsen 7/5/10

 

 

 

No Extra Notes PODCAST by Richard Zarou 10/25/09 

 

New York Times by Steve Smith 12/02/08

Commission Me!

As a working composer, it is imperative to find funding for my pieces. Many people are unaware that they can commission individual artists and receive tax benefits for their generosity. After completing a residency at the Copland House, I have established a relationship with the organization where they can act as my fiscal sponsor. This means that they can accept commissions on my behalf, and because they are a registered non-profit, provide all of the necessary receipts for the patron to file with their taxes as a charitable donation.

If you or someone you know is interested in commissioning an artist, I would be thrilled to discuss future projects that can even cater personally to the patron and their budget. Thanks for your consideration, and please contact me via the form at the bottom of the page with any inquiries.

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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