WAYWARD PLACES, FOUND SOUNDS
Bryan Curt Kostors is a composer of diverse and evocative music for orchestra, chamber groups, electronics, multimedia, dance, film, choir, and soloists. The drastic and contrasting landscapes of the American West – desert, basin and range, high mountain peaks, ocean coast – play a prominent role in Kostors’ music. A central element of Bryan’s work is the exploration of how place affects sound, visuals, and emotional interpretation, and how the history, landscape, or social aspects of a given geography can be used to create artwork that speaks to a wide and varied audience.
Much of Bryan’s work seeks to expand and develop compositional techniques for electronics, electroacoustic music, and multimedia. Recent works explore the combination of live visuals and music performance, as well as virtual reality filmmaking and interactive music creation. His works To Dust and Standing Dead combine live-edited film projections with large ensemble performance, while pieces such as Mojave employ live, audio-reactive visual programs. Bryan’s research and performance work with electronics address the challenges and opportunities inherent in developing and scoring music for modular synthesizer, as well as programming electroacoustic music in a variety of formats. Percussionist Brandon Bell recently premiered the piece Flood in Houston, Texas, which uses real-time weather data to dynamically affect the electronics, sound design, and score during performance.
Bryan’s music has been performed internationally by ensembles such as the Lyris Quartet, the Wuhan Philharmonic, NOW Ensemble, the Mivos Quartet, Hocket, the USC Thornton Symphony Orchestra, and the Downey Symphony Orchestra. His collaborations with choreographer Laurie Sefton have been recently performed in New York, San Fransisco, and in Los Angeles with premieres at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Nate Holden Theatre. He has written scores for award-winning short films, working collaboratively with filmmaker Danny Corey on numerous projects. Their most recent piece, the documentary Las Vegas Bender, has received awards at film festivals throughout the country.
Bryan is currently the department chair of the composition and music technology department at the University of Montana.