Chaz Underriner

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Moving

Moving is an abstract translation of long travels through the southern US, in which ensemble Modelo62 and guitarist Nico Couck are surrounded by 10 speakers (2 per musician) and 5 screens. With optical illusions, field recordings and slow ambient music, they take you on an overwhelming trip.” From Gaudeamus.

Supported by Gaudeamus, Orgelpark Amsterdam, the Netherlands America Foundation, and the Stetson University Faculty Summer Grant program.

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Spring 2024 Presentation Proposal

I will be in Vienna for 2+ months for a Fulbright award to be an Artist-in-Residence at Q21 – MuseumsQuartier in the spring of 2024. My main project during the residency is a composition for sound art space TONSPUR and Andother Stage Ensemble and a guest lecture for the Media Composition class of the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. I am also available for additional presentations and concerts in Europe during that time period. Please reach out if you are interested in hosting me at your institution/venue and share with those who may be interested.

Concert Possibilities

  • Solo guitar with electronics and video
  • Guitar duo with electronics and video with Nico Couck
  • Concert of chamber music with local performers

Possible Presentation Topics

Previous Talks

  • 2023 DIXIT Interview, Ensemble Modelo62
  • 2022 Music/Poetry collaboration with Chaz Underriner and Avni Vyas, Burrow Press
  • 2021 Interview in Reimagining Accessibility and Inclusivity in Virtual Events, I Care if You Listen by Michele Cheng
  • 2020 Artist talk, Tenth International Young Composers Academy, Tchaikovsky City, Russia
  • 2019 Artist talk, “Composing for video,” University of Texas, Austin
  • 2019 Artist talk, “Murakami and my work,” Texas State University, San Marcos
  • 2018 Ex Mus Ensemble: Working Methods, Composer’s Colloquium, University of North Texas
  • 2018 Young Music Pioneer Chaz Underriner on the process of composing: Nocturne Series 8, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Holland
  • 2017 Artist Talk, Composition Seminar, Tamagawa University, Tokyo
  • 2016 Current State of my Music, Los Angeles Philharmonic National Composers’ Intensive
  • 2015 Making Landscape: Graz, Impuls Academy, Composition Beyond Music course, Austria
  • 2015 The nocturne series, Charlotte New Music Festival, North Carolina
  • 2013 Current State of My Music, Ostrava Composer’s Institute, Czech Republic
  • 2012 Sumi-e and field recordings in musical practice, The Global Composition Conference, Dieburg, Germany

Current CV

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Underriner Quintet Live at Timucua Arts Foundation

A concert of original compositions by Chaz Underriner performed by a quintet of musicians based throughout Florida. The quintet performs structured improvisations inspired by jazz, funk, blues, and folk styles. Recorded on August 13th, 2023 at the Timucua Arts Foundation in Orlando, Florida as a part of their International Guitar Festival.

Chaz Underriner, guitar / Dan Walters, bass / Carlos Martinez, keys / Garrett Wingfield, saxophone / David Weatherspoon, drums

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Chaz Underriner Quintet Tour!

The band’s first tour! For links and details, head over to https://underrinerband.com/events/.

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Awarded Tenure

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Digital Arts at Stetson University.

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Session No. 1

Session no. 1 is the first EP by the Chaz Underriner Quintet, a group founded in 2022 as vehicle for Chaz’s new compositions inspired by jazz, funk, blues, and folk music. The EP consists of 4 tracks, each of which are original jazz compositions for the quintet.
Personnel:
Chaz Underriner, composition and guitar
Garrett Wingfield, saxophones
Carlos Martinez, keyboard
Dan Walters, bass
Colby Savary, drums
Recorded in Tinsley Hall, Stetson University July 9th, 2022
Destin Beaumont, audio engineer
Jodi-Ann Taylor and Connor Bradt, video and audio engineering
Chaz Underriner, mixing engineer and video editor

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Little God

A video collaboration with poet Avni Vyas commissioned by the Stetson MFA of the Americas and Burrow Press based on her book Little God.

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Meditations review in The Wire

I’m thrilled that Meditations has been reviewed in The Wire magazine by writer Julian Cowley in issue 457 (March 2022)! Here is a link to the issue and here is the text of the review.

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Meditations

For 4 vocalists, piano, cello, percussion, and electronics. Composed during residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the NYU Music Technology studios in the summer of 2021. Recorded for and released on Edition Wandelweiser Records.

Reviewed in The Wire magazine, the Squid’s Ear online magazine.

Radio play on ConcertZender.nl (Netherlands), the RTQE show on WORT (Madison), the Double Bummer show on XRAY.FM (Portland), dublab (LA) Night After Night and more.

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Miniature for string trio

Commissioned by the Amorsima Trio for their “20 New Miniatures in Reaction to Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary” program.

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