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Galen Brown

Member since 2023

New York City based composer GALEN H. BROWN grew up in the woods of upstate New York and New Hampshire. His music is best classified as “post-minimalist,” drawing inspiration from composers such as Steve Reich, David Lang, and Michael Gordon, but also occasionally from popular and rock traditions. He has a particular interest in composing for mid-sized chamber ensembles, in combining electronics and digital processing with traditional instruments, and in using production techniques traditionally associated with rock music.

He studied with David Rakowski at Brandeis University, Jon Appleton and Kui Dong at Dartmouth College, and Lee Hyla at New England Conservatory. His piece “Waiting in the Tall Grass” was recorded by Relâche for their 2014 album “Comix Trips,” and his piece “God is a Killer” was recorded by Serbian pianist Nada Kolundzija for her 2015 CD set “Breathing In Breathing Out: A Little Anthology of Piano Music.”

Galen is also a former Senior Editor at

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