Conrad Winslow’s buoyant, hard edged, and deeply architectural music has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the New York Youth Symphony, New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, and Juilliard Orchestra, among many others. Conrad was featured in the 2008 Underwood Readings with American Composers Orchestra. His songs have been presented by The New York Festival of Song and The Coterie. Awards and support have come from ASCAP, The Jerome Fund, New York Youth Symphony, Yale Glee Club, The Juilliard School, and New Music USA.
Current projects include directing the Wild Shore Festival for New Music in Homer, Alaska where he was raised. Recent commissions include work for the International Double Reed Society, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and a ballet score for choreographer Justin Peck. Conrad has a forthcoming recording with Gaudete Brass, entitled ‘Record for a Lost Tribe’. The Brooklyn based composer’s scenic, structurally complex style is informed by a childhood spent traveling America, exploring from Hawai’i to Alaska. Conrad holds a MM in Composition from the Juilliard School, an MM degree in film scoring from NYU, and an AB degree in Music from Rollins College.
This piece is a video and orchestra essay inspired by Baroque theorist Johann Mattheson’s Affect techniques on representing emotions in music. The first movement presents a seqence of five different moods, slices them, and pushes them increasingly closer until they smear into each other. The second movement is a single affect, directed by an unchanging melody in the marimba. The third movement suggests constant modulation and yet goes nowhere. The fourth movement brings back the moods from the top and weaves them into the succeeding material.