News for December 14th, 2016:
Well, the new site is up and running and it’s looking great! Thanks to the design stylings of Kramer Elwell, I’m all dressed up in a spiffy new look—those Washingtonians sure know how to do the computer things. Bravo, Kramer! You all should look him up if you’re in the need of a new website. Very reasonably-priced, and he will go every extra mile to make sure it looks and feels the way you want it. Do it. Contact him!
Let’s get on to the current and upcoming events!
My Beginner Composition class (214-C) just put on an incredible, hour-long concert of new works for string quartet and various other small ensembles. I wanted to give a quick congratulations to them all for their extraordinary efforts! These students make teaching a blast.
On November 17th, 2016, Adam Groh absolutely annihilated my Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble! It was incredible! A special thank you to Curran Prendergast and the Truman State Wind Symphony for a fabulous performance! Footage forthcoming.
I’ll be winging my way back to Karachi, Pakistan, again for another round of “Sangat" in late December following some much needed R & R with the family back east. As usual, I’ll be playing percussion (primarily drum set) underneath a litany of eastern classical and western classical fusion pieces, including my very own Musica Senza Confini—which was co-composed with international sitar guru Nafees Ahmed. It looks to be another exciting and engaging trip! We are also going to be heading to Islamabad to play more concerts to a broader audience. I’ll be sure to follow up with photos and such after I’m home.
My work Plunge was recently recorded this spring for release in 2017! I’ll be sure to post any audio I’m allowed as soon as I have it available. This group is absolutely stunning and consistently performs to a broad audience of over 200 people! New music is alive and well in Austin, guys!
I’m also going to be working on a new and exciting collaboration with Tetractys—a local music collective here in Austin which draws the greatest musical talents around to collaborate on unique and cutting-edge projects. The illustrious Kraken Percussion Quartet will be involved as well as Dance Waterloo. Lots of exciting things, folks! Look for more soon; additionally, the project will come to fruition this coming May in, non other than, a BMX bike and skate park in downtown Austin. We’re keeping it real weird.
Transform: for percussion and electronics has been accepted to the SEAMUS National Convention for a Saturday concert performance (April 22nd, 2017). Dr. Chris Lizak has so graciously agreed to slam out these percussive notes in the chilly land of St. Cloud, Minnesota. Feel free to check out the piece in my works section! Also, it would appear that the entire “Cmd-Q” laptop contingency made it into SEAMUS; I feel a reunion tour afoot! Stay tuned for more info.
Chris Ozley has written and arranged numerous works across a broad spectrum of media and has gained the recognition of several national organizations for his thought-provoking pieces. His recent work Detour for wind ensemble was selected as a finalist for the 2013 ASCAP Morton Gould Award. Society of Composers, Inc., has also acknowledged several of Chris' pieces with honorable mentions. His work for fixed media and video art Fragment(s) was recently performed at the 2016 SEAMUS Conference in Statesboro, Georgia. One of Chris' newest works Finster's Paradise was featured on Austin's 89.5 KMFA Classical Radio Station. Chris has collaborated with numerous luminary artists including virtuosic pianist and pedagogue Dr. Richard Masters (Virginia Tech) world-renowned saxophonist, Harvey Pittel and dynamic percussionists and educators Dr. Adam Groh (Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa) and Dr. Chris Lizak (LBJ High School, Austin, Texas). Recently, his work entitled In the City, was recorded by Los Angeles saxophonist, Dr. Andrew Harrison, for release as the album's title track. He has been commissioned by the Austin Saxophone Ensemble and will be featured on their upcoming album release later in 2016. In December of 2014, Chris' music was heard at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, and was performed by the illustrious Canyon Ridge Middle School Honor Band under the direction of Amy Allison. Coinciding with his Midwest premiere, Chris was featured in the December 2014 issue of The Instrumentalist—a national magazine for band and orchestra.
In addition to composing and arranging, Chris is an in-demand performer and educator. Chris has had the good fortune to work with several stunning band programs in Texas including the ensembles of Canyon Ridge Middle School and Four Points Middle School—both of whom have performed at the Midwest Clinic in 2014 and 2015, respectively. He has taught numerous percussion ensembles and marching organizations across the nation including Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps (whom he was a performing member with for four summers) and The Colts from Dubuque, Iowa. Chris also performs regularly with his laptop trio “Cmd+Q”—who was recently featured at the 2015 Electroacoustic Barn Dance Festival hosted by Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Virginia. In March of 2016, Chris travelled to Pakistan to play percussion with the international performing ensemble known as “Sangat.” While in Pakistan, he gave clinics to the students at the National Academy of Performing Arts located in Karachi, and he premiered a work which he co-composed with internationally-renowned sitarist, Nafees Ahmed, entitled Musica Senza Confini. He is published through FJH Music Company, Inc., and his own in-house publishing company. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.
C H R I S O Z L E Y
Doctor of Musical Arts, Composition, The University of Texas at Austin
Master of Music, Composition, The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts, Music Education, Jacksonville State University
The University of Texas at Austin — Teaching Assistant
The University of Texas at Austin — Graduate Research Assistant
SCI Honorable Mention, Graduate Division — Concerto for Percussion
ASCAP Plus Award
Premiere at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL — Beyond the Ridge
ASCAP Morton Gould Award, Finalist — Detour for wind ensemble
SCI Region VI Co-winner — Detour for wind ensemble
Teacher — National Academy of Performing Arts — Karachi, Pakistan
Composer Residency and Tour — Graceland University — Lamoni, IA
See works listed below!
For more information on Chris's pedagogical works and projects for Young Bands, Marching Bands, and Indoor drum lines check out the catalogue of pedagogical pieces!
Chamber and Solo
Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble
Sangat: Musica Senza Confini
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
In the City
Alto Sax and Piano
Percussion and Electronics
5.1 Channel Fixed Media
Fixed Media, Dance, + Video Art
The Cmd+Q Laptop Trio is a new electronic music ensemble, made up of composers Chris Ozley, Jon Fielder, and Kramer Elwell. Cmd+Q seeks to bring a humanistic and musically varied touch to live, all-digital electronic performances through the use of self-programmed software improvisation interfaces.
Visit CMDQElectronics.com to find out more!
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