August 21st, 2011: Michael Vincent Waller & Travis Reuter


Michael Vincent Waller is a New York City based composer and visual artist, studying composition and performance with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela. This has provided a beautiful inspiration to a focus on modal, drone, and microtonal means. The deep intrinsic experience of involving overtones is the essence of his canvas of acousmatique and spectral composition. Michael endorses the phenomenologist approach to sound as his “central attitude” and manual for being.

His music has been performed by Sean G. Meehan, Tom Chiu, Matthew Welch, David Watson, St. Luke’s Trombone Quartet, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Alex Waterman, Ha-Yang Kim, Daniel Panner, Yvonne Troxler, Gregor Kitzis, Sabir Mateen, Christine Bard, Erica Dicker, MOYTL Chamber Ensemble, Michael Seltzer, Benjamin Herrington, Tucker Dulin and Andrew Lafkas – performing ensemble works at venues ISSUE Project Room, Diapason Sound Gallery, Tenri Cultural Institute, Paris London West Nile, Glasslands, and The Living Theatre.

He has performed on bills with Phill Niblock, Elliott Sharp, David First, Michael J. Schumacher, Elizabeth Hoffman, and many more in the NewIdeas MusicSeries, an avant-garde program curated by Waller.
Michael will be presenting a recent work written for the Cadillac Moon Ensemble (website) called Isolets (2011), and a recent work written for Project SiS (website) called Glissando Phase I (2011).  Here is an excerpt.


Travis Reuter currently lives in New York City, where he performs actively as a leader and sideman. Since moving to New York in 2004 he has performed in groups led by Linda Oh, Bobby Avey, Jeremy Viner, Danny Sher, Alper Yilmaz, Curtis Macdonald, Matthew Silberman, and many others. Travis studied at the The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music from and later studied at Brooklyn College. While a student at The New School, Travis studied with Ben Monder, Jane Ira Bloom, Adam Rogers, and Steve Lehman. As a graduate student at Brooklyn College, Travis studied composition on principal with Jason Eckardt and electronic music with Douglas Geers. In addition, he has studied classical guitar with Dennis Azabagic and Frederic Hand.

“Reuter is a first-rate soloist and often rockets to the stratosphere with animated and scorching lines…Reuter’s musical world is a place of intrigue that not only stimulates the psyche, but also delivers a high form of entertainment along the way—a sterling effort that should not go unnoticed.”
Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

Here is a track from Travis’ album with his quintet titled Rotational Templates, available on New Focus Recordings (website).