Brian Riordan's composition The Moon is Drifting Away from the Earth will be performed by Pittsburgh contemporary music ensemble NAT 28. Riordan's work was selected through a call for scores from emerging composers and will be featured on a program featuring two other emerging composers, Adam Shield, and Alex Marthaler as well as local university faculty composers Mathew Rosenblum, Amy Williams, and Reza Vali. The concert takes place at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater on Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online and at the door.
Brian Riordan is a doctoral candidate in music composition and theory. His research interests involve real-time digital signal processing and laptop performance aesthetics. He comes from a very diverse musical background and creates music that reflects the eclecticism that he has experienced. He has also studied folkloric drumming in Havana Cuba, and Morelia Mexico. As an avid collaborator, he has performed in numerous ensembles ranging from rock, jazz, classical, and experimental throughout the United States. His compositions have been performed by The JACK Quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, The Meridian Arts Ensemble, The H2 Quartet, Alia Musica, and his compositions have been featured at SICPP, New Music On The Point, SPLICE, and The Walden Creative Musicians Retreat.