Alex Canovas / Artistic Director

Meet the Composers: Ed Frazier Davis

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, YNYC’s Mixed and Women’s Ensembles will perform ‘Only All of Us’ featuring world premiere works for double chorus from our Competition for Young Composers.

We are pleased to introduce our first of three finalists for YNYC’s 2018 Competition for Young Composers, Ed Frazier Davis!  

Ed Frazier Davis

Composition for YNYC: Keep Going

Ed Frazier Davis (b. 1989) is an English-American composer living and working in Kansas City, where he is a doctoral student at UMKC and Composer-in-Residence for the William Baker Choral Foundation. Lauded for its “compelling, […] colourful orchestration” (Musical Toronto), Ed’s music is polystylistic and draws from many eclectic influences, from Medieval song to postminimalism and practically everything in between. His music has been commissioned and performed throughout the world by many renowned performers and organizations, including Access Contemporary Music, the Aspen Music Festival, Bella Voce, The Crossing, soprano Erin Wall, the Lincoln Trio, PLEXUS, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Ultimately, he seeks to write music that breaks established artistic binaries—e.g. traditional vs. modern, accessible vs. unfamiliar—to create art that is fulfilling to as wide an audience as possible. Also an experienced professional singer, he currently serves as bass section leader at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, and in the fall of 2018 will join the Grammy-winning Kansas City Chorale for his first season. He has studied composition with Bruce Polay, Marta Ptaszyńska, Kyong Mee Choi, Stacy Garrop, Gabriel Jackson, Chen Yi, James Mobberley, and Zhou Long.

What is a personal sanctuary for you?

Wherever my dog is, which is usually my couch or my backyard.

Where did your family immigrate from?

My parents and I moved to America from England in 2000.

What relationship do you see between music and community?

To me, music IS community. Sharing art, whether it’s the singers in a choir breathing as one or a single performer communicating with an audience, creates a bond just as strong as those which define a community.

What role does music play in telling people’s stories?

Music adds an invaluable extra dimension, one that represents and explores the emotional heft and impact of a story better, I think, than any other medium.

Which composers best communicate cultural or historical stories?

Many amazing Black composers who’ve set African-American spirituals, such as André Thomas, Rosephanye Powell, and the late Moses Hogan. Their message remains as important as ever, especially in a world where Black lives are continually scorned.

The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus presents: Only All of Us

Saturday, March 24 | 7pm

St. Michael’s Church

225 W. 99th St. New York, NY

Tickets available online for $20 and at the door for $25.

This concert will be dedicated to the memory of our friend, fellow chorus member and Board President Daniel Thompson, who was the victim of a tragic accident on March 11.

Categories: Concerts, Mixed Chorus, Women's Ensemble

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