Discipline: Music Composition

Moses Sumney

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Asheville, NC
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

Moses Sumney has ridden a wave of word-of-mouth praise and dynamic live performances around the world and alongside forebears like David Byrne, Karen O, and Sufjan Stevens since emerging in 2014 with his self-released cassette EP, Mid-City Island. His 2017 debut album Aromanticism, was a concept record about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape that graced the end-of-year lists of tastemaker hubs like NPR, Spin, and Pitchfork. The sophomore follow-up to that record is due to be released soon.

At MacDowell, he composed and recorded music toward his third album. He also commenced work on his first film script.



Moses Sumney worked in the Watson studio.

Built in 1916 in memory of Regina Watson of Chicago, a musician and teacher, this studio was donated by a group of her friends, along with funds for its maintenance. Originally designed to serve as a composers’ studio with room for performance, Watson was used as a recital hall for chamber music for a…

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