Discipline: Music Composition

Richard Carrick

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Brookline, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Composer, conductor, and pianist Richard Carrick writes music of spatial depth and robust stasis, characterized by the evocation of profound human experiences. His music spans solo, chamber, and orchestral compositions as well as works incorporating dance, graphic scores, electronics, video projection, and conducted group improvisation. He serves as chair of composition at Berklee College of Music and is the co-founder/conductor of Either/Or Ensemble in NYC, with prior teaching positions at Columbia and New York universities. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Musical Composition, was invited as guest composer and conductor to the Enescu Festival (Romania) and NYPHIL Biennial, and he has been published by Project Schott New York

Carrick's music has been presented internationally at festivals including NYPHIL Biennial, and ISCM World Music Days in Israel, Rwanda, and South Korea. Among numerous CD releases, his music has been on five critically acclaimed CDs including Cycles of Evolution and Stone Guitars, in addition to his portrait CD, lanterne, and Permutations (released in 2023).

At MacDowell in 2023, Carrick composed The Atlas, an hour-long work for piano and string quartet, which he will premiere as pianist with his ensemble Either/Or at MIT and in New York. The score will be published by Project Schott New York.

Portrait by Mark Davies


Monday Music

Richard Carrick worked in the Monday Music studio.

Given to the residency by the Monday Music Club of Orange, NJ, Monday Music Studio is sited next to an enormous boulder deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago. A small dormer once pierced the east slope of the roof, but after damage suffered in the 1938 hurricane, the roof was rebuilt without the dormer. The interior…

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