Kory Reeder’s music is often introspective and atmospheric, investigating ideas of objectivity, place, immediacy, situation, and interaction. Kory’s music has been performed in concerts and festivals across North and South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe and recognized by The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, ASCAP, ACSM 116 (Tokyo), and Festival Stradella (Italy), among others. He has been artist-in-residence at Arts, Letter, and Numbers, The Kimmel, Harding, Nelson Center for the Arts and has been Artist in Residence in the Everglades. Kory has frequently collaborated with opera, theater, and dance programs, and his music has been released on Edition Wandelweiser Records and has been heard on the BBC. Kory is currently pursuing a PhD. in music composition at the University of North Texas, and holds a BM from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a MM Bowling Green State University. For more, please visit www.koryreeder.com

EYES: OPEN is a sort of collage written at the end of my master’s degree at BGSU. The piece uses recordings of acoustic pieces I wrote while at BGSU as the only source material. Taking a step back, I wanted to reflect on another side of my creative impulse; the majority of my acoustic music is slow, contemplative, and involves a kaleidoscopic approach to material, but here, I wanted to explore the opposite. I wanted to be loud, and express the beauty that I find in the distorted, crumpled, and broken which so often escapes me in acoustic composition.