Brendon Randall-Myers is a Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist. Described as “fiercely aggressive but endlessly compelling” (The San Francisco Chronicle) and "intricate and dynamic" (I Care If You Listen), his music conceives of sound as an autonomous, palpable presence, created by the physical endurance and athleticism of performers, and amplified via extended techniques, psychoacoustics, and technology. His creative output manifests this presence in large-scale, long-term, stylistically diverse projects, tailored to the specific characteristics of collaborators, performance spaces, and communities, and drawing on his experiences as a former sub-elite distance runner and performer of punk, metal, folk, pop, jazz, noise, and classical music.
Brendon is the co-founder of Invisible Anatomy, a composer/performer ensemble described as “sometimes haunting sometimes hilarious and consistently mesmerizing ” (I Care If You Listen) and “otherworldly and uncanny” (The Village Voice); and Marateck, “a gripping math-rock band...[that] manages to wring out everything that its guitar-bass-drums instrumentation (traditionally) has to offer, while still remaining focussed and direct” (Tone Madison).
Recent highlights include tours in China (with Invisible Anatomy, November 2017) and the midwest (with Marateck, August 2017); the June 2017 premiere of Dynamics of Vanishing Bodies, a 35’ electric guitar quartet for Dither developed as part of a residency at Roulette Intermedium; the July 2017 release of Marateck’s debut album, Time is Over; the May 2017 premiere of New You, a commission from Arkora and Redshift Music Society in Vancouver; a performance of Invisible Anatomy’s show Transfigure on the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Friday Night Live series; an April 2016 West Coast tour of Juiced by Friction Quartet, who co-commissioned the piece in 2014 along with the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; the March 2016 premiere of Anthology for Exceptet, which was co-commissioned by the Ecstatic Music Festival and MATA; the February 2016 premiere of changes stops and swells (for b) for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, which was commissioned by the Tang Museum at Skidmore College and Jack Shear; the May 2015 performance of Indefatigable Optimism by the Omaha Symphony; and the 2013 premiere of Gladwell, which was commissioned by guitarist David Tanenbaum and the Guitar Foundation of America and premiered by 88 guitarists as part of the GFA Regional Symposium.
Brendon’s work has received support from the New York State Council for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Roulette Intermedium, The American Composers Forum, and Avaloch Farm, and he was the recipient of an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award in both 2013 and 2014. His music appears on recordings by A/B Duo, percussionist Andy Meyerson, pianist Paul Kerekes, clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich, and Mobius Trio; on Cantaloupe Records’ digital imprint, Aerocade Music, and slashsound records.
Called a “guitar wizard” (I Care If You Listen), Brendon is a passionate performer of contemporary music. As a member of the Glenn Branca Ensemble, he gave performances of Branca's The Third Ascension throughout 2016, and premiered The Light (For David). As a member of the Dither Big Band (with Dither Quartet and guitarist Mark Stewart) he performed Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint in November 2016 at London's Barbican Theatre as part of their Steve Reich at 80 series, which was described as a "tour de force of collective concentration...propelled by sheer joy" (The Arts Desk). The Big Band has also performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, on WNYC New Sounds Live at Brookfield Place, and on the Ellnora Guitar Festival at the Krannert Center. As a freelancer, Brendon has performed with groups such as the Atlanta Symphony, Ensemble Signal, Magik*Magik Orchestra, Contemporaneous, Opera Saratoga, Experiments in Opera, and American Lyric Theater.
Current and upcoming projects include the release of Invisible Anatomy’s debut full-length album Dissections via New Amsterdam Records; Episodic Memory (learning to hurt), a new piece for Exceptet to be premiered at Roulette Intermedium in February 2018; Conjoining, a percussion quartet for Sandbox Percussion to be performed in a NYC-area prison in Fall 2018 in collaboration with Musicambia; and A Kind of Mirror, a large-scale work for piano and electronics for Miki Sawada and Gather Hear Alaska, which will serve as the musical centerpiece for site-specific performance pieces combining music and theater in various locations throughout rural Alaska in Spring 2019.
Brendon grew up home-schooled in rural West Virginia, and holds degrees from Pomona College and the Yale School of Music, where he studied with David Lang, Chris Theofanidis, and Martin Bresnick.