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Brendon Randall-Myers is a Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist working at various intersections of rock, experimental, theater, and classical music. His work has received support from the Jerome Foundation, New Music USA, New York State Council for the Arts, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and been performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Omaha Symphony, Dither, and Friction Quartet. Brendon co-leads math rock band Marateck and multimedia avant-rock ensemble Invisible Anatomy, and is a member of the Glenn Branca Ensemble and absurdist art-rock band Ecce Shnak. He has performed in clubs, concert halls, and basements around the world, including the Barbican Theatre (London), the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), and the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing).

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Brendon Randall-Myers is a Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist working at various intersections of rock, experimental, theater, and classical music. Described as “fiercely aggressive but endlessly compelling” (The San Francisco Chronicle), "intricate and dynamic" (I Care If You Listen), and "massive in its impact" (Sarasota Herald-Tribune), his music aims to induce catharsis and trance/flow states via the repetition and amplification of simple materials. Brendon co-leads Invisible Anatomy, a multimedia avant-rock ensemble described as “sometimes haunting sometimes hilarious and consistently mesmerizing,” (I Care If You Listen) and Marateck, “a gripping math-rock band, combining shattered, wiry abstraction with moments of delicate atmosphere” (Tone Madison). His work has received support from the Jerome Foundation, New Music USA, New York State Council for the Arts, the Guitar Foundation of America, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and ASCAP, and been performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Omaha Symphony, Dither, and Friction Quartet. Brendon is a member of the Glenn Branca Ensemble and the absurdist art-rock band Ecce Shnak, and has performed in clubs, concert halls, and basements around the world, including the Barbican Theatre (London), the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), and the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing).

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Brendon Randall-Myers is a composer and guitarist working at various intersections of rock, experimental, theater, and classical music. Described as “fiercely aggressive but endlessly compelling” (The San Francisco Chronicle), "intricate and dynamic" (I Care If You Listen), and "massive in its impact" (Sarasota Herald-Tribune), his music aims to induce catharsis and trance/flow states via the repetition and amplification of simple materials. Brendon is co-leads Invisible Anatomy, a multimedia avant-rock group described as “sometimes haunting sometimes hilarious and consistently mesmerizing” (I Care If You Listen); and Marateck, “a gripping math-rock band, combining shattered, wiry abstraction with moments of delicate atmosphere” (Tone Madison).

Brendon’s work has received support from New Music USA, the New York State Council for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Guitar Foundation of America, Roulette Intermedium, the American Composers Forum, Banff Centre, and Avaloch Farm, and was the recipient of ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards in 2013 and 2014. His music has been performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Omaha Symphony, Dither, Arkoa, A/B Duo, Sandbox Percussion, Ensemble Mise-En, Mobius Trio, Friction Quartet, Exceptet, guitarists Nathan Huvard and Jack Sanders, and pianist Miki Sawada; in venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), Mass MoCA (North Adams, MA), Xixi Arts Center (Hangzhou, China), National Sawdust (Brooklyn, NY), Melba Hall (Melbourne, Australia), Kaneko Center (Omaha, NE), New Music New College (Sarasota, FL), Short North Stage (Columbus, OH), and Roulette Intermedium (Brooklyn, NY); on the Bang on a Can Marathon, Beijing Chamber Music Festival, Tribeca New Music, WireTap New Music, Mise-En Festival, SONIC Festival, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Fresh Ink Composer Symposium, the Guitar Foundation of America Symposium, and the Norfolk Music Festival. He has worked with theater artists such as Daniel Pettrow and Michael McQuilken to create dramatic frames and contexts for his work. His music appears on recordings by Invisible Anatomy, Bearthoven, Marateck, A/B Duo, percussionist Andy Meyerson, clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich, and Mobius Trio; on New Amsterdam Records, Cantaloupe Records, Dad and Sons Records, Aerocade Music, and slashsound records. 

Recent activities include A Kind of Mirror, an experimental take on a piano concert created with pianist Miki Sawada and actor/director Daniel Pettrow that combines classical repertoire, theatrical prompts, audience interaction, and Brendon’s original compositions. Miki has performed the piece over 20 times since Fall 2018, including a 13-performance tour of the piece in small towns around West Virginia, hauling the entire show in a van (piano and all) around the state. Dynamics of Vanishing Bodies, an electric guitar quartet for Dither built around musical elements perceived by the ear and brain but not directly articulated by the performers, premiered at Roulette Intermedium in 2017 and has subsequently been performed by the group at New Music New College (Sarasota, FL) and on Bang on a Can’s LOUD Weekend at Mass MoCA (North Adams, MA). In March 2018, Invisible Anatomy (IA) released their debut album Dissections via New Amsterdam Records, which was named one of Second Inversion’s best albums of 2018, and in October 2018, the group returned to Beijing for the third time to give five performances of composer Fay Wang’s immersive opera Orfeo and present several concerts of the group’s own music. IA premiered Illumination, premiered at The Cell Theater in February 2019, presented by Tribeca New Music.

Called a “guitar wizard” (I Care If You Listen), Brendon is a versatile and passionate performer of experimental music for the electric guitar. He is a frequent collaborator of electric guitar quartet Dither, giving nearly 20 performances with the group throughout 2018 of Object Collection's It's All True, a 100' opera-in-suspension based on the complete live archives of iconic underground band Fugazi; performing with the group at New Music New College in Sarasota, FL; improvising an hour of doom metal to accompany Yve Laris Cohen’s work PS.122 at Performance Space New York;  and performing a live 13-guitar rendition of Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint at The Barbican Center, on Lincoln Center Out of Doors, WNYC New Sounds Live, and on the Ellnora Guitar Festival. The group’s Barbican performance was described as a "tour de force of collective concentration… propelled by sheer joy" (The Arts Desk). As a member of the Glenn Branca Ensemble, Brendon gave numerous performances of Branca's The Third Ascension throughout 2016, and premiered The Light (For David). Brendon is a member of absurdist art-rock band Ecce Shnak and has performed as a freelancer with orchestras (China Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony), indie bands (Magik*Magik), new music groups (Ensemble Signal, Contemporaneous), and opera companies (Opera Saratoga, Experiments in Opera).

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. He and his wife Fay split their time between Brooklyn and Beijing.