Brendon Randall-Myers is a Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist, and the co-founder of composer/performer ensemble Invisible Anatomy and min/maximalist punk band Marateck. Hailed as "fiercely aggressive but endlessly compelling" (The San Francisco Chronicle) and “a compositional tour de force” (San Francisco Classical Voice), his music amplifies the raw physical and emotional power of bodies creating sound.
As a composer, highlights include a commissioned solo showcase concert at Roulette in April 2016; a piece for the NY-based group Exceptet co-commissioned by the Ecstatic Music Festival and MATA in March 2016; a piece for the Bang on a Can All-Stars commissioned by the Tang Museum at Skidmore College and Jack Shear in February 2016; a co-commissioned solo for pianists Kathleen Supové and Paul Kerekes in early 2016; a West Coast tour of Juiced by Friction Quartet, who co-commissioned the piece in 2014 along with the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; the creation of Dissections, an evening-length work with Invisible Anatomy that was the subject of a full-length profile in the Village Voice and has been performed multiple times across the country throughout 2016; a performance of Invisible Anatomy’s debut show Body Parts on the Beijing Modern Music Festival in June 2015; the performance of Indefatigable Optimism by the Omaha Symphony in May 2015; and the 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 in 2013.
Brendon’s work has received support from the Jerome Foundation, 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.
As a guitarist, Brendon is a passionate performer of contemporary music. As a member of the Glenn Branca Ensemble, he has given multiple performances of Branca's The Third Ascension throughout 2016, and premiered The Light (For David) at Roulette in October 2016. 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 Ensemble Signal, Magik*Magik Orchestra, Contemporaneous, Opera Saratoga, Experiments in Opera, and American Lyric Theater.
Current and upcoming projects include full-length albums from Invisible Anatomy and Marateck; Conjoining, an album-length percussion quartet for Sandbox Percussion; a commission for Dither from Roulette and the Jerome Foundation to be premiered in June 2017; a commission from Arkora for soprano and ensemble to be premiered in Vancouver in May 2017; an appearance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performing Chris Theofanidis’ Creator/Creation in March 2017; and premiering Brooks Frederickson’s Song Cycle and performing David Lang’s Death Speaks at Le Poisson Rouge with Ashley Bathgate, Karl Larson, and Eliza Bagg in January 2017.
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. When not coaxing notes of his brain or guitar, he enjoys long-distance running, eating burritos, and consuming questionable sci-fi, generally in that order.