Brendon Randall-Myers is a Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist. Described as “endlessly compelling” (San Francisco Chronicle), "intricate and dynamic" (I Care If You Listen), and "massive in its impact" (Sarasota Herald-Tribune), his work reflects a fascination with how sound is physically produced and perceived as well as a deep love of music’s function as source of community and human connection. 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, 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, Roulette Intermedium, the American Composers Forum, Banff Centre, and Avaloch Farm, and he was the recipient of ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards in 2013 and 2014. 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. In October 2018, Invisible Anatomy 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. In May 2018, the Bang on a Can All-Stars gave the New York premiere of Brendon’s piece changes stops and swells (for b) at the Bang on a Can Marathon. In March 2018, Invisible Anatomy released their debut album Dissections via New Amsterdam Records, which was named one of Second Inversion’s best albums of 2018. Brendon spent much of 2017 writing two large pieces delving into just intonation, microtonality, and psychoacoustics: Episodic Memory, a piece for NYC-based septet Exceptet inspired by the way the brain processes trauma; and Dynamics of Vanishing Bodies, a electric guitar quartet for Dither built around musical elements perceived by the ear and brain but not directly articulated by the performers. Premieres of both pieces were presented at Roulette Intermedium.
Called a “guitar wizard” (I Care If You Listen), Brendon is a passionate performer of contemporary music for the electric guitar. He is a frequent collaborator of Dither, giving numerous 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 a live score to 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 performances of Branca's The Third Ascension throughout 2016, and premiered The Light (For David). 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.
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.