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Ed Windels

New York, NY         

The compositions of ED WINDELS have been described variously as “nice, a little too long” (his aunt), “lacking a distinctive voice” (a renowned orchestral musician), “awfully repetitive with not much going on” (a highly regarded flautist) and  “really really hard” (several performers, especially singers).

Mr. Windels was born in Brooklyn, raised in Brussels and Bronxville, and has since 1991 resided in the area of New York City historically known as Bloomingdale. This alliterative domecile pattern may have a correlation to his unfortunate predilection for the works of Richard Wagner, with their alliterative libretti, and the lengthy, chewier Teutonic operatic repertoire in general.  All of which may have influenced his tendency to ignore the current vogue for small, short, easily disposable pieces and create the sort of large-scale, broad-scoped works that cause both performers and presenters to blanch.  Or possibly not.​

The first known (or at least acknowledged) member of either side of his family to display any artistic inclination, Mr. Windels squandered his youth in dilettante explorations of most of the fine and performing arts, before alarming his parents by devoting his studies to the most unreliable and ephemeral, classical music.  After a year at the Juilliard school, he completed his studies in 1990 at the Mannes College of Music, earning both Bachelors and Masters degrees in composition in just three years. Having no illusions as to the earning potential of his compositional talents, and little to no ability as a performer of any kind, he has eked out a living in the world of advertising.

​Aside from a one-time fellowship at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Mr. Windels has never earned a residency, won no awards or prizes, and holds no certificates or distinction of merit… yet.  His compositions have never received public recognition, although he has had the pleasure of being performed, albeit grudgingly, by some of New York City’s most notable up-and-coming artists.

Articles by Ed Windels:

NewMusicBox September 26 2016 | By Ed Windels
Embracing Being a 5-to-9 Artist

Making a living off your music, solely or otherwise, may take some time to achieve. And among the many interim options available, having a day job, related or not to...

NewMusicBox September 19 2016 | By Ed Windels
Eight Easy Steps to Becoming a Successful 5-to-9 Composer

So how can you too hold down a glamorous, innervating office/day job and still find time to fulfill your artistic dreams, musical or otherwise? Here are eight suggestions (some of...

NewMusicBox September 12 2016 | By Ed Windels
Do You Have What It Takes to be a 5-to-9 Composer?

When your writing time arrives, you embrace it and WRITE.

NewMusicBox September 6 2016 | By Ed Windels
Coming Out (as a 5-to-9 Composer)

Since I lack sufficient instrumental ability to support myself as a performer or the temperament for academia, making a salary in various office capacities has provided several advantages to maintaining...