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Jeffrey Young

Philadelphia, PA            

Jeffrey Young is a composer and violinist from Brooklyn, NY who specializes in experimental, rock, and classical music, including music he performs with the software Ableton Live. From January 2018-August 2019, he was based in Boston, MA; he is currently based in Philadelphia, PA.

Highlights from the past few years include the premiere in Vienna and Graz of the 50-minute music-theatre piece A History of Characters with members of Schallfeld Ensemble, the premiere tours of Jeffrey’s duos Dykes & Young and Wise & Young, multiple US tours and a record release with cabaret-punk band The World/Inferno Friendship Society, a US album release tour with Paul Pinto of their duo experimental opera …Patriots…, a tour in Switzerland and Luxembourg of the new show for children NOMOZART through the LUCERNE FESTIVAL Young Performance program, performances in Switzerland, Germany, and Brooklyn with LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI, the premiere tour and recording session with thingNY of a commission by Rick Burkhardt, a performance and workshop at the inaugural Creative Ability Development conference in Chicago, an installation by thingNY at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in New York with funding from New Music USA, development of a new piece by thingNY and experimental theater company Orange Theatre of Phoenix with funding from The Network of Ensemble Theaters, two monthlong tours with Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests, Jeffrey’s performance of his own music with theater group stringsaTTached at the Festspiele Zürich festival in Switzerland, and a 13-show solo tour through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada as well as a solo mini-tour to Germany and Poland. In March 2019, Jeffrey spent two and a half weeks at a solo residency at the New York Mills Cultural Center in New York Mills, Minnesota, and in September-October 2019, he spent two months as Styria-Artist-in-Residence in the city of Graz, Austria. With thingNY, Jeffrey has collaboratively composed and performed four experimental operas, through the support of grants from the Aaron Copland Fund, the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Queens Council on the Arts. He worked with Pierre Boulez and other leaders of the European avant-garde during four summers at the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland. He has twice toured China as an orchestral musician, and in addition to the groups above he has also toured the U.S. and Canada with indie rock band Food Will Win the War, psychedelic folk band Manson Family Picnic, and minimalist chamber-rock band Slow Six.

Jeffrey has performed in many of the world’s great halls, including Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern, Philharmonie Essen, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Severance Hall in Cleveland, and more. He performs regularly in his native NYC, including recent appearances at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Bowery Ballroom, Roulette, Mercury Lounge, Spectrum, and on the Home Audio series. He has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Rachael Ray Show, and he has been featured on over 50 albums, in genres including classical and contemporary music, rock, singer-songwriter, hip-hop, kids songs, and more. Jeffrey graduated with a B.M. in violin and composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2007. Since December 2014, he is a licensed New York City sightseeing guide. Since July 2015, he is a content manager for LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI.


Created in 2011 as a parody of contemporary politics and politicians, this half-hour piece focuses on issues of immigration and national identity. New York-based musicians Jeffrey Young and Paul Pinto collaboratively created the text, music, and staging, scoring the piece for their own voices, violin, percussion, a turntable, and lots of cardboard boxes. Instrumental music alternates with song and speech, zany topical quips counterbalance personal political critiques, notation meets improvisation, and tonal harmonies mix with unpitched effects.

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mini_005 (composed by Paul Pinto)

Dedicated to Jeffrey Young, composer Paul Pinto describes mini_005 as “The 5th installment of my mini series: theatrical text-heavy miniatures where the instrumentalists are called to be more than just instrumentalists, but actors and poets.”

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FRIV MOVE ZAMEK: Ilona Gumowska/Aniela Kokosza/Michał Biel/Patryk Lichota/Jeffrey Young

This is a free improvisation between Jeffrey Young and four Polish artists, saxophonists Patryk Lichota and Michał Biel and dancers Ilona Gumowska and Aniela Kokosza, on the concert series FRIV MOVE ZAMEK in January 2014 at the Zamek Cultural Center in Poznan, Poland. None of the Polish artists had performed or rehearsed with Jeffrey prior to this performance or discussed how the performance would go, nor had Jeffrey performed in Poland prior to this performance, so this video represents an unadulterated meeting of distinct artistic worlds.

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