Gregory Hall

Gregory Hall

Composer/Improviser GREGORY HALL (b. 1959) holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with composer Ned Rorem. His written works are featured on a number of commercial CD’s, and he performs his compositional improvisations live twice weekly in the online virtual world Second Life, and in a variety of real-world venues.

“I am a composer of contemporary classical music who has always improvised “in my style”, both in support of my written work, and more recently as an independent form of creative expression. I call these “compositional improvisations” to distinguish them from “classical improvisations”, which are often performed using older styles of classical music. I have actively performed my compositional improvisations for the piano in front of live audiences in the online world Second Life since March 2009. As a compositional improviser I have participated in the 2010 Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival (Portland ME), the 2010 and 2011 Yarmouth Contemporary Music Festivals (Yarmouth ME), as well as an ongoing concert series at the Meetinghouse Concert Hall (Wells ME), 2010-2011, Harvest on the Harbor, October 2011, the 2012 Portland Performing Arts Festival, and numerous Maine/New Hampshire venues.”

In 1991 he received a commission for the Hardanger Trio from the Maine Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Mr. Hall was selected as the “Maine Composer of the Year” in 1997 by the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, Brunswick, ME. Arkadia, commissioned in 2000 by the Arcady Chamber Orchestra, Bar Harbor, ME, received several performances at various venues in Maine. He appeared as guest and subject of the July 8, 2000 Kalvos and Damien New Music Bazaar radio show entitled “Basic Instinct”. In 2013 he again received a commission from the MTNA. Mr. Hall’s Water: 2 Poems of W.S. Merwin for Soprano and Orchestra appears in Vol. 15 of ERMMedia’s Masterworks of the New Era CD series. Parma Recordings released his Variations on Ongiara on the CD Harmonious Dissonance, as well as his CD Compositional Improvisations from “The Mysteria”. His Quartet for saxophones was released on the same label. CRS Recordings will release his solo violoncello work Halling in 2013.

He has composed nearly forty works for varied ensembles. He has participated in concerts by the American Composers Alliance, Society of Composers, Inc., Maine Arts, Gamper Festival, The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, Ought-One Festival, and in numerous concerts of the Maine Composers Forum. His MAX algorithm 21st Century Baroque for computer and sampling device(s) appeared on the MAX list CD-ROM.

Mr. Hall’s works have been reviewed several times in the New Music Connoisseur, and in the New York Times as well as the Portland (Maine) Press-Herald. He currently reviews CD’s for the Contemporary Recording Society (CRS) Society News Magazine.
Mr. Hall is listed in Marquis’ Who’sWho in America and Marquis’ Who’sWho in the World.

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