Member Profile: Brian Sears
Composer Brian Sears’s music is based on his attraction to timbre, space, and texture, and is heavily influenced by the concept of augmenting reality through the use of electronics. Brian holds a Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Composition & Theory at Brandeis University where he studies with Eric Chasalow, Yu-Hui Chang, and David Rakowski. Brian is continually inspired and influenced by his interactions and collaborations with performers and sound artists, as well as past teachers and mentors like Elainie Lillios, Mikel Kuehn, Pablo Furman, and Brian Belet. These interactions have had a huge impact on his work, leading Brian to be a vocal proponent for the importance of community and collaboration in the new music world. Brian is the winner of the 2018 ASCAP/SEAMUS Commission, and his music has been performed at festivals and conferences like ICMC, SEAMUS, NYCEMF, EMM, N_SEME, Electroacoustic Barndance, and CEMICircles, as well as by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, Transient Canvas, SPLICE ensemble, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Lydian String Quartet, and the San José Chamber Orchestra. He has also been a participant artist at various residencies including the Manifeste Academy at IRCAM, Atlantic Center of the Arts, the SPLICE Summer Institute, and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice.