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The soundtrack of dissonant, static-filled electronic tonal music, hinted at background noise from the universe, often overlaid with heartbeats, or with the presence of the artful human mind -- the philosophic soliloquy of a solo violin, or whispered poetic chants. Amid the latter it was possible to detect uncertainty, longing, or defiance, and often, an emotionless, practical look at our dust-in-the-wind nature.
—Rochester City Newspaper, Sept. 24, 2012, on The Dust
Spencer Lambright | composer
spencer.lambright@mtsu.edu                                                                    works list  □  links   

                                                                                                                            


November 14, 8:00 PM - Hinton Music Hall, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. seemed to be saying through tears "I can do no more" for Max/MSP and dance. Core Project Chicago (dance). At A John Cage Celebration. Additional works by Amelia Winger-bearskin, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, Toshi Ichiyanagi , and John Cage. Free.

November 29, 30, December 1, 7:30 PM - Tucker Theater, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. And a Door Into It for digital playback and modern dance. Dance by the Middle Tennessee State University Dance Theater, Kim Nofsinger, choreography. $10. K-12 and MTSU students: $5.

December 6, 7, 7:30 PM - December 8, 2:00 and 8:00 PM -  Center for the Performing Arts, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. And a Door Into It. Dance by Middle Tennessee State University Dance Theater, Kim Nofsinger, choreography.

February 5, 6, time and location TBA - Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock, Arkansas. The Dust. Dance by Core Project Chicago.






Active as a composer, performer, and scholar, Spencer Lambright writes for a variety of musical contexts, focusing in recent years on
collaboration with dance, spoken word, and visual art. Currently Composer in Residence with modern dance ensemble Core Project Chicago,
Lambright’s score to The Dust was performed throughout the US during 2012-2013. Acclaimed Tennessee dancer/choreographer Kim
Nofsinger has championed Lambright’s scores as well, choreographing and touring his works in recent years. Lambright is co-founder of the
ensemble Cooperandi, devoted to collaborations between musics of the past and present and artists in divergent fields. In addition, Lambright’s
music has been performed in the US, Canada and Russia by ensembles such as the Stones River Chamber Players, The Philharmonia Orchestra
of Yale, L'Ensemble Synapse and The Blue Elm Trio.

Lambright’s scholarship focuses on two subjects: the music of Finnish post-spectralism composer Kaija Saariaho and harmony and rhythm in
heavy metal music. In addition to recent presentations at local and national academic conferences, Lambright is currently writing a book
presenting an analytic study of codes of signification in the music of '90s heavy metal Pantera and their intersections with American culture.

Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Spencer Lambright is an Assistant Professor at Middle Tennessee State University in the Nashville area. He
earned his D.M.A. at Cornell University studying under Steven Stucky and Roberto Sierra and his M.M. at Yale working with Joseph
Schwantner and Ezra Laderman. Lambright teaches composition and courses on music theory and popular music at Middle Tennessee State
University.




         2013 - Spencer Lambright | Composer