Craig Shepard writes music related to stillness. The experience of listening to his music has been compared to listening to the sound of falling snow. He writes mostly for acoustic instruments with rich tonal qualities.
His music is published by Edition Wandelweiser. It has been called "spare, elegant" (Steve Smith, Time Out New York) "touchingly beautiful" (Wolfgang Fuhrmann, Berliner Zeitung) and "truly invulnerable" (Martin Preisser, St-Galler Tagblatt). It has been featured at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Moments Musicaux Aarau, the Akademie der Künste Berlin, the Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Experimental Intermedia New York, The Stone NYC, Issue Project Room Brooklyn, Real Art Ways in Hartford, the Deep Listening Center in Kingston, New York, and throughout Europe and the United States.
Mr. Shepard has received commissions from the Musikpodium der Stadt Zürich, Quartour Bozzini, the Masanti/Parkinson Duo, the Kantorei der Stadtkirche Solothurn and the Gesellschaft für Literatur, Musik und Kunst Romanshorn.
As a trombonist, he has performed with Christian Wolff, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company,Jürg FreyCollegium Novum Zürich and many others. He has played on recordings with the Vokal Ensemble München and with Burkhard Schlothaur.
At the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zurich University of the Arts), Mr. Shepard served as a lecturer and listening researcher. A paper detailing the results of his work has been published in the Schweizerische Musikzeitung.
From 2001 to 2005, he studied sacbut with Ulrich Eichenberger. In 1998, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University, where he studied trombone with Frank Crisafulli and composition with Michael Pisaro, Amnon Wolman, and Alan Stout.
He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
(by the composer himself)
I had just finished a (very) short piano piece and it was sitting on my desk
when I received a request from Nicolas to compose a short piece for GlassWorlds.
I like to think that the universe had drawn the piece out of me
just in time, knowing that Nicolas would ask.