Recent News

Soundtrack of an Open Road recording

A studio recording of Soundtrack of an Open Road is finished! Tiffany Bell and I recorded back in March, and after a few months of editing, is up on soundcloud.


Spring performances

Soundtrack of an Open Road received an excellent premiere last month by KC cellist Tiffany Bell! The piece has been added to the Works page and a recording of the performance is available as well. Tiffany also came into the studio to record the cello parts of the piece, so a studio recording of Soundtrack will be available soon!

The week of  April 12-19 features three performances: Winter’s Summer in Kansas City, MO on the 12th, Colors in Hartford, CT on the 16th, and Winter’s Summer again in Iowa City, IA on the 18th!

I’ll also be performing in Kansas City with the Mnemosyne Quartet in April, May, and June! A few of my pieces may make it onto these programs as well.

I’m working along on a new piece for Euphonium and Piano, and have some more exciting electronic and acoustic projects coming up this Summer and Fall!


Six of my works are now being published at Murphy Music Press! These include Crossroads Fanfare, Manhattan, Colors, Ping, All Thumbs, and an older work for saxophone quartet, Echoes.

January update

There are now many performances of my pieces lined up for the first few months of 2015 all across the US! I’ll be traveling to Tallahassee, Arkadelphia, and Seattle in the coming months, and am looking forward to the free beverage service on my flights.

Soundtrack of an Open Road for Cello and Fixed Media was finished about a week ago, and there are already plans for it’s premiere and more!

A recording of most of Winter’s Summer is now available on the Listen and Works page.

Up next is a work for Euphonium and Piano for David Dimmit, a terrific performer and fellow Kansas City dweller!

I’ve become involved in other groups in Kansas City in the past months including the Mnemosyne Quartet, an improvisation-based group. We recently performed an entire concert as part of the Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance’s (KcEMA) happy hour concert series, and in August brought street art-style performance to downtown KC.

Until next time,


About Ted

Ted King-Smith's music is a hybrid of vernacular and contemporary music, exploring the vast sonic space between an energetic drive and a surreal stillness. Hailing from the Hudson Valley of New York, Ted began his studies in music on the saxophone at age 8. After performing with dozens of ensembles in the region ranging from improvisatory rock bands to jazz ensembles he went on to attend and graduate from the Hartt School of Music in 2010, and Washington State University in 2012. He is currently pursuing his DMA in composition at the University of Missouri – Kansas City where his current teachers include Chen Yi and James Mobberley. 
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Upcoming Performances

Fall 2015
August 25, 7:00pm, Analogous City
Winter's Summer - Zach Shemon
New improvisatory works - Mnemosyne Quartet and Zach Shemon
Prairie Logic
Kansas City, Missouri

November 19-21, time TBA, Electronic Music Midwest
Soundtrack of an Open Road
Michael Miller, Bass Clarinet
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Kansas City, Kansas

February 9, 2016, 8:00pm
Celestial Metamorphosis
Collaboration with Cody Kauhl, Eli Hougland, Mnemosyne Quartet, and EIO
Kansas City Art Institute
Epperson Hall
Kansas City, Missouri