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February Performances

Rehearsals are underway for Celestial Metamorphosis, and next month is full of performances in the Kansas City area as well! The UMKC Wind Ensemble directed by Joe Parisi will be performing Wanderings on the Divide on February 4 and 13 at Park Hill High School and UMKC, Celestial Metamorphosis will be performed at KCAI on February 9, and Soundtrack of an Open Road is scheduled for February 11 at the SCI Region VI conference in Wichita, KS!. February is a busy month!

Fall into Spring

A lot has happened since September!

  • Mnemosyne Quartet and Zach Shemon gave an excellent performance in August at Prairie Logic including Winter’s Summer
  • The Hartt School gave an excellent premiere of Wanderings on the Divide on October 3rd (performance embedded below)
  • The Bass Clarinet arrangement of Soundtrack of an Open Road was premiered at Electronic Music Midwest in November by Michael Miller
  • The Johnson County Library interviewed me for the Listen Local project and asked some really tough questions about my creative process and musical background

Several performances are lined up for the Spring as well! First up is Celestial Metamorphosis, an hour-long evolving, collaborative audio-visual performance I am partially composing for and curating with Cody Kauhl (video), Eli Hougland (electronics), Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes, and Mnemosyne Quartet on February 9. Then it is conference season in February and March.


American Prize finalist

I am happy to announce that Colors was selected as a finalist in the American Prize in the chamber music category! The press release can be found here

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.



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

Spring 2016

February 4, 2016 7:30pm - Wanderings on the Divide
UMKC Wind Ensemble, Joe Parisi Director
Park Hill South High School
Kansas City, MO

February 9, 2016 7:30pm - Celestial Metamorphosis
Collaborative audio-visual performance with Cody Kauhl (video), Eli Hougland (electronics), Ensemble of Irreproduceable Outcomes, and Mnemosyne Quartet
Kanas City Art Institute
4415 Warwick Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64111

February 11, 2016, 3:00pm - SCI Region VI Conference
Soundtrack of an Open Road
(performer TBA)
Friends University
Wichita, Kansas

February 13, 2016 2:00pm - Wanderings on the Divide
UMKC Wind Ensemble, Joe Parisi Director
White Hall, UMKC
Kansas City, MO

February 26, 2016, time TBA - EMM Mini Conference
200 Cars and more
Mnemosyne Quartet
Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, MO

March 13, 2016 - NASA Biennial Conference
Winter's Summer and All Thumbs
Elyse Vest - Saxophones
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX

March 17-18, 2016 - CMS Rocky Regional Conference
Soundtrack of an Open Road
Michael Miller - Bass Clarinet
Northern Colorado University
Greeley, CO