Recent News

Thailand, Charlotte Street Residency, Mixtape, and a New Commission!

This summer has flown by, literally, as I recently returned from an around-the-world trip to Thailand for the Thailand International Composition Festival! TICF was an inspiring week of concerts, lectures, and discussion with composers and performers from around the world.

Starting in September I will also be a resident at the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Studio Residency program here in Kansas City!

An excerpt from the Celestial Metamorphosis show was chosen to be on the I Care If You Listen summer mixtape and is available for download for free! This excerpt, titled Airplane Etude, isn’t available anywhere else at the moment so feel free to give it a listen.

Lastly,  I’ve been hard at work on a new piece for wind ensemble and electronics. This piece has been commissioned by Danh Pham and the WSU Wind Ensemble and a consortium of 13 university and high school bands from around the US, and will be finished in the fall! I am incredibly excited to be working with so many ensembles and directors for this piece, and am looking forward to sharing it here in the near future.

Post-Celestial Metamorphosis, and more Spring performances

Celestial Metamorphosis was a huge success, thank you to those who came to see it! I’m working on the recording of the performance now and hope to have it available soon along with the video by Cody and pictures from the performance on the blog linked above. In the meantime, the first two movements are attached below. There are several upcoming performances of my music in Texas for the 2016 NASA conference (for saxophone), Colorado for two conferences, and this summer in New York City again for the NYCEMF!!

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.



About Ted

Ted King-Smith is a composer, educator, and saxophonist currently based in Kansas City, Missouri. Described as “off-beat, jazzy, [and] convincing,” his music synthesizes several different influences, musical and otherwise, into engaging works that emphasize variety, virtuosity, and improvisation. Recent recognition for his music has come from BMI, the American Prize, and the Washington-Idaho Symphony. He holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music, Washington State University, and currently attends the University of Missouri – Kansas City. As an educator Ted is currently Adjunct faculty at Kansas City Kansas Community College where he teaches courses in Music Technology and Multimedia. He is also active as a performer with the Mnemosyne Quartet, an improvisation-based ensemble, and as a concert curator with the FuseBox New Music collective. 
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Upcoming Performances

Spring 2017

March 4, 2017 - Winter's Summer
Duke Sullivan, Alto Saxophone
SCI Region VIII Conference
Pullman, Washington

March 12, 2017
Mnemosyne Quartet at Prospero's Bookstore
Kansas City, Missouri

March 17-22, 2017
Mnemosyne Quartet Tour
South Bend, Indiana; Detroit, Michigan; Muncie, Indiana

May 5, 2017 - Life and Death on a Spinning Disk
newEar Contemporary Music Ensemble
Kansas City, Missouri

TBA - Life and Death on a Spinning Disk
Matthew Russo - Trombone
Preview performance
Hartford, CT

TBA - Between Glimpses of Blue
Premiere Performance