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Summer 2017 Recap

Although things may have appeared to be a little quiet for me on here, real-life was far from it! Recordings, performances, commissions and more have filled the summer. Here’s a recap of it all:

Between Glimpses of Blue was premiered and recorded in April and May with Joe Parisi and the UMKC Wind Ensemble! It was also performed in Seattle by Danny Helseth and the Seattle Pacific University Wind Ensemble. The east coast premiere will be in September with Glen Adsit and the Hartt School Wind Ensemble.


May 5th was the first annual KC Contemporary Music Festival organized by NewEar and KcEMA! It featured performances by a number of area performers and composers, including a short film score collaboration between members of KcEMA and animator Molly Garrett in which we scored her animation Steps to Balance 1-5Also on that festival, Soundtrack of an Open Road got a rocking performance by Shascha Groschang!


In addition to a new recording of Between Glimpses of Blue, trombonist Gavin Carney worked with me considerably this spring on Life and Death on a Spinning Disk. There were several performances in KC, and he recorded the piece as well! Gavin will be performing it once more at Electronic Music Midwest next month. Matt Russo, who commissioned the piece, gave the east coast premiere in June in Hartford, and will perform it again next month as well!


In July, Mnemosyne performed at Omaha Under the Radar along with many other incredible new music ensembles from around the country. If you haven’t heard of this festival, check it out!

On July 21, Soundtrack of an Open Road got another performance! This time at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY as part of the Late Night at National Sawdust series. The performance, with cellist Maria Hadge, was also broadcasted on Relevant Tones with Seth Boustead on WFMT (Chicago) and WKCR (New York). If you listen to the link, it’ll be on around 12:00, though be sure to listen to the other pieces as well.

This fall I’ll be teaching classes in audio, music technology, and multimedia at KCKCC and now Johnson County Community College!

I have two new works in progress: A new piece for band commissioned by Adam Fontana and Bethel College, and a new saxophone quartet for the Resurgam Quartet and a small consortium including the Fuego and Kenari Quartets! These will be done in late-2017 and early-2018.

There are already several performances of my works coming up this fall, and more will be confirmed soon!

Phew, okay, I think that’s about everything. Until next time…


New Electronic Miniatures

I’ve been working on some short electronic pieces over the past few months! Here are two of them:

Waves in B


Airplane Etude (Featured on I Care If You Listen’s Summer 2016 Mixtape)

Two new works for band, a finished degree, collaboration, and more!

A lot of exciting developments since August! Heres an overview:

Between Glimpses of Blue was finished in early November for a 15-member consortium! Performances for this work in Kansas City and Pullman, Washington are scheduled for April and others will follow in the fall. Recordings of these performances will be uploaded soon!

I also wrote a new fanfare for band, Blue River Breakdown. It is an exciting grade 4 piece, perfect for high school or young college groups. The piece is dedicated to Steven Davis and Joseph Parisi for their support of new music by UMKC composers and others. Performances of that piece are tentatively being scheduled this spring, with more to come in the summer and fall as well!

Mnemosyne performed new works as part of the Art in the Loop summer art series, Charlotte Street’s Illumnaphonic festival; and will be performing on the road at Indiana University South Bend and in Detroit, Michigan!

I successfully defended my dissertation (which was Between Glimpses of Blue) this past week and will be graduating from UMKC in May!

I’ve been writing in the studio generously given to me through Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency. In addition I’ve also written some blog posts (with more to come!) and an upcoming collaboration with animator Molly Garrett!

Other upcoming performances this spring include Winter’s Summer in Pullman, Washington, the premiere of Life and Death on a Spinning Disk in Kansas City, and a performance with the NewEar Ensemble on May 5!

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.


About Ted

Ted King-Smith is a composer, educator, and saxophonist currently based in Kansas City, Missouri. His music synthesizes several different influences into engaging works that emphasize virtuosity and improvisation. Recent recognition for his music has come from I Care if You Listen, BMI, the American Prize and the Washington-Idaho Symphony. Ted’s music has been featured at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center in Kansas City, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Florida State University Festival of New Music, and a number of conferences and festivals. He holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music, Washington State University, and will graduate with a DMA in Music Composition from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in May 2017. Currently Ted is an adjunct faculty member 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, and as a new music advocate with the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA) and NewEar Contemporary Chamber ensemble.
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Upcoming Performances

Winter/Spring 2018

In Stereo
February 5, 2018
Davis Theater
Chicago, IL
Soundtrack of an Open Road
Alyson Berger - Cello

Resurgam Saxophone Quartet
February 17, 2018
New York University
New York, NY
Breaking Point (preview performance)

Kansas Music Educator Association (KMEA) 2018 Conference
February 19, 2018
Wichita, Kansas
Bethel College Wind Ensemble, Adam Fontana Conductor
Reflections Through Green and Gold (World Premiere)

Resurgam Saxophone Quartet
March 8-10, 2018
North American Saxophone Alliance 2018 National Conference
Cincinnati, OH
Breaking Point (world premiere)

Resurgam Saxophone Quartet
March 18, 2018
Fireman Performing Arts Center
Marion, MA
Breaking Point

SEAMUS 2018 National Conference
March 2018
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Selected to perform Fractured Realities with the Mnemosyne Quartet

International Trombone Festival
July 2018
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Matthew Russo - Trombone
Life and Death on a Spinning Disk