Described as "an unabashedly expressive composer," (New Yorker) John Glover has created music for concert, opera, dance, and theater. His chamber opera New Arrivals was praised by Broadway World as an "intricate and intriguing score that is easy to lose yourself in emotionally." He has received commissions from organizations including Houston Grand Opera, New York Youth Symphony, Milwaukee Opera Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Mirror Visions Ensemble, Del Sol String Quartet, Liuh-wen Ting, Amber Sloan Dance, Crossman Dans(c)e, Ensemble Meme, String Noise, and the Five Boroughs Music Festival. His work has been presented in venues ranging from Rockwood Music Hall to Carnegie Hall, Invisible Dog, to the Rothkko Chapel.
John has received numerous awards, fellowships and grants for his music from organizations including New Music USA, Meet The Composer, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Cambodia Living Arts, Cherry Valley Artworks, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Recent projects include Rudiments for multi-tracked voice and dancers at The Yard for Amber Sloan Dance and Tomas Cruz, the multimedia work Snow created with choreographer Jordan Morley for toy-pianist Phyllis Chen, and Frame the Scene, for bass-baritone Davonne Tines and Canite Quartet.
Upcoming performances include the premiere of Squall for Mirror Visions Ensemble, an original score and sound design for the immersive work HERE by choreographer Kelly Bartnik which runs on the Lower East Side beginning in February, and a residency at MANA Contemporary with Amber Sloan. Urban Arias will present the East Coast premiere of his chamber opera Lucy, with libretto by Kelley Rourke, in Washington DC.
Ongoing projects include Guns n Rosenkavalier, an art song/rock song concert with baritone Andrew Wilkowske, horn quartet Genghis Barbie, and english lyrics by Kelley Rourke. Future projects include a new work for Del Sol String Quartet with Jesse Blumberg investigating photographer Eadweard Muybridge's role in the Modoc War, and a commission for Milwaukee Opera Theater. Both are collaborations with librettist Rourke. His song cycle Natural Systems, written for the New York Youth Symphony and Evan Hughes was described as a "vivid score ranging from energetic swirls to a gentle, enigmatic conclusion." (New York Times).
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