Movers & Shapers: Dorian Wallace

By June 7, 2016June 8th, 2016Podcast

Podcast No.25 – Dorian Wallace

Release Date: June 7, 2016

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Dorian Wallace is a composer, improviser and pianist of contemporary classical music, new music, radical avant-garde, spontaneous improvisation and free jazz. His works encompass chamber ensembles, orchestral, opera, classical dance, vocal, percussion, electronic, improvisation, large jazz ensemble, and film. He is an activist for secularism, human rights, and homelessness.

He is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Tenth Intervention, a contemporary classical presenter in New York City.  Tenth Intervention includes The Tenth Intervention Ensemble, a contemporary classical chamber ensemble with a flexible roster, The Free Sound Ahn-somble, an inventive and improvisational septendectet, and Trystero, a surreal night-club act that constructs theatrical performances and electronic music.

Notable work includes We Are Legion, an immersive chamber work inspired by the hacktivist collective, Anonymous, The Rest !s Sh!t: Stories from the Microchasm, an opera-for-television, and his performance of Buddy, “The World’s Greatest Piano Player” in Robert Ashley’s opera-for-television Perfect Lives.

He has received commissions, performed and recorded with artists such as Robert Ashley, John Sanborn, Aleksandra Vrebalov, John King, Frank London, Dave Liebman, Seneca Black, The Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio, Experiments In Opera, Composers Concordance, 42nd Parallel, Paperwing Ensemble, New Vintage Baroque, 1685, LottDance, The Shekinah Big Band, RIOULT Dance NY, 10 Hairy Legs, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, The Gwen Rakotovao Company, Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre, The Median Movement and TRIODance. His music has been performed in New York City, Bangkok, Cleveland, Paris, Mexico City, Chicago, Canton, and Los Angeles. He composed the score to Hernando Bensuelo’s award winning film ”Last Look”, Tiger Chengliang Cai’s “Six Dreams about A City”, and the upcoming documentary “Requiem For A Bird” by Cylixe.  Wallace is a staff musician and composer for dance at Barnard College of Columbia University, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, The Martha Graham Dance Company, The Juilliard School, Ballet Hispanico, Kat Wildish and Doug Varone and Dancers.

He studied Music Composition with Sebastian Birch, Pat Pace, Tom Janson, Frank Wiley and Chas Baker at Kent State University. He has served 7 years in the US Army National Guard and is a member of the 63rd Army Band. Dorian currently resides in Harlem, New York City with his partner, violinist Hajnal Pivnick.



Ashland Symphony Orchestra

Rachmaninoff in C# Minor

The Rite of Spring


Dr. Sebastion Birch

Chas Baker

John Cage

John Cage, Rules of Being a Student

John Philip Sousa

Arnold Schoenberg

Steve Coleman


Kronos Quartet

Alison Cook Beatty 

Amy Miller

Jennifer McQuiston Lott

Anonymous Work – “We are Legion”

Ryan Lot/Son Lux

“The Art of Peace”

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron