Jeremy Allen is a Cleveland-based composer committed to restoring a city by enriching its culture and communities through new music and artistic collaborations. Mr. Allen holds a Master's degree in Composition from the University of Kentucky and a Doctorate in Composition from The Cleveland Institute of Music. He has studied with award-winning composers Joseph Baber, Margaret Brouwer, and Keith Fitch, and has actively participated in seminars and master classes with other well-known composers such as Melinda Wagner, Robert Beaser, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower, Claude Baker, David Rakowski and Tanya León. He has also studied film scoring and sound design with Steven Mark Kohn. From 2008-2009, Jeremy conducted research in cooperation with Pulitzer Prize winning composers Joan Tower and Melinda Wagner toward developing a pertinent method of analysis for contemporary art music based on a cooperative effort between music theorists and twenty-first century composers.
Jeremy has received commissions from numerous organizations including The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Canton Symphony Orchestra, Inlet Dance Theatre, and The Mauthé String Quartet and is a recipient of the Donald Erb Prize in Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Jeremy was also awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2012. His music, which has been featured on public radio and television across the U.S., has been performed by internationally renowned performers and groups such as the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Wilhelmenia Fernandez-Smith, HALO Ensemble and MOSAIC, and has been called "poetic", "beguiling" and "mesmerizing" by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Jeremy's music is regularly featured in public venues such as The Cleveland Sculpture Center, Ingenuity Festival, The Cleveland Playhouse and The Cleveland Public Theatre, often in collaboration with visual artists, sculptors, filmmakers and dancers. His film music has been commissioned by institutions such as The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Institute of Art, and The LeBron James Family Foundation, and his electronic music is currently part of the Cleveland Clinic's Music and the Brain research project.
Mr. Allen has teamed up with award-winning composers Michael Bratt and Mark Nowakowski in founding Multimode Filter, a long-distance electronic music ensemble dedicated to producing cutting-edge new electronic music and sound design for stage, audio books and film. Multimode Filter is currently working on a genre bending beat-based album project, set for release in late 2012. Mr. Allen is also a composer, performer and founding member of the Board of Directors for FiveOne Music, Cleveland's experimental orchestra and champion of music written by living composers. Hailed by Donald Rosenberg as "burst[ing] with inventive, energetic spirit", FiveOne, a recent Cuyahoga Arts and Culture grant recipient, has been gaining steam in the Cleveland area over the past four years, attracting new audiences to the contemporary music scene by collaborating in fresh ways with young, innovative visual artists, dancers, and filmmakers in nontraditional settings. Mr. Allen is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the award-winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony.
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