About

Todd Reynolds, violinist, composer, educator and technologist is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and one of the most active and versatile proponents of what he calls ‘present music’.  The violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can, and a founder of the string quartet known as Ethel, his compositional and performance style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic and pan-genre composition and improvisation. Reynolds’ music has been called “a charming, multi-mood extravaganza, playful like Milhaud, but hard-edged like Hendrix” (Strings Magazine), and his countless premieres and performances of everything from classical music to Jazz to Rock‘n’Roll seem to redefine the concert hall and underground club as undeniably and unavoidably intertwined.  He has just released his double CD set, Outerborough  on Innova Recordings, featuring InSide, a collection of his own music, paired with OutSide, music written by a veritable who’s who of contemporary composers. 

A forerunner in the expansion of the violin beyond its classical and ‘wood-bound’ tradition, Reynolds electrifies in concert, weaves together composed and improvised segments, and makes use of computer technology and digital loops to sculpt his sounds in real time, seamlessly integrating minimalist, pop, Jazz, Indian, African, Celtic and indigenous folk musics into his own sonic blend. As a cross-genre improviser and collaborator, he has appeared and/or recorded with such artists as Anthony Braxton, Uri Caine, John Cale, Steve Coleman, Joe Jackson, Dave Liebman, Yo-Yo Ma, Graham Nash, Greg Osby, Steve Reich, Marcus Roberts and Todd Rundgren, and has commissioned and premiered countless numbers of new works by America’s most compelling composers, including John King, Phil Kline, Michael Gordon, Neil Rolnick, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Evan Ziporyn and Randall Wolff. His interdisciplinary work includes ongoing collaborations with SoundPainter Walter Thompson as well as media artists Bill Morrison and Luke DuBois and sound artist Jody Elff.

Reynolds is a founder of the band known as Ethel, a critically acclaimed amplified string quartet, with whom he wrote and toured internationally for seven years. He has also produced Still Life With Microphone, an ongoing theater piece which incorporates his own written and improvised music, compositions written for him, and elements of video and theatrical arts.   Nuove Uova [new eggs], new works for violin and electricity, another Todd Reynolds production is a ‘new-music cabaret’ of sorts, having as its home Joe’s Pub in Manhattan. The Todd Reynolds String Quartet and Typical Music, an avant piano trio featuring Ashley Bathgate and Vicky Chow from the Bang on a Can All-Stars, continue to commission, perform and record music from Contemporary Music’s brightest stars.

 

18 responses to “About

  1. Great article on the ableton website. Watched some videos and listened some music clips and your music is amazing. I am a double bassist and I’ve been using ableton for awhile but just for composing electronic music. If I started experimenting with my bass and ableton together do I need anything other than a footpedal board and do you have one you recommend? Thank you and keep up the great music!

    Todd Matthews

  2. Thanks so much, Todd, and nice to make your acquaintance. Great name you got, too. Your questions: Options, as you know, are vast with regard to midi-controllers, so any combination will only enhance ‘controllability’. Most of the time, however, I use nothing but 3 banks (30 switches, 6 continuous controllers) on an FCB1010 by Behringer. This is also my recommendation. It’s a little obtuse to program it at first, but you only need do it once, and there is great editor software with which to program it if you like. I’ve been through only two pedals all these years, so it’s pretty rugged. I use a Motu Traveler SO that I can go in with midi straightaway, no extra USB interface. So, easy answer, nope, nothing else needed. The Behringer is usually only about $149 as well. Thanks for your kind words and inquiry, hope to hear your music soon. (you remind me that perhaps I should put up a gear page, lol, would that be helpful?)

  3. Thanks for the recommendation! I use a MOTU ultralite that has midi in the back so the fcb1010 should work perfect. So far I’ve only used the ultralite to make audition tapes and get down some ideas for songs so this will be great to get more use out of it. I’m guessing I’ll mic my bass and use headphones to prevent feedback. Do you use an electric violin when you preform live? My email is gtmatthews@gmail.com If I make any music worth listening to.. I’ll send it your way.
    Thanks again for the advice.

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  5. Yes, Todd! Please make a gear page. I’d be excited to check out your setup. Are you using the looper plugin at all or just recording into clips?
    ~

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  7. Hello Todd,

    I am a composer living in the NW US. I stumbled on your page and your wonderful music.

    I would like to learn more about HOW you create your music and HOW you use Ableton (in a live situation and initially creating). How much of your music is improvised and how do you keep an ensemble together when you do improvise, etc.

    Thank you for such intriguing info on your website.

    Eric

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  9. Todd,
    Sarah Baird told me to contact you directly, so,
    you would be willing to do an interview for The Glass? :)

  10. Sorry, I meant “would you?” ! :)

  11. John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music

    Todd, loved your set with Dayna Kurtz at NotSXSW.

  12. Hi Todd: John Schneider from KPFK/LA…I’m including the GuitarBot in a book I’m doing “The Contemporary Guitar” 2nd Edition (the 1s Edition was U. of California Press), and would love to use ~ 30″ of your delightful “Centrifuge” in the accompanying CD – may I have permission? do I also need to talk to Philip Blackburn?

    thanks!

    • Hi John no need to garner permission from Philip I don’t think, although I think it would be the best path to alert him so that we can keep the proper credits on file. In fact I’ll copy him here, but I’m happy to officially give you permission to use 30seconds of Centrifuge in the book’s accompanying CD. Use up to a minute if you’d like with pleasure.

      All the best to you,

      Todd

    • Hi Guys,

      Happy to be in the loop. Happier that the music is getting heard and written about. If I had any permission to grant it would have been offered willingly.

      Best to all. Philip

      From: todd reynolds <toddreyn@gmail.com> Date: Sunday, August 26, 2012 12:15 PM To: “comment+ryqi8k62uaxyx-vylhm6s@comment.wordpress.com” <comment+ryqi8k62uaxyx-vylhm6s@comment.wordpress.com>, Philip Blackburn <pblackburn@composersforum.org> Subject: Re: [Todd Reynolds] Comment: “About”

      Hi John no need to garner permission from Philip I don’t think, although I think it would be the best path to alert him so that we can keep the proper credits on file. In fact I’ll copy him here, but I’m happy to officially give you permission to use 30seconds of Centrifuge in the book’s accompanying CD. Use up to a minute if you’d like with pleasure.

      All the best to you,

      Todd

  13. Todd is a truly spontaneous artist, Much of the music he plays might be written down, but his approach is colored by a sense of freedom–when he repeats a piece, he breathes life into a given work using a different approach each time. And It is more than his innovative music making that makes.Todd so very wonderful, it is the person, a source of positive and indefatigable energy, Todd is brilliant and humble, and there is no one else around who creates music with such a sense of refined architecture, and a palette for color that is so indescribably beautiful. Todd uses technology with a rarefied sense of taste and a deep respect for what makes a sound organic.

  14. Todd is a truly spontaneous artist, and although much of the music he plays might be written down, his approach is colored by a sense of freedom–when he repeats a piece, he breathes new life into it using a different approach each time. And It is more than his innovative music making that makes.Todd so very wonderful, it is the person, a source of positive and indefatigable energy, Todd is brilliant and humble, and there is no one else around who creates music with such a sense of refined architecture, and a palette for color that is so indescribably beautiful. Todd uses technology with a rarefied sense of taste and a deep respect for what makes a sound organic.

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