Craig Vear - Composer
- "Vear shines in the extended format like a good short story writer who suddenly discovers he's a great novelist" (acloserlisten.com)
- "Three Last Letters' is both a complex and an immensely moving work that combines something rare in contemporary music: a blend of intellectual rigour and a powerful emotional directness that goes straight to the heart." (Gavin Bryars)
Craig Vear (1970) is a composer and musician working predominantly in contemporary, experimental, improvised and electroacoustic music for the concert hall, multi-media installation and stage. He generally works with found materials, making compositions using computers that allow the individual sounds to be free, taking the careful listener on a journey along channels of memory and imagination, expressing the continuity and fluidity of thought.
His open works are inspired by John Cage, Gavin Bryars, Morton Feldman and Christophe Charles and use computers that generate live software scores to determine the outcome of the composition through performance.
Musicians describe this co-operative approach as '90% poetry' (Audrey Riley, M.D. Icebreaker Ensemble), 'extremely liberating' (Christopher O'Gorman, tenor), and 'taking on a heightened significance' (James Woodrow, guitarist); and his integrated soundscapes described as 'Multi-layered and keeping the interest in the listening throughout' (Francisco Lopez, composer and sound artist).