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Jordan Kuspa


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Jordan Kuspa’s music has been praised in the New York Times as “animated and melodically opulent” and “consistently alive and inspired.” His works juxtapose a bristling rhythmic drive with expansive textures and sinuously interwoven counterpoint. Explorative and eclectic, Kuspa’s music encompasses intricate motivic

developments, carefully-wrought formal structures, and unexpected detours of wit and whimsy. Kuspa earned his doctorate from the Yale School of Music and also studied at Rice University. He is currently based in Southern California.



[O]f the eight works that Ensemble SurPlus offered, the most memorable was Jordan Kuspa’s Piano Trio.... his writing here was sharply focused, carefully shaped and attuned to coloristic possibilities...

Poe would have loved local composer Jordan Kuspa’s musical take on [Masque of the Red Death]—ominous notes of an oboe, menacing percussion, soothing sound of a harp, and everything in between...

"Time Crunch" is a short but entertaining work that starts with broad expansive gestures gradually picking up speed and momentum, like a boulder rolling down a hill.

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  • Aug 04, 2020, 12:00 PM – Aug 09, 2020, 4:00 PM
    Garth Newel Lane, Garth Newel Ln, Hot Springs, VA 24445, USA
    The Garth Newel Music Center presents the professional premiere of Collideoscope, along with other chamber works.
  • Apr 18, 2020, 7:30 PM
    Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005, USA
    Cellist Norman Fischer, Professor of Cello at the Shepherd School of Music, performs a new work for cello and orchestra with Rice University's Campanile Orchestra, conducted by Joshua Hong.
  • Apr 13, 2020, 7:30 PM
    Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78712, USA
    Conductor Farkhad Khudiyev gives the Texas premiere of Lemonade Battery with the University of Texas–Austin Symphony Orchestra.
  • Mar 07, 2020, 2:00 PM
    San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA
    The North Coast Symphony Orchestra premieres the new orchestration of Implied Architecture.


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