Jeffrey Holmes composes post-spectral, teleological music incorporating elements of mysticism and lyrical expression. His creative inspiration is rooted in primitive myths, transcendent legends, and dramatic elemental landscapes in their primal and violent natural states.
As a traditionalist, he composes music for acoustic orchestral instruments, using standard notational methods; as a formalist, he works within a complex and unique non-octave diatonic, chromatic, and microtonal language; as a transcendentalist, he combines the inherent abstraction of sound with a greater meaning and possibility of interpretation through the use of lyricism and overt expression.
“Hagall” was successfully premiered in March by the Talea Ensemble at Roulette in New York City. The Talea Ensemble described the work: “Holmes’ music engages in the idea of landscape and mysticism through his spectral technique. Through his choice of pitch and rhythmic textures, stunning colors emerge”.
In October, “Úr” received its world premiere by the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Green Umbrella” series in Disney Hall. New Classic LA reported: “Jeffrey Holmes’ Ur was a break through premiere. With the ensemble surrounding the audience, each musician surrounded by similar set ups of gongs, toms, bass drums, flower pots, and cymbals, we listeners were bathed in swirling cascades of sound, as players echoed each others gestures…it was magic.”
“Captivating…the haunting and slightly disorienting sound disrupts and engages the open ear.”
– Los Angeles Times
“By far the most interesting and musically arresting work on the concert…music to be really heard and deserving of reflection.”
– Society of Composers, INC
– San Francisco Classical Voice
“Hagall” will receive its West-Coast premiere by the “Edge” Ensemble conducted by Donald Crockett at the University of Southern California in March 2017.
“Myrkriða [Rider of Darkness]” will be premiered by Kirsten Ashley Wiest and Tara Schwab in April 2017 at the University of California at San Diego.
“Thrall”, a piano concerto for Aron Kallay and Brightwork New Music Ensemble, will be premiered in Los Angeles in 2017.
“Íss”, for Duo Amantis, will be premiered in 2017.
A new monodrama, “Myrkriða, Ljósleiðá [Rider of Darkness, Path of Light]”, will be premiered in its entirety by Kirsten Ashley Wiest, with Tara Schwab and Michael Kudirka, in 2017.