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.


“:ERILAZ:” received its premiere by Vincent Ranallo and Duo AIRS (Louis-Philippe Bonin and David Therrien-Brongo), at the Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, Montréal, Canada on October 09, 2019. A youtube video of the performance can be watched here.

A double-portrait CD “May the Bridges I Burn Light My Way…” (produced and engineered by John Schneider, Aron Kallay, and Michael Kudirka), featuring 9 works, including concerti, chamber, and solo compositions, has been released on MicroFest Records (distributed by Naxos). Purchase “May the Bridges I Burn Light My Way…” on here.

A major new chamber work, “Kaun” has been commissioned by Ensemble Variances (Rouen, France), and will be premiered and toured in North and South America in Spring 2021.

‘”Herjan” was commissioned by the Guitar Foundation of America as the set piece for the 2017 International Concert Artist Competition, and was performed at California State University Fullerton in June 2017 by 41 guitarists. The first-place winner, Tengyue Zhang, performed “Herjan” on tour in more than 50 cities throughout North and South America, including his debut recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

“Hagall” was successfully premiered 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”. 

“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…it was magic.”

“Music of raw power and vision…a particularly impressive combination of technical prowess and deep expression.” – Fanfare Magazine

“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

“Brilliantly crafted, a captivating listening experience…extraordinary craftsmanship as well as a mastery of contemporary musical forms…a polish and artistry that stands comparison with any of the 20th century masterworks.” – Sequenza 21

Upcoming projects: 

A new portrait CD, “Rider of Darkness, Path of Light”, is being recorded for MicroFest Records for release in late 2020, featuring premiere recordings of new vocal and chamber works, including performances by the Talea Ensemble, Nicholas Isherwood and Mark Robson, Jason Hardink, and Kirsten Ashley Wiest with Tara Schwab, Michael Kudirka, and Yuri Inoo.

A new chamber quintet (“Kaun”) will be premiered and toured by Ensemble Variances in North and South America in Spring 2021.

A new work (“Jörmunr”) for guitarist Pierre Bibault (Ensemble Intercontemporain) will be premiered throughout the US and Europe, 2020.

A new monodrama (“Myrkriða, Ljósleiðá [Rider of Darkness, Path of Light]”), will be premiered by Kirsten Ashley Wiest, with Tara Schwab, Michael Kudirka, 2020.