Jeffrey Holmes composes music inspired by the diversities of our natural world in its primal and dramatic elemental state. His creative inspiration is often rooted in primitive myths, legends, and landscapes. Themes such as violence, love, death, honor and transcendence bind the spiritual interactions of past, present, and future, and depict an eternal reflection of ourselves. Battling elemental forces are depicted engaging in wild natural settings, including turbulent stormy seas, vast mountain and desert terrains, and dark forests.
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.
“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