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.
Holmes’ music has been described as “Music of raw power and vision…a particularly impressive combination of technical prowess and deep expression.” (Fanfare Magazine), “Captivating…haunting and slightly disorienting.” (Los Angeles Times), “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).
Commissions, performances, and awards have come from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, American Composers Forum, the Guitar Foundation of America, Darmstadt Ferienkurs für Neue Musik, the Talea Ensemble, the JACK Quartet, Thierry Pécou and Ensemble Variances, and from soloists Michael Kudirka, Kirsten Ashley Wiest, Nicholas Isherwood, Jason Hardink, Vincent Ranallo, and Pierre Bibault. Holmes’ music is published by Composers Edition (London, UK), Doberman-Yppan/Les Productions d’OZ (Quebec, Canada), and Edition Svitzer (Copenhagen, Denmark), and has been recorded on MicroFest Records, Centaur Records, Ablaze Records, and Sono Luminus.