Georg Friedrich Haas

Ensemble Signal’s Composer Portrait of Georg Friedrich Haas to celebrate his appointment to the faculty at Columbia University. I’ll be playing ATTHIS, a wonderful octet with soprano solo. October 10, 2013 at Columbia’s Miller Theater.

String Trio premiere at Bay Chamber Concerts

Two very fun concerts with Decoda at this year’s Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine! On Thursday, August 29th, my String Trio receives its world premiere performance, alongside music by Bach and Beethoven. The next evening, Decoda reprises my Jonah for narrator and string duo, along with a host of short and sweet pieces by Poulenc, Mozart/Saebo, Mark O’Connor, and more.

Marlboro Music Festival

Very excited to be taking part in this year’s Marlboro Music Festival – performances will include the Poulenc Trio, Mozart’s Quintet in Eb (in collaboration with director/pianist Richard Goode), Gounod’s Petite Symphony, the Strauss Serenade, op. 7, and much more! If you are near Brattleboro, VT, please come and say hello!


Cantori New York premieres ‘A Gnostic Passion’ by Brad and Doug Balliett

On May 18 at St. Luke in the Fields and on May 20 at Park Avenue Christian Church, Cantori New York will premiere a new, large-scale, collaboratively written Passion based on the Gnostic Gospels. My brother Doug and I have been working hard for a year on a 70-minute piece for 40-piece choir, soprano soloist, flute, bassoon, double bass, piano and harp. The chorus sounds fantastic. Well worth coming out!

Metropolis Ensemble at TEAK

In my capacity as leader of YouthWorks, Metropolis Ensemble’s outreach program, I’m thrilled to return to TEAK, a wonderful fellowship opportunity for talented students from challenging backgrounds, beginning in March. This partnership always yields wonderful new music combining new young-people compositions matched with original poetry — watch for a performance in May with the whole Metropolis Ensemble.

The Declassified with Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections

The Declassified is undertaking two fascinating projects this winter through Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program. On December 18th at noon, the Musical Connections Septet will perform an hour-long atrium concert with singer Camille Zamora at Jacobi Hospital. On January 9th, a three-month songwriting project with the residents of Valley Lodge shelter will culminate in a public performance. Stay tuned for more details!

About Brad Balliett

Brad Balliett
contact me at bballiett-at-gmail-dot-com

New York City-based bassoonist and composer Brad Balliett is gaining a reputation for unusual and thought-provoking programming, performance and composition. The new principal bassoonist of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Brad performs regularly with Metropolis Ensemble, Signal, Decoda, and Ensemble ACJW. Formerly acting principal of the Hartford Symphony, Brad has also appeared as principal bassoon with the Houston Symphony and American Ballet Theater, and has performed with the New York City Ballet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Anthony Braxton, Zakir Hussain, and Miguel Zenon. Brad is an alumni of Carnegie Hall’s The Academy, and is a founding member of Decoda, the Deviant Septet, and DZ4. Brad graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2005, and holds an MM from Rice University.

Brad’s compositions have been performed around the country, including recent performances by Decoda, Metropolis Ensemble, Cantori, Genghis Barbie, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICEtank series). He was composer-in-residence for New York City’s Chelsea Music Festival in 2011, and was a Spotlight Artist in composition at the Lucerne Festival the same year. Brad is a member of the band The Oracle Hysterical, and hosts a weekly new music radio show with his twin brother Doug on WQXR’s Q2, called The Brothers Balliett.

As a teaching artist, Brad gives performances and leads songwriting workshops at hospitals, schools, homeless shelters, and correctional facilities. Through Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program, Brad has given concerts and led workshops with the chamber ensemble Decoda at Beth Abraham Hospital in the Bronx, Jacobi Hospital, New York Presybterian, Valley Lodge Homeless Shelter, and the Fort Washington Men’s Shelter. Through Metropolis Ensemble, Brad has led songwriting projects with the TEAK Foundation, the Reciprocity Foundation and the Special Music School, culminating in performances at le Poisson Rouge. Through Ensemble ACJW, Brad has created and performed in dozens of interactive performances at schools throughout New York City.

List of Works

Sample scores and recordings available upon request:

Flower Thunderstorm
for flute quartet (5.00′)

for String Trio (9.30′) (2013)
Performed by Decoda

A Gnostic Passion (with Doug Balliett)
for soprano solo, chorus, and instrumental quartet (70.00′) (2013)

Three Sonatatinas
for oboe and bassoon (12.00′)

for narrator/bassoon, cello and bass (10.30′) (2012)
Performed by Decoda

Winter is Passed
for septet (1.30′) (2012)

Glue to Dust
for solo bassoon (8.00′) (2012)

Slow-Burning Sarabande
for oboe or bassoon (5.00′) (2011)

Twenty-Four Concert Studies
for solo bassoon (2005-8)


Flower Thunderstorm for flute quartet

My Flower Thunderstorm for flute quartet was composed in 2007 for Rice University’s JUMP program. The piece is based on a piece of beautiful artwork from an anonymous fifth-grader in Houston, TX. The intricate play of textures suggested a storm to me, but a storm in which one is whipped in the face with flowers instead of rail, hail, or snow.
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