Come have some delicious food and drink and hear my Decoda-colleagues and I play a smattering of classical rep. 6 pm on November 9th.
Happy to join for a great concert in Princeton, NJ – November 3rd at Richardson Auditorium.
I’ll join Either/Or for 125 new pieces from a variety of great composers on October 17th at Columbia’s Miller Theater. This will be a crazy one.
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.
Thrilled to play in a giant orchestra to take part in John Zorn’s 60th birthday celebrations. Sept. 25, 2013 at Columbia University’s Miller Theater.
Music of Benjamin Britten, including the Nocturne, op. 60. Oct. 5, 2013, Trinity Church Wall St.
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.
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!
My friend Lembit Beecher is conducting a fascinating concert at New York’s Estonian Cultural Society on October 17, including my rendition of an Esto-Ugric folk tune. Check it out!
I was glad to take part in Improv Everywhere’s cool ‘prank’ Conduct Us. It was fun!
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!
I’m thrilled to be joining the Princeton Symphony as the new principal bassoonist! Can’t wait to play some Berlioz this season.
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.
A whirlwind two-week tour of New York public schools (from February 28th through March 15th), based on Scheherazade and featuring arrangements by Andrew Roitstein and David Wallace. We’ll be hitting all 5 boroughs, from the Bronx to Staten Island and everywhere in-between. Fun!
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!
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.
Sample scores and recordings available upon request:
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)
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)
for oboe or bassoon (5.00′) (2011)
Twenty-Four Concert Studies
for solo bassoon (2005-8)