Chad Langford

Bassist, composer and educator Chad Langford is a native of Montana, in the United States.  His music has been performed in North America, Europe and Asia.  Creating a fascinating, visceral synthesis of layered rhythms, text, and arching melody, his work frequently utilizes both acoustic and electronic instruments and ensembles.  His principal composition teachers have included Yannis Kyriakides, Gilius van Bergeijk, Diderik Haakma Wagenaar, Eric Funk and Tomas Svoboda. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands and a Bachelor of Music Education from Montana State University. He is currently pursuing doctoral study in music composition at Durham University with Dr Richard Rijnvos and Dr Sam Hayden, and is the recipient of a Durham Doctoral Studentship.

His work has recently been featured in the ZEPPELIN Festival (Barcelona and Zaragoza, Spain), Festival Neue Muzik (Lüneburg, Germany), Insomnia Festival (Tromsø, Norway), KoMA ‘6 Festival (Belgrade, Serbia) as well as commissions for Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam) in 2008 and 2011, and the November Music Festival (Den Bosch) in 2011 and 2012.  After settling in the Netherlands in 2007, Langford has worked with the pioneering Dutch electroacoustic group the POW Ensemble, Rosa Ensemble, Post & Mulder, Duo Dubbelduet, Ensemble Royaal, Klarinetensemble Lignum and the ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble’s Ligeti Academy. In 2011 and 2012 he received grant funding for new compositions from Nederlands Fonds Podiumkunsten.

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From 2003-2007, Langford served as instructor of double bass and string techniques at Montana State University, Bozeman.  In addition, he has been active as a bass clinician, both as a solo performer and with his former performing group, the Jeni Fleming Trio, who gave hundreds of instrumental clinics and workshops in schools and universities around the northwest United States.

As a bassist, Langford has toured and recorded with many notable artists, including the Springhill Jazz Quartet, Chris Cunningham, and Aaron Espe.  A founding member of the jazz ensemble the Jeni Fleming Trio, he toured extensively with the group, producing five albums and appearing in the pilot episode of 11th & Grant with Eric Funk, a new Emmy Award-winning music program on Public Television in the US.  He has appeared in many festivals throughout the US and Canada, including NxNW and MusicFest Northwest (Portland, Oregon), the Yellowstone Jazz Festival (Powell, Wyoming), and the Victoria International Jazz Festival (Victoria BC, Canada), where he and the Jeni Fleming Trio opened for jazz legend Dave Brubeck.

He currently lives and works in the wilds of northeast England.

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Bassist, componist en leraar Chad Langford komt oorspronkelijk uit Montana (VS). Werk van zijn hand werd uitgevoerd in Noord-Amerika, Europa en Azië. In zijn muziek versmelten gelaagde ritmes, teksten en overkoepelende melodielijnen tot een fascinerende en instinctieve synthese. Hij schrijft voor akoestische en elektronische instrumenten en ook voor ensembles. Langford studeerde compositie bij o.a. Eric Funk, Tomas Svoboda, Diderik Wagenaar, Yannis Kyriakides en Gilius van Bergeijk.
Hij heeft muziek geschreven voor diverse korte films en was onderwerp van de documentaire “Moment”, een onderzoek naar improvisatie in muziek en dans. Recentelijk is zijn werk uitgevoerd tijdens het ZEPPELIN Festival (Barcelona en Zaragoza, Spanje), het Festival Neue Musik (Lüneburg, Duitsland), the Insomnia Festival (Tromsø, Noorwegen), KoMA ‘6 (Belgrade, Serbia). Ook werd Langford geselecteerd voor opdrachten tijdens de Gaudeamus Muziekweek in 2008 en 2011. In 2007 vestigde hij zich in Nederland. Sindsdien heeft hij gewerkt met ensembles als het baanbrekende elektro-akoestische POW Ensemble en het Rosa Ensemble.