I am a composer and performer, originally from Montana, in the United States.
My music explores a visceral synthesis of layered pulse streams, interference patterns, texts, and fragile melodies, frequently utilizing both acoustic and electronic instruments and ensembles. I have recently been featured in the ZEPPELIN Festival (Barcelona and Zaragoza), Adelaide Festival (AUS), Festival Neue Musik (Lüneburg), Insomnia Festival (Tromsø), KoMA ’6 Festival (Belgrade), as well as the Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam & Utrecht), and the November Music Festival (Den Bosch).
After settling in the Netherlands in 2007, I was privileged to work with the pioneering Dutch electroacoustic group the POW Ensemble, as well as undertaking collaborative projects with Rosa Ensemble, Post & Mulder, Duo Dubbelduet, Ensemble Royaal, Klarinetensemble Lignum, and the ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble’s Ligeti Academy. I am currently an Associate Member of the London Symphony Orchestra’s SoundHub initiative for emerging composers.
I hold degrees in composition and music education from institutions in the US, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom: BMusEd (Montana State University, 2000); BMus & MMus (Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands, 2009 & 2011); PhD (University of Durham, UK, 2016). I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK).
As of 2012 I have been living and working in the wilds of North East England.
Here are a few things people have said about me…
…as a COMPOSER:
“…remarkable imagination, fantasy, and an authentic musical language.”
– Richard Rijnvos, composer-in-residence Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
“He discards the straightforward path for the meandering one as a way of broadening our perspective of a given situation – of increasing the ambiguity inherent in the juxtaposition of media, instead of looking for easy metaphors…”
– Yannis Kyriakides
“…a strong line in reconciling the acoustic and electronic, with an active interest in deep compositional structures outlined over longer time spans.”
– Nick Collins, co-editor of The SuperCollider Book, MIT Press
[on Untitled, for two pianos and electronics] “…a lovely piece by Montana-born Chad Langford, incorporating a spoken text about whale calls…”
– Christopher Trapani, NewMusicBox
“È proprio Chad Langford a fare la sua bella figura nel brano di apertura – il più bello del disco, a nostro avviso – quell’ “Invitation” di Bronislaw Kaper che tante volte è stata battuta e che qui riceve un bellissimo arrangiamento dal contrabbassista…”
“I am confident that he will make an enduring contribution to our musical culture…”
– Gilius van Bergeijk
…as a PERFORMER:
– Scott Prinzing, Montana Magazine
“La basse de Chad Langford apporte une ossature solide à ces très belles mélodies…”
– Michel Bedin, Jazz Hot Magazine
“His bass is the raw soul – bouncing and gliding…”
– Erica Parfit, Missoulian
…as a guest speaker for GENERAL AUDIENCES:
“Informative, humorous and engaging are the three words I would choose to describe Chad Langford’s introductory talk on contemporary music as part of the Sage Gateshead’s Exploring Music series. He gauged the audience persona right from the start and had them immediately engaged as he explained what can be a challenging topic in clear, concise and revealing detail. The feedback from the audience was extremely positive and I would have no hesitation engaging him to deliver another talk in the future.”
– Robin Purser, Cross-Strand Programme Manager, The Sage, Gateshead
From 2003-2007, I served as instructor of double bass and string techniques at Montana State University, Bozeman. As a bassist, I have 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, I 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. I have also 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).