Jeremy Wagner

Job title: 
Music Perception & Cognition

Jeremy Wagner is a composer, performer and sound designer based in the Bay Area.  Since 2016 he has served on the staff of the Center for New Music & Audio Technologies (CNMAT) at UC Berkeley, where he currently serves as Research Composer and Technical Director.  He supports CNMAT’s research, pedagogy and performances, maintains CNMAT’s software legacy, mentors graduate student projects and teaches Music Perception & Cognition in the Music Department.

As a composer, Jeremy’s music focuses on intricate constructions for small forces meant to probe the limits of individual human virtuosity. His music has been premiered across the United States and Europe by some of the world’s most gifted performers and this record of performance has been recognized with several grants and awards including commissions by New Music USA and the McKnight Composer Fellowship, among others. Jeremy’s sound design work with filmmaker Hisham Bizri has shown in film festivals worldwide including Cannes & Sundance. Recent collaborations include Beneath the Wide, Wide Heaven (2016) and The Portrait of an Artist (2017).

With a performance career spanning two decades and a wide range of genres, in recent years Jeremy has developed an expertise in the preparation and performance of new electroacoustic works. In this capacity, he has performed with ensembles across the United States including Minnesota’s Spark Festival, Minnesota’s Ensemble of the Contemporary Music Workshop, 113 Composers, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Mercury Soul, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, West Edge Opera and San Jose Opera, among many others.

Jeremy’s research centers on developing technology-enhanced approaches to music creation, broadly defined. Current projects include development of custom microcontrollers for realtime motion capture and networked performance, research into augmented and virtual reality approaches to performance and creation, machine learning applied to audio synthesis, acoustical analysis & modelling, transducer workflows and tools for audio post-production.

Jeremy holds both a Ph.D. (2012) and Masters Degree (2008) in Music Composition from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Composition and Saxophone Performance from Wichita State University (2003). He has studied composition with Walter Mays, Katherine Murdock, Dean Roush, Adam Greene, Douglas Geers and dissertation advisor James Dillon. He has participated in courses and master classes with Luca Francesconi, Brian Ferneyhough, Liza Lim, Phillipe Manoury, Rebecca Saunders & Vladimir Tarnopolsky.

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