Bio

Shane Monds is a composer who works in many mediums and frequently collaborates with film-makers, artists, performers and scientists. Each project is a new place for sonic exploration. He has composed music for traditional mediums such as choir and orchestra, film, micro-tonal piano, art installations, Cajun fiddle, traditional Chinese instruments and much more. His music has been heard at a variety of venues ranging from St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican to the documentary film channel to the City Hall in Nafplio, Greece.

In the past two years, all of Mr. Monds's work explore new and ancient tuning systems while incorporating his research in pitch perception. In the summer of 2016, he helped coordinate the Exploring Mind through Music Festival under directors and collaborators Anthony Brandt and Xaq Pitkow. In July, he was an Associate Artist-in-Residence at the Atlantic Center of the Arts under Master Artist Georg Friedrich Haas. Also in July, he was part of the doctorate/post-doc consortium at Your Brain on Art: Neuroimaging, Creativity and the Arts where he presented research. Recent projects include new works commissioned for The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel. His latest major work In Observance of Dusk was a 75 minute light and sound triptych for the James Turrell's Skyspace Twilight Epiphany. Also in 2016, Mr. Monds was commissioned a new work for traditional Chinese instruments by the Little Giant Chamber Orchestra (Taipei, Taiwan).

Mr. Monds has received major commissions from the Indianapolis Symphonic Chorus, The Louisiana Sinfonietta, HGOco (Houston Grand Opera Company), and the Vechhione/Erdahl Duo whose commission was made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum. He has presented his music and lectured at the Aichi School of the Arts (Nagoya, Japan), Butler University, and Indiana University.

Mr. Monds is completing a DMA Rice University. He serves as Young Artist Composer-in-Residence for Da Camera:Houston for the 2015-2017 season. In May of 2016 he was appointed as piano technician at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. He has studied composition under Kurt Stallmann, Anthony Brandt, Karim Al-Zand, Michael Schelle, Dinos Constantinides and Keith Gates. He studies sitar under Srinivas Koumonduri. When not involved in music he can most likely be found cooking in the kitchen or studying the ancient game of go.

 

 

 

 

 

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