Carolyn Bremer has been dubbed a composer "driven by hobgoblins of post modernist cant." Bremer came to composition on the heels of intensive training as an orchestral bassist. Her catalogue contains works based on feminist symbolism (Athene), baseball (Early Light), and postmodern theory (Adventures in Hyperreality).In the last four years, Bremer has had performances of her works at Carnegie Hall; in Germany, Norway, and Sweden; and for the gala 150th anniversary concert at WestPoint. Her consortium-commissions include Symphony for WindBand, premiered by Ray Cramer at Indiana University and Returns of the Day, premiered by Thomas Dvorak at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. CDs released since Spring 2002 include the El Paso Wind Symphony on Summit Records, the Heritage of American Band of the US Air Force, the Towson University Symphonic Band, and the Monarch Brass Ensemble. Bremer was guest composer for the Technology Initiative Conference at Collin County College in Dallas, Texas; the Women Band Directors International Conference in San Diego; and composer-in-residence at Mansfield University.Bremer has received grants from Meet The Composer, the American Music Center, the Kirkpatrick Foundation, and the FIPSE program at the US Department of Education, and a Dissertation Fellowship from the Regents of the University of California. Bremer studied at the Eastman School of Music, CalArts, and received the Ph.D. in composition from UCSB. She was Chair of Composition at the University of Oklahoma from 1991-2000 where she held the Sandra and Brian O'Brien Presidental Professorship. Currently, she is Professor of Composition and Theory at California State University Long Beach.
The Ol' Sea Dog, (wind ensemble), commissioned by the California Band Directors Association for their fiftieth anniversaryOzymandias (chorus and chamber band)(r)Evolving Doors (two pianos)
am exploring the intersections of many fields -- of music and photography; creativity and meaning; of postmodern thought; of hybrid forms (music composition/photograph); of language as adjudicator of creative activity; of technology as the driver or slave for change. At the crux is this question: how do I meld the various influences and ideas I have into a new piece?