CONNER LEIGH SHAW’s life in the majestic open spaces of Colorado, and his emotional interpretations on both his life and the cataclysmic events occurring in the world, shape his writing into a style simultaneously haunting and beautiful. In November 2018, Shaw made his national composer-performer debut at the University of Tennessee Martin New Music Festival playing his yearning, yet elegant electronic-sample and electric guitar art song Pain, Trains; Wane. In October of that same year, Shaw was featured as both performer and composer on the University of Northern Colorado’s contemporary ensemble release UNCOmmon Ensemble at the Tank, which was recorded at the infamous reverb chamber studio The Tank in Rangely, Colorado.
In May of 2018, Shaw released his debut album Portraits, Moods, and Places on UNC’s Bear Records label, featuring twenty-four contemporary chamber pieces with six different groups from around the Northern Colorado area. Shaw’s first compositional accolade dates to March of 2017, where he won the Open Space Festival Call for Scores with his American art song Epitaph on the World. That same month, Shaw’s first guitar concerto was premiered in Greeley, Colorado. Shaw’s major influences include Charles Ives, George Crumb, and Ted Hearne.
CURRENT AND UPCOMING PROJECTS
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