Materials for Presenters

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Rusty Banks (b.1974) is a composer, guitarist, and educator born in Jasper, AL and living in Mountville, PA. His compositions have been performed in China, Italy, Canada, and throughout the United States. Besides writing concert music for ballet, orchestra, and wind band and other acoustic ensembles, Rusty "designs" pieces that use traditional performers, boomboxes, and video within dynamic audio/video installations. His music is thoroughly modern with an emphasis on beauty and invention.

Projects for 2011 include a concerto for clarinet and wind ensemble to be premiered by Christy Banks and the UNOmaha Symphonic Wind Ensemble, an installation work with visual artist Karen Graffeo to exhibit in Florence, Italy and Brooklyn, NY, and a large chamber work for Pennsylvania Academy of Music's resident new music group, NakedEye Ensemble.