Adam Scott Neal (PhD Music Composition ‘14) recently released an album of his chamber work, Interiors, with Atlanta-based contemporary music ensemble Chamber Cartel. His work Travels for soprano and cello will be featured on Diagenesis Duo's debut album later this year. His piece hammers will soon appear on Amy O'Dell's new album of toy piano music.
Neal is also looking forward to performances of recent commissions by TAK Ensemble (NYC), Transient Canvas (Boston) and Quince Contemporary Vocal Quartet (Chicago), among others. Tidal for piano and fixed media, continues to be championed by pianists, receiving nine performances in the past year. His piece Tèarmunn for horn and vibraphone was performed on the NACUSA conference in Atlanta, by the ebb:flow music collective in Columbia, South Carolina, and at the International Horn Symposium in Los Angeles. Loadbang performed his quartet 5th W in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in New York. Neal’s video work bends was shown at the Eyedrum gallery in Atlanta and as part of the Digital Natives Film Festival in New Orleans. His video work C/K/P was featured at Eyedrum, Fresh Minds Festival at Texas A&M, and the Linux Audio Conference in Germany.
In the fall of 2014, he presented his work and conducted masterclasses at local institutions including Georgia Tech, Emory University, LaGrange College, University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University. Two major honors this year included a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences in northeast Georgia, and the selection of his orchestral work Object for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra's annual reading session. With fellow UF alumna Sarah Hersh, Neal leads Terminus Ensemble in Atlanta, which recently completed its fourth season. For its fifth season, the ensemble is planning appearances at the University of Tennessee, University of Georgia and Brenau University. Neal is also program director of the Charlotte New Music Festival Composers Workshop. The two-week workshop included nine concerts featuring works by 32 emerging composers from around the U.S., as well as the UK, Spain and Brazil.