“[Evan’s] music is so dope.” – Timothy Cranford, performer
Evan O. Adams (b. 1996) is some dude with a guitar who composes relentlessly rhythmic and unashamedly absurd music that often features gentle sounds inspired by progressive rock and jazz-fusion. His music has been performed by world-class artists and ensembles such as JACK Quartet, Quince Ensemble, loadbang, Beo String Quartet, and the NYU Percussion Ensemble.
As the Artistic Director of new art collective Eclective, Evan has produced, directed, and composed for projects that heavily incorporate intermedia elements such as dance (Malleable Still), theatre (The Crucible), film (Malleable Still), and music (5 Lenses Recital). With recognitions such as winning 1st place in the University of North Texas’ Music Entrepreneurship Competition and being a finalist in UNT’s Media Arts Festival (with Malleable Still), the cohort of young artists are stylistically diverse, well-versed in multiple mediums, and poised to emerge onto the contemporary art scene.
In addition to his creative pursuits, Evan has an interest in academic research. His notable work includes an investigation into rhythmic dissonance, which has been published in the 2017 edition of The Eagle Feather, UNT’s undergraduate research journal. This research interest awarded him an Undergraduate Research Fellowship for the 2016 - 2017 school year.
Studying under Joseph Klein, Claudia Howard Queen, and Andrew May, Evan attended the University of North Texas where he earned his B.M. in Music Composition in 2018. He currently attends New York University where he has studied composition with Robert Honstein and Ezequiel Viñao.