“[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 poly-stylistic music reminiscent of a jukebox falling down the stairs, full of who-gives-a-fuck absurdism and casual incorporation of pop and rock elements. With features in festivals such as Charlotte New Music Festival and performances from world-class artists such as loadbang and Beo String Quartet, his music finds a broken home in concert halls and dingy brewery warehouses alike.
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 the realm of dance, Evan has found success as a dance musician for modern technique classes at both the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University. His multi-instrumental, improvisational approach in the dance class motivates and contextualizes contemporary movement across diverse styles, a method that encroaches on his compositional technique. He has also been accepted as a music intern for the prestigious American Dance Festival, which he will attend in the summer of 2018. Evan’s compositions for dance strive to break the mold of standard dance repertoire, and have been featured on several concerts, including UNT’s New Choreographers Concert and Faculty Dance Concert series.
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 studies composition with Ezequiel Viñao.