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Lamont School of Music

Adjunct Faculty

Conrad Kehn

Conrad Kehn

  • Newman Center Room 426
  • 303. 871 6977
  • ckehn@du.edu

Biography

An award winning composer, Conrad’s style spans many genres from traditional chamber pieces to aleatory, graphic scores, multimedia works and experimental rock. His music has been performed across the U.S. including Issue Project Room (NY), Audio Inversions (Austin, TX), Pendulum New Music Series (CU-Boulder), and the Summer New Music Symposium at Colorado College.

Conrad has two beautiful daughters, Brianna and Eris. They have a considerable influence on his creative output. Their artwork is featured on the covers of his scores. They often appear visually and aurally in his multimedia works. In 2008 he used their texts in his very successful song cycle for cello and soprano Bedtime Stories.

Conrad also works in digital formats and visual arts. His graphic scores have also been displayed in art galleries. He has numerous electronics compositions- many accompanied by his own video creations. He collaborates regularly with film-makers Nicole Esquibel (Flying Dragon Films) and Chad Smith (Monkey Angel Studios). These collaborations have appeared at festivals world-wide.

As a vocalist, Conrad specializes in improvisation, contemporary music, and the use of electronics. Improvisatory collaborations include Wu Fei, Tatsuya Nakatani, James Ilgenfritz, Brandon Vaccaro, Paul Riolla, and Nate Wooley. Recent concert hall performances include Bolcom’s Satires, Ligeti’s Nonsense Madrigals, Morton Feldman’s O’Hara Songs, and George Crumb’s Songs, Drones, and Refrains of Death.

Conrad has performed with a variety of acts including the improv ensembles Mystery Children and Rhythmic Void, multimedia ensemble itchy-O and the itchy-O Marching Band, defunct rock bands Kallisti and Skull Flux, and of course The Playground.

Conrad is an advocate for arts education. He currently serves on the Denver Public Schools Arts Resource Council, an organization that advocates for funding and support from the Denver Board of Education to deliver a comprehensive arts education for every student.

Conrad is an annual teaching artist in the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival’s Young Composers Project. Here he works directly with New York Philharmonic bassist Jon Deak in the composition program Deak developed for young children.

Conrad believes that it is essential for young people to see classical music is a vibrant, living art form and not a museum piece. This is done through composition and new music!!

Conrad holds a Master of Business Administration degree (2010) from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. He also holds a Master’s degree in Composition (2000) and Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music/Recording Technology (1996) from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. His composition instructors include Donald Keats, M. Lynn Baker, and Bill Hill. Conrad is currently an Instructor in Music Technology at Lamont.