Seattle-based composer John Teske writes contemporary concert music for soloists, chamber groups, and chamber orchestra. Founder of the Broken Bow Ensemble and a series of “any ensemble” performances (featuring music written for flexible instrumentation), he focuses on enhancing the listener experience, utilizing extended techniques and guided improvisation to create pieces that are crafted while maintaining a human and organic feel. His recent work includes topographies, a series of contour maps composed of musical symbols through which musicians navigate, site-specific performances in Seattle parks, and works for chamber orchestra supported by a grant from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. John graduated from the University of Washington, where he studied with Joël-François Durand, Juan Pampin, and Josh Parmenter.
My recent work has been exploring the nature of human consciousness, awareness, and sensation. As our culture becomes more interconnected, the experience of time seems to be accelerating and the average attention span is diminishing. Through altering the experience of time through music, I hope to bring to attention greater subtleties of sound.
During the warm months, I travel to rehearsals and performances by bicycle, towing my bass in a custom-made trailer. In the winter, I park the trailer and focus on composing new works.