Leah Reid - Composer  

Leah Reid is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. In recent reviews, Reid’s works have been described as “immersive,” “haunting,” and “shimmering.” She has won numerous awards, including the International Alliance for Women in Music's (IAWM) Pauline Oliveros Prize for her piece Pressure and the Film Score Award for her piece Ring, Resonate, Resound in Frame Dance Productions’ Music Composition Competition.

Her works are frequently performed throughout Europe and North America, with notable premieres by Accordant Commons, the Jack Quartet, McGill’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, Sound Gear, Talea, and Yarn/Wire. Her compositions have been presented at festivals and conferences, including Acousmatic Transcendence: A Feast of Diffusion, BEAST FEaST, Cube Fest: Massively Multichannel Music, Electroacoustic Barn Dance (EABD), Electronic Music Midwest (EMM), EviMus, Forgotten Spaces: EuroMicrofest, the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the International Festival for Innovations in Music Production and Composition (iFIMPaC), Los Angeles’ MicroFest, Open Circuit, the San Francisco Tape Music Festival, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference, the Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC), the Tilde New Music Festival, the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (TIES), and the University of Nebraska Kearney New Music Festival among others.

Reid’s primary research interests involve the perception, modeling, and compositional applications of timbre. In her works, timbre acts as a catalyst for exploring new soundscapes, time, space, perception, and color. She received her D.M.A. and M.A. in composition from Stanford University and her B.Mus from McGill University. Reid’s principal teachers include Mark Applebaum, Jonathan Berger, Brian Ferneyhough, and Sean Ferguson. Samples of her music are available through Ablaze Records. Additional information may be found by visiting www.leahreidmusic.com.